Submission and Review

The Review of Socio-Economic Research and Development Studies (ReSERDS) welcomes submissions that use an interdisciplinary approach in analyzing contemporary issues related to socio-economics and development. ReSERDS  uses a double- blind peer review process, wherein both the reviewers and the authors are anonymous to each other, in evaluating the scholarly merit of the submitted manuscript.

It is understood that the manuscripts submitted to ReSERDS must be the result of original work or research by the authors. At the time of submission, authors certify that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere nor under review by any other journals.

Once a manuscript is submitted to ReSERDS, the Editor-in-Chief makes an initial assessment of the submitted paper if it fits to the aims and scope of the journal. If it falls within the coverage of the journal, the manuscript will be subjected to a plagiarism checker to ensure originality of submission.

After the manuscript passes the initial assessment, it will be sent for peer-review to at least two referees. The authors will receive an email informing them that the manuscript will be sent for peer-reviewed. If the manuscript will not pass the initial assessment, the authors will also receive an email. ReSERDS uses ScholarOne Manuscripts that handles the online submission and review process. Authors who are interested to submit their research must register online and follow the submission process.

ReSERDS uses a double-blind review process. Both the authors and the reviewers will be anonymous. The authors do not know who the reviewers are and similarly the reviewers do not know the authors of the paper are. Authors must prepare their papers ready for double-blind review process. Please remove the name of the authors, institutions, email addresses and any other identification in the main text to adhere to the double-blind review process.

At least two reviewers will be invited to assess the scientific merit of the submitted paper. The title and abstract will be shared to the invited reviewers. Once reviewers agree to review, they are given 4 weeks to do the evaluation and submit the recommendation of the paper. Extension of the review process is duly granted if reviewers will request for an extension.

The referees will use the guidelines set by ReSERDS. Reviewers can get recognition in Publons for agreeing to review the papers submitted to ReSERDS. Based on the recommendation of the reviewers, the editor will decide either to accept, revise or reject the manuscript. The authors will be informed through email about the results of the review. If major or minor revisions are required, the manuscript will be sent back to the authors for necessary revisions and re-submission. When submitting a revised version, authors are required to submit another document detailing the responses to the comments and suggestions of the reviewers. Authors are given at most 4 weeks to submit the revised version of the paper.

Once the paper is accepted, the authors will an email that their paper has been accepted for publication. Similarly, the authors of manuscripts that will be turned down for publication will also be notified through email. ReSERDS reserves the right to keep copies of all submitted manuscripts.

The accuracy of the research results is the responsibility of the authors. The ideas, opinions, conclusions and recommendations expressed in the published articles are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Editorial Board of ReSERDS. 

ReSERDS has an open access policy. Full texts of published research articles are freely available and can be shared as long as proper citation and credit is used under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution International License.

ReSERDS is published once a year, every December. At least 5 papers will be published per issue.

DOI Assignment

Papers published in ReSERDS are deposited at Zenodo and each published paper is assigned with a persistent digital object identifier (DOI). DOI makes the published papers easily citeable.

ReSERDS is a member of the Zenodo community https://zenodo.org/communities/reserds/

Zenodo is an open-access repository developed under the European OpenAIRE program and operated by CERN. It allows researchers to deposit research papers, data sets, research software, reports, and any other research related materials. Zenodo is committed for open science. More information about Zenodo, please visit at https://about.zenodo.org/

Publication Fee

ReSERDS does not charge submission fees, article processing charges and any other editorial processing charges.

Publication of research articles in ReSERDS is free of charge.

Open Access Statement, License & Copyright

The Review of Socio-Economic Research and Development Studies (ReSERDS) is committed to provide free access of scholarly works. Full texts of published research articles are freely available and can be shared as long as proper citation and credit is used.

ReSERDS is an OPEN ACCESS journal that conforms to the definition of Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI). All articles published in ReSERDS are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This license allows users to copy, print, download, link to full texts and redistribute the published article in any medium or format, including commercial use, provided that the original authors and ReSERDS are appropriately credited and cited. The journal started publishing open access articles licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License since 2017.

