Greetings and welcome to the 7th edition of UV-JOR for 2013.
The goalmouths of cultivating research skills and competency, along with, evolving the research culture in the University of the Visayas, continuously move the Center for Research and Development of the university to support elucidate the faculty researchers’ aspiration of having each research articles put into publication.
This volume is the outcome of several research competency trainings. As an exhibition of the center’s promise, this publication serves as an evidence of dynamism and an action of seriousness in safeguarding the hegemony of research in trailing academic responsibilities en route to excellence.
We have 22 papers published from the 29 submitted for this volume. A thought-provoking and eclectic collection of themes are contained in this volume: (1) Fractal Statistics with 6 papers; (2) Information Technology with 2 papers; (3) Theory Development with 3 papers; (4) Deductive Researches with 6 papers; and (5) Naturalistic Researches with 3 papers. We also included 1 Review paper and 1 Creative Work.
Previous volumes were reviewed internally. However in this edition, papers were externally refereed by local, national and international content experts. This action is another step in assuring the quality of papers produced by the faculty researchers.
It took some time to have this publication considering the rigors in developing the: (1) publication policies and guidelines; (2) tools and rubrics for refereeing; (3) pool of experts; (4) publication quick guides; and (5) entire process and system for publication. This however assures the quality of work and the center’s fulfillment for excellence.
Let us continuously appreciate learning thru research and theory development. Enjoy reading.