About the Journal
The PJSB has been accepted for indexing by the ASEAN Citation Index. ASEAN Citation Index (ACI) is a central regional database which was designed and set up to index all the bibliographic records and the citations of all quality ASEAN research outputs appeared in the ASEAN scholarly journals (https://www.asean-cites.org/index.php?r=home).
To all accepted Oral and Poster Presentors of the 2nd PSFBE:
You are invited to submit full papers for consideration in a special issue of the Philippine Journal of Systematic Biology
All submitted papers will be evaluated by the editors of the PJSB and will be subjected to peer-review prior to acceptance. Deadline is on June 30, 2019.
As per Commision on Higher Education CMO 50 series of 2017, the Philippine Journal of Systematic Biology is now a CHED Recognized Journal.
September 10, 2017
The PJSB is now a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). COPE was founded in 1997 by a group of medical journal editors concerned about publication misconduct, e.g. plagiarism, attempted or actual redundant publication, attempts to pass off
fraudulent data, unethical research, breaches of confdentiality, etc. Originally a loose gathering of individuals COPE is now a limited company and registered charity in the UK.
July 5, 2018
The PJSB is now indexed in Scopus. Scopus is one of the largest indexing database of peer-reviewed publications managed by Elsevier.
Focus and Scope
The PJSB strongly adheres to research and publication ethics. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published elsewhere nor should have been submitted for review / publication simultaneous with the submission in PJSB.
Peer Review Process
• Papers that adhere to the journal scope and style will be sent to 2-3 peer reviewers suggested by two handling editors through the managing editor. The PJSB follows a “double-blind” review on all submitted manuscripts, withholding the names of the authors as well as the identity of the reviewers.
• Manuscripts returned to the authors are given 2-3 weeks to be revised. Upon return of the manuscript, the revised paper should be accompanied by a letter highlighting the revisions or answers to the reviewers queries.
• Final decision on the acceptance or rejection of papers are made by the two handling editors.
Open Access Policy
General Manuscript Format
• Manuscripts must be submitted as an MS Word file (.doc) attachment to the Managing Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions should include a cover letter explicitly stating that the manuscript has not been submitted elsewhere for review or has not yet been published.
• The manuscript must be double-spaced using 12 pts, Times New Roman with a margin of 2.5 cm (1 in.) on all sides with row numbers. Number all pages consecutively on the top right corner, including those carrying tables, figures, legends and figures. All measurements should be given in metric unit.
• The manuscript must be written in English following Standard English grammar. Authors are encouraged to have their manuscript checked for grammatical errors by an English editor before submission.
Manuscript Sections Format
• Title Page
o Includes the title (ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, BOLDFACE), full name of each author (without academic degrees) (ALL CAPITAL LETTERS) and up to five keywords (italicized) without repeating those already in the title. Indicate the corresponding author with an asterisk and indicate his email address after the institutional affiliation.
o This occupies page 2 of the manuscript. Each paper should be provided with a summary / abstract not exceeding 300 words and written in one paragraph. It is suggested that the abstract should start with the research targets, followed by the main methods used, major results and the implications of the findings that may be of interest to the scientific community. Please provide 4 to 6 keywords. Keywords should not include any term that already appears in the title.
The main body of the manuscript starts on the 3rd page. Major headings should be typed in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, BOLDFACE while subheadings are boldface and italicized. For Review Papers, the summary is followed by a short introduction, the review proper (with subheadings) and the Literature Cited. Full Research papers includes the following major sections:
Introduction. A short discussion on the objectives of study.
Materials and Methods. Experimental procedure.
Results and Discussion. Results should be accompanied by tables, graphs, pictures.
Taxonomy / Systematics. For papers dealing with descriptions / re descriptions of new taxa
Conclusions and Recommendations. Conclusions derived from the results and possible future modifications the authors suggest.
Acknowledgements should be brief and should primarily indicate financial support and / personal assistance in the work being published. Do not acknowledge anonymous reviewers.
Literature cited. References used and cited in the study. These should be listed alphabetically. Avoid citing gray literature or reference not accessible through indexes / libraries. Write journal / book titles in full. It is the author’s responsibility to check that all papers cited in the manuscript appear in the Literature Cited section.