ReSERDS allows authors to retain their copyright. This means that authors have the full control of their research work including the right to reuse, distribute and post in repositories. Authors can freely share their published articles in ReSERDS in any public repositories, libraries or websites. The authors grant ReSERDS the right of first publication. Authors are advised to check with their funder about the copyright requirements of public-funded projects.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The Review of Socio-Economic Research and Development Studies (ReSERDS) is committed to meet and adhere the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research and publication process. ReSERDS follows the established guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) in dealing with publication ethics. ReSERDS adheres to COPE to meet high ethical standards for all stakeholders involved in the publication process.

In addition, the ethics and malpractice statement of ReSERDS is guided by the policies on ethical publishing widely accepted by international editors (for example Elsevier’s Policies and Guidelines on Ethical Publishing). Authors may also refer to the Ethics Toolkit from Elsevier. It is essential to observe these ethical standards so that the manuscripts and actions taken can be considered ethically acceptable.

The Visayas Socio-Economic Research and Data Analytics Center (ViSERDAC) together with the Department of Economics, Visayas State University located in Leyte, Philippines is the publisher of the journal titled “Review of Socio-Economic Research and Development Studies (ReSERDS). The publisher is committed to oversee the different stages of the publication process and take serious consideration of its ethical roles and responsibilities. In this part, we laid down the minimum ethical standards to be followed by editors, authors, and reviewers. Authors interested to publish with ReSERDS must abide by these ethical standards.

For Editors

  1. The editor makes an initial assessment of the submitted paper if it fits to the aims and scope of the journal. If it falls within the coverage of the journal, the manuscript will be subjected to a plagiarism checker to ensure the originality of the submission.
  2. The editor has to evaluate the manuscript objectively, judging its scholarly merits and quality content without prejudice to the nationality, ethnicity, gender, religion, or institutional affiliations of the authors.
  3. The editor should decline the task if there are potential conflict of interests and pass the task to another editor who can assess the paper objectively.
  4. After the manuscript passes the initial assessment, the Editor will send the manuscript for peer-review to two referees. 
  5. ReSERDS follows a double-blind peer-review process. The editor should ensure that the manuscript sent for review does not contain information about the authors. In the same manner, when communicating the comments and suggestions of the reviewers, the editor should ensure that there are no information included that can trace back to the reviewer.
  6. The editor takes the responsibility for making the final decision whether to accept or decline the paper for publication following the results of the peer-review process.
  7. To ensure objectivity in the decision, the editor’s decision should be accompanied by the reviewers’ comments, suggestions and observations about the submission.
  8. The editor should guarantee the confidentiality of the submitted manuscript. The names and email addresses entered in ReSERDS’s online submission will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.
  9. In case of misconduct, fraud, disputed authorship and other publication malice, the editor will take appropriate action guided by the standard set by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

For Authors

We encouraged submissions of original articles or research briefs in the field of socio-economics and development studies.

  1. The Authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  2. The Authors confirm that the submitted manuscript has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration
  3. The Authors confirm that the text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  4. The  Authors confirm that submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The Authors ensure the originality of the work and they have properly cited others’ work in accordance of the format of the references used by ReSERDS.
  6. The authors take responsibility in securing permissions for the use of copyrighted materials including images, texts, tables, and other copyrighted works. 
  7. The authors adhere to the ethical standard in research and publication. Proper consent has been secured in collecting information from the respondents. The authors commit to adhere to the provisions outlined in the Data Privacy Act of 2012. The authors commit to protect and secure personal information obtained in the research and publication process.
  8. When using photographs and any personal information are necessary to dispense scientific information, it is the responsibility of the Authors to secure prior written consent to use such information.
  9. When needed the authors should provide access to the research data if there are questions or suspicions about the integrity of research results.
  10. The authors shall disclose any potential conflict of interest either financial or personal relationships that could potentially affect research outputs. If authors declare no conflict of interest, please indicate the following statement: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

For Reviewers

ReSERDS trust the expertise of our reviewers in assessing the scholarly merit of the submitted manuscripts.

