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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Bangladesh Journal of Zoology (BJZ), a peer-reviewed journal, is published thrice in a year in April, August and December by the Zoological Society of Bangladesh. Submission of a manuscript or a scientific note implies that it has not been published or submitted elsewhere. Rejection or withdrawal is the way to submit it elsewhere. Bangladesh Journal of Zoology uses a double-blind review process maintaining strict confidentiality of the review process. Authors therefore need to ensure that their manuscript does not give away their identity. It is desirable that authors will refer to the relevant papers published in the BJZ in their manuscript.


Responsibility for the accuracy of findings, observations and opinions, and for any other matters included in the manuscript, rests solely with the author(s). The BJZ, Zoological Society of Bangladesh as publishers, editors, reviewers and staff take no responsibility for these matters. Plagiarism or Similarity of more than 25% with published documents (except for author, affiliation, literature cited, and for any other insignificant section) might result in downright rejection of the manuscript.


Manuscripts must be typed in standard word file (recent version), double spaced, on one side of good quality 8.5" × 11" paper with wide margins. Full papers should not exceed 16 printed pages. 'Scientific Note' should not exceed 6 printed pages. Taxonomic papers should be written in a concise telegraphic style. The cover letter of a manuscript must be signed by all author(s).

The first page of the manuscript should contain only the title and the name and address of the author(s); the second page, the title and abstract. The Abstract should be followed by key words not exceeding Eight words.

TITLE should be concise, followed by an abstract (not exceeding 250 words) mentioning the objective, precise result and conclusion of the study. A full paper should have the following subtitles: (a) INTRODUCTION; (b) MATERIAL AND METHODS; (c) RESULTS AND DISCUSSION; (d) CONCLUSION; (e) Acknowledgements (if any), and (f) LITERATURE CITED.

Language: The language will be standard English, scientifically sound, presented in small sentences avoiding jargons and repetitions of information.

Tables: Tables must be typed on separate sheets of paper. Columns in the tables must be suitably titled and units of measurements given in standard abbreviation(s). Large and cumbersome tables should be avoided. The same data must not be given both in Tables and in Graphs.

Illustrations: Drawings and graphs should be made by standard graphical software. The scale of the figures, where required, must be indicated by a scale line on the drawing itself. The plates will be reduced for publication to a size not exceeding 4.5 × 6.5 inches. Photographic plates should be numbered sequentially and separately (if possible) from text figure. Only sharp picture in jpg or png format are acceptable.

Literature cited: References in the text should be listed in a section entitled LITERATURE CITED at the end of the paper. Authors of papers and books shall be listed alphabetically. Two papers published by the same author in the same year must be cited as, e.g., Ahmed (2017a,b). In citing references, the author's name should be followed by the year of publication, title of the paper, name of the journal with volume and the pages included. Title of papers in languages other than English should be given in English translation, with the original language in brackets. Titles of the journals must be abbreviated according to the latest edition of the World List of Scientific Periodicals. When reference is made to a book as a whole the total number of pages should be mentioned; in the case of a paper, or more than one paper, only the concerned pages may be mentioned (see below). The authors must follow STRICTLY the reference style of the journal.


BISWAS, V. 2019. Checklist of the Spider fauna of Bangladesh (Araneae : Arachnida). Bangladesh Journal of Zoology, 47(2), 185-227.

HASNATH, M., and KHAN, M.A.G. 2016. Community structure and Systematic study of Helminth parasites of Freshwater snails of the Chittagong University Campus. Bangladesh Journal of Zoology, 44(1), 9-30.

BEGUM, M., KABIR, M.A., KHAN, H.R., and RAHMAN, M.F. 2012. Efficacy of Monosodium Glutamate in the Australian Blowfly, Lucilia cuprina Wiedmann (Diptera : Calliphoridae). Bangladesh Journal of Zoology, 40(1), 69-75.

Book or book chapters:

RAHMAN, A.K.A. 2005. Freshwater Fishes of Bangladesh, 2nd ed., Zoological Society of Bangladesh, C/o- Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh, xviii+394pp.

ALI, S. and RIPLEY, S.D. 1973. Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan. Oxford Univ. Press, Bombay, London, New York. Vol. 8, xvi + 227 pp.

de BEER, G.R. 1940. Embryology and Taxonomy. In: The New Systematics. (Ed., Huxley, J.) Oxford Univ. Press, London, pp. 365-393.

Translated papers/ books:

CHOWDHURY, S.H. 1970. Functional changes in the midgut epithelium of the larva of Chaoborus obscruipes Van der Wulf (in Russian with English summary). Zool. Zh. 49: 249-256.

SHAFI, M. and QUDDUS, M.M.A. 1982. Bangladesher Matshya Sampad (Fisheries Resources of Bangladesh, in Bangla). 1st edn. Bangla Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 444 pp.

For Scientific note, there is no need for separate subtitles and abstract; LITERATURE CITED should, however, be listed following the BJZ style.

Processing cost and reprints: In-country authors have to pay BDT 5000 and BDT 3000 for a full paper and scientific notes, respectively. Papers from SAARC member countries and rest of the world will have to pay USD 50 and USD 100, respectively, for each publication. Payments should be made in advance to the society bank or online accounts. The author will receive 15 reprints free and the paper will be displayed in open access for readers. Excess pages of 16 for full paper and of 5 for scientific notes will cost extra fees. Additional order for colour plates and Extra reprints are processed following advance order on payment of additional cost. Please contact for Bank Account for money transfer or BKASH to +8801619-634955

MANUSCRIPTS for publication should be submitted through email at and copies to the Editor in Chief ( Hard copies (two sets) could be sent to the Editor-in-Chief, Bangladesh Journal of Zoology, C/o. Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh, by registered mail.

