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Asian Studies Holds Round Table on Academic Journal Publication

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In commemoration of its 50th anniversary in 2013–2014, Asian Studiespublished by the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman, organized a round table to discuss the state of academic journal publication in the Philippines. This was held on Monday, 10 February 2014 at the Seminar Room of the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman.

The roundtable brought together the editors of approximately 45 academic journals in the social sciences, humanities, and cultural studies in institutions of higher education in Metro Manila and other areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao-Sulu. 

It was held in light of certain issues that have surfaced in academic journal publishing in the Philippines and in Asia as a whole. Associate Professor Ramon "Bomen" Guillermo talked about the politics of publishing in ISI-certified journals and how it influences the scholarship and publishing in Philippine universities.

Dr. Albert Alejo, SJ provided an overview of the perspectives on and challenges of research and academic publishing in Mindanao; he also emphasized the need for an all-inclusive scholarship environment which recognizes the nuances among the different educational centers in the country.

Prof. Aileen Baviera and Sascha Gallardo, editor in chief and managing editor, respectively, of Wiley-Blackwell’s Asian Politics and Policy, shared their experiences in the publication process involved in an international academic journal.

The discussions also included the relevance of mainstream standards of scholarship; the role of English as a dominant medium; the place of local languages in academic publications, online publishing, alternative standards of scholarship, and strategies for cooperation and joint action. The establishment of a Philippine Citation Index and a Philippine Guild of Academic Publications are deemed as future actions.

The participants represent the following academic journals and publishing institutions in the country (in alphabetical order):

  • Filomeno Aguilar, Jr., Editor in Chief, Philippine Studies, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Erlinda Alburo, Editorial Board Member, Journal of History, Philippine National Historical Society
  • Albert Alejo, SJ, Editor, Asia Mindanaw, Ateneo de Zamboanga University
  • Sherlyn Almonte-Acosta, Editor, Education Quarterly, UP Diliman
  • Joel Ariate, Managing Editor, Kasarinlan, Third World Studies Center, UP Diliman
  • Maria Ela Atienza, Editor, Philippine Political Science Journal, Philippine Political Science Association
  • Nelia Balgoa, Mindanao Forum, Mindanao State University-IIT
  • Aileen Baviera, Editor in Chief, Asian Politics and Policy, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Anne-di Berdin, Philippine Journal of Social Development, College of Social Work and Development, UP Diliman
  • Karina Bolasco, Director, Anvil Publishing
  • Marya Svetlana Camacho, Editor, Manila Studies, Manila Studies Association
  • Alejandro Ciencia, The Cordillera ReviewCordillera Studies Center, UP Baguio
  • Lisandro Claudio, Editor in Chief, Social Transformations, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Golda Crisostomo, Editor in Chief, Luz y Saber, Colegio de San Juan de Letran
  • Lino Dizon, Editor in Chief, Alaya, Center for Kapampangan Studies, Holy Angel University
  • Divine Endriga, Editor, Synergeia, University of Asia and the Pacific
  • Jayson Fajardo, Editorial Associate, Philippine Journal of Public Administration, NCPAG, UP Diliman
  • Sascha Gallardo, Managing Editor, Asian Politics and Policy, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Jose Neil Garcia, Director, University of the Philippines Press
  • Eulalio Guieb III, Editor in Chief, Social Science Diliman, UP Diliman
  • Ramon Guillermo, Associate Professor, Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature, UP Diliman
  • Ronel Jimenez, Managing Editor, Antorcha, Colegio de San Juan de Letran
  • Ricardo Jose, Editor, Kasarinlan, Third World Studies Center, UP Diliman
  • Romeo Lee, Editor in Chief, Asia Pacific Social Science Review, De La Salle University Manila
  • Rowell Madula, Managing Editor, Malay, De La Salle University Manila
  • Armando Malay, Jr., Editorial Advisory Board Member, Asian Studies, UP Diliman
  • Eric Julian Manalastas, Editor in Chief, Review of Women’s Studies, Center for Women’s Studies, UP Diliman
  • Mayel Martin, Kritika Kultura, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Katrina Navallo, Editorial Associate, Asian Studies, UP Diliman
  • Janus Isaac Nolasco, Managing Editor, Asian Studies, UP Diliman
  • Erlinda Paez, Editor, Synergeia, University of Asia and the Pacific
  • Robert Panaguiton, Asia Mindanaw, Ateneo de Zamboanga University
  • Raul Pertierra, Editor, Sabangan, Philippine Women’s University Manila
  • Antoinette Raquiza, Editorial Board Member, Asian Studies, UP Diliman
  • Antonio Reynes, Philippine Law Journal, UP Diliman
  • Temario Rivera, Former editor, Philippine Political Science Journal, Philippine Political Science Association
  • Sandra Roldan, Journal of English and Comparative Literature, UP Diliman
  • Josefina Rolle, Philippine Journal of Social Development, College of Social Work and Development, UP Diliman
  • Hope Sabanpan-Yu, Associate Editor, Philippine Quarterly of Culture and Society, Cebuano Studies Center, University of San Carlos
  • Ramon Santos, Editor in Chief, Musika Jornal, UP Diliman
  • Vincenz Serrano, Kritika Kultura, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Eduardo Tadem, Editor in Chief, Asian Studies, UP Diliman
  • Teresa Encarnacion Tadem, Editorial Board Member, Asian Studies, UP Diliman
  • Jean Tan, Editor in Chief, Budhi, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Giovanni Tapang, Editor in Chief, Diliman Review, UP Diliman
  • Rosario Torres Yu, Editor in Chief, Daluyan, Sentro ng Wikang Filipino, UP Diliman
  • Margaret Udarbe-Alvarez, Editor in Chief, Silliman University Journal, Silliman University, Dumaguete
  • Charlie Veric, Kritika Kultura, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Olivia Villafuerte, Sabangan, Philippine Women’s University Manila
  • Michiyo Yoneno-Reyes, Review Editor, Asian Studies, UP Diliman

Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published since 1963 by the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman.