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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.
  • When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g., http://pkp.sfu.ca).
  • The text is in English; 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

The following instructions must be followed during preparation of manuscripts intended for publication in the Dhaka University Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences:

The Dhaka University Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, a peer reviewed journal, invites and publishes full papers and short communications that make substantial and scholarly contributions to any areas of pharmaceutical sciences.

Manuscripts should be written in English, preferably composed with a computer, in double space with wide margins on 29.21 x 21.59 cm good quality bond or A4 (29.7 x 21.0 cm) offset paper and should not exceed 16 pages in case of full papers and 8 pages in case of short communications, including tables and figures. 

Title Page. The title should appear on a separate page and should be followed by the author names and the institution name and address. The title, author name(s), and affiliations should all appear on their own respective line of text. Place an asterisk after the name of the author to whom enquiries regarding the paper should be directed and include that author’s telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address.

Abstract. The abstract, detailing, in one paragraph, the problem, experimental approach, major findings, and conclusions, should appear on the second page.  It should be double-spaced and should not exceed 150 words for full papers.

Key words.  Author(s) must give 3 to 10 "key words" or phrases, which identify the most important subjects covered by the paper.  These should be placed at the end of the abstract.

Introduction. The manuscript should include a brief introduction stating the purpose of the investigation and relating the manuscripts to similar research previously or currently being conducted. Only information essential to the arguments should be presented.

Materials and Methods. This section should contain some specific details about the materials studied, instruments used, sources of specialized chemicals and related experimental details to allow other workers to reproduce the results. Separate paragraphs with sub-headings may be used to describe the experimental details.

Results and Discussion. The results should be presented concisely. Tables and figures should be designed to maximize the presentation and comprehension of the experimental data. The discussion should interpret the results and relate them to existing knowledge in the field as clearly and briefly as possible. 

Acknowledgements. The Acknowledgments section should include credits for assistance, financial support, and other appropriate recognition.

References.  References to the literature, regardless of their nature, should be numbered in order of appearance in the manuscript and cited in the text with superscript numbers.   References should follow the format shown:

  1. Khan, S., Jabbar, A., Hasan, C.M. and Rashid, M.A. 2000. Nasimaluns A and B: neo-clerodane diterpenoids from Barringtonia racemosa. J. Nat. Prod. 63, 410-411.
  2. Rashid, M.A., Gustafson, K.R., Crouch, R.C., Groweiss, A., Pannell, L.K., Van, Q.N. and Boyd, M.R. 2002. Application of high-field NMR and cryogenic probe technologies in the structure elucidation of poecillastrin A, a new antitumor macrolide lactam from the sponge Poecillastra species.  Org. Lett. 4, 3293-3296.
  3. Harborne, J.B. and Williams, C.A. 2000. Advances in flavonoid research since 1992. Phytochemistry 55, 481-504
  4. Mabry, T., Markham, K.R. and Thomas, M.B. 1971. The Systematic Identification of Flavonoids. Springer Verlag, New York, p. 43.
  5. Harborne, J.B. 1983. In: Chemistry and Chemical Taxonomy of the Rutales (Waterman, P.G. and Grundon, M.F., Eds.), Academic Press, London, Chapter 2, pp. 147-173.
  6. Hasan, C.M. 1982. Phytochemical studies on some African Annonaceae. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Strathclyde, U.K., p. 35.
  7. Davis, R. 1998. US Patent 5, 708, 591.

Abbreviations. Abbreviations are used without periods. Standard abbreviations should be used throughout the manuscript. The preferred forms of some of the more commonly used abbreviations are mp, bp, °C, K, s, min, h, ml, µl, kg, g, mg, µg, cm, mm, nm, mol, mmol, µmol, ppm, TLC, GC, NMR, MS, UV, and IR.

Structural Drawings. The quality of the illustrations printed depends on the quality of the originals provided. The pages of the Dhaka University Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences are produced completely electronically.  Tracing paper or textured “artist” papers should be avoided.  Structures of compounds should be produced with the use of a drawing program such as Chem Draw (according to the format of ACS Document 1996) or ISIS Draw. 

Tables.  These should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals and should be grouped at the end of the paper. Each table should be provided with a descriptive heading, which, together with the individual column headings, should make the table as nearly as possible, and self-explanatory.

Figures.  Figures should be constructed carefully.  All illustrations should be numbered as "Figures", with Arabic numerals. Blocks of chemical structures should not be designated as "Figures".  Each figure must be identified outside the frame of the figure. The figure number (Arabic) and legend must be typed clearly.

Short Communications. Short communication should not contain any abstract.  The list of references should not exceed 10.  The presentation of Short Communications should be continuous and paragraphed but should not contain any headings such as Introduction, Results and Discussion, etc.

Electronic Manuscript Submission.  The final accepted version of the manuscript should be submitted in electronic form. The disk should accompany the final accepted version of the manuscript and MUST exactly match the final accepted version in hardcopy. Label the disk with the manuscript number and the corresponding author name. Provide the platform, version of software used, and filenames on the Media Description form.  It is best to use the fonts “Times New Roman” and “Symbol”. Tables may be created using a word processor’s text mode or table format feature. The table format feature is preferred. Ensure each data entry is in its own table cell. If the text mode is used, separate columns with a single tab and use a line feed (return) at the end of each row.

Proofs. Galley proofs will be sent to the corresponding author, which s/he is requested to correct and return as soon as possible.  No new matter be inserted in the text and no changes be made in the title or author name(s) at the time of proof reading.

Declaration. All authors are requested to sign a declaration that the work described in the manuscript was carried out by them and the contents of the paper have not been published before or submitted elsewhere for publication. When the number of authors/co-authors is more than one, the corresponding author is required to mention the exact contribution of each co-author and also indicate his/her percentage of contribution.

Corrections. If errors of consequence are detected in a published paper, the author(s) should send a correction to the Editor for publication as an Addition and Correction.

Editorial Office.  Manuscripts should be submitted in triplicate to the Editor, Dhaka University Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh. The journal also welcomes electronic submissions of manuscripts. Correspondences regarding any submitted or accepted papers and proofs should be directed to the editorial office.

Phone: 9661920-73/8157, 8137; Fax: 880-2-9667222;

E-mail: dujps_du@yahoo.com, rashidma@du.ac.bd;

Web: www.dujps.com; www.pharmadu.net

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1.1 what data we collect

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1.2 why we collect the data

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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.
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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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(Updated: 18 May 2018)