Information for authors

1.  SSD welcomes submissions throughout the year.

2.  SSD receives submissions through ScholarOne Manuscripts. To submit your work, please create an account at

3.  Articles should be approximately 7,000 to 10,000 words and may be in English or Filipino. All articles must follow the author-date system of Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition (2017). Please refer to: html. Each in-text citation should have a corresponding entry in the reference list. SSD uses endnotes, not footnotes. Manuscripts using footnotes will be returned to the author for reformatting.

4. Articles in English must have an abstract of not more than 200 words. Articles in Filipino must have abstracts, in both Filipino and English, of not more than 200 words each. A maximum of five keywords should also be provided. Submissions in Filipino should include English translations of the article title and keywords.

Book Reviews should adhere to the SSD book review guide. Please refer to the book review section below.

5. Authors must submit electronically prepared manuscripts that are double-spaced, with 1" margins on all sides. Instructions for uploading submissions are available in the ScholarOne Author Dashboard (see Step 2: File Upload). The following file types are accepted: rtf, doc, docx. 

6. Manuscripts should be prepared for double-anonymized 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.

7. Upload a separate title page (designate as Title Page) with author details. For submissions with multiple authors, please provide a short description of the contribution of each author in this document. If necessary, please also include a Statement of Ethics and Consent in this document (particularly if the data is from Indigenous Communities).

8. A 50-word bionote (per author) should accompany each article submission (designate as Bio Note). Submissions in Filipino must have bionotes in both English and Filipino. 

9. 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).

Authors will be required to provide appropriate copyright permissions for materials that are not their own.

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

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

13. Articles that pass preliminary screening by the Editor-in-Chief will be assigned to a member of the editorial board for preliminary review before undergoing double-anonymized review.

14. Articles and materials in 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 their authors.

15. Editorial correspondence and inquiries should be addressed to and

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 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. Reviews should be approximately 1,200-1,500 words with the following content:

  • Introduction, including author’s name, book title, and the main theme
  • Summary of content
  • Analysis and evaluation of the book
  • Conclusion
  • Reviewer's name, affiliation, and institutional email address 

SSD selects and invites reviewers based on the relevance of their expertise in relation to the book under review. Reviewers are expected to compose thoughtful and engaging critiques that explain the basic arguments of a book, evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, and situate the work within the broader scholarly field. Reviews should include bibliographic information, if necessary.