Focus and Scope

The Recoletos Multidisciplinary Research Journal (RMRJ) is the official bi-annual journal of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Center for Policy, Research, and Development Studies (CPRDS).  Being an internationally peer reviewed journal, RMRJ adopts the double-blind review process wherein the reviewer/s and the author/s do not know each other’s identity.

 Aims

RMRJ is dedicated to the promotion of knowledge through high quality research publication in various disciplines. It adheres to the policy that all articles contained therein must meet the rigors of an independent double-blind peer-reviewing system and editing to ensure that the publication possesses scientific and academic merit.

Scope

RMRJ welcomes submission of quality researches in any of the following academic domains:

  •  Accountancy, Business and Management, and Finance;
  • Communication, Humanities, Psychology, and Religion;
  • Education and Educational Management;
  • Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, and Technology;
  • Environment, Health  and Natural Sciences;
  • Philosophical and Mathematical Reviews; and
  • Politics and Governance, and Social Sciences.

Peer Review Process

Peer Review Process

 Peer review (also known as refereeing) is the process of subjecting an author’s scholarly work, research or ideas to the scrutiny of others who are experts in the same field. It requires a community of experts in a given (and often narrowly defined) field who are qualified and able to perform impartial review. Likewise, it also refers to the work done during the screening of submitted manuscripts and funding applications. This normative process encourages authors to meet the accepted standards of their discipline and prevents the dissemination of unwarranted claims, unacceptable interpretations and personal views. Peer review increases the probability that weaknesses will be identified and fixed. For both grant-funding and publication in a scholarly journal, it is also normally a requirement that the subject is both novel and substantial.

 There are two or three referees for a given article. Two are experts of the topic of research and one is an expert in research and statistics who shall review the technical components of the research. These referees return to the board the evaluation of the work that indicates the observed weaknesses or problems along with suggestions for improvement. The board, then, evaluates the referees’ comments and notes opinion of the manuscript before passing the decision with the referees’ comments back to the author(s).

 Criteria for Acceptance and Rejection

 A manuscript is accepted when it is

(1) endorsed for publication by 2 or 3 referees,

(2) the instructions of the reviewers are substantially complied;

(3) ethical standards and protocols are complied for studies involving humans and animals;

(4) the manuscript passed the plagiarism detection test with a score of at most 10%  or less Similarity Index and a Grammarly Rating of 95% or more .  Otherwise, the manuscript is returned back to the author(s).

 The referees’ evaluations include an explicit recommendation of what to do with the manuscript, chosen from options provided by the journal. Most recommendations are along the following lines:

                        Accept without revisions

                        Accept with minor revisions

                        Accept with major revisions

                        Reject with option to resubmit

                        Reject

 In situations where the referees disagree substantially about the quality of a work, there are a number of strategies for reaching a decision. When the editor receives very positive and very negative reviews for the same manuscript, the board will solicit one or more additional reviews as a tie-breaker. In the case of ties, the board may invite authors to reply to a referee’s criticisms and permit a compelling rebuttal to break the tie. If the editor does not feel confident to weigh the persuasiveness of a rebuttal, the board may solicit a response from the referee who made the original criticism. In rare instances, the board will convey communications back and forth between an author and a referee, in effect allowing them to debate on a point. Even in such a case, however, the board does not allow referees to confer with each other and the goal of the process is explicitly not to reach a consensus or to convince anyone to change his/ her opinions.

Publication Frequency

Publication of the journal is Bi-annual.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Sponsors

Center for Policy, Research and Development Studies

University of San Jose-Recoletos

Journal History

The Recoletos Multidisciplinary Research Journal (RMRJ) is the official bi-annual journal of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Center for Policy, Research, and Development Studies (CPRDS).  Being an internationally peer reviewed journal, RMRJ adopts the double-blind review process wherein  the reviewer/s and the author/s do not know each other’s identity.