Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU) Multidisciplinary Research Journal is open to the global community of scholars who wish to have their researches published in a refereed journal. The Editorial Board invites guest editors and referees from the Philippines and abroad for every issue of the journal.

Publishable research articles embrace any research methodology as long as the articles meet the publication standards of the journal. The journal primarily has, as its audience, scientists, academicians, graduate students, and other individuals interested in pushing the frontiers of higher education research. This research journal is published annually every December.

The primary criterion for publication in the SDSSU Multidisciplinary Research Journal is the significance an article contributes to the body of knowledge. The content areas of interest include the various disciplines of knowledge. 

 

Section Policies

 

Peer Review Process

The SDSSU Multidisciplinary Research Journal (SDSSU MRJ) adopts the double-blind review process wherein the reviewer and the author do not know each other's identity.

Upon recieving the articles, preliminary assessment will be done such as subjecting it to grammarly and plagiarism detection test and checking the artcile if it conforms to the standard set by the journal. If manuscript passes  grammarly and plagiarism detection test with a score of at least 90% for originality and at least 85% for grammar issues, the paper then be endorsed for peer review process. Otherwise, the manuscript is returned to the author to comply for the preliminary assessessment. 

In the peer review process, the management then identifies scholars or other experts to referee the manuscript. The management ensures that the referees have an excellent track record as researchers in the field as evidenced by researches published in refereed journals, research related awards, and experience in peer reviewing. The identities of the referees are kept unknown to research authors.

Three referees are invited for each research paper. Once a referee accepts the invitation as peer reviewer, it is understood that the paper will be kept confidential and will not be shared with the referee's colleagues. Within a specified time frame (not more than 4 weeks), the referees provide feedback through the online journal system of the publication. The journal management then evaluates the referees' comments before notifying the decision or referees' comments back to the authors.

A paper is accepted when it is favorably endorsed for publication by at least two referees, the instructions for revision are substantially complied, and the manuscript passes grammarly and plagiarism detection test with a score of at least 90% for originality and at least 85% for grammar issues. Otherwise, the manuscript is rejected. 

 

Publication Frequency

SDSSU MRJ is published annually, both print and online. Circulation is scheduled during the last quarter of the year.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...