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1. Science Diliman is a journal of pure and applied sciences published by the University of the Philippines through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD). Considered for publication are primary and original papers. Short communications and review articles may occasionally be accepted. In all other cases, papers should present new and previously unpublished material.

2. Contributions must be in English and should not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.

3. Manuscripts are selected for publication according to editorial assessment of their suitability and reviews of independent referees. They will be sent to two or three reviewers, chosen for their expertise. Contributors may suggest reviewers.

4. Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, or thesis); that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities at the institute where the work has been carried out.

The cover letter usually contains these: that, if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors agree to the automatic transfer of the copyright to the publisher; that the manuscript will not be published elsewhere in any language without the consent of the copyright holders; that written permission of the copyright holder is obtained by the authors for material used from other copyrighted sources; and that any costs associated with obtaining this permission are the authors’ responsibility.

5. The abstract should be no more than 200 words. It should contain facts and conclusions, rather than citation of the areas and subjects that have been treated or discussed. The abstract should start with the hypothesis or a statement of the problem to be solved, followed by a description of the method or technique utilized to solve the problem. The abstract should end with a summary of the results that were obtained and their implications.

Provide a maximum of five keywords to accompany the manuscript.

6. Authors must submit electronically prepared manuscripts that are double-spaced, with 1" margins on all sides. Each page of the manuscript must include continuous line numbers in the margin. All pages should be numbered consecutively on the upper right hand corner of the page.

7. Instructions for uploading submissions are available in the ScholarOne Author Dashboard (see Step 2: File Upload). Manuscripts should be prepared for double-blind peer review. Upload a manuscript file with no identifying author information (designate as Main Document). Include all figures, tables, and figure/table captions in this document. Make sure that there is no identifying author information in the captions. Upload a separate title page (designate as Title Page) with author details and a layman's abstract of not more than 200 words. Please also submit a bio note of 2-3 sentences per author (designate as Bio Note). The following file types for these documents are accepted: rtf, doc, docx.

Figures may be uploaded as individual files (designate as Figure). These should be anonymized and have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Acknowledgments may also be submitted in a separate document (designate as Acknowledgments).

8. The paper should be organized as follows:

Materials and Methods
Results and Discussion (or Results separate from Discussion)

9. Figures, tables, and figure/table captions should use standard nomenclature. Unfamiliar terms, abbreviations, and symbols must be defined at first mention. Figures and tables should always be mentioned in the text and numbered with Arabic numerals.

10. References to the literature citations in the text should be by author and year; where there are two authors, both should be named; with three or more only the first author’s name plus “et al.” need to be given.

References in the text should follow the Council of Science Editors (CSE) Scientific Style and Format, 8th Edition, 2014.


Articles from Journals: Print
Author(s). Date. Article title. Journal title. Volume(issue):location.

Smart N, Fang ZY, Marwick TH. 2003. A practical guide to exercise training for heart failure patients. J Card Fail. 9(1):49–58.

Articles from Journals: Online
Author(s) of article. Date of publication. Title of article. Title of journal (edition). [date updated; date accessed];Volume(issue):location. Notes.

Savage E, Ramsay M, White J, Beard S, Lawson H, Hunjan R, Brown D. 2005. Mumps outbreaks across England and Wales in 2004: observational study. BMJ. [accessed 2005 May 31];330(7500):1119–1120. http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/reprint/330/7500/1119. doi:10.1136/bmj.330.7500.1119.

Articles from Newspapers: Print
Author(s). Date. Title of article. Title of newspaper (edition). Section:beginning page of article (column no.).

Weiss R. 2003 Apr 11. Study shows problems in cloning people: researchers find replicating primates will be harder than other mammals. Washington Post (Home Ed.). Sect. A:12 (col. 1).

Books: Print
Author(s). Date. Title. Edition. Place of publication: publisher. Extent. Notes.

Schott J, Priest J. 2002. Leading antenatal classes: a practical guide. 2nd ed. Boston (MA): Books for Midwives.

Books: Online
Author(s). Date of publication. Title of book. Edition. Place of publication: publisher; [date updated; date accessed]. Notes.

Griffiths AJF, Miller JH, Suzuki DT, Lewontin RC, Gelbart WM. c2000. Introduction to genetic analysis. 7th ed. New York (NY): W. H. Freeman & Co.; [accessed 2005 May 31]. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?call=bv.View..ShowTOC&rid=iga. TOC.

Book Chapter
With Editors
Author(s). Date of Publication. Chapter title. In: Editor(s) of book. Title of book. Edition. Place of publication: Publisher. Pages of the chapter.

Allen, C. 2007. Bacteria, bioterrorism, and the geranium ladies of Guatemala. In: Cabezas AL, Reese E, Waller M, editors. Wages of empire: neoliberal policies, repression, and women's poverty. Boulder (CO): Paradigm Press. p. 169-177.

