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Turning the Page: Re-examining Standards in Academic Journal Publication

2014/02/10 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Turning the Page: Re-examining Standards in Academic Journal Publication

A Roundtable Discussion

In commemoration of its 50th anniversary in 20132014, Asian Studies, the journal published by the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman, will sponsor a roundtable discussion (RTD) to discuss the state of academic journal publication in the Philippines. This will be held on Monday, 10 February 2014, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Seminar Room of the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, Asian Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman.

The RTD will bring 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 will be the first such gathering of scholars involved in academic publishing in the Philippines. Proposed topics for discussion include:

  • Current state of journal publishing in the Philippines: nature of trends, problems and challenges,
  • The relevance of mainstream standards of scholarship, e.g., citation indices,
  • The role of English as the dominant medium of scholarship,
  • The place of local and regional languages in academic publications and the issue of translations,
  • Online publishing: advantages and pitfalls,
  • Possible avenues for alternative standards of scholarship, and,
  • Strategies for cooperation and joint action.

This RTD is being held in light of certain issues that have surfaced in academic journal publishing in the Philippines and in Asia as a whole. Questions have been raised about the hegemony of Western standards of scholarship that are perceived to have marginalized the intellectual traditions of various Asian peoples and societies that may not be ‘scholarly rigorous’ in terms of mainstream academia but have been instrumental in the rise of great Asian civilizations and are seen to still possess contemporary value. These traditions are also repositories of the multiple experiences of local communities over several millennia and can point to possible redefinitions of academic scholarship.

In undertaking this project, we take inspiration from the recent re-establishment of the famous 5th century center of learning, Nalanda University in Bihar, India, whose philosophy “seeks to recover the lost connections and partnerships that existed in the region called Asia, before the onset of historical forces that led to their dissolution” and whose vision is “to harness the best talents for the creation and dissemination of new knowledge as well as for the recovery and restoration of valuable old insights which have suffered unintended neglect.”

The proposed RTD aims to accomplish the following:

  1. Sharing of ideas and experiences on journal publishing,
  2. Generate common perspectives on academic journal publishing, and,
  3. Propose courses of action that can chart fresh and alternative directions in scholarship.

This activity will be organized in coordination with the UP Asian Center.

Details

Date:
2014/02/10
Time:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event Category:

Organizer

Asian Center UP

Venue

Asian Center
University of the Philippines, Diliman Philippines + Google Map