REPO initiates Open Journal System

By upao - Posted on 03 May 2018


Benguet State University (BSU) researches are now accessible inthe internet.

This was summarized in the Orientation and the Turn-over Ceremony that was held on April 26, 2018 at the Chrysanthemum Hall. The program was held to officially turn over the BSU Open Journal System (OJS) from the University Library and Information Services to the Research and Extension Publication Office (REPO).

In his opening remarks Dr. Andres Basalong, Officer-in-Charge of the Office of Vice President for Research and Extension (OVPRE) commended ULIS and the REPO for initiating the turn-over of the OJS and hoped that they develop it to be more viable for the stakeholders.

“With this system I think that the information generated will not be just be in shelves,” said Basalong.

REPO Director Paul Joseph A. Nuval then gave the rationale of the orientation, of which he said that for 100 years BSU has been involved in numerous research and development ventures and is known for its research in various concepts. However, despite its numerous researches, BSU still lacks a number faculty-researchers due to several factors; one of which is citation of the research in online sources such as Google Scholarly.

“In BSU po malaki ang ating challenge into publication in particular, and research dissemination in general,” said Nuval.
He said that the Mountain Journal of Science and Interdisciplinary Research (MJSIR), formerly BSU Journal is still in need to be accredited by the Commission of Higher Education (CHED) for the CHED Journal Incentive Program.One of the criterion for accreditation is the online visibility of BSU researches. Therefore, the OJS was created not only to be an online repository but also a platform for online peer reviews, facilitation, and publication.

“We believe in our Development Communication work that a research not communicated, either disseminated or published, is a research not done,” expressed Nuval.

After the rationale ULIS Director Lauren Kipaan then ensued with the General orientation and demonstration of the OJS. Kipaan said that as its name suggest, the OJS is shared with everybody in the online community.

According to Kipaan, OJS is an open source platform for journal system that prefers open access publishing. He said that most cited sources in research is mostly from online journals, this led to the launching of the OJS. Conceptualized in 2009, the servers for the OJS were installed in the ULIS in 2016, and is finally materialized on April 2018.

“Bakit natin kailangang gumamit ng OJS? As I mentioned, it is free at maraming gumagamit sa buong mundo,” explained Kipaan.

Kipaan also mentioned that the OJS has a citation advantage since its presence alone is identified by Google Scholar, a search engine platform that only yield academic paper, journals, citations, and the like.

After the general orientation Kipaan demonstrated on how to access the journal, how to use it as citation, processes, and other technicalities in the user interface of the OJS. He also encouraged authors and researchers to register an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID), a nonproprietary alphanumeric code that identifies online individuals as unique researchers and contributors to protect intellectual property.

Kipaan said that the REPO will be forming an OJS team which is composed of a site administrator, journal manager, editors, section editors, copy editors, layout editors, and proofreaders.

After the discussion the turn-over ceremony was held to formally pass on the responsibilities and overall management of OJS from the ULIS to REPO. In his closing remarks, Nuval explained the editing process of researches before publishing it to the MJSIR.

As of press time, the REPO and ULIS are collecting at least 100 research articles to be published in the OJS before launching it to the world wide web. Kipaan said that it is accessible to BSU servers only.
The BSU Open Journal System is accessible in the site