Without Editors
Author(s). Title of article. In: Title of book. Edition. Place of publication: publisher; Date of Publication. Notes.

Hazeltine WA. AIDS. In: The encyclopedia Americana. International ed. Danbury (CT): Grolier Incorporated; 1990. p. 365–366.

Conference Proceedings/Papers
Published without author(s)
Editor(s). Date. Title of book. Number and name of conference; date of conference; place of conference. Place of publication: publisher. Extent. Notes.

Callaos N, Margenstern M, Zhang J, Castillo O, Doberkat EE, editors. c2003. SCI 2003. Proceedings of the 7th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics; Orlando, FL. Orlando (FL): International Institute of Informatics and Systematics.

Published with author(s)

Author(s) of paper. Date. Title of paper. In: Editor(s). Title of book. Number and name of conference; date of conference; place of conference. Place of publication: publisher. Location. Notes.

Lee DJ, Bates D, Dromey C, Xu X, Antani S. c2003. An imaging system correlating lip shapes with tongue contact patterns for speech pathology research. In: Krol M, Mitra S, Lee DJ, editors. CBMS 2003. Proceedings of the 16th IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems; New York. Los Alamitos (CA): IEEE Computer Society. p. 307–313.

Author(s). Date of the conference. Title of paper. Paper presented at: Title of conference. Number and name of the conference; place of the conference.

Antani S, Long LR, Thoma GR, Lee DJ. 2003. Anatomical shape representation in spine x-ray images. Paper presented at: VIIP 2003. Proceedings of the 3rd IASTED International Conference on Visualization, Imaging and Image Processing; Benalmadena, Spain.

Technical Reports
Author(s). Date. Title of report. Edition. Place of publication: Publisher. Extent. Report No.: Notes.

Feller BA. 1981. Health characteristics of persons with chronic activity limitation, United States, 1979. Hyattsville (MD): National Center for Health Statistics (US). Report No.: VHS-SER-10/137. Available from: NTIS, Springfield, VA; PB88-228622.

Dissertations and Theses
Author(s). Date. Title of dissertation or thesis [content designator]. Place of publication: publisher. Extent. Notes.

Lutz M. 1989. 1903: American nervousness and the economy of cultural change [dissertation]. [Stanford (CA)]: Stanford University.

Group/Corporate Author
[Abbreviation of group] Name of group (Country). Date. Title. Place of publication.

[IOM] Institute of Medicine (US). 1975. Legalized abortion and the public health: report of a study by a committee of the Institute of Medicine. Washington (DC): National Academy of Sciences (US).

Other Internet Materials
Title of Homepage. Date of publication. Edition. Place of publication: publisher; [date updated; date accessed]. Notes.

APSnet: plant pathology online. c1994–2005. St Paul (MN): American Phytopathological Association; [accessed 2005 Jun 20]. http://www.apsnet.org/.

For more detailed examples please refer to the CSE Manual 8th Edition.

11. The list of references at the end of the paper should include only works mentioned in the text and should be arranged alphabetically by the name of the author.

12. Responsibility for the accuracy of bibliographic references rests entirely with the author, who is requested to use as few “in press” citations as possible. “In press” citations must include the name of the journal that has accepted the paper.

13. Footnotes in the text should be numbered consecutively. Footnotes to the title or authors of the article are marked by asterisks and placed on the title page.

14. When possible, all organisms must be identified by the scientific binomen.

15. Mathematical equations should be clearly presented so that they can be interpreted properly.

16. Obscure primes, symbols, and dots must be brought to the attention of the editors. Distinguish very clearly number 1 and letter l. Use fractional exponents instead of root signs and the solidus (/) for fractions wherever their use will save vertical space.

17. All equations must be numbered sequentially in Arabic numerals in parentheses on the right-hand side of the equations.

18. The authors should follow internationally accepted abbreviations, symbols, units, etc., especially those adopted by the Council of Science Editors (CSE) Scientific Style and Format, 8th Edition, 2014.

19. Less common abbreviations may be printed as footnotes.

20. Short communications must be guided by the following points:

     • short communications are reports of limited data or important findings that warrant publication before the completion of the study;

     • short communications are reports of significant new data arising from problems with narrow, well defined limits before broader studies are completed; and results have not been published in print elsewhere, except as partial communications or posters in            conference proceedings;

     • short communications should not be divided into conventional sections like Introduction, Methodology, etc. but should be provided with keywords, full names and addresses of all authors, current addresses, email addresses, and contact person to whom             queries and proofs should be sent;

     • abstracts will be required on submission, not as part of the Short Communication but for potential reviewers;

     • author must also submit a layman’s abstract of not more than 200 words;

     • short communications are 3 to 4 print pages (about 6 to 10 manuscript pages) in length with simple layout, a maximum of two tables and two figures, and a small number of citations;

     • authors should make it clear that their work is to be treated as Short Communication.

21. Questions regarding submissions should be sent to <science.updiliman@up.edu.ph>.