In an effort to increase awareness on the importance of scientific publishing among DENR regional officials and personnel, Sylvatrop held the “Seminar on Publishing for Sylvatrop, the Technical Journal of Philippine Ecosystems and Natural Resources” in six regions across the country.

The series of seminars kicked-off in Baguio City on May 11, 2017, while the succeeding were held in Cebu City on June 08; Legazpi City on July 07; Davao City on August 10; Quezon City on October 12; and the most recently concluded in Butuan City on November 16. Each seminar was attended by 80 to 100 officials and personnel from DENR offices in the regions such as CENROs, PENROs, regional offices, RPAOs, and ERDB research centers among others. Higher officials from the regional offices were also invited to grace the occasions.

During the half day events, ERDB Assistant Director and Sylvatrop Editorial Board (SEB) Chair Dr. Bighani M. Manipula, gave a brief background and history of the Journal. He also discussed the process of submitting, reviewing, editing, and publishing for Sylvatrop as well as the monetary incentive that the Journal provides for its contributors and reviewers.

Subsequently, Sylvatrop’s Managing Editor Ms. Adreana Santos-Remo discussed about the importance of transforming and publishing research findings into journal articles. During her lecture, Ms. Remo talked about the step-by-step process of writing for Sylvatrop and shared the dos and don’ts when writing a journal article. She also provided an array of topics that could be explored and written by the researchers in the regions.

As a part of the program, selected Sylvatrop contributors were invited to speak about their experiences on writing for the Journal. Mini-exhibits were also set-up in the venues where participants can get brochures and old Sylvatrop issues.

The said seminars were made possible through the initiative of the SEB, headed by Dr. Manipula, and with the collaboration of the DENR regional offices. With the conduct of such activities, Sylvaytop expects to increase its readership and subscription among the regions and hopes to encourage more researchers to submit their articles for publication. Melanie N. Ojeda, TTD