Article in Journal
Adorador, V.C., M.A. Bernardo, J.L.L. Gonzales, A.C. Lam, F.A.M. Malijan, R.D.S. Papa & J.R. Castillo, 2006. Morphological and DNA size-based differences among Corallana spp. in Oreochromis sp. found in open waters and fish cages in Taal Lake. The Philippine Biota, 39: 5-11.
Zafaralla, M.T., C.R. Barril, A.C. Santos-Borja, E.V. Manalili, J.T. Dizon, J.G. Sta. Ana & N.O. Aguilar, 2005. Water Resources. In: Lasco, R.D. & M.A.O. Espaldon, (ed.), Ecosystems and People: The Philippine Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) Sub-global Assessment. Environmental Forestry Programme, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Los Baños, Laguna. pp. 65- 112.
Fernando, C.H., 2002. A Guide to Tropical Freshwater Zooplankton -Identification, Ecology and Impact on Fisheries. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands. 291 pp.
Notes on Figures and Tables
*Tables and figures must be submitted separately from the word file. Only table and figure labels must appear after the references
Tables. Tables must be submitted as separate word files. All tables should be prepared with tabulators (without preceding/trailing spaces). If you prefer using the table tool of your word-processing programme, do not insert line breaks (¶) and/or preceding/trailing spaces inside cells (i.e. there can be only one line of text within a cell). New table rows should be created by adding new rows of table cells (even if some cells are left empty), not by hitting enter and creating a new lines within existing cells. CR symbols (¶) cannot be preset in any table cell. The number of cells in a table should equal the number of rows multiplied by the number of columns. This must be done on a separate word file from the main manuscript. Do not use vertical lines to separate columns. Avoid crowded tables. Do not present data in both graphical and tabular form. Tables should be self-explanatory / understandable without reference to text. Table headings should be placed on top of the table. See Example
Figures. Line drawings, computer plots or photographs should be submitted separately as digital files in jpeg, or tiff format. The images should clearly show intended details to support the manuscript. Picture quality must not be below 5 megapixels/640X480 resolution/200kb/1200 dpi (for scanned images). File names should indicate the following: surname of primary author, year of submission, the word Fig followed by the number (ex. Perez2009Fig1.jpeg). Provide figure captions in a separate sheet at the end of the manuscript. Figure plates/panels should be labeled (a), (b), (c), etc. and referred to in the text as, for example, Fig. 1a.
Ethical responsibilities of Authors
• The paper must not be a single study that are split up into several parts to increase the quantity of submission to various journals or to the PJSB
• No data including images have been fabricated or manipulated to support the authors conclusions
• Proper acknowledgement of other researches should be done by the authors in any part of their manuscript. Any form of plagiarism is not tolerated by the PJSB
• All authors have contributed sufficiently to the submitted paper thus will collectively share responsibility and accountability for the results.
• Changes in authorship or order of the authors will not be accepted after the acceptance for publication.
• Change in authorship in any form must be justified with a letter addressed to the Editor-in-Chief.
• The authors should be prepared to send relevant documents or data upon request by the PJSB to verify the validity of the results.
• Any breach of any of the ethical procedures stated here will result into the immediate rejection of the manuscript and legal action will be taken by the PJSB if necessary. The PJSB adopts the Committee on Publication Ethics(COPE) rules and guidelines in both the peer review process and submission of manuscripts.
Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of interest
• Potential conflicts of interest may be directly or indirectly related to their published work may include but are not limited to the following:
o Research Grants (indicate funding agency and grant number in the acknowledgement section)
o Financial award or support received from educational programs, presenting the research in a symposia or affiliation
o Support from a project sponsor
o Position on advisory board or board of directors or other type of management relationships
o Multiple affiliations
o Financial Relationships, such as investment interests
o Intellectual property rights
o Filial, Familial or any other relation that may have financial interest in the work/publication
*If there are any Conflicts of interest in the study the authors must include a “Disclosure of conflicts of interest” after the Acknowledgement section or before the Reference Section.
