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Author Guidelines

Manuscript submission:
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Journal (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Med Univ J) 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 conducted. It also accepts review articles, meta-analysis, case reports, short communications and letters to the editor. 

Peer Review
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.

Manuscript format
Original articles should be divided into following sections: Title page, Abstract, Text, Acknowledgement, References, Tables with titles and footnotes, alternatively Graphs with titles and Illustrations with legends. Each of the sections is to start on a separate page. Pages should be numbered consecutively beginning from the abstract.

Title page:

  • Title of the article
  • Names of all authors with their institutional affiliations
  • Name of the corresponding author with contact address, telephone number, Email address
  • Disclosure of conflict of interest if any
  • Disclosure of sources of funding or sponsor
  • Word count of abstract 


  • Authors name should not be given
  • Preferably within about 200 words
  • Avoid abbreviations in the title and abstract except standard abbreviation

Text should be arranged into following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgement and References


  • Statement of the problem with a short discussion of its importance and significance
  • Review of the literature related to the problem with pertinent reference
  • Objectives/hypothesis/benefits expected stated in 1-2 paragraphs

Materials and Methods:

  • Study type, place and time
  • Description of study variables
  • Description of study subjects and grouping
  • Selection criteria
  • Approval of the study involving human subjects by ethical review committee and description of the ethical aspects in such study
  • Description of procedure, methods, apparatus, drugs or chemicals as applicable
  • Description of statistical procedure with enough detail to enable a knowledgeable reader with access to the original data to verify the reported results


  • Present result in logical sequence in text, table and illustration with most important finding first
  • Describe without comment
  • Restrict number of tables and figures needed to support assessment of paper
  • Do not duplicate data in tables and figures


  • Simple, self explanatory with brief title, not duplicated in text
  • Each table should be numbered in Romans and printed in separate page
  • Do not use internal horizontal and vertical rules
  • Use of many tables is not encouraged


  • All illustrations must be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals as they appear in the text
  • Submit print photograph of each illustration along with its electronic file
  • Figure number, title of manuscript, name of the corresponding author and arrow indicating top should be written on a sticky label affixed on the back of each photograph
  • Scanned picture, graph, chart with title and figure number should be printed on separate page and its original data presentation file should be inserted in the CD along with text


  • Must be typed on a separate sheet of paper
  • Photomicrograph should indicate the magnification, internal scale and the method of staining
  • All drugs should be mentioned in their generic form. The commercial name may be used in parenthesis


  • Individuals, institution, sponsor, organization or bodies can be acknowledged in the article for their contribution or financial or any form of assistance to the work


  • For reference, use author number style (Vancouver) which is based on an ANSI standard adapted by the National Library of Medicine(NLM)
  • References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text
  • Identify references in the text, tables and legends by Arabic numerals in superscript
  • All citations to electronic references should be presented in numbered references following the text
  • The titles of the journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus
  • Write names of 6 authors followed by et al. if authors number is more than six.
  • The reference list is not usually checked by the editorial staff or reviewer. It is the total responsibility of author to provide accurate information.

Standard journal article:
Khalil M, Chowdhury MAI, Rahman H, Mannan S, Sultana SZ, Rahman MM. Splenic mass and its relation to age, sex and height of the individual in Bangladeshi people. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Med Univ J. 2008; 1: 71-78.

Journal article with organization as author:
American diabetes Association. Diabetes update. Nursing, 2003 Nov; Suppl: 19-20.

Journal article with multiple organizations as author:
American Dietetic association; Dietitians of Canada. Position of Dietetic association and Dietitians of Canada: nutrition and women's health. J Am Diet Assoc 2004 Jun; 104(6): 984-1001.

Journal article with Governmental body as author:
National Institute on Drug Abuse (US); Caribbean Epidemiology Centre; Pan American Health Organization; World Health Organization. Building a collaborative research agenda: drug abuse and HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean 2002-2004. West Indian Med J. 2004 Nov; 53 Suppl 4: 1-78.

Standard book with initials for authors:
Eyre HJ, Lange DP, Morris LB. Informed decisions: the complete book of cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. 2nd ed. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2002. 768 p.

Contributed chapter of a book:
Rojko JL, Hardy WD. Feline lukemia virus and other retroviruses. In: Sherding RG, editor. The cat: diseases and clinical management. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1989. p. 229-332.

Plagiarism: We are using plagiarism detector software to identify plagiarism in articles submitted to our journal.

Publication fee: There is no article processing fee or publication fee. It is completely free.


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 Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 10-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

Copyright on any research article published in the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Journal is retained by the author(s)

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This license permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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