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Author Guidelines

Bangladesh Journal of Endosurgery (BJE) puts emphasis on publishing original research articles, however short communications, case reports and letters on new findings dealing with laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures in children as well as in adults including general surgery, urology, gynecology, neurosurgery etc. are considered for publication. We will consider review articles from invited faculties only. An original research article should not exceed 6,500 words, including all illustrations and references (3,500 words exclusive of tables, figures, references, and abstract). Review articles should not generally exceed 8,500 words, including illustrations and references. Short reports also should not exceed 2,500 words, including all references and illustrations. Letters should be brief and to the point (500-600 words).

While preparing manuscripts, please follow the Vancouver Style (Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals prepared by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, which is available athttp://www.icmje.orgBJE’s "Instructions for Authors" can also be read and/or downloaded from the website

ORGANIZING YOUR MANUSCRIPT: Organize each section as indicated below:


  • Full title of the manuscript
  • The first and last names of all contributing authors and academic degrees [i.e., first name, middle initial(s), surname, degree(s)]; the departmental and institutional affiliation(s); complete street or mailing address for each affiliation, including the city, state or province, and country where the work was performed. [NOTE: Fellowships are not included in the Journal]
  • No more than 6 authors will be accepted for all manuscripts without a letter detailing explicit contribution to all 3 phases of authorship.


  • TITLE PAGE: The title page should include:
  • Names and affiliations of all the authors
  • The source of a work or study (if any)
  • A short title should be given for use as a running title of about 50 characters.
  • Please indicate the name, address, phone number, fax number and e-mail address of Corresponding Author.


ABSTRACT. A structured abstract of not more than 250 words is required. It should be a factual description of the study performed organized with the headings of Background (includes aims, hypotheses, or objectives), Methods (includes patient population, procedures, and data analysis), Results, and Conclusions. The abstract should contain the data to support the key findings or conclusions of the study and this should be self-explanatory without reference to the text. The first time an abbreviated term is used, spell it out in full and follow with the abbreviation in parentheses – for example: ultrasound (US). Please do NOT cite any reference in the abstract.

THIRD and SUBSEQUENT PAGES: (Follow this format: abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements, references. Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages. At the end of the article, give the name and address of the individual to whom reprint requests should be directed.)

TEXT/MAIN DOCUMENT. Organize the text into an introductory section that conveys the background and purpose of the report, and then into sections titled “Materials and Methods,” “Results,” and “Discussion.” Please mention at the end of Methods section about the authority which has given you the permission to undertake this study.

  • Place them flush left on the page in capital letters; do not underline or use bold lettering.
  • Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 12-point Times Roman) for text
  • Double-space the text
  • Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables

Manuscripts should be organized as follows: Title page; Abstract and Keywords; Text with the following sections: Introduction, Case Report, Discussion; Figure legends; References. 

All articles should be no more than 1500 words long with a maximum of 10 references and 10 images. Manuscripts should also contain a separate abstract of up to 150 words.

Abstract: The second page of the manuscript should contain the Abstract, which must not exceed 150 words. The Abstract should be comprehensible to readers before they have read the paper, and reference citations must be avoided. Following the abstract, 3-6 key words should be given for subject indexing.

Article structure: The main text of the paper should be up to 1500 words (excluding references and legends) and should be structured with the following sections: 
• Introduction 
• Case Report 
• Discussion 
• References
• Figure legends

BJE requires authors to declare any competing financial or other interest in relation to their work. Where an author gives no competing interests, the listing will read 'the author(s) declare that they have no competing interests'.

A brief statement should acknowledge individuals, other than authors, who were of direct help in the reported work or if the work was supported by a government or commercial grant.

REFERENCES. Please follow the ICMJE guidelines ( Reference citations in the text should be identified by numbers in brackets (e.g. [4]). Number the references in order of their first appearance in the text (not alphabetically). Once a reference is cited, all subsequent citations should be to the original number.

1. Standard journal article

Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002 Jul 25;347(4):284-7.

More than six authors:

Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002;935(1-2):40-6.

