Journal History

The Philippine Journal of Pathology (PJP) was envisioned as a biannual publication of the Philippine Society of Pathologists, Inc. (PSP, Inc.), which shall serve as an avenue for research by Filipino anatomic and clinical pathologists.  It was conceived in 1986 through the efforts of Drs. Antonia Cruz-Basa and Generoso Basa who saw the need for an official journal for the society where original pathology research can be published and which shall serve to stimulate a culture of publication for the pathology community in the Philippines.

Through the years, however, the journal has been published on an irregular basis, primarily due to challenges in both content and sustainability, its last issue being issued in 2006.  Whereas it is the PSP’s mandate to support the PJP’s regular publication, editorial content is limited to invited articles and residents’ research output during their years of training.  Peer review is–at best–internal, and the selection of articles that go into each issue has been largely restricted to the incumbent editorial board/staff.   

At a time when there is advocacy for a culture of research and publication, the Philippine Journal of Pathology is in a unique and opportune position to address a vital gap.