One diligent historian and scholar who has several books to his credit will perhaps be remembered for his soft spoken nature and extensively researched works. I was able to listen to one of his lectures at a time when the phrase ” publish or perish” was causing a lot of anxiety among the teaching staff at UP. Prof. Ricardo “Ricky” Trota Jose whose forte is anything about the second world war in the Pacific is a known professor at the UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Department of History or Kasaysayan. In one of Ricky’s lectures, he emphasized that “histoorians are not infallible”. Valuable data or information might be obtained by an author only after the release of his book. This happens to a lot of researchers who have contracts with publishing companies or are publishing books on their own. Data gathering is a tedious process.
As I later found out, publishing one book every year or contributing articles to academic journals does not guarantee a reappointment more so if the political (and social) currents do not flow in one’s favor. At any rate, getting one’s research article published in an academic journal or periodical isn’t that easy. Tenured and well respected professors submit manuscripts in soft and hard copies to an editorial board. This board will only select a few. Having attended universities abroad is also a plus including scholarships such as the Fullbright Scholarship. This kind of experience gives authors, historians in particular, the objectivity needed in one’s narrative.
The next time you notice a discrepancy or typo error in a scholar’s work, don’t be too harsh. Writer’s & researchers are not automatons. They are only humans. It is difficult to attain perfection in this world and that’s why we humans need to keep our faith in a Supreme being like God. If we know our limitations, then we will know why Philippians 4 : 13 will make a difference in our life. Have a great and productive week and Mabuhay!