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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.
  • Authors must submit electronically prepared manuscript in Microsoft Word to:
  • Submission should be accompanied by a cover letter attesting that the manuscript has not been published nor submitted to other journals for publication.
  • Papers should use Arial as Font style, size 12, spacing is 1.5, the size of the paper is 8.5” x 11” or letter size, with 1” margin on all sides.
  • Major headings should use Arial font style also, size 12, while subheadings will use 11 as the size of the font, other subheadings should be smaller than the previous heading. Use color blue and make the text bold for all the headings.
  • To promote anonymous review, authors should not identify themselves directly or indirectly in their papers or in experimental test instruments included in the submission.

Author Guidelines

Updated October 22, 2020


Parts of the Manuscript

The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: 1) Title page, and 2) Main text file. Title page is uploaded separately as a supplementary file. Do NOT combine main text file with title page.

(1) Title page file:

This must include the following information:

  • Title of the manuscript
  • Names (spelled out in full) of all the authors*, and the institutions with which they are affiliated)
  • Corresponding author's details (name, email, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers)
  • Declaration of conflict of interest
  • Funding
  • Acknowledgment
  • Authors contribution (Clearly state the contribution of each author)
  • Author biographies (Academic or structural position in your institution and ORCiD iD)
  • Ethical consideration (State the complete name of institutions or ethics committee and approval number)- maybe not applicable during this first publication volume

(2) Main text file

Please identify below on the type of manuscript you are planning to submit, and follow the guidance provided.

  • Original Research Article
  • Review article
  • Concept analysis
  • Editorial
  • Perspective

The full paper should comprise the following major headings, the Title and should also contain the author/s, affiliation/s (department/college, institution, country), and the name and complete mailing address (telephone or mobile number, e-mail address). It should also include the information of the corresponding author, Abstract of no more than 250 words, which should include the overall purpose of the study and the research problem/s, the methodology, major findings or trends found as a result of the analysis, brief summary of the interpretation, conclusion, and the implication/s of the study and followed by a maximum of five keywords.

  • Introduction
  • Materials and Methods (for experimental study) or Methodology for non-experimental study (research design, sampling, research setting, research subjects, etc.)
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusion and Recommendation should briefly answer the objectives fo the study. They are not a repetition of the discussions, however judgment of the results obtained.
  • Limitations and future works
  • Declaration of conflict of interest
  • The references and in-text citations should follow the APA Style 7th Edition. 


For keywords of abstract, identify maximum 5 keywords for your article.


Tables should be self-contained and complement, not duplicate, information contained in the text. They should be supplied as editable files, not pasted as images. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend, and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. All abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings. Put the tables in the main content in the appropriate position, instead of putting them under the references. Titles of the tables should be found on top of the table itself while captions of figures should be found right below the figure itself. 

Figure Legends

Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement. Scientific names of species should be written completely with the author(s) when it is first mentioned and without author in succeeding references. Scientific names should be written in italics.


Although authors are encouraged to send the highest-quality figures possible, for peer-review purposes, a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions are accepted. Do not spell out numbers unless they are used to start a sentence. 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).

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