Information for Contributors

Review ProcessThe editor-in-chief makes an initial assessment on the soundness of the research objectives and methodology of a submitted manuscript. After having been judged robust enough, the manuscript will be passed to an associate editor whose expertise aligns with the manuscript’s disciplinary sphere. The associate editor reviews the manuscript with one or two other referees with pertinent disciplinary specialization. The review process is double blind where both authors and reviewers are kept anonymous. After the final revision by the author/s, the manuscript goes thru the language editor, then finally to the managing editor and the editor-in-chief.Ethical Statement

The SHJ is committed to uphold intellectual honesty in academic and scientific pursuits. To fulfill this commitment, the SHJ editorial board, which also serves as the ethics committee, probes submissions for plagiarism and breach of research ethics:

  1. Plagiarism. To ensure that all submitted manuscripts are original the SHJ invites reviewers with long and vast experience in their field/s of specialization that enables them to recognize plagiarized statements. Author/s are required to make a declaration that the submitted manuscript is original, has not used data or information from other researches without properly acknowledging them, does not misrepresent research data to promote a certain agenda, and has not been previously published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.

Recognizing the limitations of reviewers to detect plagiarism, the SHJ enjoins the entire science community to report to the Editor in Chief any plagiarized work published in the SHJ.

  1. Breach of research ethics. Aside from the theoretical and practical relevance of the study, the SHJ respects research ethics particularly in ensuring the confidentiality of respondents and the care and use of animals in scientific experiments, thus these are among the aspects that SHJ editors and reviewers consider in assessing the soundness of the study’s methodology.

To prevent possible competing or conflicting interests that may affect their impartiality, reviewers are required to indicate in the signed reviewer’s report form that he/she has no personal, financial, intellectual, professional, political or religious interest that may compromise his/her neutrality as peer reviewer.

Manuscript Structure

Written in English, the articles should be organized following this outline: Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods or Methodology, Results and Discussion and Conclusion. Articles should not be more than 7,500 words, including title, tables, figures and references. Use the metric system for measurements.

      • Manuscripts must be typed in Arial Narrow (12 points), double-spaced on good quality Letter size bond paper (8.5 in x 11 in) with top and left margins set at 3.8 cm (1.5 in) by 2.5 cm (1 in)bottom and right margins.
      • Two hard copies and a USB containing the file of the manuscript in Microsoft Word, must be submitted. The Latter could be returned if requested.
      • The manuscript should be set out in the following format: TITLE, AUTHOR(s) and FULL ADDRESS(es), ABSTRACT (250-300 words), KEY WORDS, INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY, RESULTS AND DISCUSSION, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION(s), ACKNOWLEDGMENT (if any) and LITERATURE CITED for physical/biological sciences. In case of articles on social sciences, the Introduction should include the theoretical/conceptual framework (if any).
      • Tables must be kept to a minimum and the layout should be as simple as possible. These should be on separate sheets and placed after Literature Cited. The number of column should be kept low enough and long vertical rules should be avoided for each table to fit upright on a single space.
      • Photograph should be on a glossy paper, of good contrast and at least as large as the intended size. They must be unmounted or preferably mounted in layout to fill the printed page. Journal size is set at 15.24 cm x 22.86 cm (6 in x 9 in). Scanned pictures or those generated by digital cameras may be accepted but original photographs are preferable.
      • Manuscript should not be more than 20 printed pages including tables and/or figures.
      • Manuscripts may be submitted as e-mail attachments to gs@vsu.edu.ph

 

 

 

 

 

The Editor-in-Chief
Science and Humanities Journal
Office of the Graduate School
Visayas State University
Visca, Baybay City, Leyte, Philippines 6521-A