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In the past decades, countries have grappled with scandals brought by exploitative  researches which have stirred the discourse on ethical conduct of research not just among the research community but also the public. Inhumane and unethical experiments, issues of plagiarism, and data breach have gradually resulted in the creation of ethics principles and codes that would later guide researchers across the globe. The 21st century has seen development in the institutionalization of ethical guidelines and developing formal bodies to oversee its implementation, especially in the field of social sciences. 

Statutes and codes notwithstanding, a whole gamut of ethical and privacy issues and  challenges remain unaddressed either in public discourse or policy. Many of these issues  emanate from the constant stream of scientific breakthroughs and technological  advancements, along with other developments such as natural disasters, climate change,  migration, and violence and armed conflict. The initial volume of the One Social Science  Journal wants to tackle these issues. PSSC is inviting submissions from researchers, professionals, and students, such as  empirically-based research articles, meta-analytical papers, systematic literature reviews, or other scholarly work (subject to editor’s approval).

As the One Social Science Journal is a multidisciplinary social science journal, each contributor is expected to utilize social science tools and perspectives that can foster dialogues across disciplines and analyze issues in-depth.

The topics can be on any aspect of ethics in social science research, including, but not limited  to the following:

  • ethical principles and practices of major professions/sectors (e.g., social sciences,medical/health sciences, media/journalism, law and government, education, business,  science and technology) and academic/research institutions;  
  • the changing boundaries of what is “ethical”;
  • grassroots and indigenous perspectives on ethics and data privacy;  
  • decision-making on ethical dilemmas and challenges. 
  • best practices in extension work; 
  • ethics in training;
  • intellectual dishonesty and plagiarism;
  • authorship and ownership of intellectual products;
  • cases of data privacy breaches;
  • tensions between conducting research and the ethics review process;
  • the high cost of ethics review;
  • conducting ethical research during a pandemic;
  • ethical misconduct and privacy infractions by governments and powerful corporations;
  • content and impact of Philippine statutes and regulations on ethics and data privacy; or
  • the role and effectiveness of the National Privacy Commission;

Contributors must observe the following guidelines: 

  • Articles must be original contributions and not under consideration for any other  publication; 
  • Articles must be submitted in Word format. Use Times New Roman, font size 12, and  1.5 space. The maximum length is 30 pages including tables, charts,  footnotes/endnotes, and bibliographic entries. 
  • In-text citation, bibliography, and punctuations must follow the American Psychological Association style (6th Edition).  
  • Articles must include a 250-word abstract and 3 to 5 key words. 
  • Author’s name, title, and institutional address as well as a brief biographical note (300- word maximum) must be typed on a separate sheet. 
  • Articles must be submitted to on or before 30 June 2021.
Sample Outline of a Research Paper

Note:  While contributors are free to follow this example, the OSSJ is flexible as to format and allows for the independence and creativity of authors.

  1. Title
  2. Abstract
  3. Keywords
  4. Introduction
    1. Background
    2. Rationale or Significance of the Study
  5. Research Problem and Objectives
    1. Contextualizing the Research Problem
  6. Literature Review
  7. Theoretical Framework/s
  8. Methodology
  9. Presentation of Findings
  10. Discussion or Analysis
  11. Conclusion and Recommendations
  12. References
  13. Appendices

All article contributions will be subjected to a double-blind review. Once the article is approved and selected for publication, its copyright will be transferred to PSSC. An author may reuse portions of his/her article only for non-commercial activities, such as conference presentations or as part of class lectures or seminars.


One Social Science Journal is the official refereed journal of the Philippine Social  Science Council (PSSC). It publishes papers from social science scholars and practitioners  on a diverse range of issues affecting the Philippines and its people. It accepts papers in the  fields of political science, linguistics, psychology, sociology, public administration, communication and other related disciplines. For the initial volume, the journal  focuses on the theme, ethics and data privacy in the 21st century. As a  multidisciplinary social science journal, each contributor is expected to bear social  science tools and perspectives that foster dialogues across social disciplines to  analyse the issue in-depth. All manuscripts will be double-blind reviewed. 

One Social Science Journal is published annually.

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