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Author Guidelines

Manuscripts prepared following the "Uniform Requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical Journals" is acceptable to this journal for publishing. Authors are advised to visit the Web site for this purpose.

Editorial scope:

  • The BSMMU Journal is intended to promote prompt publication of concise, scientific article based on the study in all fields of medical and health sciences.
  • Submitted manuscripts should not be previously published or being considered for publication elsewhere.
  • Reviewed manuscripts will be sent to the corresponding author for appropriate response if it is indicated.
  • Acceptance is based on significance, originality and clarity and fulfilment of the criteria of the publication policy of this journal.
  • The Editor will make all final decisions regarding acceptance.
  • Review articles should be written by a subject expert.

Ethical aspects:

  • Manuscripts based on the study should have been conducted according to the ethical standards laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki revised 2000.
  • Manuscript must contain a statement in the method section that all human subjects involved studies have been approved by the appropriate ethical committee after careful examination of the ethical aspects.
  • Permission of the patients or their families to reproduce photographs of the patients where identity is not disguised.
  • Author should obtain written permission to reproduce any table or illustration from any other source.

Manuscript submission:
BSMMU J publishes original articles based on laboratory work, field work, clinical trials and various other studies by scientific means related to the disciplines of biomedical science and health science conducted. It also accepts review articles, meta-analysis, case reports, short communications and letters to the editor. 

Plagiarism: We are using plagiarism detector software to identify plagiarism in articles submitted to our journal.

Publication fee: There is no article processing fee or publication fee. It is completely free.


Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Journal
Department of Pharmacology
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University
Shahbag, Dhaka-1000

Manuscript Organization:

  • Double spaced throughout with justified and 2.5 cm margins
  • Font type is Times New Roman with size 12.
  • Printed on a good quality A4 80 gm on one side of paper
  • Manuscript should have uniform style, correct journal format, carefully proofread for grammar, spelling and punctuation

Manuscript format
In general, original articles should be divided into following sections: Title page, Abstract, Text, Acknowledgement, References, Tables with titles and footnotes, alternatively Graphs with titles and Illustrations with legends. Each of the sections is to start on a separate page. Pages should be numbered consecutively beginning from the abstract.

Title page:

  • Title of the article
  • Names of all authors with their designation and institutional affiliations
  • Name of the department and institute where the study was undertaken
  • Name of the corresponding author with contact address, telephone number, Email address
  • Disclosure of conflict of interest if any
  • Disclosure of sources of funding or sponsor
  • A short running head
  • Number of tables given
  • Number of figures given
  • Word count of abstract


  • Structured with headings (Background, Objectives, Methods with statistical analysis, Result & Conclusion)
  • Authors name should not be given
  • Preferably within about 200 words
  • Avoid abbreviations in the title and abstract except standard abbreviation
  • A non structured abstract is suggested for review article and case report.

Text should be arranged into following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussions, Acknowledgement, & References


  • Statement of the problem with a short discussion of its importance and significance
  • Review of the literature related to the problem with pertinent reference
  • Objectives/hypothesis/benefits expected stated in 1-2 paragraphs


  • Study type, place and time
  • Description of study variables
  • Description of study subjects and grouping
  • Selection criteria
  • Approval of the study involving human subjects by ethical review committee and description of the ethical aspects in such study
  • Description of procedure, methods, apparatus, drugs or chemicals as applicable
  • Description of statistical procedure with enough detail to enable a knowledgeable reader with access to the original data to verify the reported results


  • Present result in logical sequence in text, table and illustration with most important finding first
  • Describe without comment
  • Restrict number of tables and figures needed to support assessment of paper
  • Do not duplicate data in tables and figures


  • Simple, self explanatory with brief title, not duplicated in text
  • Each table should be numbered in Romans and printed in separate page
  • Do not use internal horizontal and vertical rules
  • Use of many tables is not encouraged


