About the journal
The Philippine e-Journal for Applied Research and Development (PeJARD) caters to applied research outputs that have bearings on real-world problems affecting communities, sectors, and institutions across the country. It functions as a nationwide forum for disseminating and discussing studies that address local problems and issues, with the end in view of contributing towards local and national development.
The PeJARD is a peer-reviewed, online, and open access journal that comes out in annual volumes. It is a not-for-profit publication, hence it does not charge access fees to readers nor publication fees to authors. Moreover, it publishes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY), giving authors copyright ownership of their own works while allowing the public free use and distribution of journal articles as long as the authors and the journal are properly credited.
Rationale and objectives
Applied researches on local problems and issues are not wanting in the country. However, the outputs are scattered in journals published independently by disciplinal associations or by individual colleges and universities, with their reach generally confined within these associations and institutions themselves. This situation does not lend itself towards the maximum dissemination and utilization of available applied research outputs. Neither does it facilitate inter-local and inter-disciplinal exchange among applied research practitioners, notwithstanding that local problems and issues often span geographical settings and disciplinal expertises.
The Philippine e-Journal for Applied Research and Development aims to address these limitations by offering a common, one-stop platform for applied researches from across disciplines and higher education institutions all over the archipelago. This goal is abetted immensely by the fact that the Journal is online and in open access mode, thus freely and fully accessible to all interested parties anytime and anywhere in the country. In addition, being purely electronic and non-commercial, the PeJARD sets no limit on the number of articles in its volumes, hence allowing for the publication of as many candidate materials.
Scope and areas of interest
The Journal welcomes applied research outputs from across disciplines insofar as these offer new insights or solutions to everyday problems and issues. But while research manuscripts emanate from specific disciplines, their findings should be of relevance and interest to the wider public rather than just to specialists in the discipline. Manuscripts that speak more to the latter should be channeled to specialized disciplinal journals instead.
The problems and issues addressed by the target manuscripts may be located in the socio-cultural, economic, political, educational, health, and environmental domains. Specific areas may fall under, but are not limited to the following: public welfare, quality of life and well-being, livelihood, delivery of social services, access to health, cooperative work, community initiatives, urban planning, environmental protection, climate change mitigation, disaster readiness and rehabilitation, peace and order, sanitation, sustainable energy, public works monitoring, workers’ welfare and industrial relations, farmers’ and fisherfolks’ issues, inclusive education, public education, HEI extension programs, human rights and legal system, inter-ethnic and inter-faith relations, family welfare, and responsible parenthood.
- Policy makers and public planners, including LGUs and state agencies
- NGOs, POs, civic organizations, and development workers
- HEI faculty researchers and extensionists
- Private company CSR officers and personnel
- Civic-minded citizens
Submission and processing of manuscripts
Submission of manuscripts is year-round, with individual manuscripts being processed as they come. Once a candidate manuscript successfully hurdles the peer-review process, it gets published immediately and independently of other articles. As an online and a not-for-profit periodical, the PeJARD is not bound by any limitation on the number of articles to publish nor by a certain timetable for accepting and publishing materials.
Quality assurance and equity
The Journal is refereed, with a pool of highly qualified reviewers from reputable institutions of higher learning and agencies. Moreover, these peer-reviewers are well-selected, taking into account disciplinal expertise, geographic location, institutional affiliation, and gender.