  1. The Reviewers are selected by the editors from the pool of experts. The Reviewers’ expertise will be matched with the issue or topics covered in the submission.
  2. The Reviewers are invited to assess the scholarly merit of the paper and provide recommendations on whether to accept, revise or turn the paper for publications.
  3. The Reviewers need to comment on the scholarly merits of the paper, academic rigors in the analysis including ethical consideration and possible research and publication misconduct.
  4. When writing the review report, the Reviewers should ensure that the review report is focused on the content of the paper. The reviewers may put their place of the authors and evaluate the following guide questions: (a) If you receive this review report, will you find it helpful and constructive? (b) Will you find the tone of the review report professional and courteous? 
  5. The Reviewers are expected to provide their assessment in a timely manner. Should the reviewers need more time, they can notify the editors.
  6. The Reviewers should guarantee the confidentiality of the submitted manuscript.
  7. In case of potential conflict of interests, the reviewers should decline the review process.
  8. Reviewers can get recognition in Publons for agreeing to evaluate the scientific merit of the submitted paper.

The Editorial team of ReSERDS has the right to take actions if publication misconduct is detected throughout the publication process.

Plagiarism Policy

The Editorial team of Review of Socio-Economics Research and Development Studies (ReSERDS) is committed to publish original articles. To ensure originality of submitted manuscripts, ReSERDS uses software / checker to detect plagiarism. Plagiarism is one of the most common types of publication misconduct. Plagiarism is an intentional or deliberate act using another’s work by literal copying or paraphrasing someone else’s work without properly citing or recognizing the sources. The copied materials can include data, figures, phrases, ideas or concepts.

The Editor-in-Chief will subject the submitted manuscript to plagiarism checker upon receipt. From 2017 to 2020, ReSERDS used Grammarly as plagiarism checker and from 2021 up to present, ReSERDS uses Turnitin to detect plagiarism. Turnitin is commonly used as plagiarism detection service. The Editorial board sets 10% as the maximum threshold of similarity index before the submitted paper can be sent to peer review.

  • If the submitted paper exceeds the threshold buts fall within the tolerable limit, the authors will be requested to address the issue, rewrite some parts or provide the necessary sources. The authors will then be requested to submit a revised paper.
  • If the paper has high level of similarity, without proper citations and without crediting the work of others, the submitted paper will be desk rejected and will not be sent for peer review.

ReSERDS acknowledges that plagiarism is a serious publication misconduct. Authors are encouraged to subject their paper for plagiarism check before submitting to the journal. It is the responsibility of the authors to submit papers of original content as their scientific contribution in advancing knowledge.

Archiving Policy

To preserve the printed copy of all published articles of the Review of Socio-Economics and Development Studies, the publisher deposits printed copy of the journal to the Visayas State University library and to the National Archives of the Philippines. The authorized retention period of publications kept and preserved at the National Archives of the Philippines is permanent. This is to ensure that the printed copy of the journal remains available and accessible for public use.

For the long term preservation of digital contents, ReSERDS is using Zenodo and SSRN as repositories of published articles. Each published paper is assigned with a persistent digital object identifier (DOI) in Zenodo. Zenodo is an open-access repository developed under the European OpenAIRE program and operated by CERN. Aside from Zenodo, all published articles are deposited in SSRN. SSRN is an online database – a permanent and searchable online library for scholarly research. In addition, the publisher Visayas Socio-Economics Research and Data Analytics Center (ViSERDAC) and the Department of Economics, Visayas State University is applying for digital archiving and long term preservation services for all published articles in ReSERDS. The publisher commits to submit the metadata of the journal to online archiving services to safeguard the access of digital contents and that they remain available to everyone.


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