Mindanao affairs
Mindanao affairs

Editorial Policies

Review Process

  • This journal adopts a double-blind peer review process to ensure impartiality and objectivity in evaluating submissions.
  • Before forwarding a manuscript to external peer reviewers, the Editor conducts a table review of all submissions to ensure that they meet the journal’s scope and standards.
  • The editorial team endeavors to complete the review process and provide feedback to the corresponding author within 20 to 30 working days from the date of submission. However, please note that the review process may take longer if a thorough and rigorous evaluation of the manuscript is required.
  • The corresponding author will be notified of the editorial decision and provided with constructive feedback based on the reviewers’ comments and suggestions.
  • In cases where revisions are requested, the corresponding author must submit a revised version of the manuscript addressing the reviewers’ concerns, which will be re-evaluated by the same reviewers or a new set of reviewers.
  • The final decision on the publication of the manuscript is based on the comments and recommendations of the peer reviewers and the editorial board.
  • All manuscripts are treated confidentially, and the reviewers’ identities are not disclosed to the authors to ensure anonymity and objectivity in the review process.

Open Access Policy

  • Mindanao Affairs is a fully open access journal and its operation is entirely funded by Davao del Norte State College, Philippines. It does not require authors to pay an article processing charge (APC).

Publication Ethics

  • Authors should ensure that their work is original and properly cited. Contributors are expected to observe high ethical norms and good practices in publishing. Plagiarism, in any form, is unacceptable.
  • Authorship should be limited to those who have made significant contributions to the research or content of the manuscript. All listed authors should have approved the final version of the manuscript and agree to its submission for publication.
  • Authors should disclose any financial or personal conflicts of interest that may have influenced the research or its outcome.
  • Research involving human subjects or animals must comply with ethical standards and guidelines. Authors may be required provide evidence of ethical clearance or consent as appropriate.
  • Mindanao Affairs Journal considers retracting a publication if:

o There is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation or experimental error);

o The findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper crossreferencing, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication);

o It constitutes plagiarism; and

o It reports unethical research data.