Author Guidelines

Information for Authors

1. SSD welcomes submissions regularly.

2. Article submissions should be in Word document format (.doc or .docx), double-spaced, and in 12-point Times New Roman font. Book Reviews should adhere to the SSD Book Review Guide. Please refer to the book review section below.

3. Submissions may be in English or Filipino and should be fully documented. Full-length articles should be 6,000 to 8,000 words.

4. Articles in English must have an abstract of not more than 300 words. Articles in Filipino must have abstracts, in both Filipino and English, of not more than 300 words each.

5. All submitted articles must follow the Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition (2010) beginning with the June 2017 issue. Please refer to:

6. References will be used following the Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition (2010).

7. Articles submitted to SSD should not have been previously published nor submitted simultaneously to any other publisher during the screening and review stages.

8. Articles will undergo preliminary screening by the Editor-in-Chief, who will assess submission in terms of format and appropriateness of content.

9. Articles that pass preliminary screening by the Editor-in-Chief will be assigned to a member of the editorial board for preliminary review before it can be sent for double-blind review.

10. Contributors are encouraged to submit articles by electronic mail. Please send your contributions to the Editor-in-Chief ( and the Editorial Assistant (

11. Contributors must fill out and sign the Manuscript Submission Form upon submission of their articles. The submission form may be downloaded from the OVCRD website:

12. Photos accompanying articles should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Author/s will be required to provide appropriate copyright permissions for these photos and any other materials that are not their own.

13. Articles and materials in the SSD do not necessarily represent the views of the editor and/or the publisher. The responsibility for opinions expressed and the accuracy of facts published in the articles rests solely on the individual authors.

Editorial correspondence and inquiries should be addressed to:

The Editor-in-Chief
Social Science Diliman
Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development
LGF Phivolcs Building, C.P. Garcia Avenue
University of the Philippines Diliman
Quezon City 1101, Philippines
Tels. (632) 436-8720 / 981-8500 local 4048


Book Review Guide

As we strive to best understand the needs and interests of social science scholars, surveying and reporting on recent cutting-edge scholarship is a responsibility of Social Science Diliman: A Philippine Journal of Society and Change (SSD). Thus, reviewing books is also one of SSD’s primary considerations.

Reviews are scholarly works that showcase and critically assess emerging trends and developments in knowledge production. It also allows the reviewer to engage with both the author of the book and its readers. Reviews should be approximately 1,200-1,500 words in the format below:

I. Introduction, which should include the author’s name, book title, and the main theme

II. Summary of content

III. Analysis and evaluation of the book

IV. Conclusion

Reviewers are expected to compose thoughtful and engaging critiques that explain the basic argument/s of a book, evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, and place the work within a broader scholarly field as they address readers outside their area of specialization. It should also include bibliographic information, if necessary.

A review editor, who is also a member of the SSD Editorial Board, manages the book review section. Reviewers are chosen by invitation only, based on an assessment by the review editor or the editorial board regarding the appropriate match between book and reviewer.


Social Science Diliman: A Philippine Journal of Society and Change (SSD)
Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development
LGF Phivolcs Building, C.P. Garcia Avenue, University of the Philippines Diliman 1101 Quezon City / Tels. (632) 436-8720 / 981-8500 loc. 4048

Social Science Diliman: A Philippine Journal of Society and Change (SSD) accepts manuscript submissions in English and Filipino that have not yet been published in any form and are not under simultaneous consideration for publication elsewhere.

The SSD Editorial Board will review submissions according to any standard set of scholarly conventions following the format below:

1. Spelling
    Although American English is preferred, we are willing to review papers   written in British English spelling and punctuation conventions.

2. Capitalization
    Only proper nouns and titles of works should be capitalized.

3. Italics
    Titles of books, pamphlets, and periodicals should be italicized, as should       words of non-English origin except for words that have been incorporated into     English. Examples of non-italicized words include ibid., ad hoc, and per annum. Avoid italicizing words for emphasis.

