UP Manila NIH and Acta Medica Philippina sponsor a Scientific Paper Writing Workshop

The UP Manila National Institutes of Health on its 15th Anniversary and the Acta Medica Philippina – the National Health Science Journal conducted a Scientific Paper Writing Workshop held last February 21, 2013 at the United Laboratories Annex Building. Its main objective was to assist and guide UP Manila researchers in writing their manuscripts for Acta Medica Philippina and other scientific or medical journals.

The lead person of this event was Dr. Jose Ma. C. Avila, Editor-in-Chief of Acta Medica Philippina. The other key persons who shared their knowledge and expertise were Prof. Cynthia P. Cordero from the Department of Clinical Epidemiology, UP College of Medicine, Ms. Gina G. Canceran from the University and Medical Library, UP Manila and the Acta Medica Philippina Editorial Staff namely Dr. Abigail C. Pascual –Domingo, Ms. Marjorie M. De Lima and Mr. Fevito A. Obidos, Jr. 

The workshop was well attended by 35 UP Manila researchers from different field of specialization.  They actively participated in the discussion of the topics which included Introduction of Acta Medica Philippina, What the Acta is looking for: A Quick Guide, Common Errors in Manuscript Submission, Avoiding Plagiarism and Library Resources.

Dr. Avila also emphasized the importance of accreditation of Acta in SciVerse-SCOPUS, an excellent international indexing service having the largest database which will give international exposure to the journal and its authors in the “arena” of rankings and indices.   In his closing remarks, Dr. Avila encouraged the participants to publish their work since UP’s thrust now is geared towards a Research University and to support the Acta Medica Philippina as the National Health Science Journal.