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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 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 Bangladesh Journal of Medical Microbiology (BJMM) is the official journal of the Bangladesh Society of Medical Microbiologists (BSMM). The BJMM is published bi-annually in January and July each year. The authors and the contributors are requested to strictly follow the guidelines1 below:

Contribution by ad materials
The BJMM welcomes good quality advertisement materials for contribution as an aid to the journal publication. However, all ad materials must conform to the legal requirements of Bangladesh. The BJMM authority does not hold any responsibility for any violence of legal regulations. Any personal contribution is highly appreciated.

Submission of manuscripts
Submission criteria. Manuscripts related to Medical Microbiology or allied subjects are accepted. Materials to be submitted include: (i) A covering letter from the corresponding author (a sample given at the end of this document) with signatory recommendation form all authors mentioning contribution of each author and containing a statement that the manuscript has been seen and approved by all authors and the material has not been submitted to or published elsewhere wholly
or partially; (ii) Two hard copies of the manuscript together with tables and illustrations; (iii) A soft copy of the manuscript in word 97/2000/word XP format written in a CD.

Check-list for submission of Manuscripts to BJMM:

Covering letter with signatory recommendation from all authors
having full names of the authors

TWO hard copies of the manuscript written in Arial font with font size of 12 in a single column and left alignment with double space

CD written for the Manuscript in MS word (not written in PDF format)

Copies of permission from publisher and editor, in case of reprint publication of text or pictures

Copies of previous publication in case of redundant publication

Categories of manuscripts. The BJMM considers for publication manuscripts reporting original clinical and/or laboratory studies (original articles), reviews (review articles), case reports, brief communications and letters to the editor related to Medical Microbiology or allied subjects. Manuscripts of any category must not contain more than 5000 words excluding abstract and references. Please provide a word count along with.

Preparation of the manuscript2

Language: English (British).

Typing criteria: (i) Double-spaced although with left alignment in MS Word in ‘Arial' font with a size of 12 and on one side of good quality bond papers of A4 size (21x 29.7 cm) with at least 2.5 cm margins.

Each of the sections (title page, abstract, text, acknowledgments, references, individual tables, and legends for illustrations) to begin on separate page. Pages numbered consecutively, beginning with the title page.

Please keep texts (excluding the title page) unnamed for the purpose of masked (unbiased) review.

Title page: The title page should contain: (i) title of the article; (ii) name (s) of the author (s) in full (please ‘do not submit' abbreviation in any part of the author's name); (iii) institutional affiliation of each author; (iv) a short running title of fewer than 40 letter spaces; (v) name, address, mobile as well as office-time telephone number of the corresponding author.

Conflict of interest: All financial and personal relationships that might bias concerned work of the manuscript must be disclosed. Authors must state explicitly whether any potential conflicts do or do not exist on a "Conflict of interest notification page" following the title page. Please mention role of study sponsor(s), if any, in study design, in collection, analysis and interpretation of data, in writing of the report, and in the decision to submit report for publication. Authors are requested to state if supporting source had no such involvement.

Abstract: The next page of an original article should carry an ‘unstructured abstract' of not more than 150 words headed by title of the article and without name(s) of the authors. Please submit 3-10 key words for indexing along with the abstract.

Text: The text of observational and experimental articles (original articles) should be divided into sections with headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion (IMRAD). Reviews, case reports and similar articles should start with an Introduction and entailed with a Discussion.

Acknowledgments: All acknowledgments including financial supports should be mentioned under the heading ‘Acknowledgments' and not as a footnote on the first page or in the text.

References: The form of references used in the Index Medicus/ NLM Medline,3 including style of abbreviations should be followed. References to be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3....). ‘Unpublised observations' and ‘personal communication' to be avoided in the references (please insert them in the text within parenthesis along with the date and details of the person to whom the correspondence was made). Information supplied in the references section of any manuscript is not usually checked by the editorial staff, and hence, the concerned author(s) bear total responsibilities of the bibliographic accuracy.

Following are few examples of citing references:

1. Standard Journal Article: (List all authors when six or less; when seven or more, list only first three and add et al). Rahman M, Alam A, Nessa K, et al. Etiology of Sexually Transmitted Infections among Street-based Female Sex Workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh. J Clin Microbiol 2000; 38(1): 1244-1246.

2. Corporate Author in Journal: Committee for Computer Application in Clinical Microbiology. Bacterial Antimicrobial Susceptibility Pattern, 1988. J Infect Dis Antimicrob Agents 1991; 8: 25-39.

3. Letter to Editor: Yagupsky P, Menegu MA. Intraluminal colonization as a source of catheter-related infection. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 1989; 33: 2025. (Letter)

4. Corporate Author in Book: World Health Organization. On being in charge: a guide to management in primary health care, 2nd ed. England: World Health Organization; 1992.