4. Quotations
    Set off quotations of four lines or less with double quotation marks except for quotes within a quote, which should be marked with single quotations marks       (inverted commas).

     Unless sentences are full quotes, punctuations should be placed outside the   quotation marks.

     Use a five-space indentation to set off a quotation of five or more lines as a block quotation. If the quotation consists of two or more paragraphs, the second and any subsequent paragraphs should begin with a paragraph indentation.

5. Paragraphs
    The first paragraphs and those in beginning sections as well as paragraphs following block quotes should not be indented.

6. Numbers
    Spell out numbers below ten (0 – 9) and use numerals for others. Numbers that start off sentences, however, should be spelled out.

    All statistics and fractions in the text should be written out and written as numerals in the appendix and footnotes. Decimals should be presented as numerals in both text and appendices/endnotes.

Use the word per cent rather than the symbol in the text, except in statistical tables and endnotes.

Centuries spelled out in full (“seventeenth century” instead of “17th century”).

7. Dates

    Present dates in this format: day month year (e.g., 30 September 2016).

8. Ellipses
    For ellipses within and at the end of a sentence use three full stops [periods] ...

9. Abbreviations in Footnotes
    For complete dates, use the abbreviated forms, e.g., 24 Aug. 1971; 18th century; for months use the following abbreviations: Jan., Feb., Mar., Apr., May, June, July, Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec.

10. Acronyms and Abbreviations
     Do not punctuate acronyms (e.g., ASEAN), which should be written in capitals, and titles such as Dr (for Doctor) or PhD (Doctor of Philosophy).

11. Units of Measure
      Use the international metric system for measures of dimension and weight and Celsius for temperature. For other units of measure, provide their metric or Celsius equivalents in parentheses.

12. References to Scholars in the Text
      When referring to the work of other scholars, use the full name in the first usage in the text and the last name in succeeding use.

13. Page numbers
      Page numbers should be in the following format.

      p. 1
      pp.15–9 [for pages 15–19]
      pp. 147–72 [for pages 147–172]; pp. 288–95 [for pages 288–295]

14. Cross-References
      Avoid cross-referencing pages in the manuscript, or from one footnote to another.

15. Placement of Citations
      Citations should be placed closest to the punctuation mark or at the end of the sentence.

16. Brackets
      Use square brackets [ ] to enclose material inserted in a verbatim quotation to complete a sentence or as part of a translated text to complete the meaning of the translation. Translations of the title of a book or article that is not in English should be provided and placed in brackets after the original title.

17. Appendices
     Each appendix should start on a new page and arranged in alphabetical sequence (Appendix A, B, C, ...) and individually titled. The source/s for these materials should be cited if applicable and indicated below it.
The author must also indicate that permission to use these materials was granted, if necessary.

18. Diagrams, Illustrations, Tables, Maps
      Visual material, figures, and tables integrated into the manuscript should be numbered in the order they are presented in the text. These should be placed on separate sheets and numbered as in the text. The source/s for these materials should be cited if applicable and indicated below it. The author must also indicate that permission to use these materials was granted, if necessary.

19. Material in Filipino
      For authoritative spellings and definitions, refer to Leo James English, C.Ss.R., English-Tagalog Dictionary (Metro Manila: National Book Store, 1992).


Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. Articles written in English or Filipino will be accepted. All articles written in either language must be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 300 words written in English. Reviews of current scholarship, local or foreign, will also be accepted.
  2. Articles must have a minimum of 20 pages and a maximum of 50 pages, including graphs, tables, and bibliography. Reviews must have up to 10 pages. All manuscripts must be typed double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt., on 8 ½” X 11” bond paper.
  3. All contributions must be original and must not have been published previously.
  4. Articles must use the APA style sheet. References must be listed at the end of the article.
  5. Photographs should be good quality, black and white. Color slides are also acceptable. Line drawings or maps should be original in black waterproof ink on separate sheets. All illustrations should be numbered on the reverse, with the numbered captions on a separate sheet. Photographs and drawings will be returned to the authors after publication.

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