A MASTERCLASS WORKSHOP ON RESEARCH IN INDEXED JOURNALS AT DIU
In the age of open access publishing, it becomes most challenging to publish in quality academic and scholarly Journals. On one hand, the expectation of publishing scientific and technical papers has increased significantly both in academic and professional communities, as it is expected by the respective institutions that member of the academic staff publish the results of their research work in reputed and indexed Journals. On the other hand, authors find themselves most challenging and daunting task to improve their chances of publishing in management and social science Journals by ensuring that their manuscript are consistent and well fit within the scope of the Journals. Many papers are rejected by the reputed Journals due to lack of paper organisations, poor methodological clarity, inconsistent results, poor analysis, lack of articulation in writing etc. Despite the widespread standard of scholarly writing and publishing learned papers, most institutions don`t offer any formal training or specialist workshops to write effective papers and how to publish them. This frustrates young researchers to properly organise their papers for acceptance into publication in reputed Journals.
With the aim of to introduce researchers in Bangladesh to the ways in which they can organise their research papers to publish research output and raising the high visibility, the Department of Real Estate and Research Center of Daffodil International University in Dhaka have jointly organised a master class workshop on "Getting published in Indexed academic and scientific Journals: How to do it?" on 19th November 2017 at Banquet Hall, Daffodil Tower, 9th Floor, Daffodil International University, 4/2 Shobhanbag, Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh. The workshop was conducted by Dr P.R. Datta, Executive Chair-Academy of Business and Retail Management Research and Editor-in-chief, Journal of Business and Retails Management Research-A SCOPUS Indexed and SCIMAGO Ranked Journal which has substantial following throughout the world. The Academy of Business & Retail Management is a research and scholarly publishing organisation founded in London with the aim of inspiring, recognising and supporting excellence in Business and retail management.
The workshop was attended by over 50 senior academics from 13th both public and private Universities in Bangladesh. Prof. Dr Yousuf Mahbubul Islam -the Vice Chancellor of DIU attended the inauguration session of the workshop as the Chief Guest. Other distinguish speakers were special guest, Prof. Dr. S.M. Mahbub Ul Haque Majumder, Pro-Vice Chancellor, DIU; Guest of Honor: Prof. Rafiqul Islam, Dean, FBE, DIU and Prof. Dr. Md. Kabirul Islam, Director of Research, DIU. The workshop was chaired by Mr. Sheikh Abdur Rahim, Associate Professor & Head, Department of Real Estate, FBE , DIU. The workshop was organised by the Department of Real Estate in association with the Research Centre of DIU.
Prof. Dr. Islam, Vice Chancellor of the University is very much euphoric about future of research in Bangaldesh-"In the age of Globalisation we all need to raise our sights and think global. We at the DIU believe that it is more important than ever that research from Bangladeshi academics reaches an international audience. True scholarly endeavour always rises about ideology and international politics. Bangladesh has much to teach the world, and I feel privileged to have witnessed first-hand the desire to expand human knowledge and enquiry.”
Prof. Dr. Majumder-the Pro-Vice Chancellor of DIU-explained the research agenda has been taken by DIU in his inauguration address. It is important that Higher Education Institutions are more proactive to undertake serious scholarly endeavours as progress and prosperity of the society is depend on research and managerial excellence. He clearly laid out the research requirements of the faculty at DIU. Currently, all DIU faculty needs to publish at least one research output in indexed and recognised Journal.
The workshop lasts three hours and founded on a powerful trinity: Method, Integrity and Camaraderie. In concluding remarks Prof. Rahim asserted that the research Centre at DIU founded which aim to stimulate curiosity, to inspire and develop future generations of scholars, policy makers and practitioners, and to encourage a greater appreciation of the social, economic and cultural value of diverse areas of academic research.
The workshops ends with questions and answer sessions. Dr Datta believes that this is the time for Bangladeshi Higher Educations institutions to prepare for the future.
The second workshop was held at the Institute of Business administration, University of Dhaka on 21st November 2017.This was attended by over thirty academics and generated a positive and purposeful discussion. During the remainder of his stay he visited various universities where he had talks about the importance of maintaining and enhancing academic standards across the entire Higher Education sector. The response was such that plans are already afoot for future workshops.