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Author Guidelines

  1. The manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word Format, within 4000 words or 15-20 pages in length, typed double-spaced on one side of the paper with an abstract of not more than 150 words. The abstract should be clear and informative, giving an indication of the scope, methodology and results contained in the paper.
  2. Title of the article and the name and affiliation of the author(s) should appear on a separate page. The title of the article should also appear on the first page and in order to permit anonymity, the author's name should not appear in this page.
  3. The main heading and subsection headings should be “Title Case”. Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and be listed consecutively throughout the text with subscript Arabic numerals. Acknowledgements or reference to grants or other notes should appear at the end of the manuscript before the Reference section. 
  4. Each Table or Figure must have its source(s) specified. All Tables and Figures should be numbered sequentially. Maps and photographs should be considered as figures and should be numbered accordingly. Captions shall appear on top of tables and below figures.
  5. References should be cited in the text by giving the last name of the author(s) followed by the year of publication and page number in parentheses, e.g. (Rahman, 2007:67); Rahman and Islam (2007:101);  (Rahman and Islam, 2007:101). For three or more authors, use “et al.” after the first author’s last name. If the year of publication is unknown, use ‘nd’ instead. Multiple references should be separated by semi-colons for example, (Rahman, 2007:67; Chowdhury, 2005:245). If two or more works are cited for the same author in the same year, the years of publication should be distinguished by the letters a, b, c for example Rahman, 2007a, 2007b, 2007c.
  6. The full references should include all author’s names and initials (do not use et al. here), year of publication, title of articles or book, the full title of the journal, volume and page numbers, and for books and other documents, place of publication and name of the publisher. The details of all references should be listed in the following forms:


    Sarantakos, S. 1994. Social Research. London: Macmillan Press Ltd.

    Books (edited volume)

    Ahsan, R. M. 1998. Migration pattern and process of female construction labour in Dhaka City Bangladesh, in N. Islam (ed.) Recent Urban Studies- Bangladesh. A collection of USP Research Papers, pp. 113-133, Dhaka: USP.

    Journal Articles

    Rahman, M. S. U. 2006. ‘Local Level Planning System in Bangladesh’, Jahangirnagar Planning Review, vol. 4, pp. 29-40.

    Conference Papers

    Rahman, M. S. U. 2007. ‘Determining Appropriate Public Transport System Given the Level of Development: The Case of Siquijor Province, Philippines’, paper presented in the 11th World Conference on Transportation Research (WCTR) 2007, organized by Transport Research Board at University of California- Berkeley, USA, 24-28 June, 2007.

    Internet Journal or Articles

    Schilling, J. 1999. ‘Sustainable Brownfield’s Redevelopment’, Mayor’s Asia Pacific Environmental Summit Proceedings, U.S., Enterprise for the Environment,, retrieved on 22 Novemeb 2008.

    IFRTD. 2007. http://, retrieved on 6 August 2007.

    References to web-based documents should mention the date on which it was accessed. Article, report and theses should appear within apostrophes and book or journal titles must be in italics. In case of an edited book, the name(s) should be followed by (ed.) or (eds.) and the page numbers must be added.
  7. Manuscripts should be submitted to the Editor by post or email ( If hard copy is submitted by post, please also submit a digital copy in CD (in Microsoft Word-2003 Format only). If submitted by email, please mention “Journal of Bangladesh Institute of Planners” in the Subject line.



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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is dougle-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.
  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.

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