The Faculty of Medicine of Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Royal College of Medicine Perak (UniKL RCMP) successfully organised the Seminar on Publication which was held on Thursday, 27th August 2014 at the UniKL RCMP main campus. The seminar was attended by 43 scientific scholars mainly from University Tengku Abdul Rahman, AIMST University, Quest International University, Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah, Virology Unit Institute for Medical Research, Public Hospitals and representatives from the Health Industry.
Prof Dr Osman Ali, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, in his opening remarks emphasised the importance of publishing journals. He said journal publication has become a well-known indicator and performance measurement in academia.
"For university academicians, research activities are important, in fact more important than the routine teaching learning activities. The ranking of a university is very much tied to the number of papers published by that institution. It is a measure of their scholarly standing among their counterparts around the world". Assoc. Prof Dr Abrizah binti Abdullah presented her paper
He added "even if you're not in the academic line but involved in research, to publish your work is a way to tell those in your field about what you have accomplished and the recognition given by your counterparts is important to confirm that your work matters to the field that you are involved in".
He encouraged the scholars to write and get the papers published in reputable journals with International Standard not only for self satisfaction but also to get their work recognised.
"It is a wonderful feeling to see the report of your research in print. It is an acknowledgement of your work. There is no feeling of accomplishment if you have just completed your research without having it published. I am sure you are aware of this, and I believe, that is why you are here today". Prof Dr Onn bin Haji Hashim with UniKL RCMP lecturers
He agreed that getting the report published is not an easy task for all since academic writing is not like free-style writing. It has to meet certain standards that need to be adhered to. He said many things need to be considered when one attempts to write and sometimes it can become quite stressful and finally one may decide not to write at all. It is to address this problem that this idea for a seminar on publication came about a year ago.
Earlier Puan Norain Abdul Latif, Chairman of the Organising Committee in her speech said academic writing and publishing activities have become the backbone of any university worldwide. These activities have been recognised as the main elements in the World University Ranking System. In the Time Higher Education (THE), research and publication contributes 60% of the evaluation criteria.
She said academic writing and publishing activities have now become dominant and more relevant in other fields as well. Conducting the seminar for the second successive year, she said she was surprised to see more school teachers showing greater interest in attending the seminar, "We have quite a number of academicians from schools and this shows that these activities have become well known among school teachers and perhaps sooner it will become part of their KPI like what we have in the universities today". Prof Dr Onn bin Haji Hashim sharing his expertise
The seminar on publication started off with a presentation from Prof Dr Onn bin Haji Hashim, Editorial Board Member, Biomarker Research, Head of Department of Molecular Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya on The Art of Publishing I: Drafting a Manuscript. It was later followed by the second session on the topic The Art of Publishing II: Original article vs. Review Paper.
Talking on the art of publishing, he advised the scholars not to be afraid of rejection but keep on writing with the aim of publishing their work. "Constructive criticisms are excellent avenues for improvement of manuscripts".
He said that a scientific paper should be simple and concise, informative, logical, based on necessity and avoid using excessive text length, redundant figs and awkward wording. Nobody likes to read lengthy papers.
"Publishing a paper is a way to share the work and experience that you have gained in a proper manner and must not overdo or under do it. Young scholars who write and publish their work could boost their confidence level.
He revealed the secret of writing. "You should start with the results instead of the introduction and abstract. If you don't do so, by the end of the day you will have to rewrite the introduction and abstract as it may not match your results. Another advice from him: "Time is the essence of any project. Delay in writing will result in an outdated report".
Assoc. Prof Dr Abrizah binti Abdullah, Research Fellow, Malaysian Citation Centre, Ministry of Education Malaysia, presented the talk on "Referencing and Plagiarism" followed by presentation on "Scholarly Communication: Understanding Journal Impact and Deciding Where to Publish". Her talk emphasized on ways to avoid plagiarism and how to prevent it altogether in academic writing (research paper, report, thesis & dissertation) through proper referencing.
Academic writing has become the key component and contributes a major portion of the evaluation criteria in the World University Ranking System. "Our excellence is measured on the basis of scholarly publications and that is the reason why we need to do research and publish the results. It is important to note that in 2013, Malaysia was ranked as number 50 by the World Publication Performance Index. Group photo with the participants
The seminar was closed by Assoc Prof Dr Syed Rahim bin Syed Hamid, Deputy Dean Academic, Faculty of Medicine.
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