In 1978, Western Mindanao State University launched the Research Journal (ISSN 0115-6454) as a multidisciplinary print journal in order to provide faculty researchers an avenue to share their scholarly researches.
From 1978 to 2014, the WMSU Research Journal remained multidisciplinary with two Issues per Volume published every year. From 2015, the frequency of publication was changed from semi-annual to annual, with only one Issue per year. In 2016, the WMSU RJ underwent another change in order to provide a better conduit for authors to be cited. Among the major changes were the online publication of articles through its newest website, and the niche (aims and scope). Since then, the WMSU RJ published one Volume of research articles that are related to science, engineering, and technology annually.
Towards internationalization of the WMSU RJ, it had to clearly establish its niche and identity; hence, WMSU initiated to publish articles within the scope of Science and Technology under the new journal title "Ciencia". The title was proposed and approved on October 24, 2018 during the 2nd Research Council Meeting to replace the former journal name "WMSU Research Journal". Ciencia comes from the Latin “scientia” meaning “to know, to understand” and simply translates to "science/knowledge". The title in itself reflects the scope it represents and generally emphasizes the Hispanic heritage of Zamboanga City where Western Mindanao State University is located.
With this recent development, the National Library of the Philippines has granted new International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSN) separately for both print (2704-2758) and online publication form (2704-2766) to Ciencia. The WMSU RJ (now Ciencia) is indexed in Philippine E-Journals (PEJ) under the C&E Open Access License to Publish Agreement. Ciencia is envisioned to be a CHED-accredited journal and indexed internationally.
We are now in the process of applying for an Intellectual Property Ownership (Trademark) for the Ciência logo featured above.
The title in itself generally emphasizes the Hispanic heritage of Zamboanga City where Western Mindanao State University is located. The term Ciência is translated in the Spanish-English dictionary as “science/knowledge”; it is borrowed from the Latin “scientia” – from “sciens” with a root of “scio” meaning “to know, to understand”. The title in itself reflects the scope it represents. Other specific elements present in the title are the bulb which means knowledge, the gear which represents innovation and the bar on top of letter “e” implies accent in terms of how it will be pronounced. The waves below the word Ciencia reflect the dynamic nature of science while the crimson red color reflects WMSU.
Free Scopus Remote Access for WMSU Researchers
WMSU RUPID, the publisher of Ciencia, has been granted by the Department of Science and Technology Region IX a Scopus account for free access of online reputable journals for WMSU researchers. To access, go to www.scopus.com and sign in as firstname.lastname@example.org. Password is already disseminated through the respective College Research Coordinators.