Editorial Policies

Bangladesh Journal of Infectious Diseases adheres to the ethical guidelines for research and publication described by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE, http://publicationethics.org) and the ICMJE Guidelines (http:// www.icmje.org). A submitted manuscript must not be associated with any type of research misconduct, including fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism with intent the authors’ to deceive. 

Authorship & author responsibilities

Bangladesh Journal of Infectious Diseases follows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors. The list of Authors should accurately reflect who carried out the research and who wrote the article. All multi-authored papers should include an Authors’ Contributions’ section at the end of the paper. When the corresponding author submits an article, this implies that all authors and responsible authorities where the work was carried out have approved its publication. The ICMJE recommends that authorship be based on the following 4 criteria: Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND Drafting the work or reviewing it critically for important intellectual content; AND Final approval of the version to be published; AND Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. The corresponding author has to declare the contributions of individual authors when submitting the article. Please follow the ICMJE definitions when defining authorship. All Authors must meet these criteria for authorship and, conversely, no-one should be omitted from the list if he/she meets these criteria. To add, delete or rearrange author names in the authorship after acceptance but before publication, you must declare (a) the reason for adding, deleting or rearranging the name(s) and (b) written confirmation (by e-mail, fax or letter) from all authors, including those who have been removed or added, that they agree with the proposed change. Any changes made to authorship after the article is published are not allowed.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest Policy

Bangladesh Journal of Infectious Diseases follows the policy of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Disclosure of Financial and Non-Financial Relationships and Activities, and Conflicts of Interest. Conflicts of interest in publishing can be defined as conditions in which an individual holds conflicting or competing interests that could bias editorial decisions. Conflicts of interest may be only potential or perceived, or they may be factual. Conflict of interest exists when as author (or the author's institution), reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influences (bias) his or her actions such relationship are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties. However, conflicts can also occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships, political, financial, religious, academic competition, and intellectual passion. Increasingly, individual studies receive funding from commercial firms, private foundations, and the government. The conditions of this funding have the potential to bias and otherwise discredit the research. When authors submit a manuscript, they are required to disclose all financial and personal relationships that might bias their work. To prevent ambiguity, authors must state explicitly whether potential conflicts do or do not exist. It is the discretion of editorial committee of BJID to resolve any conflict of interest between the author(s) and reviewers. Editors may choose not to consider an article for publication if they feel that the research is biased by the sponsors funding the research project.

Duplicate Publication/Submission Policy

All manuscripts submitted to Bangladesh J Infect Dis titles are considered for publication on the understanding that they have not been published previously elsewhere or are under consideration for publication elsewhere. The journal may, however, consider republication of a paper previously published in a language other than English, subject to prominent disclosure of the original source and with any necessary permission. Authors will be asked to certify that the manuscript represents valid work and that neither this manuscript nor one with substantially similar content under their authorship has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere. Where specific findings from a particular study have been previously published (in Bangladesh J Infect Dis titles or elsewhere), Bangladesh J Infect Dis titles will not consider manuscripts reporting the same findings, except where the results are substantially reanalyzed, reinterpreted for a different audience, or translated into another language; the primary publication is clearly acknowledged and cited and the trial registration number (where available) of the original research is included; and the publication is clearly presented as an analysis derived from the primary publication results or marked as a translation, with appropriate permission obtained from the previous publisher and copyright laws upheld. All submitted articles will be evaluated using plagiarism detection software, which compares the submitted manuscript with full text articles from all major journal databases and the internet. The use of published or unpublished ideas, words or other intellectual property derived from other sources without attribution or permission, and representation of such as those of the author(s) is regarded as scientific misconduct and will be addressed as such.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and representing them as one's own original work. It is considered dishonesty or fraud and offenders are subject to academic censure. Plagiarism can be unintentional or intentional, reproducing academic material without appropriate credit to the original authors. Similarly, self-plagiarism is the re-use of significant, identical or near identical portions of one's own work without citing the original work. This is also known as 'Recycling fraud. Worst form of plagiarism is to steal the whole article from some journal and publish it under one's own name in another journal. The Editorial Committee of BJID will blacklist any author found to be guilty of plagiarism. The name of author(s) committing plagiarism will also be disseminated to editors of other medical journals.

When the journal faces suspected cases of research and publication misconduct–such as redundant (duplicate) publication, plagiarism, fraudulent or fabricated data, changes in authorship, an undisclosed conflict of interest, ethical problems with a submitted manuscript, a reviewer’s appropriation of an author’s idea or data, and complaints against editors–the resolution process will follow the flowchart provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts). Discussion and decisions on the suspected cases are carried out by the Editorial Board.