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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 1.5 line spacing; 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

Journal of Bangladesh Agricultural University (JBAU) is an official publication of Bangladesh Agricultural University Research System (BAURES). Full length research articles, review articles and short communications in all fields of Agricultural Sciences are published in the journal. JBAU is published both online and in print in April, August and December. The website of the journal is http://baures.bau.edu.bd/jbau/

Instructions for Contributors

Contributions are accepted for consideration on the understanding that the submitted manuscript should be original, has not been published before (except as part of a thesis or lecture note or report, or in the form of an abstract); that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors as well as by the authorities at the Institute where the work has been carried out. In case of review articles, the author(s) should have expertise in the said field and shall have at least 5 peer reviewing research publications in the journals. The author(s) are requested to follow the latest issue of the Journal or “Authors Guideline” posted in JBAU website before preparation and submission of manuscript.

Length of article: Microsoft Word files are required for all manuscripts. The manuscript should be as short as possible, and no longer than 5000 words, while review articles may cover up to 7000 words, in case of short communications, the limit is 1500 words.

Typescript: Manuscripts should be typed with 1.5-spacing throughout, and with a margin of at least 3 cm on both side having font size of 12 in A4-sized paper. All pages should be numbered consecutively and the lines in each page should be numbered. All manuscripts must be written in clear and grammatically correct English and spelling. Non-English speaking authors who do not have a good command in English are advised to seek assistance from someone who has a good command in English. Scientific language, nomenclature and standard international units should be used.

Bioethics: Experiments on in vivo animal work should conform to the legislation in the country (e.g., Ethics, committee approval and authorization from institute and/or government) where the experiments were carried out. A manuscript containing information that suggests that animals were subjected to adverse, stressful, or harsh conditions or treatments will not be considered for publication unless the authors demonstrate convincingly that the knowledge gained was of sufficient value to justify these conditions or treatments.

Submission: The manuscript should be submitted using the journal’s online manuscript submission system (http://baures.bau.edu.bd/jbau). The author needs to register first in the JBAU online system. An auto-generated email will be sent to the author after successful registration. The author needs to activate the user account from the link provided in the email. The authors are strongly suggested to check the inbox and spam folder for JBAU email. The author can submit the manuscript after being logged in the JBAU online system. A cover letter (Scanned copy of the signed letter) must be submitted with the manuscript. The cover letter should contain a statement justifying why the work should be considered for publication in the journal, and that the manuscript has not been published or simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere. The manuscript should have a title page which includes the title of article; full name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s); name, telephone number, and email address of the corresponding author; contributions of the authors; running title; and key words.

Acceptance: The acceptance of a paper implies that it has been reviewed and recommended by at least two expert reviewers. Authors will be notified of acceptance, rejection, or need for revision within shortest possible time from receipt. Moreover, the author will be able to track the status of the manuscript after logged in the JBAU online submission system. The accepted papers will be published in the coming issue of JBAU.

Layout of the Manuscript: The main body of the paper should be divided into unnumbered sections. Choice of headings will depend on the content, but the text of the article is recommended in the following order: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, (or Results and Discussion), Conclusion (if any), Acknowledgements (if any) and References.

Title: The title should be concise and informative and contain all keywords necessary to facilitate retrieval by modern searching techniques.  Additional keywords not already contained in the title or abstract should be listed (not exceed 5 words/phrases) beneath the abstract. A short title of less than 50 characters including spaces, to be used as a running head at the top of the page, should be supplied.

Author: The number of author of an article should not exceed six. Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of the author(s) and check that all the names are accurately spelled. The complete address(es) of the author(s) (where the actual work was done) must be typed under the names. The author may include the present affiliation along with the affiliation related to the work presented in the article.

Abstract: The abstract (preferably less than 400 words) should be concise and clear. It should be in one paragraph and structured (background and objectives, methods, key findings, and conclusion).

Introduction: Include a clear description of the aims of the investigation (without summarizing the work itself), significance of the research and a brief statement of previous relevant work with references.

Materials and Methods: State clearly, in sufficient detail to permit the work to be repeated, the methods and materials used. Only new techniques and modifications to known methods need to be described in detail but known methods must have adequate references. Include the name, postal town and country of the supplier or manufacturer of any chemical or apparatus not in common use. Give the statistical design (including replication) of each experiment where appropriate.

Tables and Figures: Tables and Figures should be placed on separate sheet, must be numbered with arabic numerals accompanied by a title and the number of columns and rows in the Table should be kept to a minimum. Each Table and Figure must be referred in the text, and the preferred position of the Table and Figure in the text should be indicated. Do not use decorative borders, shadowing or other 3-dimensional effects. Vertical rules in the tables should be avoided. Figure in black and white color is preferred. In preparing color graph, the author should be much careful in selecting colors for making the graph readable and distinct in printed version (black and white). Symbols can be used but explanations of symbols should be given in the caption to the figure, and lettering of graphs should be kept to a minimum.

Photographs: Photographs must be of the highest quality, black and white with a full range of tones and of good contrast. Color photographs may be accepted if they are essential, but the cost of production must be borne by the author(s).

Results: Present these concisely, using tables or illustrations for clarity; do not list the results again in the text. State clearly the form of the experimental error and the statistical significance of the results. Do not overstate the precision of the measurements. Histograms or bar charts, unless prepared carefully, are inferior to tables.

