The University of the Philippines Baguio goes digital for two of its major programs that promote scholarship with emphasis on Cordillera studies through its Cordillera Studies Center (CSC).
One of the programs that went through a major shift to the digital mode is UPB’s official research journal, The Cordillera Review (TCR) Journal of Philippine Culture and Society.
The CSC launched the TCR website through a virtual program on May 17.
The UPB’s 40-year-old center is also set to hold the Third International Conference on Cordillera Studies (ICCS3) virtually on July 5, 12, 19, and 26.
In the launching of the TCR website, CSC Director, Dr. Ruth Tindaan, said the center has previously been working on the reconfiguration of the TCR from print to an online-access journal.
She said the website becomes more relevant now with the implications of the pandemic towards access to research materials, specifically the scholarly works published in the TCR.
In the same event, UPB Chancellor Corazon Abansi acknowledged the efforts and resources invested since the previous administration which made the TCR shift possible.
She also emphasized the goal of the TCR website to provide support to the academic and research community as well as for positive experience for all readers of the journal.
“This move also comes with the not insignificant benefit of reducing our environmental footprint,” Abansi added.
Accessible at thecordillerareview.upb.edu.ph, the TCR website currently offers free download access to past issues including the first issue released in March 2009 with Prof. Delfin Tolentino, Jr. as editor-in-chief.
The website also has functions for free sharing on social media to foster what Abansi pointed out as an opportunity to “transform from mere consumption to engagement.”
This resonates with what Tindaan mentioned as among the aims of the TCR online to encourage opportunities of interaction among researchers and scholars through the platform.
Published biannually through the CSC, the TCR is a multidisciplinary refereed journal dedicated to studies on Philippine culture and society, with emphasis on research pertaining to the Cordillera region and Northern Luzon.
Print copies of the previous TCR issues are still available from the CSC and its official online platforms.
Information, including the submission guidelines, are available at thecordillerareview.upb.edu.ph. – UPB release