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ISSN 1810-3030 (Print)       2408-8684 (Online) JBAU

Guide for Authors

Aims and Scope

Journal of the Bangladesh Agricultural University (JBAU) is an official publication of the Bangladesh Agricultural University Research System (BAURES). JBAU publish original full length papers, review articles and short communications from all areas of Agricultural Sciences and reflecting the considerable and continuing changes with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary studies from authors throughout the world. JBAU is a peer reviewed half yearly journal published in June and December. Electronic copies of the journal are available at http://baures.bau.edu.bd/jbau and http://www.banglajol.info/index.php/JBAU

Instructions for Contributors

Contributions are accepted for consideration on the understanding that the submitted manuscript should be original, has not been published before (except as part of a thesis or lecture note or report, or in the form of an abstract); that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors as well as by the authorities at the Institute where the work has been carried out. In case of review articles, the author(s) should have expertise in the said field and shall have at least 5 peer reviewing research publications in the journals. The author(s) are requested to follow the latest issue of the Journal before preparation and submission of manuscript.

Length of article: Microsoft Word files are required for all manuscripts. The manuscript should be as short as possible, and no longer than 5000 words, while review articles may cover up to 7000 words, in case of short communications, the limit is 1500 words.

Typescript: Manuscripts should be typed with double-spacing throughout, and with a margin of at least 3 cm on both side having font size of 12 on one side of A4-sized paper. All pages should be numbered consecutively and the lines in each page should be numbered. All manuscripts must be written in clear and grammatically correct English and spelling. Non-English speaking authors who do not have a good command in English are advised to seek assistance from someone who has a good command in English. Scientific language, nomenclature and standard international units should be used.

Bioethics: Experiments on in vivo animal work should conform to the legislation in the country (e.g., Ethics, committee approval and authorization from institute and/or government) where the experiments were carried out. A manuscript containing information that suggests that animals were subjected to adverse, stressful, or harsh conditions or treatments will not be considered for publication unless the authors demonstrate convincingly that the knowledge gained was of sufficient value to justify these conditions or treatments.

Submission: The manuscript should be submitted using the journal's online manuscript submission system (http://baures.bau.edu.bd/jbau). The authors can also submit it through email (editor.jbau@bau.edu.bd). Authors are encouraged to use the journal's online submission system as the tracking system of the submitted article is available in the online submission system. The author should submit the manuscript along with a cover letter (Scanned copy of the signed letter). The cover letter should contain a statement justifying why the work should be considered for publication in the journal, and that the manuscript has not been published or simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere. The manuscript should have a title page which includes the title of article; name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s); name, telephone number, and email address of the corresponding author; running title; and key words.

Acceptance: The acceptance of a paper implies that it has been reviewed and recommended by at least two reviewers, of which one is from the Editorial Board as a super reviewer. Authors will generally be notified of acceptance, rejection, or need for revision within shortest possible time from receipt. The accepted papers will be published in the coming issue of JBAU.

Layout of the Manuscript: The main body of the paper should be divided into unnumbered sections. Choice of headings will depend on the content, but the text of the article is recommended in the following order: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, (or Results and Discussion), Conclusion (if any), Acknowledgements (if any) and References.

Title: The title should be concise and informative and contain all keywords necessary to facilitate retrieval by modern searching techniques. Additional keywords not already contained in the title or abstract should be listed (not exceed 5 words/phrases) beneath the abstract. A short title of less than 50 characters including spaces, to be used as a running head at the top of the page, should be supplied.

Author: The number of author of an article should not exceed four. However, in case of research conducted through foreign fund or foreign collaboration, two more foreign authors can be allowed along with maximum limit of local author(s). Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of the author(s) and check that all the names are accurately spelled. The complete address(es) of the author(s) (where the actual work was done) must be typed under the names. The author may include the present affiliation along with the affiliation related to the work presented in the article.

Abstract: The abstract (preferably less than 400 words) should state concisely the scope of the work and the principal findings and should not just recapitulate the results. It should be complete enough for direct use by abstracting services. Acronyms and references should be avoided.