5. Chapter in Book: Wenzel RP. Organization for infection control. In: Mandell GL, Douglas RG, Bennett JE, eds. Principles and Practice of Infectious Disease, 3rd ed. USA: Churchill Livingstone Inc 1990: pp. 2176-80.

6. Formally published abstracts: Roy CK, Tabassum S, Miah RA, Munshi SU, Islam N. Serological diagnosis of clinically suspected cases of Dengue infection by ELISA and HI assay. Abstract from 23rd National convention of Bangladesh Society of Pathologists; 2005: p. 39.

7. Conference papers. Micholvitz S. Treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. In: Low back injury and carpal tunnel syndrome: proceedings of Project Focus '93, conference on work related injury. 28 August 1993; Akexandria, Virginia. Alexandria, Virginia: American Physical Therapy Association for the Foundation of Physical Therapy; 1994.

8. Articles from symposium volumes: Hamilton LD. Immunogenic polynucleotides. In: Beers RF Jr (ed). Biological effects of polynucleotides: Proceedings of the symposium on molecular biology. New York, Heidelberg, Berlin: Springer Verlag 1971: 107-28.

9. Thesis/ Dissertation: Chowdhury MZ. Studies on humoral immune responses in Kala-azar infection and analysis of immuno-reactive antigens and molecular characterization of Leishmania donovani. [Ph.D thesis} Dhaka: The University of Dhaka; 2005: p. 252.

10. Web only article: Division of tuberculosis elimination. Surveillance reports: reported tuberculosis the United States, 2000. Atlanta: Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001. (Web page, accessed June 27, 2001, at http:/ /hchstp/tb/surv/surv2000.)

Anonymous. Cutaneous leishmaniasis. (Web page, accessed on 12 December, 2006 at http:/ leishmaniasis)

11. Monograph in electronic format: Farrar WE, Wood MJ, Innes JA, Tubbs H. Infectious diseases (monograph in CD-ROM, publication no. M6791). England: Mosby- Times Mirror International Publisher; 2006.

Abbreviations Avoid abbreviations except for units of measurements. Mention full meaning first time, and followed by abbreviations.

Drug name Generic names should generally be used. When proprietary brands are used in research, include the brand name in parentheses in the methods section.

permissions Materials taken from other sources must be accompanied by a written statement from both author and publisher addressed towards BJMM for reproduction.

Redundant Publication: ManuscPripts already published in print or electronic media abroad/ in home in other languages will be considered for publication in BJMM, providing a full statement about all submissions and previous reports or publications along with the reason for doing so to be included. Please include such material with your submissions.

Review and Action
Manuscripts are examined by editorial staff after receipt and usually sent to reviewers. Unless indicated otherwise, reviewed manuscripts are sent to the corresponding author and should be returned with appropriate responses in least possible delay. Alterations made in reviewed manuscripts, other than the reviewers responses and/or correction of printer's errors may cause unusual delay of the publication.

Rejected manuscripts will only be returned if accompanied by stamped and self-addressed envelope.

Copyright© 2008 Bangladesh Society of Medical Microbiologists

1 Guidelines have been prepared following "Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. International
Committee of Medical Journal Editors, Updated on October, 2008, retrieved from

2 Additional information regarding manuscript preparation and relevant editorial policy is available in the editorial office

3 For samples of reference citation formats, please consult or


Sample of Covering letter to the Editor for submission of manuscripts

The Editor
Bangladesh Society of Medical Microbiologists

Temporary Office: Department of Microbiology, Bangabandhu Sheick Mujib Medical University, Shahbag, Dhaka

Subject: Submission of manuscript

Dear Sir

I/we am/ are submitting herewith a manuscript for Original Article/ Case Report/ Review
Article/ Medical Progress/ Occasional Note/ Others for publication in the BJMM:

Title of the manuscript:  ...............................................................................................


Inclusions (if any): 1............................................. 2......................................................

I/we mention that the manuscript has been seen and approved by all authors listed below, and had not been subjected for publication to, or published in any other journal, partially or completely, in any form, printed or electronic.

I/ we also agree with the following orders of authorship to the manuscript.

Corresponding author:    Signature:----------------------------------------------

Name in full:------------------------------------------



Authors chronology Contribution* Signature


* Mention in numbers the area (s) of contribution: (1) Conception and design; (2) Acquisition of data; (3) Analysis and interpretation of data; (4) Drafting the article; (5) Critical revision of article for important intellectual content; and Final approval of the submitted version.

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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

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  • 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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4.2 why we collect the data

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  • Author names, affiliations and emails are required for publication and will become part of the permanent cited record.

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  • 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.

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(Updated: 18 May 2018)