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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.,
  • The text is in English; is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all tables and figures should be attached after the 'References' section.
  • 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 Plant Taxonomy (BJPT), a peer-reviewed biannual journal, has been published by the Bangladesh Association of Plant Taxonomists (BAPT) since 1994. The Journal publishes research papers relevant to taxonomy of all plant groups (from fungi, cyanobacteria and algae to angiosperms), biosystematics, ethnobotany, biodiversity and conservation.

Manuscript categories. Manuscripts submitted to the Journal should be in the form of: Research Papers – articles which are complete in depth scientific studies; Short Communications – articles of limited scope; Checklists; or Review Papers – articles by specialists. Authors planning for a review article must contact the Chief Editor before preparing the manuscript. Submission of manuscript on new record by a foreign author is discouraged.

Manuscript submission. Each manuscript submitted to BJPT for review implies that the work is original research in the sense that the data and information have not been published elsewhere or will not be in this form and length. Manuscript should be submitted in duplicate to the Chief Editor to the following address. In case of postal submission, original manuscripts will not be returned to the authors, therefore copies of manuscript should be kept with the authors. Electronic submission (in a single Word document file, including tables and figures at the end) is also accepted as an e-mail attachment (file size limit 2 MB). Only formal submission will be entertained.

Professor Dr. Mohammed Almujaddade Alfasane, Chief Editor, Bangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy, Department of Botany, University of Dhaka, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh. E-mail:

Page limits. The printing area of the Journal is 18.5 × 13.5 cm. Standard Research and Review Papers – 16 printed pages; Checklists -12 printed pages (if an account is lengthy, may be published in instalments) and Short Communications – 6 printed pages. Shorter submissions get priority when space is limited.

Manuscript format. Manuscripts should be written in English, with British spelling, typed in A4 paper with 1.5 line space with 3 cm margin on all sides. Page number and line number should be given in every page of a manuscript. For headlines and sub-headlines, only boldface and italics should be used, not CAPITALS or underlines.

Cover page should include only the ‘Title’ of the paper, name(s) of the author(s), address where the study was conducted, permanent and present addresses of the author(s) with e-mail address(es).

Text should include ‘Title’, ‘Keywords’ (maximum six words), ‘Abstract’ (concise, maximum 200 words), ‘Introduction’, ‘Materials and Methods’, ‘Results and Discussion’, ‘Acknowledgements’ (if any), and ‘References’. In case of floristic paper, ‘Taxonomic Enumeration’ may replace ‘Results and Discussion’. All tables and figures should be attached after the ‘References’ section.

Authors must thoroughly check correct spelling and authors of scientific names before submission. Authors of scientific names should be mentioned at least once in the text.

References. BJPT follows Harvard referencing style. Following examples show how references should be cited in the text: “Khan (1991) and Islam and Hossain (1995) showed that ..……”; “…….. highlighted the conservation issues of the species (Alam, 1999; Rahman et al., 2002).” More than one reference should be cited chronologically. If two or more articles by the same first author in the same year are cited, letters should be added to the year (e.g., Begum et al., 2006a, b, c), even if the coauthors are various and have to be cited with “et al.” in the text. Recent issues of the journal should be consulted for the referencing style of BJPT, especially before preparing floristic/revision manuscripts.

In the References section, the list should be alphabetical by the last name of the first author. All publications referred to in the text must be included in the ‘References’ section or vice versa. Unpublished materials should be cited only when no alternative form exists. Following are examples to list (1) a paper published in a journal, (2) a book, (3) an edited book, (4) a chapter of a book, and (5) information cited from internet:

Bir, S.S. and Trikha, C.K. 1964. Taxonomic revision of the polypodiaceous genera of India-1, Microsorium Link. Bull. Bot. Surv. Ind. 10:133−148.

Islam, A.K.M. Nurul 1972. New and rare species of some green algae from Bangladesh. Nova Hedwigia 23:655−663 + pls 1−14.

Dassanayake, M.D. and Fosberg, F.R. (Eds). 1980. A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon 1. Amerind Publ. Co. Ltd. New Delhi, India, pp. 1−508.

Clarke, C.B. 1883. Convolvulaceae. In: Hooker, J.D. (Ed.), Flora of British India. Vol. 4. Indian Reprint 1973. Bishen Singh Mohendra Pal Singh, Dehra Dun, India, pp. 179−228.

