Aim and Scope

The “Annals of Bangladesh Agriculture” publishes original scientific work related to strategic and applied studies in all aspects of agricultural science including rural development as well as reviews of scientific topics of current agricultural relevance. Specific topics of interest include (but are not confined to): all aspects of crop improvement, crop management, plant protection, soil & water  management, climate change & environment, socioeconomics & rural development, animal production and health care, fish improvement & hatchery management, marine resources and agro-processing. Novelty and originality of research are the criteria for manuscripts published in Annals of Bangladesh Agriculture.

Review Process

All manuscripts submitted by the Authors to the Editorial Office will be initially checked by an Associate Executive Editor before the manuscripts are sent for peer-review to decide whether they are correctly formatted/prepared, follow the ethical policies of the journal and also fit the scope of the journal, and whether they are scientifically sound. Manuscripts that do not meet the journal's ethics policy or do not qualify the standards or do not fit the scope of the journal will be rejected before peer-review. Manuscripts that are inadequately prepared will be returned to the author(s) for revision and resubmission. After the initial check, the Associate Executive Editor will send the qualified manuscripts to the journals' Executive Editor. Executive Editor will make initial decisions, and qualified manuscripts will be sent for peer-review. No judgment on the significance or potential impact of the work will be made at the initial check. Rejection decisions at this stage will be verified by the Executive Editor. 

Peer Review
All manuscripts submitted to Annals of Bangladesh Agriculture will go through a stringent and thorough peer-review process. After an initial check, the manuscript is assigned to a handling editor, who then assigns it to reviewers and oversees the peer review. Authors may be asked to make minor or even major revisions before a handling editor decides whether to proceed with subsequent rounds of peer review. The final decision regarding acceptance is made by the journal Editor(s). 

At least two independent experts who are not part of the journal’s editorial staff take part in the peer-review process. The process is double-blind in nature, meaning that both the reviewers and the authors do not know each other. The comments generated during peer review remain confidential and may only be disclosed with the express agreement of the reviewer. 

Executive Editor may consider assigning a manuscript to reviewers whom the authors suggest. In any case, the reviewers must have no conflicts of interest. In particular, scholars who have published joint work with any of the authors two years prior to submission of the manuscript or who are currently collaborating with any researchers at any of the authors’ institutions are not eligible to serve as reviewers.

Editorial Decisions
All original articles, reviews, and other types of papers published in ABA go through the peer-review process. The decision regarding publication is based on a minimum of two reviewers’ comments and may take one of four forms. 

Accept 
The paper is in principle accepted based on the reviewers’ comments. The decision to publish is not based solely on the scientific validity of an article’s content but may also take into account such considerations as its extent and importance.

Minor revisions 
The paper is to be accepted after it has undergone minor revisions specified in the reviewers’ comments. In this situation, authors have five days to complete the minor revisions along with point-by-point responses to the comments or to provide a rebuttal letter.

Major revisions 
The paper may be accepted provided that it is thoroughly revised. In this case as well, the authors must provide a point-by-point response or rebuttal to the comments, and the revised version is sent to the same reviewer for further comment. 

Reject 
Articles are rejected even after revision when they are found to have serious flaws and/or to make no substantial original contribution to the scholarship.

In the cases in which major revisions are called for, but authors failed or even refused to provide point-by-point responses to the reviewers’ comments, especially in those instances in which they strongly disagree with the comments.

The editors are authorized to reject any manuscript if its subject is deemed inappropriate, it is of poor quality, or its results are proved to be erroneous. Editors themselves are prevented from serving as external reviewers of manuscripts in order to ensure that every manuscript submitted to the journal undergoes a well-informed and unbiased peer-review process.  Thus, any manuscript must be recommended by, usually, two or more external reviewers along with the handling editor before it is accepted for publication in its final form. 

Publication Frequency

Annals of Bangladesh Agriculture is published twice in a year (June and December).

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Article Processing Fees

Our journal is free to everyone. Full text of all the contents is always available. There is no article processing charges (APCs). Color art is free for online version. However, for print version, the authors have to pay TK 2000 ($25 for foreign author) for each page. Our readers can copy, distribute, and use their attributed research for non-commercial purpose free of charge. Author retains copyright of the articles through a Creative Commons attribution license (CC-BY-NC 4.0). (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/)

Source of Support

Institutional funds (Supported by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University)

Publisher

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University