Discussion: The Results should be followed by a concise section to discuss and interpret them. Do not just repeat the results. A combined Results and Discussion section sometimes simplifies the presentation.

Conclusion: Do not merely repeat content of preceding sections. The Conclusion and Recommendation sections may be merged.

Acknowledgements: Keep these to the absolute minimum, should be a brief statement at the end of the text and may include source of financial support. Avoid thanks for permission to publish.

References: References are cited by the author and year system without numbering; all entries in this list must correspond to references in the text. In the text, the names of 2 co-authors are linked by ‘and’; for 3 or more, the first author’s name is followed by ‘et al.’. If more than one reference is cited in the text, they should be listed chronologically. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’, etc., placed after the year of publication. No editorial responsibility can be taken for the accuracy of the references. The titles of papers and the first and last page numbers must be included for all references. Papers that have not been accepted for publication cannot be included in the list of references and must be cited in the text as ‘unpublished data’ or ‘personal communication’; the use of such citations is discouraged. The reference list should be given alphabetically in the following style:

Araki, H., Hossain, M.A. and Takahashi, T. 2012. Waterlogging and hypoxia have permanent effects on wheat root growth and respiration. J. Agron. Crop Sci., 198 (4): 264–275.  

De Datta, S. K. 1981. Principles and Practices of Rice Production. John Wiley & Sons, New York.

Deinum, B. 1966. Influence of some climatological factors on the chemical composition and feeding value of herbage. Proceedings of the 10th International Grassland Congress, Helsinki, pp.415–418.

Lambers, H. and Millenaar, F. F. 2002: Respiratory patterns in roots in relation to their functioning. In Y. Waisel, A. Eshel and U. Kafkafi (eds). Plant Roots: The Hidden Half, 3rd Edn. pp. 521–552. Marcel Dekker, New York.

Handling charge: For publication of each accepted full length paper and short communication, the author(s) shall have to pay Tk. 1500.00 (for inland) and USD 50 (for overseas) for Full Paper and Tk. 1000.00 (for inland) and USD 40 (for overseas) for Short Communication. In addition, contributors shall have to pay an amount of Tk. 1000.00 (for inland) during submission of the manuscript for reviewing the same. Editorial board, if necessary, may charge extra cost.

Proof and Reprints: Galley Proofs of the article (in PDF) will be sent to the corresponding author for final correction. Author(s) should correct the proof using annotating tools in Adobe Reader and submit online within 72 hours from the receipt. The authors will be supplied a copy of the journal free of charge. Additional copies of journals may be purchased by order when sending back the proof.

Privacy Statement

Bangladesh Journals Online (BanglaJOL) is a member of the Ubiquity Partner Network coordinated by Ubiquity Press. According to the EU definitions, BanglaJOL is the data controller, and Ubiquity Press are the service providers and data processors. Ubiquity Press provide the technical platform and some publishing services to BanglaJOL and operate under the principle of data minimisation where only the minimal amount of personal data that is required to carry out a task is obtained.

More information on the type of data that is required can be found in Ubiquity Press’ privacy policy below.

Ubiquity Press Privacy Policy

We take seriously our duty to process your personal data in a fair and transparent way. We collect and manage user data according to the following Privacy Policy. This document is part of our Terms of Service, and by using the press portal, affiliated journals, book, conference and repository websites (the “Websites”), you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Service. Please read the Terms of Service in their entirety, and refer to those for definitions and contacts.

What type of personal data do we handle?

There are four main categories of personal data stored by our journal platform, our press platform, and our book management system; Website User data, Author data, Reviewer data and Editor data.

The minimum personal data that are stored are:

  • full name
  • email address
  • affiliation (department, and institution)
  • country of residence

Optionally, the user can provide:

  • salutation
  • gender
  • associated URL
  • phone number
  • fax number
  • reviewing interests
  • mailing address
  • ORCiD
  • a short biography
  • interests
  • Twitter profile
  • LinkedIn profile
  • ImpactStory profile
  • profile picture

The data subjects have complete control of this data through their profile, and can request for it to be removed by contacting info@ubiquitypress.com

What do we do to keep that data secure?

We regularly backup our databases, and we use reliable cloud service providers (Amazon, Google Cloud, Linode) to ensure they are kept securely. Backups are regularly rotated and the old data is permanently deleted. We have a clear internal data handling policy, restricting access to the data and backups to key employees only. In case of a data breach, we will report the breach to the affected users, and to the press/journal contacts within 72 hours.

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.
  • When you annotate an article or book, this is done via a 3rd party plugin to the website called Hypothes.is. In using this plugin we are not collecting, controlling or processing the data. More details on the Hypothes.is privacy policy can be found on their website.

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 info@ubiquitypress.com 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 support@ubiquitypress.com 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 info@ubiquitypress.com

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.

4. When being registered as a co-author

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 info@ubiquitypress.com
  • 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 info@ubiquitypress.com

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

  • We use mailchimp to provide our mailing list services. Their privacy policy can be found here

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

Notification about change of ownership or of control of data

We may choose to buy or sell assets. In the case that control of data changes to or from Ubiquity Press and a third party, or in the case of change of ownership of Ubiquity Press or of part of the business where the control of personal data is transferred, we will do our best to inform all affected users and present the options.

(Updated: 18 May 2018)