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As part of the submission process, 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.

  • Read the Guide to Authors section carefully.
  • Your Article (should be between 4,000 to 7,000 words; including table, figures, and references) is laid out using the JMDS Full Paper Template.
  • Your Figures and Images are saved as separate files to retain their quality during the final layout prior to publication (should be in JPG or PNG format).
  • Your Reference list follows the APA 7th Edition format.
  • The File names of documents to be submitted uses our suggested format: Surname_Abstract/Full-Paper, Surname_Fig1/Img1).
  • You have selected the Corresponding Author.
  • You have created an ORCID No. (Guide to Authors under Copyright Notice)

Peer Review and Publication Policy

Initial Manuscript Evaluation

Submitted manuscripts must follow the minimum criteria which are:

  • Topics should relate to management and development, including the broad disciplines of Environment and Natural Resources Management, Agriculture, Land Valuation, Health Sciences, ASEAN studies, Public Management, Research and Development Management, Social Work, and Entrepreneurship.
  • Should also reflect how the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were addressed by the manuscript and how Open Distance e-Learning (ODeL) was incorporated or integrated into the study.
  • The manuscript can be classified as either Research Article or Notes/Reviews.
  • The article, including tables, figures and references should be between 4,000 to 7,000 words and should not exceed 7,000 words. Submissions that far exceed this limit will not be considered for review.
  • Tables, figures and photos are highly encouraged, but should be placed within the text, and not at the end.
  • Figures and photos need to be submitted separately to retain the quality of the images.
  • References should follow the APA 7th Edition format.

Download the Full Paper Template here.

Peer Review

JMDS employs double blind peer review which is a process where both the reviewers and author/s remain anonymous throughout the whole review process.

Review Process Duration

The length of the process depends on the response of the Reviewers and Authors.

  • The JMDS Editorial Assistant will conduct the initial manuscript evaluation to check if submitted articles follow the minimum criteria and prepare them to be check by the Reviewers.
  • Reviewers are given 15 working days to finish the review.
  • Authors are given 20 working days to address the Reviewer Comments by revising the article and accomplishing the provided Rejoinder Form.
  • The Rejoinder Form and Revised Article are sent to the Reviewers for checking and additional comments or edits.
  • Once all the Reviewers have accept the revision, the manuscript will then be subjected to plagiarism check.
  • Articles must get a similarity index score of 10% or lower otherwise, the article must be revised and will undergo another plagiarism check.
Plagiarism Check
  • JMDS employs the use of Turnitin.
  • The acceptable Similarity Index percentage is less than 10%.
  • Manuscripts that incur a Similarity Index percentage greater than 10% will be returned to the Author for revision
  • If the Similarity Index percentage is ≤ 10%, the manuscript will now undergo Final Review.
Final Review

The Editors will perform the Final Review by evaluating the following:

  • If the manuscript follows the minimum criteria for publication.
  • If the author submitted a signed certification that the manuscript has not been published in any journal or publication.
  • If the manuscript incurs an acceptable Similarity Index Percentage.

The Editors will also perform language editing and grammar corrections as part of the Final Review. Once all the Editors have agreed with the revision and changes, the camera-ready manuscript will be sent to the Author/s for final checking.

Role of Authors and Contributors


All those designated as authors should meet all four (4) criteria for authorship:

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work;
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; and
  4. Accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Contributors who meet fewer than all four of the aforementioned criteria for authorship should not be listed as authors, but they can be acknowledged in the acknowledgement section of the manuscript.

Corresponding Author

The corresponding author is the individual who represents all the authors and takes primary responsibility for communicating between the journal during the manuscript submission, peer review, and publication process; and the authors for the revision and final approval.

The journal assumes that any information provided and decision made by the corresponding author has been agreed upon by all authors.

The corresponding author should also guarantee that all individuals identified as authors have met the aforementioned criteria.

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