UST RCSSED’s De Guzman is top Southeast Asian researcher for education

University of Santo Tomas (UST) academic staff and researcher Prof. Allan B de Guzman, Ph.D., of the Research Center for Social Sciences and Education (RCSSED), arose as the Philippines’ most productive researcher, according to two bibliometric studies written in 2021 and 2012.


In the paper Research on education in Southeast Asia (1996–2019): a bibliometric review by National University College of Education, Arts, and Sciences Dean Dr. Jessie Barrot, De Guzman was the most productive researcher (N=93) in Southeast Asia from 1996 to 2019. He still holds the top spot despite starting his publication years in 2004.

Barrot’s bibliometric paper came out in the journal Educational Review published by Taylor and Francis (with a 3.605 impact factor score in the Web of Science and a quartile 1 ranking in Scopus). In Barrot’s bibliometric findings, five Singaporeans, three Thais and an Indonesian made it to the top ten.

Ten years ago, a 2012 paper by University of the Philippines-Diliman academic Dr. Lorelei Vinluan focused on the most productive Filipino researchers in education and psychology. The paper Research productivity in education and psychology in the Philippines and comparison with ASEAN countries found that De Guzman is the top education researcher (N=21 total publications at that time) while Dr. Allan B.I. Bernardo of De La Salle University is the top researcher in psychology (N=15 during that time). Vinluan’s bibliometrics study came out in Scientometrics.

The Barrot paper also shows that UST is the top-producing Philippine university for studies in education (N=132) followed by DLSU (N=116). UST is ranked 15th among Southeast Asian universities for published studies in education, a list that the National University of Singapore leads.

De Guzman emerged as UST’s top researcher, and 49th nationwide (across various disciplines) in the Alper-Doger Scientific Index (, whose basis is the h-index in Google Scholar.

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