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Author Guidelines

Bangladesh Journal of Botany publishes original research papers related to any field of Plant Sciences from anywhere in the world. But it does not publish review articles and check lists. Each volume of the journal comprises four issues, published in March, June, September and December every year.

Papers should be submitted to the Chief Editor, Bangladesh Journal of Botany, C/o. Department of Botany, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh by post or by email as a word file. All correspondence should be made through email address: mkhondker@yahoo.com, info@bdbotsociety.org

The manuscript should be type-written with 2.5 cm margins in all sides in A4 size (21.0 × 29.7 cm) offset papers. A manuscript for Full paper should not exceed 12 typed pages in double line space including Figures, Graphs and Tables. In case of Short communication, the total typed pages should be 6 (six). The author will have to submit the paper in two hard copies and in CD, if sent by post.

Full paper/Short communication: The following instructions should be followed during the preparation of a manuscript. On the first page of the manuscript, only the Title of the paper and the name(s) of the author(s) with the address should be typed. In case of more than one author, the 1st address means where the research work was carried out. Identity of the author(s) must not appear anywhere in the manuscript except the 1st page. The corresponding author should be indicated by asterisx. The email address of the corresponding author must be given. On the second page the Title of the paper, Key words and Abstract should be given. In case of Full papers, the following pages should contain Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Acknowledgement(s) (if any) and References, while for a Short communication, the following pages should contain the Abstract and the text without any headings but Acknowledgement (if any) and References. In both cases Tables and Figures should be given at the end. Authors must be careful when they reproduce text, tables and illustrations from other sources, to avoid plagiarism. Manuscripts will be subjected to peer review and if needed overviewed by the subject Editor of the Editorial Board. Acceptability as Full paper or Short communication or rejection of a reviewed manuscript is finalized in the Editorial Board Meeting. All accepted papers by the Editorial Board are subjected to editorial changes.

Title: It should be informative, brief and very specific.

Abstract: Each paper should have an abstract containing the gist of results obtained and should not exceed 150 words.

Text: The text of the article should be clear and precise. Methods already published should be indicated by references. In case of modifications of a method give explicit descriptions. Results should be stated concisely and presented logically referring to tables and graphs. Data of tables and graphs should not be repeated in the text. Simple data may be presented as a text instead of Tables and Figs. Each result should be followed by discussion or interpretation (in any case the Results and Discussion must not be separated) with appropriate reference(s). Concluding remarks (without heading) must be given (that tally with the objective) in the last paragraph. The references in the text should be arranged chronologically. Units of measurement to be used: μE/m2/sec, mg/l, kg/ha, etc.

Tables, Graphs and Figures: Number of tables, graphs and figures should be minimum, giving statistical analysis. The same data should not be used in tables, graphs or figures. Tables should be typed on separate pages. Figures and graphs should be drawn with Indian ink on tracing paper and should be properly labelled so that these can be reduced up to half or even less of their original size. Symbols in the graphs should be distinct and labels should be readable.

The photographs should be submitted on glossy paper or in JPEG format. Black and white and coloured photographs are accepted.

References: The number of references should be normally restricted to a maximum of 25 for a full paper. Majority of them should preferably be of articles published in the last 10 years. Accepted papers may be referred with the name of the Journal and indicated as "in press". Unpublished observations and personal communications may be inserted in parentheses in the text. Avoid using abstracts as references. In the text a reference should be given within brackets without a comma between the name of the author and the year. For two or more references, however, each reference should be separated by a comma. References in the Reference section should be arranged alphabetically beginning with the author(s) and followed by the year of the publication, title of the paper, abbreviated name of the journal, volume, number (if any) within brackets, colon and page numbers. Please follow strictly the styles of various references given below:

Barz WH and Oksman-Caldentey KM 2002. Plant biotechnology- an emerging field. In: Plant biotechnology and transgenic plants, Oksman-Caldentey KM and Barz WH (Eds), pp. 1-21. Marcel Dekker, New York.

Crawford RMA 1993. Changing perspective of flood-induced injury in higher plants. In: Plants for the Environment, Khan MS, Khan MAA, Hadiuzzaman S and Aziz A (Eds), pp. 85-93. Proc. 7th Bot. Conf., 13-14 Dec., 1992. Bangladesh Bot. Soc., Dhaka.

Islam AS and Rashid A 1960. First successful hybridization between the two jute yielding species, Corchorus olitorius (Tossa) × C. capsularis (White). Nature 185: 258-259.

