Focus and Scope

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Journal is a quarterly, open access, single-blinded peer-reviewed journal. It publishes original articles based on laboratory work, field work, clinical trials and various other studies by scientific means related to the disciplines of biomedical science and health science. It also accepts review articles, meta-analysis, case reports, short communications and letters to the editor.

Peer Review Process

Each manuscript is initially screened by the editor. If it is considered for review process, then it is sent to the subject editor who selects the two reviewers to whom manuscript is sent for review.

Selection of Reviewers

Reviewer selection is the critical and important part to the publication process. The choice of selection is based on several factors, including a) expertise, b) reputation, c) capability of giving recommendations, d) giving enough time to review and e) our own previous experience of a reviewer's characteristics. For example, the reviewer who is slow, careless, or do not provide definite comment is avoided.

Timing

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Journal is committed to give rapid editorial decision and publication. To achieve the goal, an efficient editorial process is a valuable service both to our authors and to the scientific community as a whole. Therefore, we request the reviewers to respond promptly within three days to agree to do the review process. If a reviewer does not agree/respond to review a manuscript, then we request another reviewer. Once a reviewer agrees to review, the maximum allocated time period of review is 3 weeks. A soft reminder email is sent to the reviewer when the allocated time is over. This process performs well.

Editorial Decision

The editor takes the final decision based on the reviewers' comment. The decision may be any one of the followings:

a) Accept for Publication, with or without any minor editorial revision

b) Inform the corresponding author to Revise the Manuscript to address the specific concerns before a final decision is reached. Submission of revised manuscript does not ensure the accpetance

c) Reject, but inform the corresponding author that further write-up might justify a Resubmission

d) Decline Submission, typically on grounds of specialist interest, lack of novelty, insufficient conceptual advance or major technical and/or interpretational problems

Human and Animal Rights

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors have to write whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed. The work will be rejected if there is lack of evidence.

Conflict of interest

The credibility of published article depends in part on how well conflict of interest is handled during writing, peer review, and editorial decision making. Conflict of interest exists when an author, reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions (such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties). All authors of the submitted manuscript are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within two years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work. If these conflicts occur, they have to report as well.

Confidential

Editor, editorial board members, authors and reviewers keep confidential of all details of the editorial and peer review process on submitted manuscripts. Even identities of the reviewer are not disclosed to the corresponding author. In addition, reviewers maintain the confidentiality of the manuscript. 

Publication Frequency

The journal is publishing 4 issues (January, April, July and October) in a year from January 2016.

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.

Publication Fee

The author will not be charged in the form of submission fee, article processing fee or publication fee. It is completely free.