Report by Maria Kelsey Shane Cabaraban, BS DevCom-2
In the words of Robert J Sawyer, “The heart and soul of good writing is research; you should write not what you know, but what you can find out about.”
Xavier Ateneo’s Kinaadman: University Research Office (KURO) launched its Padayon sa Pagsulat writeshop on November 27, 2019 – a three-session writing workshop that was intended to connect its fellow faculty or authors to writeshop resource persons, who also served as writing mentors. The writeshop was aimed at guiding the participants in shaping, developing, or refining their completed manuscripts. It included interactive lecturing, internet, and web-based sessions and individual work.
The first session was held on its launching date at the Social Sciences Multimedia Laboratory. Matching Manuscripts to Journals addressed key concepts such as the steps in developing and publishing a manuscripts as well as selecting the right journal articles. Ethical issues in science publishing were also discussed. This session was attended by the faculty members from the School of Business and Management, the School of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Computer Studies.
Meanwhile, the second session (held on December 18, 2019 at the same venue) on Structuring the Paper focused on organizing and rewriting the participants’ manuscripts, and was attended by faculty members from the School of Business and Management, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Computer Studies. This session also tackled writing in the field of humanities.
Dr Catherine Roween Almaden, dean of the Graduate School, and Dr Hercules Cascon, dean of the College of Engineering were invited to share their knowledge and publication experiences.
Aside from Drs Almaden and Cascon, Dr Heide Rabanes, dean for research; Dr Arlene Yandug, manager of XU Press; and Dr Maria Theresa Cabaraban, KURO deputy director also served as resource persons during the two writeshop sessions.
The third and final session, titled Addressing Reviewers' Comments and Revising the Paper, will include topics such as understanding the KURO peer review process as well as how to address comments made by reviewers. Details of the third session are yet to be announced.∎