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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.
  • The research paper has not been previously published, nor is it currently submitted to another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, or Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is written in single-space, double-space between paragraphs; uses Times Romans font  (12-point font-size) 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • To ensure that there will be anonymity during the review process, authors will agree that their names be temporarily removed from the byline as required by the Double Blind Peer Review system employed by APJSBS.

  • All procedures in the study were done in accordance to the relevant ethical requirements especially in the treatment of human participants or animal subjects. Methodology includes a description of how this aspect is done.
  • Authors signify that there has been no conflict of interest in the conduct of the research.  This means that the validity of the research has not been influenced by secondary interest such as financial gain or rivalry.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript should be submitted by the author or one of the authors of the research paper to the Managing Editor through the email address: apjsbs.ojs@gmail.com.

Authors are advised to transmit the title of the paper, authors' complete names, institutional affiliations, corresponding authors' email addresses and ORCID number (if available) for the issuance of LOG IN details.

Authors must agree to have their papers reviewed anonymously through the process of double-blind review by the referees identified by the APJSBS.

Upon submission of papers, it is understood that authors accept that their papers will be edited for originality and readability and that the manuscript will go through plagiarism and Grammarly softwares.They must also be willing to comply with the ethical requirements of their study.

Authors are required to signify that the paper has not been previously published, it is not being considered for publication in other journals while undergoing the review process with APJSBS, and will not be published in other journals when accepted.

Authors must adhere to the American Psychological Association (latest edition) for the guidelines on writing style including forms of citations, references, tables and figures in the preparation of manuscript.

Research articles must be written in standard English.  Manuscripts must not exceed 5,000 words, 2mb.  Texts must be single space; double-space in between paragraphs.

All submissions will begin with a separate page indicating the paper title, authors' complete names, authors' ORCID ID, institutional affiliations, and email address. The sections of the article are as follows:

Title. A concise statement on what the paper is all about.

Authors and Affiliations.  This indicates the names of the authors beginning with the Lead Author and Co-authors as well as the institutional affiliations of each one.

Abstract.  This is a brief description (not more than 200 words) of the objective(s) of the study, its methodology, its major findings and conclusions.

Keywords.  These are carefully selected words related to the topic and the methods used in the paper.  A maximum of 6 words may be included in the list.

Introduction.  This section establishes the rationale of the study; cites previously done researches, identifies the perceived gap, states how the paper can address the identified gap, and states the purposes or objectives of the study.

Conceptual Framework/Framework.  This section provides the most relevant literature on which the research article is anchored.

Methodology.  This segment describes the procedure used in the study including descriptions of the locale, the participants, the data gathering tools and the treatment of the data.  This must be indicative of a systematic and rigorous process. 

Ethics Statement.  This is a required section for researches using humans or animals as subjects.  It indicates the steps undertaken to address the ethical considerations related to the research (i.e., scientific soundness, ethical soundness, researcher competence, community involvement, conflict of interest, etc)

Results and Discussion.  This section provides information on the findings, analyses, and interpretation of the results including how these relate to other studies.  Tables and Figures must have captions and must adhere to the format specifications of the American Psychological Association (latest edition)

Conclusion.  This is where the authors states the important contribution of the study to the existing body of knowledge.

Recommendations.  This section presents the recommendations regarding the next steps to be taken by the potential clients/stakeholders based on the results of the study.

Plan for Research Dissemination and Utilization.  This part provides a brief description of the target beneficiaries of the research and the avenues for dissemination and utilization of the research findings.

Funding Acknowledgment Statement.  This is written in full sentence citing the funding source(s) of the study.

List of References.  This provides the list of printed and online resources used in the study.

IMPORTANT NOTES: For easy editing and lay-outing purposes, authors may be required to have separate submission of photos, frames, tables, graphs, formulas and data sets through apjsbs.ojs@gmail.com.

All inquiries concerning the publication of accepted papers should be addressed to the Managing Editor through the email address: apjsbs.ojs@gmail.com


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