Optional addition of a clinical trial registration number:

Trachtenberg F, Maserejian NN, Soncini JA, Hayes C, Tavares M. Does fluoride in compomers prevent future caries in children? J Dent Res. 2009 Mar;88(3):276-9. PubMed PMID: 19329464. registration number: NCT00065988.

2. Organization as author

Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Hypertension, insulin, and proinsulin in participants with impaired glucose tolerance. Hypertension. 2002;40(5):679-86.

3. Both personal authors and organization as author(List all as they appear in the byline.)

Vallancien G, Emberton M, Harving N, van Moorselaar RJ; Alf-One Study Group. Sexual dysfunction in 1,274 European men suffering from lower urinary tract symptoms. J Urol. 2003;169(6):2257-61.

Margulies EH, Blanchette M; NISC Comparative Sequencing Program, Haussler D, Green ED. Identification and characterization of multi-species conserved sequences. Genome Res. 2003 Dec;13(12):2507-18.

4. No author given

21st century heart solution may have a sting in the tail. BMJ. 2002;325(7357):184.

5. Article not in English

Ellingsen AE, Wilhelmsen I. Sykdomsangst blant medisin- og jusstudenter. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2002;122(8):785-7. Norwegian.

Optional translation of article title (MEDLINE/PubMed practice):

Ellingsen AE, Wilhelmsen I. [Disease anxiety among medical students and law students]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2002 Mar 20;122(8):785-7. Norwegian.

6. Volume with supplement

Geraud G, Spierings EL, Keywood C. Tolerability and safety of frovatriptan with short- and long-term use for treatment of migraine and in comparison with sumatriptan. Headache. 2002;42 Suppl 2:S93-9.

7. Issue with supplement

Glauser TA. Integrating clinical trial data into clinical practice. Neurology. 2002;58(12 Suppl 7):S6-12.

8. Article published electronically ahead of the print version

Yu WM, Hawley TS, Hawley RG, Qu CK. Immortalization of yolk sac-derived precursor cells. Blood. 2002 Nov 15;100(10):3828-31. Epub 2002 Jul 5.

Books and Other Monographs

9. Personal author(s)

Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.

10. Editor(s), compiler(s) as author

Gilstrap LC 3rd, Cunningham FG, VanDorsten JP, editors. Operative obstetrics. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002.

11. Author(s) and editor(s)

Breedlove GK, Schorfheide AM. Adolescent pregnancy. 2nd ed. Wieczorek RR, editor. White Plains (NY): March of Dimes Education Services; 2001.

12. Organization(s) as author

Advanced Life Support Group. Acute medical emergencies: the practical approach. London: BMJ Books; 2001. 454 p.

American Occupational Therapy Association, Ad Hoc Committee on Occupational Therapy Manpower. Occupational therapy manpower: a plan for progress. Rockville (MD): The Association; 1985 Apr. 84 p.

13. Chapter in a book

Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113.

14. Dissertation

Borkowski MM. Infant sleep and feeding: a telephone survey of Hispanic Americans [dissertation]. Mount Pleasant (MI): Central Michigan University; 2002.

15. Newspaper article

Tynan T. Medical improvements lower homicide rate: study sees drop in assault rate. The Washington Post. 2002 Aug 12;Sect. A:2 (col. 4).

16. Map

Pratt B, Flick P, Vynne C, cartographers. Biodiversity hotspots [map]. Washington: Conservation International; 2000.

17. Dictionary and similar references

Dorland's illustrated medical dictionary. 29th ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders; 2000. Filamin; p. 675.

18. In press or Forthcoming

(Note: NLM prefers "Forthcoming" rather than "In press" because not all items will be printed.)

Tian D, Araki H, Stahl E, Bergelson J, Kreitman M. Signature of balancing selection in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. Forthcoming 2002.

19. Journal article on the Internet

Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [Internet]. 2002 Jun [cited 2002 Aug 12];102(6):[about 1 p.]. Available from:

20. Article with document number in place of traditional pagination:

Williams JS, Brown SM, Conlin PR. Videos in clinical medicine. Blood-pressure measurement. N Engl J Med. 2009 Jan 29;360(5):e6. PubMed PMID: 19179309.

