Initial Screening

The Managing Editor/Technical Associate for RUPID will select the research articles for journal publication based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the Research content
  • Adequacy of the methods
  • Significance and Applicability of findings
  • Originality of work
  • Technical appropriateness


Relevance of the Research Content. Research content is considered relevant if it is a sponsored/funded study, if it is within the thrusts of the academic communities, or if it has been accepted/presented in research meeting/forum.


Adequacy and efficiency of the Methods. The research work should have used research design that is adequate and efficient and should have shown innovativeness in the discipline where it belongs.


Significance and Applicability of Findings. The research findings should be significant; that is, they should contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the discipline. Moreover, the findings should have applicability – meaning, they produce innovation/s with direct relevance to the community, industry or profession.


Originality of the Work. The manuscript for publication should have a passing rate in the anti-plagiarism test specified by the anti-plagiarism software being used.


Technical Appropriateness. (IMRaD) All relevant sources should be properly acknowledged through the in-text documentation and inclusion in the References section. The sources should be arranged following preferably the APA style, 6th Edition (2010).



The author/s will be notified whether the manuscript submitted for publication is accepted or rejected during the initial screening.


Scoring system: The research manuscripts submitted for publication will be evaluated based on the criteria set forth by the WMSURJ. The referees/editors should indicate his/her decision using the following scoring system.







Accepted for publication without any revision/s


Accepted with minor revision/s


Accepted with major revision/s


Rejected with conditions for possible resubmission


Totally rejected; not publishable (Rejected without conditions for possible resubmission)



  1. If two referees reject the research article without conditions for possible resubmission, the article is deemed rejected.
  2. If the research article obtained a mean score of less than 2.0, the article is deemed rejected.
  3. If the research article garnered a mean score of 2.0 and above the authors will be advised to do the revisions following suggestions of the referee(s).


The managing editor will transmit to the author/s the decision whether the manuscript is accepted or rejected, including the consolidated comments/suggestions of the referees/editors. In return, the authors are given 15 days to comply with the set of suggestions for accepted manuscripts.






The WMSURJ does not require authors of original research papers to assign copyright of their contributions to the journal. Authors are encouraged to submit their version of the accepted, peer-reviewed manuscript to their funding body's archive, for public release six months after publication. In addition, authors are encouraged to archive their version of the manuscript in their institution's repositories (as well as on their personal web sites), also six months after the original publication. Authors should cite the publication reference and doi number on any deposited version.

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Title: Ciencia (formerly WMSU Research Journal)
Volume: Vol 37
Editorial Board: 8297Editorial Board (2018).pdf
Date: December 2018
Title(s): Charcoal Briquettes Manufactured from Dried Mango Leaves (DML)– An Alternative Solid Fuel Source
Author(s): Sarah R. Ycaza and Juanita T. Barre
Discipline: Chemistry
College: College of Science and Mathematics
Keyword(s): carbonization, calorific value, friability, briquettes, Zamboanga Peninsula
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Title(s): Determinants of Betel Quid Chewing: Implication for Oral Health Education Program
Author(s): Satra B. Mawali, Nur-Albima A. Buddahim, Fatima Ayesha J. Hassan, Sheila Afiza S. Danial, Jeehan S.
Discipline: Health Science
College: College of Nursing
Keyword(s): betel quid, oral health, determinants, habit, peer pressure
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Title(s): Optimization of Oil Yield Extracted from Sardines (Sardinella longinecips) Solid Wastes
Author(s): Sheene Krishia D. Valdez & Rivera B. Aliponga
Discipline: Food Science/Waste Management
College: College of Home Economics/College of Agriculture
Keyword(s): waste management, fish oil yield, sardines fish, wet rendering method, Zamboanga City
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Title(s): Abundance and Distribution of Sea Cucumbers in Barangay Semut, Basilan Province, Philippines
Author(s): Benjamin H. Jaafar, Arianna G. Salapuddin and Evanel Paz P. Quilala
Discipline: Fisheries
College: College of Science and Mathematics
Keyword(s): abundance, distribution, sea cucumber, canonical correspondence analysis, Basilan
No. of Downloads: 288
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Title(s): Morphometric Analysis of Rice Black Bug, Scotinophara spp. in Selected Areas in Lanao del Norte, Philippines
Author(s): Demi Antoinette B. Jacomilla, Eleanor C. Radaza & Jocelyn O. Pattuinan
Discipline: Crop Science
College: Department of Biology, Philippine Science High School
Keyword(s): Scotinophora spp., geometric morphometrics, variation
No. of Downloads: 186
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Title(s): Microbial Analysis of Fresh Miki Noodles Sold in Selected Stalls in Zamboanga City Public Market
Author(s): Princess Aljoy S. Almazar, Jolindamey E. Fernando & Izar U. Laput & Genelyn G. Madjos
Discipline: Microbiology
College: College of Science and Mathematics
Keyword(s): food handling, Salmonella sp., Staphylococcus aureus, 3M Petrifilms, Zamboanga City
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Title(s): A Ceramic Water Filter formed by Starch Consolidation
Author(s): Roselle Mae M. Menchavez, Jan Mellrick D. Dugenio & Anwar Zeus S. Pattuinan
Discipline: Physics
College: Department of Physics, Philippine Science High School System
Keyword(s): filtration media, start consolidation, ceramic water filter, flow rate, viscosity
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Title(s): Selected Biomarkers from Oil Palm-Ganoderma Infected Tissues for Detection of Basal Stem Rot Disease
Author(s): Guo Yu & Khim Phin Chong
Discipline: Natural Science (Agriculture)
College: Science and Natural Resources, Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Keyword(s): oil palm, Ganoderma spp, dodecanoic acid methyl ester, 9-Octadecenoic acid (Z) methyl ester and Methyl stearate
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