The Benguet State University Open Journal System (BSU-OJS) was officially launched in July 2018 with 30 open access articles from the latest and selected volumes of the Mountain Journal of Science and Interdisciplinary Research (MJSIR) formerly BSU Research Journal. It aims to provide free access to all peer reviewed articles.


This journal publishes research articles on topics and experiences in multidisciplinary fields of specialization. These are based on BSU’s Research and Development Priority Disciplines: Agriculture; Forestry; Fisheries and Aquaculture; Environment and Natural Resources; Society and Culture, Economics, and Philosophy; Education, Mathematics, and Development Communication; Health, Food, Nutrition, and Environmental Concerns; Information and Communications Technology; Industrial Technology; Extension Programs; Human Resource Development; Governance and Policy Advocacy; and Gender and Development (REMO Ch. 4 Sec. 3, 2015).

Articles generally contribute to the advancement of knowledge, better understanding of scientific concepts, policy advocacy and community engagement, and to bring solutions to community development challenges.    


All research articles published in BSU Open Journal Systems (OJS) are fully open access: immediately freely available to read, download and share provided that the original work is properly cited. MJSIR provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public and supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Contents of this journal may not be reproduced except for noncommercial, personal, educational, and research purposes. In the same manner, publication in MJSIR does not entail article processing charges (APCs), submission charges, pages charges, color charges, and any similar charges for both internal and external contributors. However, an external evaluation fee of PhP 6,000 will be collected for external contributors per article as per REMO p.51, Chap. 9, Sec. 4, No.4.4.2 and DOST Memo Circular No. 001 Series of 2009. This amount will be used to pay the honoraria of the reviewers, and is non-refundable. The publication of the article is decided by the editorial board after the review.


The Mountain Journal of Science and Interdisciplinary Research was introduced and originally started as Mountain State Agricultural College Research Journal in September 1977, then eventually renamed as Benguet State University Research Journal in June 1986. The BSU Research Journal was CHED Accredited Category B from 2014-2016 based on CMO No. 23 s. 2014. In 2016, Dr. Aurea Marie M. Sandoval with the support of Dr. Carlito P. Laurean proposed the change of name of BSU Research Journal into Mountain Journal of Science and Interdisciplinary Research (MJSIR) on May 25, 2016 Administrative Council and was approved by the council based on ADCO ACTION No. 2397, s. 2016.

Mr. Bruno M. Santos, then President of MSAC explained:

“Aside from reaching its primary beyond-the-fence-clientele, the College has also to satisfy the needs of the academic and scientific community for new scientific information and technological discoveries in agriculture. This Research Journal fulfills this institutional responsibility and commitment."

In the development sense, this Research Journal marks an important milestone in the history and educational-scientific growth of Mountain State  Agricultural College. It represents the growing-up and maturing of the in-house capabilities of the institution in carrying out its instructional, research and extension education pursuits.”

The Editors in the first issues of MSAC Research Journal were Conrado J. Oliveros, Lucio B. Victor, Rodolfo T. Abastilla, Cipriano C. Consolacion. The Managing Editor was Bienvenido M. Balweg and the Copy Editor was Ely G. Lumdang. There were also Contributing Editors in various subject areas.

It was passed on to Rodolfo T. Abastilla as Editor-in-Chief in 1979; Bienvenido M. Balweg in 1982; Percival B. Alipit in 1984 until it became BSU Research Journal in 1986; back to Bienvenido M. Balweg in 1995; Gilda B. Jacalan in 2001; Lily Ann D. Lando in 2005; Wilma L. Marquez in 2006; Lorenzo G. Lirio in 2012; Luciana M. Villanueva in 2013; Bernard S. Tad-awan in 2014; Aurea Marie M. Sandoval in 2016; Paul Joseph A. Nuval in January 2018; and Gretchen Shagami M. Hudson in November 2018. Jones T. Napaldet was designated as Acting Director in October 2019 until Cheryll C. Launio was appointed as the present Director of REPO and EIC of the MJSIR.

MJSIR is a refereed journal published biannually. This multidisciplinary scientific journal publishes selected papers presented during the annual Benguet State University Agency In-House Review for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources, Social & Education Sectors, and outside paper contributors from partner State Universities and Colleges (SUCs). 



Dr. Felipe Salaing Comila                                    Romeo A. Gomez Jr., PhD.
University President 
                                               Vice President for Research and Extension

Cheryll C. Launio, PhD.



Dr. Apler J. Bansiong                                              Dr. Jones T. Napaldet
Benguet State University                                           Benguet State University

Prof. Girlie Nora A. Abrigo                                     Dr. Gloria Luz M. Nelson
University of the Philippines Los Banos                  University of the Philippines Los Banos

Dr. Casiana M. Vera Cruz                                       Dr. Roel R. Suralta
International Rice Research Institute                      Philippine Rice Research Institute

Dr. Pedro Palencia                                                   Prof. Kumi Yasunobu
Oviedo University, Spain                                             Tottori University, Japan 

Dr. Lily Ann D. Lando                                   
Private Consultant            


The BSU Open Journal System (BSU-OJS) Team

Cheryll C. Launio
Director, Research & Extension Publication Office

Buford Laruan
Network Administrator

Lauren P. Kipaan
Director, University Library & Information Services

Carl W. Sibayan
Staff, University Library & Information Services

Noel A. Lenguaje, Aizel Gay S. Lazo and Anabelle O. Tostos
Staff, Research and Extension Publication Office