Guidelines for Contributors



1)  a soft copy or a hard copy (optional) of the article must be submitted. The soft copy must be in one file only. This will be emailed to

2)  The article should be double-spaced, with a maximum of 6000 words, inclusive of tables and figures.

Letter (8.5” x 11”), with an inch margin on all sides. The font is Times New Roman; font size is 12.

3)  Manuscripts should be encoded in Microsoft Word (at least Word 2007) and/or Excel (for graphs and tables). Articles encoded using other soft wares (Corel, LaTeX, Photoshop, etc.) may be accepted after consultation with the publication staff;

4)  Photos, maps, graphs, charts, and other illustrations shall be labeled as Figures, and tables and matrices, as Tables. These should be appropriately numbered and labeled based on their order of presentation. Figure labels shall be written below the figure, while table titles shall be on top of the table/matrix. Tables and Figures should follow the APA latest edition format (6th Ed., 2nd Printing).

5)  Authors are advised to have their articles checked by an English critique before submission.

6)  Copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web) should be used with permission from the corresponding sources.

7)  Articles should follow the prescribed format (Please refer to the specific guidelines for more instructions found in the CMUJS website:

  • 8) Title. Preferably not more than 12 words: It should be presented on the first page, and must contain the title of the article, authors’ names and affiliation, and the corresponding author.Example:
    Einstine M. Opiso
    Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Central Mindanao University,
    Musuan, Bukidnon, Philippines, 8710
    Email Address:

    9) Author(s). Full name, affiliation, current address, e-mail address, and telephone number. If there is more than one author, indicate the corresponding author.Example:Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Einstine M. Opiso,
    Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Central Mindanao University,
    Musuan, Bukidnon 8710. Contact: ; Cell. No. : (+63)9185963359;
    Fax No. : 63 (88) 828 – 1325

    10) Abstract. 100 to 200 words only
    -should have a brief and factual presentation of the research purpose, major results, and main conclusions and should be presented separately. Citing references in the abstract, as well
    as mentioning non-standard or uncommon abbreviations must be avoided.

  • Keywords. 3-5 words
    -avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (e.g., “and”, “of”). Abbreviations
    must be used cautiously. Since keywords will be used for the indexing, use only abbreviations that are firmly established in the field. The word “Keywords” should be italicized.11) Introduction. Includes the rationale/framework and objectives
    -An adequate background of the study should be provided to avoid a lengthy literature survey or a summary of results. The objectives of the work should also be clearly stated.12)

    Methodology.Includes the materials & method, the duration & the location of the study
    -The methods adopted from published articles should be cited, but only those relevant modifications should be described.

    13)Results and Discussion.Contains the discussion and analysis of data in relation to the objectives of the study
    -Lengthy citations and discussion of published literature should be avoided.

    14) Conclusion. Should answer the objectives and supported by the results or findings

    15) References. Should follow the specific guidelines (section 4.7)

  • Formatting Style4.1 Abbreviations
    Abbreviations that are unfamiliar or not common in the specific field of the study should be defined in a footnote. This footnote should be placed on the first page of the article. If such abbreviations are necessary to be included in the abstract, they must be defined at their first mention there, as well as in the footnote. There should be a consistency of abbreviations all
    throughout the article.4.2 Nomenclature and units internationally accepted rules and conventions should be followed. It is recommended to use the international system of units (SI). If there are other quantities mentioned, provide their equivalent in SI. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) website can be referred to for further information ( Equations

    Equations should not be written along with the sentences, instead, use a separate line to indicate all the symbols used in equations, and they should be italicized. In the main text, equations should be labeled as Eq. (2) or Eqs. (1) and (2). Even symbols used in the text should also be written in italics. Serial numbers should be written on the right side of the row where the numerical formula was applied.

    4.4 Footnotes

    There should be less use of footnotes. If used, they should be numbered sequentially throughout the article, using superscript Arabic numbers. Built-in footnotes in the wordprocessors may be used. If unavailable, mention the position of footnotes in the text and present the footnotes themselves separately at the end of the article. Footnotes must not be included in the Reference

    4.5 Figures

    The principles of figure use and construction of the latest edition of APA (6th ed., 2nd Printing) must be followed. Graphs, charts, maps, drawings, and photographs should be labeled as Figures.
    It should supplement the text.

    4.5.1 Preparing Figures
    Figure captions should be indicated separately, not attached to the figure itself. Include the figure number and a title with a legend and caption, and place them below the visual display. The figure number shall be italicized (Figure X.), followed by the title of the figure in sentence case, and a legend that explains the symbols in the figure and a caption that explains the figure.

    Figure 1. How to create figures in APA style. This figure illustrates effective elements in APA style figures.
    (Source: APA Tables and Figures,

    4.6 Tables

    Tables should be numbered consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Vertical rules must be avoided. The use of tables must be minimized and that the data presented in tables do not repeat the results mentioned elsewhere in the article. If tables from other source are used, copy the original table, and cite the source using APA style.