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Author Guidelines

Authors should note the following guidelines for submitting manuscripts:

Manuscripts should be prepared in English, the length of which should not be more than 5000 words, and file size not exceeding 2MB. All submissions will undergo first-level evaluation and plagiarism-grammarly review prior to double-blind refereeing process. 

Manuscripts currently under consideration by another journal or publisher should not be submitted. The author must state upon submission that the work has not been submitted or published elsewhere.

1. Organize the paper as follows: 
  • First page should contain:Title of the paper; Complete name of the Author/s, Author/s' Institutional Affiliation and Complete Address; Email Address of the Corresponding Author;  
  • Second Page should contain the rest of the contents of the manuscript such as the: 
  • a. Title;
  • b. Abstract: A concise and factual abstract is required with a maximum of 250 words. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, methods, salient findings and conclusions. It must be followed by at least 3-5 keywords to assist in indexing the paper. 
  • c.Introduction: The introduction should answer the four essential components: (1) what is the study about?; (b) what other authors say about the topic; (3) what is the gap of knowledge the study hopes to address?; and (4) what is the significance of the study in moving the frontier of knowledge in the discipline?. 
  • d. Materials and Methods / Methodology: This portion must provide sufficient details of the work process to allow for evaluation and replication of the study.
  • e. Results and Discussions: Results and discussion should be clear and concise. These should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.
  • f. Conclusion: Conclusion should briefly answer the objectives of the study. They are not repetitions of the discussions but is the judgment of the results obtained. 
  • g. Acknowledgement
  • h. References Cited: The Reference section should substantially consist of articles published in current content-covered or peer-reviewed journals. Minimize citations of unpublished reports and theses. It should conform to the latest available version of publication manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). 

2. Type the entire manuscript single-spaced on a short white bond paper (8.5 x 11 in) on one side only with 2.5 cm margins all around using a Times New Roman font size of 12.

3. Leave two spaces before and after the major headings and two spaces before and after the sub-headings. Do not use footnotes rather use endnotes if required by the discipline.

4. Spell out acronyms or unfamiliar abbreviations when these are mentioned for the first time in the text.

5. Write the scientific names of species completely with author(s) when it is first mentioned in the text and without author in succeeding references. Scientific names should be written in italics or boldface.

6. Do not spell out numbers unless they are used to start a sentence.

7. Use the metric system only or the International System of Units. Use abbreviations of units only beside numerals (e.g. 6 m); otherwise, spell out the units (e.g. kilometers from here). Do not use plural forms or periods for abbreviations of units. Use the bar for compound units (e.g. 1 kg/ha/yr). Place a zero before the decimal in numbers less than 1 (e.g. 0.25).

8. When preparing tables and figures, consider the journal’s printed page of 5.75 in x 8.5 in and the reduction that will be necessary. Table titles and figure captions should be as short as possible and understandable without referring to the text. Figures should consist only of simple line drawings, computer-generated graphics or good quality black and white photographs. Label of figures should be as legible as possible even after reducing the size by as much as 50%.

9. In-text citation should reflect author’s surname and year of publication. Writing of et al. in the list of references/ literature cited is discouraged but instead authors are mentioned; references in press as (author, in press) and unpublished reference as (author, unpubl. data or author, pers. comm.). If two or more references are cited, arrange them by year.

10. To promote anonymous review, authors should not identify themselves directly or indirectly in their papers or in experimental test instruments.

11.All pages, including tables, appendices and references, should be serially numbered. Major sections and subsection should be numbered using Arabic numerals.

12.Spell out numbers from one to ten, except when used in tables and lists, and when used with mathematical, statistical, scientific, or technical units and quantities, such as distances, weights and measures. In non-technical copy, use the word percent in the text.

13.Use a hyphen to join unit modifiers or to clarify usage. For example: a cross sectional equation; re-form. See Webster’s for correct usage.



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  2. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  3. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or WordPerfect document file format.
  4. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  5. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

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