All research papers submitted to Ciencia are subjected to scrutiny by pertinent experts. These experts are chosen based on their area of specialization and able to carry out constructive reviews with impartiality. They will perform reviews on (1) Relevance of the research content, (2) adequacy and efficiency of the methods, (3) significance and applicability of findings, (4) Originality of the topic, and (5) technical appropriateness and recommend acceptance or rejection for publication. The review process provides opportunity to the authors to uphold standards in claiming scientific ideas to be published in research journals.



Type of Refereeing System. Double-blind refereeing system is used by Ciencia. The double-blind policy in refereeing means that both authors and referees do not have knowledge of each other’s identity for the sole purpose of attaining total objectivity in the screening process of research articles. This policy shall be applied to all submitted articles both at the Editorial Board level and at the Board of Referees level. For the sake of retrieval and reference, only the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor are authorized to know the identity of the referees and authors.


Composition of the Panel of Referees/Reviewers. The Board of Referees for the WMSURJ is created per issue of the journal and based on the kinds of articles submitted for review. There shall be three (3) referees to review each article: one (1) internal and two (2) external referees. The total members of the panel and their qualifications vary depending on the number and the kinds of articles submitted for review.


Qualifications and Responsibilities of Referees. The Editorial Board is responsible for recruiting the members of the Peer Review Panel. A referee is recruited based on the following criteria: (a) preferably a doctorate in relevant discipline; (b) has published at least one paper in a refereed journal in the last five years; (c) has published at least one research article indexed by SCOPUS/WoS in the last five years; and (d) has received research related awards, and citation counts and H-index across his name. In addition, each referee is expected to take the following ethical responsibilities of reviewers: (a) A referee keeps the paper under review with utmost confidentiality; (b) A referee needs to critique the paper constructively; (c) S/he has to accept refereeing assignment only if s/he has adequate expertise on the subject; (d) S/he needs to evaluate the merit of the paper objectively; (e) S/he needs to reveal to the editor any conflict of interest, so the issue could be properly dealt with, or else he/she has to decline the role of the reviewer; (f) S/he has to act promptly and to complete the review within the period of not more than 30 days from the receipt of the paper under review.

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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
No. of Downloads: 279
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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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