DWU Research Journal turns 10

November 2014 marks a small but significant milestone for the Divine Word University (DWU).

It is the 10th anniversary of the flagship research journal of the University called “Contemporary PNG Studies: DWU Research Journal” which has the ISSN code number 1814 0351 as a recognized publication.

DWU began publishing the research journal with its first issue released in November 2004. Since then the University has been publishing the journal twice a year – in May and November – through its publishing unit, DWU Press.

The Journal is one of the contributions of DWU toward fostering a culture of research in the University for nation-building as is expected in universities in the world.

The Journal introduces its purpose as follows: “The Journal provides the means for DWU staff, students and associated academics to publish research findings, personal perspectives, reports of projects or developments and review of recent books on Papua New Guinea.”

“The journal promotes investigations of practice and theory in fields covered by faculties and activities of Divine Word University at all its campuses.”

The November 2014 issue, which is Volume 21 is out and posted online on the DWU Website (www.dwu.ac.pg). Readers can access it by using the pull-down menus to go to the Information section on the DWU homepage then click onto Postgraduate Division and check the RPGS Information section where the Research Journal can be found.

The DWU has decided to reduce the number of hard copies (books) of the journal printed and has made it freely available online on its website due to the high cost of printing and increased access to digital technology. This is an important contribution towards making research findings available to the public in PNG and beyond.

The journal can publish up to ten articles for each volume at lengths of between 3000 and 6000 words per article. Since November 2004 there have been 21 volumes. So over the 10 years, the DWU Journal has published a sizeable body of research work that DWU has now made freely available to the public on its Website.

The journal is currently edited by a team of three senior academics in the University, namely Professor Dr Pamela Norman, Associate Professor Dr Patrick Gesch and Associate Professor Dr Patricia Paraide and has editorial board members and referees who are experienced academics and researchers from PNG, Australia and New Zealand.

The journal contributes towards the University performing its three pillar functions of quality teaching, research and community engagement.