21. Article with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI):

Zhang M, Holman CD, Price SD, Sanfilippo FM, Preen DB, Bulsara MK. Comorbidity and repeat admission to hospital for adverse drug reactions in older adults: retrospective cohort study. BMJ. 2009 Jan 7;338:a2752. doi: 10.1136/bmj.a2752. PubMed PMID: 19129307; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2615549.

22. Homepage/Web site [Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000-01 [updated 2002 May 16; cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from:


  • Line illustrations should be submitted at 1200 dpi.
  • Halftones and Color should be submitted at a minimum of 300 dpi.
  • Please name your artwork (Tables and figures) files with the submitting author’s name, i.e., AbbasFig 1.jpeg, AbbasTable 1.jpeg, etc.
  • Do NOT embed art files into a word or PDF document.


  • All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  • Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  • Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.
  • Lengthy, encyclopedic tables should be avoided.


  • All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  • Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  • For each figure, please supply a figure caption.
  • Figures in which a person is identifiable must either have the face masked out, or be accompanied by written permission for publication from the individual in the photograph.
  • Reduce figures to fit either in 1 column or within the 2 column width of the Journal page.
  • Each figure should comprise only a single file.

The following file formats can be accepted:

  • EPS (preferred format for diagrams)
  • PDF (also especially suitable for diagrams)
  • TIFF
  • JPEG

Text within figures should usually be either Arial or Helvetica fonts; Courier may be used if a monospaced font is required. Text should be designed to be legible when the illustration is scaled to a width of 600 pixels.

The legends should be included in the main manuscript text file rather than being a part of the figure file. For each figure, the following information should be provided: figure number (in sequence, using arabic numerals - i.e. Figure 1, 2, 3 etc); short title of figure (maximum 15 words); detailed legend, up to 300 words.


Please use the standard abbreviations and units.

The first time an abbreviated term is used, spell it out in full and follow with the abbreviation in parentheses – for example: ultrasound (US).

Please express digits as numerals except when they are the first word in a sentence. Decimals should be written in North American format.

Express units of measurement in the metric system whenever possible, and abbreviate them

PERMISSIONS. Materials taken from other sources must be accompanied by a written statement from the copyright holder – typically the original publisher and/or the author.

IMPORTANT: Please upload individual files of all manuscript material – DO NOT upload a single PDF file containing all text, figure and table files of your paper. Once all individual files are uploaded on to OJ System, the system will automatically create a single PDF proof for you and the peer-review process


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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-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

Authors of articles published in BJE retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work. A Copyright and License Agreement – signed and dated by the corresponding author on behalf of all authors – must be submitted with each manuscript submission.

Copyright Agreement Form

Bangladesh Journal of Endosurgery (BJE) copyright and license agreement:

Title of the Article:

Manuscript No:

In submitting a research article ('article') to Bangladesh Journal of Endosurgery (BJE) I certify that:

1. I am authorized by my co-authors to enter into these arrangements.

2. I warrant, on behalf of myself and my co-authors, that:

  1. the article is original, has not been formally published in any other peer-reviewed journal, is not under consideration by any other journal and does not infringe any existing copyright or any other third party rights;
  2. I am/we are the sole author(s) of the article and have full authority to enter into this agreement and in granting rights to BJE are not in breach of any other obligation. If the law requires that the article be published in the public domain, I/we will notify BJE at the time of submission upon which clauses 3 through 6 inclusive do not apply;
  3. the article contains nothing that is unlawful, libellous, or which would, if published, constitute a breach of contract or of confidence or of commitment given to secrecy;
  4. I/we have taken due care to ensure the integrity of the article. To my/our - and currently accepted scientific - knowledge all statements contained in it purporting to be facts are true and any formula or instruction contained in the article will not, if followed accurately, cause any injury, illness or damage to the user.

And I agree to the following license agreement:

BJE Open Access license agreement

Brief summary of the agreement

Anyone is free:

  • to copy, distribute, and display the work;
  • to make derivative works;
  • to make commercial use of the work;

Under the following conditions: Attribution

  • the original author must be given credit;
  • for any reuse or distribution, it must be made clear to others what the license terms of this work are;
  • any of these conditions can be waived if the authors gives permission.

Statutory fair use and other rights are in no way affected by the above.

Full BJE Open Access license agreement

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