Researchers from the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) produced over 40 research papers published by major science journals in 2014, 74% higher than the total publications in 2010.
In the past 4 years, the Institute has continued to increase the number of refereed scientific papers published in the Thomson Reuters/ Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) Web of Science-listed journals.
Of 40 published, 24 came out in ISI journals. From 2010-2014, the Institute published over 140 publications.
With a pool of 57 PhD and 266 master’s degree holders, PhilRice has managed to publish in some well-respected journals here and abroad. Some of them are the Journal of Food Agriculture and Environment, International Journal of Ecology and Conservation, Philippine Journal of Crop Science, and the Philippine Agricultural Scientist.
“The painstaking efforts of PhilRice R&D staff members in carrying out rice science and technology-based knowledge dissemination are indeed commendable. We are not only doing our mandated functions but we are also enriching the body of scientific knowledge on rice through research, publication, training, and other information dissemination activities,” said Dr. Manuel Jose C. Regalado, PhilRice deputy executive director for research.
Regalado hopes the number of scientific publications will steadily increase given the proper training of young and budding scientists and researchers of the Institute.
This year alone, PhilRice has already published 29 refereed papers.
The Institute’s publications were also recognized in national and international scientific conferences.
Eight studies were recipients of best paper awards and four studies received best poster award.
Researchers of the Institute also received major awards in their respective fields of specialization. Among them were Thelma F. Padolina (International Senadhira Rice Research Award), Gina D. Balleras (Outstanding Filipino Research Leader), and Engr. Noel G. Ganotisi (Outstanding Agricultural Engineer in the Field of Soil and Water Management).
“We hope that our researchers will generate more scientific outputs that will not only usher them in the scientific career path, but will also provide our rice farmers the information and technologies they need which have been rigorously developed and tested using scientific R&D methods and passed through the crucible of scientific peer review and critique,” Regalado said.