Introduction: Include a clear description of the aims of the investigation (without summarizing the work itself), significance of the research and a brief statement of previous relevant work with references.

Experimental: State clearly, in sufficient detail to permit the work to be repeated, the methods and materials used. Only new techniques and modifications to known methods need to be described in detail but known methods must have adequate references. Include the name, postal town and country of the supplier or manufacturer of any chemical or apparatus not in common use. Give the statistical design (including replication) of each experiment where appropriate.

Tables and Figures: Tables and Figures should be placed on separate sheet, must be numbered with arabic numerals accompanied by a title and the number of columns and rows in the Table should be kept to a minimum. Each Table and Figure must be referred in the text, and the preferred position of the Table and Figure in the text should be indicated. Do not use decorative borders, shadowing or other 3-dimensional effects. Vertical rules in the tables should be avoided. Figure in black and white color is preferred. In preparing color graph, the author should be much careful in selecting colors for making the graph readable and distinct in printed version (black and white). Symbols can be used but explanations of symbols should be given in the caption to the figure, and lettering of graphs should be kept to a minimum.

Photographs: Photographs must be of the highest quality, black and white with a full range of tones and of good contrast. Color photographs may be accepted if they are essential, but the cost of production must be borne by the author(s).

Results: Present these concisely, using tables or illustrations for clarity; do not list the results again in the text. State clearly the form of the experimental error and the statistical significance of the results. Do not overstate the precision of the measurements. Histograms or bar charts, unless prepared carefully, are inferior to tables.

Discussion: The Results should be followed by a concise section to discuss and interpret them. Do not just repeat the results. A combined Results and Discussion section sometimes simplifies the presentation.

Conclusion: Do not merely repeat content of preceding sections. The Conclusion and Recommendation sections may be merged.

Acknowledgements: Keep these to the absolute minimum, should be a brief statement at the end of the text and may include source of financial support. Avoid thanks for permission to publish.

References: References are cited by the author and year system without numbering; all entries in this list must correspond to references in the text. In the text, the names of 2 co-authors are linked by 'and'; for 3 or more, the first author's name is followed by 'et al.'. If more than one reference is cited in the text, they should be listed chronologically. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication. No editorial responsibility can be taken for the accuracy of the references. The titles of papers and the first and last page numbers must be included for all references. Papers that have not been accepted for publication cannot be included in the list of references and must be cited in the text as 'unpublished data' or 'personal communication'; the use of such citations is discouraged. The reference list should be given alphabetically in the following style:
Hossain, M.A., Araki, H. and Takahashi, T., 2011. Poor grain filling induced by waterlogging is similar to that in abnormal early ripening in wheat in Western Japan. Field Crops Res., 123: 100-108.
De Datta, S. K. 1981. Principles and Practices of Rice Production. John Wiley & Sons, New York. Lambers, H. and Millenaar, F. F. 2002: Respiratory patterns in roots in relation to their functioning. In Y. Waisel, A. Eshel and U. Kafkafi (eds). Plant Roots: The Hidden Half, 3rd Edn. pp. 521-552. Marcel Dekker, New York.
Deinum, B. 1966. Influence of some climatological factors on the chemical composition and feeding value of herbage. Proceedings of the 10th International Grassland Congress, Helsinki, pp.415-418.

Handling charge: For publication of each accepted full length paper and short communication, the author(s) shall have to pay Tk. 1500.00 (for inland) and USD 50 (for overseas) for Full Paper and Tk. 1000.00 (for inland) and USD 45 (for overseas) for Short Communication. In addition, contributors (inland) shall have to pay an amount of Tk. 1000.00 during submission of the manuscript for of reviewing the same. Editorial board, if necessary, may charge extra cost.

Proof and Reprints: Gully Proofs of the article (in PDF) will be sent to the corresponding author for final correction. Author(s) should correct the proof using annotating tools in Adobe Reader and return to the Executive Editor within 72 hours from the receipt. The authors will be supplied a copy of the journal along with 10 reprints free of charge. Additional reprints and journals may be purchased by order when sending back the proof.