o Full Research Papers
o Review Papers, Taxonomic Revisions, Opinion Papers
o Short Notes/Communications
o Book Reviews
Lawrence Liao, Ph.D. (Hiroshima University, Japan)
Domingo Madulid, Ph.D. (De La Salle University-Manila, Philippines)
Domingo Madulid, Ph.D. (De La Salle University-Manila, Philippines)
Lawrence Liao, Ph.D. (Hiroshima University, Japan)
Hidetoshi Nagamasu, PhD (Kyoto University Museum, Japan)
Boon-Chuan Ho, Ph.D. (Singapore Botanic Gardens,Singapore)
Monica Suleiman, Ph.D. (Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia)
Molecular Phylogenetics/Evolutionary Biology
Grecebio Jonathan D. Alejandro, Ph.D. (University of Santo Tomas, Philippines)
Irene Samonte Padilla, Ph.D. (Max-Planck-Institut für Evolutions biologie, Germany)
Mike Thiv, Ph.D. (Staatliches Museum fuer Naturkunde, Germany)
Ga Hun Boo, Ph.D. (Chungnam National University, South Korea)
Irineo Dogma, Jr., Ph.D. (University of Santo Tomas, Philippines)
Windell Rivera, Ph.D. (University of the Philippines – Diliman, Philippines)
Yuan Kun Lee, Ph.D. (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Ph.D. (University of the Philippines – Los Baños, Philippines)
Suchai Worachananant, Ph.D. (Kasetsart University, Thailand)
Eric Rickart, Ph.D. (University of Utah, United States of America)
Rafe Brown, Ph.D. (University of Kansas, United States of America)
Terrence Gosliner, Ph.D. (California Academy of Sciences, United States of America)
Julia T. Sigwart, Ph.D. (Queen’s University, United Kingdom)
Tin-Yam Chan, Ph.D. (National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan)
Aimee Lyn Barrion-Dupo, Ph.D. (University of the Philippines – Los Baños, Philippines)
Anindo Choudhury, Ph.D. (St. Norbert’s College, United States of America)
Masahiro Ohara, Ph.D. (Hokkaido University Museum, Japan)
Hydrobiology/Icthyology/Zooplankton Ecology and Systematics/Limnology
Roberto Pagulayan, Ph.D. (Angeles University Foundation, Philippines)
Rey Donne Papa, Ph.D. (University of Santo Tomas, Philippines)
Hiroyuki Motumura Ph.D. (Kagoshima University Museum, Japan)
Jeffrey Kwik, Ph.D. (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Henri Dumont, Ph.D. (Jinan University, China)
Bo-Ping Han, Ph.D. (Jinan University, China)
Maria Holynska, Ph.D. (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
Eric Zeus C. Rizo, Ph.D. (University of the Philippines-Visayas, Philippines) – Managing Editor
Jayson G. Chavez, Ph.D. (Far Eastern University, Philippines) – Assistant Managing Editor
Maria Isabella J. Escobar, M.Sc. (University of Santo Tomas, Philippines) – Lay-out Editor
Compliance with Ethical standards
• The corresponding author is responsible for gathering documentation of compliance with ethical standards upon request during the peer review process or after publication
• The PJSB reserves the right to reject manuscript that do not comply to stated ethical procedures and responsibilities. The authors will be held responsible for any falsification of information related to compliance on ethical standards.
• Complaints on the peer-review process, plagiarism, falsification and fabrication of data and the like, conflicts of interests and other publication and research malpractice must be sent to the Managing Editor of the PJSB (email@example.com) in a letter addressed to the Editor-in-Chief.
• If the complaint proves to have merit, the Editorial Board will process the complaint and will act on it accordingly. If allegations on research misconduct is proven, manuscript maybe rejected, given an addendum upon publication of manuscript (if it has been accepted), banning of authors to publish in the PJSB or other legal action that the PJSB need to protect its integrity and adherence to standard ethical publication and research practices and procedures.
Charges on Publication for Non ASBP Members
o Non-ASBP Member local- Php 3000.00
o Non-ASBP Member foreign – USD 100.00
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