Islam AKMN and Aziz A 1987. Addition to the list of marine algae of St Martin’s Island, Bangladesh. III. Red algae. Nova Hedwig. 45: 211-222.

Khan MS, Haq E, Huq S, Rahman AA, Rashid SMA and Ahmed H (Eds) 1994. Wetlands of Bangladesh. Bangladesh Centre Adv. Stud., Dhaka. 91 pp.

Watson JD 1976. Molecular biology of genes. WA Benjamin, California. 739 pp.

Abbreviations and contractions: Abbreviations used in the American Journal of Botany should be followed. Abbreviations should have full-stop (e.g. Fig. for Figure) but for contractions there should not have any full-stop (e.g. Figs for Figures, Dr for Doctor, No. for Numero. Number in English).

Declaration:
All authors are requested to sign a declaration form certifying that the work was carried out by themselves and the contents of the paper were neither published before nor submitted for publication in any other journal, and that they have submitted their articles for consideration by the Editorial Board of the Bangladesh Journal of Botany.

Download the form here: http://www.bdbotsociety.org/journal/journal_pdf/declaration_form.pdf

Payments:
All authors must be members of the Bangladesh Botanical Society at the time of submitting their papers. Annual membership subscription of a local author is BDT 750.00. For foreign authors, for a single-author manuscript 50 US$ fixed and for multi-author manuscript 30 US$ per author. Life membership subscription of a local author is BDT 5000.00, while for a foreign author it is US$ 250.00. Contributors are given 5 copies of reprints free of cost. For additional reprints the author(s) will be billed at cost price and for this they must inform the Chief Editor in writing, after the paper is accepted for publication. The Society will bear the cost of up to six printed pages of the journal including plates, Figs, etc. The author(s) will have to bear the cost for extra printed pages (if any). For multicolour printing, the author should request the Chief Editor after the paper is accepted for publication and the author(s) will have to pay the extra cost.

Payment should be made following an invoice/a demand slip issued by the General Secretary/Chief Editor addressing the Author for correspondence/Institute concerned, via bank account or via Western Union favoring the Savings Bank account of the "Bangladesh Botanical Society", Dhaka, Bangladesh. Payment could also be made directly at the office of the Bangladesh Botanical Society, c/o, Department of Botany, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh in local currency on a printed Money Receipt as approved and issued by the Bangladesh.

 

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).
 

Copyright Notice

© Bangladesh Botanical Society

Authors are required to transfer the copyright of their articles to the journal. The Declaration form is available here http://www.bdbotsociety.org/journal/journal_pdf/declaration_form.pdf

 

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  • As part of submitting an article for publication, you will need to provide personally identifying information which will be used for the peer review process, and will be published. This can include ‘Affiliation’, ‘Competing interests’, ‘Acknowledgements’.

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  • Published personal data that accompanies an article or a book forms part of the official published record in order for the provenance of the work to be established, and for the work to be correctly attributed.

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3.1 what data we collect

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  • When registering an account we ask you to log in and provide certain personal information (such as your name and email address), and there is the option to register using an ORCiD which will pre-fill the registration form.
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3.2 why we collect the data

  • The data entered is used to invite the reviewer to peer review the article or book, and to contact the reviewer during and the review process.
  • If you submit a review then the details of your review, including your recommendation, your responses to any review form, your free-form responses, your competing interests statement, and any cover letter are recorded.

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  • Data that is retained post final decision is kept to conform to publication ethics and best practice, to provide evidence of peer review, and to resolve any disputes relating to the peer review of the article or book.
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4.2 why we collect the data

  • Assuming that it is accepted for publication, this data forms part of the official published record in order for the provenance of the work to be established, and for the work to be correctly attributed.
  • Author names, affiliations and emails are required for publication and will become part of the permanent cited record.

4.3 what we do (and don’t do) with the data

  • The co-author’s personal data is stored in the author database. This personal data is only used in relation to the publication of the associated article.
  • Any co-author data collected is added to the author database and is only used in association with the article the user is co-author on.

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  • To conform to publication ethics and best practice any personal data that is published alongside an article or book cannot be removed. If you have a query about a publication to which you are attributed please contact info@ubiquitypress.com

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  • We require you to include your name and email address

5.2 why we collect and store the data, and for how long

  • This data would be collected to keep you updated with any news about the platform or specific journal

5.3 what we do (and don’t do) with the data

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5.4 what to do if you want to get a copy of your data or want your data to be removed

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(Updated: 18 May 2018)