HEC organizes Workshop on Journal Management through OJS


 HEC organizes Workshop on
Management through OJS

ISLAMABAD: Quality Assurance Division, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan organized a one day Workshop on Journal Management through Open Journal system. Workshop was attended by participants representing various journals from mall over the country.  Col.  Prof. Muhammad Alamgir Khan, Professor of Physiology, Army Medical College, Rawalpindi was the Resource Person of the workshop. Mr. Aqeel Akhtar Khan, Director Quality Assurance Division HEC welcomed the participants. 

Prof. Ghulam Raza Bhatti,  Member Operations and Planning HEC ( Chief Guest) in his introductory remarks said that   this activity is a continuous process of HEC of Pakistan Quality Division to work on Journals and set standard criteria not only sitting on the table but we always involves experts from other institutions  to support  the HEC. From this workshop, we will utilize your knowledge, expertise and will be able to set standard and quality to design our criteria accordingly. We have organized this workshop for those journals who have not adopted OJS so far so that they get familiar with Open Journal System and its importance.  We provide funds to the journals looking at their quality of contents and research material, he added.

Quality Assurance Division, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan organized a one day
Workshop on Journal Management through Open Journal system in Islamabad on 7th
December, 2018. Group photograph taken at the occasion shows Col. Prof. Muhammad
Alamgir Khan, (Resource Person of the workshop) Mr. Aqeel Akhtar Khan, Director Quality
Assurance Division HEC, Dur e Shahwar Aamer, Deputy Director QAD photographed along
with participants of the workshop. Note: Group photograph was not included in print
issue and  is published in On-line edition only because of its  low resolution.

The Journals, Prof. Ghulam Raza Bhatti stated are also important because they present the latest research and share the knowledge and make the World aware about it, which is a good cause. Since the technology is advancing, the mode of presentation is also getting changed. May be in the next ten years the publications may not be the way as we are doing today. This open source system may be getting a newer shape, we may not be using paper at all. Participants input is very important because you people have acquired knowledge and may be encountering some problems being in this business of publishing journals. The problem highlighted and advice received from the participants will be a   great source for us. We are going to have such meeting each year which will help us in further improvement in our assessment and implementation process.

Prof. Muhammad Alamgir Khan, pointed out that OJS is an open source software made freely available to journals Worldwide by Public Knowledge Project (PKP) for the purpose of making open access publishing a viable option for more journals. Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is a multi-university initiative developing free open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing. Prof. Muhammad Alamgir discussed in details the various functions of OJS,  Importance of Open Journal System OJS version 3.0 and also spent some time on hands on practice. Participants did talk about other Systems being practiced and their concerns about adoption of OJS System and role of HEC in this regard. Higher Education Commission of Pakistan has asked to HEC recognized Journals to use OJS system which will help them to assess the quality and other aspects for proper evaluation of the journals and provision of grants to the journals. At the end of the Workshop, certificates were presented to the participants.

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