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The minimum personal data that are stored are:

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  • affiliation (department, and institution)
  • country of residence

Optionally, the user can provide:

  • salutation
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  • associated URL
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How do we use the data?

Personal information is only used to deliver the services provided by the publisher. Personal data is not shared externally except for author names, affiliations, emails, and links to ORCiD and social media accounts (if provided) in published articles and books which are displayed as part of the article/book and shared externally to indexes and databases. If a journal operates under open peer review then the reviewer details are published alongside the reviewer details.

How we collect and use your data:

1. When using the website

1.1 what data we collect

  • When you browse our website, we collect anonymised data about your use of the website; for example, we collect information about which pages you view, which files you download, what browser you are using, and when you were using the site.
  • When you comment on an article or book using Disqus, we are not collecting, controlling or processing the data. More details on the DISQUS privacy policy can be found on their website.
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1.2 why we collect the data

  • We use anonymised website usage data to monitor traffic, help fix bugs, and see overall patterns that inform future redesigns of the website, and provide reports on how frequently the publications on our site have been accessed from within their IP ranges.

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

  • We do not collect personal information that can be used to identify you when you browse the website.
  • We currently use Google Analytics for publication reports, and to improve the website and services through traffic analysis, but no personal identifying data is shared with Google (for example your computer’s IP is anonymised before transmission).

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

  • Please contact to request a copy of your data, or for your data to be removed/anonymised.

2. When registering as an author, and submitting an article or book

2.1 what data we collect

  • 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.
  • 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’.

2.2 why we collect the data

  • Registering an account allows you to log in, manage your profile, and participate as an author/reviewer/editor. We use cookies and session information to streamline your use of the website (for example in order for you to remain logged-in when you return to a journal). You can block or delete cookies and still be able to use the websites, although if you do you will then need to enter your username and password to login. In order to take advantage of certain features of the websites, you may also choose to provide us with other personal information, such as your ORCiD, but your decision to utilize these features and provide such data will always be voluntary.
  • Personal data submitted with the article or book is collected to allow follow good publication ethics during the review process, and will form 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.

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

  • We do not share your personal information with third parties, other than as part of providing the publishing service.
  • As a registered author in the system you may be contacted by the journal editor to submit another article.
  • Any books published on the platform are freely available to download from the publisher website in PDF, EPUB and MOBI formats on the publisher’s site.
  • Any personal data accompanying an article or a book (that will have been added by the submitting author) is published alongside it. The published data includes the names, affiliations and email addresses of all authors.
  • Any articles published on the platform are freely available to download from the publisher website in various formats (e.g. PDF, XML).
  • Ubiquity Press books and articles are typeset by SiliconChips and Diacritech.This process involves them receiving the book and book associated metadata and contacting the authors to finalise the layout. Ubiquity Press work with these suppliers to ensure that personal data is only used for the purposes of typesetting and proofing.
  • For physical purchases of books on the platform Ubiquity Press use print on demand services via Lightning Source who are responsible for printing and distribution via retailers. (For example; Amazon, Book Repository, Waterstones). Lightning Source’s privacy policy and details on data handling can be found on their website.

2.4 why we store the data

  • We store the account data so that you may choose to become a reviewer and be able to perform those tasks, or to become an author and submit an article and then track progress of that article.
  • 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.

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

  • You are able to view, change and remove your data associated with your profile. Should you choose to completely delete your account, please contact us at and we will follow up with your request as soon as possible.
  • 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

3. When registering as a reviewer

3.1 what data we collect

  • To become a reviewer you must first register as a user on the website, and set your preference that you would like to be considered as a reviewer. No new personal data is collected when a registered user elects to become a reviewer.
  • 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.
  • Reviewers can also be registered by editors who invite them to review a specific article. This requires the editor to provide the reviewer’s First Name, Last Name, and Email address. Normally this will be done as part of the process of inviting you to review the article or book.
  • On submitting a review, the reviewer includes a competing interest statement, they may answer questions about the quality of the article, and they will submit their recommendation.

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.

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

  • This data is not shared publicly and is only accessible by the Editor and system administrators of that journal or press.
  • The data will only be used in connection with that journal or press.
  • 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.
  • For journals or presses that publish the peer reviews, you will be asked to give consent to your review being published, and a subset of the data you have submitted will become part of the published record.

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

  • If you would no longer like to be registered as a reviewer you can edit your profile and tick the box ‘stop being a reviewer’. This will remove you from the reviewer database, however any existing reviews you may have carried out will remain.
  • If you have been contacted by an editor to peer review an article this means that you have been registered in the system. If you would not like to be contacted for peer review you can reply to the email requesting that your data be deleted.

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4.1 what data we collect

  • Co-author data is entered by the submitting author. The submitting author will already have a user account. According to standard publishing practice, the submitting author is responsible for obtaining the consent of their co-authors to be included (including having their personal data included) in the article/book being submitted to the journal/press.
  • The requested personal data for co-authors are at the bare minimum; first name, last name, institution, country, email address. This can also include; ORCID ID, Title, Middle Name, Biographical Statement, Department, Twitter Handle, Linkedin Profile Name or ImpactStory ID.

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.

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

  • To receive a copy of your data, please contact
  • 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

5. When signing-up to receive newsletters

5.1 what data we collect

  • 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

  • All emails sent via our newsletter client will include a link that will allow you to unsubscribe from the mailing list

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(Updated: 18 May 2018)