Aims and Scope

The Philippine Social Science Journal (PSSJ) is an international refereed journal published by Recoletos de Bacolod Graduate School of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos. It publishes original and quality papers dealing with social science. It also includes anthropology, human geography, demography, business, management, economics, education, psychology, criminal justice, political science, social policy, international relations, sociology, law, media studies, history, health and well-being, and religion.  As an international refereed journal, PSSJ continuously commits itself to provide a mentoring space for researchers and scientists to publish original and unpublished scholarly papers that can foster new knowledge and understanding of various societal issues and become the basis for policies and programs to enhance organizational practices and improve the quality of life.

ISSN: 2672-3107 (Print) and 2704-288X (Online)

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Submission Policy

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

Manuscripts should be submitted online. Submissions should be saved on an MS Word. Self-identifying references should be deleted from the text and notes. 

Revisions must be submitted within the time frame set by the Editor.

Authors must fill-out the Declaration Agreement for original contribution and sole responsibility of the author vs. plagiarism, and the hierarchy of authorship (in case of multiple authors).

Peer Review Process

As a refereed journal, all papers will undergo a double-blind review process. An article is reviewed by two or three experts in the research topic. They will evaluate the article in terms of novelty, technical adequacy, presentation of the paper, and appropriateness for publication. These referees will provide comments and suggestions for the improvement of the manuscript.  They will also recommend an action to be taken with regards to the manuscript from the options set by the journal: Accept without revision(s), Accept with minor revision(s), Accept with major revision(s), Reject with the option to resubmit, or Reject. The authors will be informed of the evaluation of the referees.

Criteria for Acceptance and Rejection

For the manuscript to be accepted for publication, it must: (1) be recommended by two or three referees; (2) address the comments and suggestions of the referees; (3) comply with ethical standards and protocols; (4) adhere to journal format and style; (5) pass Plagiarism Detection Test with a score of at least 10% or less and Grammarly Rating of 95% or more; and (6) be endorsed for publication by the International Editorial Advisory Board.

In the event where the referees substantially disagree about the quality of the paper, the editor will solicit one or more reviews as a tie-breaker.

Publication Ethics Policy

PSSJ is committed to upholding the highest standards of research and publication ethics and takes all possible measures against any publication malpractice. All accepted papers are subjected to a rigorous review process and stringent grammar and plagiarism test.  Likewise, all authors are requested to declare that the paper/abstract submitted for publication in PSSJ is not published or considered for publication in part or whole in any journal or magazine for private or public circulation. They must agree to the hierarchy of authorship (in the case of co-authorship) depending on their significant contribution to the work to qualify for authorship. For funded research papers, authors are requested to declare and acknowledge the valuable support of agencies, institutions, and individuals in the conduct of the research projects. Any papers suspected of intellectual dishonesty and authorship's falsification will not be published or retracted from the website.

Open Access and Copyright Policy

The journal offers open access to its content on the principle that making research freely and permanently available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Hence, PSSJ does not charge subscription fees to our readers in order to access, read, download, copy, distribute, print, and link the full text of all published articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or author. Also, the journal does not collect fees from potential authors in the publication of their papers. 

PSSJ is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

Publication Frequency

PSSJ is a bi-annual publication. It comes out in January and July. Special issues may be published in a year.

Sources of Support

The journal is funded by Recoletos de Bacolod Graduate School, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos.

Journal History

The Philippine Social Science Journal was the brainchild of Dr. Dennis V. Madrigal, first chief and managing editor under the chairmanship of Rev. Fr. Jose Alden B. Alipin, OAR, Graduate School Dean and Vice President for Academic. PSSJ was conceived with the idea of providing students and professors of the Graduate School and all research enthusiasts across the globe a platform to engage in research publication. The print maiden issue was released in December 2018. Then, the website of the journal was launched in May 2019 with the release of the online version of the maiden issue. Currently, PSSJ releases both the print and online versions twice a year in January and July.