Making the most from the digital transformation age for research productivity may help our Filipino researchers, scientists, and engineers (RSEs) get their ideas “out” in the world, said Dr. Raymond Girard R. Tan, during his technical paper presentation, New Research Productivity Metrics with Digital Transformation, at the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) Annual Scientific Conference and 89th General Membership on March 15, 2022 via online.

“NRCP members are considered to be frontliners of research, therefore, there should be ample support to publish their ideas”, said Dr. Tan. He added that another key aspect is that our Filipino scientists should improve the export mindset of their ideas.

In his presentation, Dr. Tan said that fundamental scientific research is essential to nation-building and well-established metrics can be used to measure research impact and competitiveness. He added that digital transformation enables claims to be independently verifiable.

Accordingly, with the aim of increasing research productivity in institutions, ideas by NRCP members should be published in reputable journals and that there should be a support system that could help not only from NRCP but also from institutions as well.

On the concern of faculty-researchers regarding citations as the only metric for promotion and ranking, Dr. Tan opined that institutions must consider the discipline when considering the number of citations.

When asked whether Impact Factors (IF) should be considered at this time when some foreign scientists are moving away from it, Dr Tan answered that scientists may have a poor understanding between IF and Citations. He said that institutions and scientists would not veer away from this metric anytime soon.

Tan is a regular member of the NRCP Division of Engineering and Industrial Research and is a full professor, university fellow, and Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at De La Salle University Manila. 

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