  • All illustrations must be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals as they appear in the text
  • Submit print photograph of each illustration along with its electronic file
  • Figure number, title of manuscript, name of the corresponding author and arrow indicating top should be written on a sticky label affixed on the back of each photograph
  • Scanned picture, graph, chart with title and figure number should be printed on separate page and its original data presentation file should be inserted in the CD along with text


  • Must be typed on a separate sheet of paper
  • Photomicrograph should indicate the magnification, internal scale and the method of staining
  • All drugs should be mentioned in their generic form. The commercial name may be used in parenthesis


  • Individuals, institution, sponsor, organization or bodies can be acknowledged in the article for their contribution or financial or any form of assistance to the work


  • For reference, use author number style (Vancouver) which is based on an ANSI standard adapted by the National Library of Medicine(NLM)
  • References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text
  • Identify references in the text, tables and legends by Arabic numerals in superscript
  • All citations to electronic references should be presented in numbered references following the text
  • The titles of the journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus
  • Write names of 6 authors followed by et al. if authors number is more than six.
  • The reference list is not usually checked by the editorial staff or reviewer. It is the total responsibility of author to provide accurate information.

Standard journal article:
Khalil M, Chowdhury MAI, Rahman H, Mannan S, Sultana SZ, Rahman MM. Splenic mass and its relation to age, sex and height of the individual in Bangladeshi people. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Med Univ J. 2008; 1: 71-78.

Journal article with organization as author:
American diabetes Association. Diabetes update. Nursing, 2003 Nov; Suppl: 19-20.

Journal article with multiple organizations as author:
American Dietetic association; Dietitians of Canada. Position of Dietetic association and Dietitians of Canada: nutrition and women's health. J Am Diet Assoc 2004 Jun; 104(6): 984-1001.

Journal article with Governmental body as author:
National Institute on Drug Abuse (US); Caribbean Epidemiology Centre; Pan American Health Organization; World Health Organization. Building a collaborative research agenda: drug abuse and HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean 2002-2004. West Indian Med J. 2004 Nov; 53 Suppl 4: 1-78.

Standard book with initials for authors:
Eyre HJ, Lange DP, Morris LB. Informed decisions: the complete book of cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. 2nd ed. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2002. 768 p.

Contributed chapter of a book:
Rojko JL, Hardy WD. Feline lukemia virus and other retroviruses. In: Sherding RG, editor. The cat: diseases and clinical management. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1989. p. 229-332.

Conference Proceedings:
Pacak K, Aguilera G, Sabban, E, Kvetnansky R, editors. Stress: current neuroendocrine and genetic approaches. 8th symposium on Catecholamines and Other Neurotransmitters in Stress: 2003 Jun 28-July 3; Smolenice Castle (place of conference), Slovakia. New York (place of publication): New York Academy of Sciences (publisher); 2004 Jun. 590 p.

Scientific and Technical Reports:
Page E, Harney JM. Health hazard evaluation report. Cincinnati (OH)(Place of publication: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (US) (Publisher); 2001 Feb.24 p (Total number of pages). Report No.: HETA2000- 0139-2824

Dissertation &Thesis:
Entire Reference
Kempner JL. Aching heads, making medicine: gender and legitimacy in headache (title) [dissertation]. [Philadelphia]: University of Pennsylvania;2004.271p.

Alam M. Study of Heart Rate Variability in Adolescent Athletes [M Phil thesis]. [Dhaka]: Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University; 2008. 178p.

Part of Dissertation &Thesis:
Mackowski MP. Human factors: aerospace medicine and the origins of manned space flight in the United States [dissertation]. [Tempe (AZ)]: Arizona State University; 2002 May. Part 2, Space medicine; p.188-377.

Alam M. Heart Rate Variability in Adolescent Athletes [M Phil thesis]. [Dhaka (Bangladesh)]: Bangabandhu Medical University; 2008 July. Appendix (Name of the part) 4 (Number of the part), Classification of Physical Activity Intensity (Title of the part). p.7 (Location of the part).


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 10-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Copyright on any research article published in the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Journal is retained by the author(s) [Attribution CC-BY 4.0].


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