IUCN 2007. 2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. <>. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland. Retrieved on 31 August 2007.

Rahman, M.S., Hossain, M.G., Khan, S.A. and Uddin, S.N. 2015. An Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Sundarban Mangrove forest of Bangladesh. Bangladesh J. Plant Taxon. 22(1):17–41.

Titles not in English must be cited in original language. If they (and the authors) appear in non-Latin script, they should be translated in English.

The authors are solely responsible for the accuracy of the references cited.

Tables and figures. These should be mentioned in the text and should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3). Tables should be typed on separate sheets. If printed copies are provided, photographs should be on glossy paper with good contrast. Figures (sketches / maps / graphs) should be drawn with permanent black ink on tracing paper or printed from a laser printer. If plates are submitted, the figures must be mounted on cardboard. Electronic photographs or drawings are also accepted with good resolution, 300 dpi and 600 dpi, respectively in TIFF or JPEG formats. Legends of tables and figures should be self-explanatory. A long table is preferred to be included as an Appendix.

To label different parts of a plate (other than algae) capital English letters (A, B, C) should be used. In case of algae, Arabic numerals should be used. “Arial” or “Helvetica” is the preferred font for any labelling. Figures should be labelled in such a manner to stand reduction to accommodate into Journal’s text space. Scale should be given along the figures where necessary instead of magnification in the legend.

Units. The International System of Units (SI) should be used, except Celsius for temperature. Negative exponents should be used (e.g. mg l-1 h-1).

Authors should consult following examples while preparing a manuscript: “5 cm” not “5cm”, “10%” not “10 %”, “n = 20” not “n=20”, “Figs 1–4” not “Figs. 1-4”, “13(2): 40–60” not “13(2):40-60”.

Short communications. These should not exceed 6 journal pages including tables and figures. The manuscript should not have any headed sections, but ‘Keywords’, ‘Acknowledgements’ (if any) and ‘References’.

Review procedure. All manuscripts will be reviewed by two experts. Submission may, however, be returned without review if, in the opinion of the Editorial Board, is not appropriate for the Journal, is of poor quality or fails to follow the Journal's format. Chief Editor will notify the corresponding author of the acceptance, necessary revision, or rejection of the manuscript. Authors communicated for a revision should submit a revised manuscript within one month of the communication. Failure in doing so may require a resubmission or even result in rejection of the manuscript.

Proofs. Proof-reading is the responsibility of the corresponding author. Only corrections of type-setting errors are accepted. Proof could be printed out, marked and sent back to the Executive Editor. Alternatively, corrections could be detailed out in an e-mail. Substantial changes at the proof stage are not allowed without Chief Editor’s approval. In that case Chief Editor should be communicated before returning the proof. Authors may be charged for such major changes. Authors who expect to be away from their work stations are requested to give notice of their temporary postal addresses with dates. Corrections not returned by deadline will not be taken into consideration.

Reprints. Corresponding author will receive 10 reprints free of cost. For additional reprints, orders with payments should reach the Chief Editor / Executive Editor one month before the publication of the journal. The cost for additional reprints may be fixed on the total page numbers of the paper. A PDF version of the published paper could be sent by e-mail upon request.

Fees for review process. Once a manuscript is submitted to the BJPT, at first a pre-review committee will evaluate its eligibility for starting its review process. If it is accepted by the pre-review committee for reviewing by the reviewers, a fee of Tk. 2000 (two thousand) per manuscript in case of a local author, while in the case of a foreign author a fee of US $ 30 (thirty) per manuscript will be charged, and only after receiving the fee from the author the manuscript will be sent to the reviewers. If the author fails to pay this fee, his/her manuscript will not be reviewed and proceeded for its publication. The paid fee will not be reimbursed once the review process is started, irrespective of its final acceptance or rejection, but will only be refunded if the review process is cancelled or the manuscript is withdrawn by the author before the commencement of review process.

Other fees after acceptance. There is no page charge for manuscripts complying with the page limits and having black & while figures only. Each additional page will be charged Tk 300 or US$ 10. For coloured photographs/plates, Tk 3,000 or US$ 50 will be charged for the 1st plate and Tk 1,000 or US$ 25 for each consecutive plate. The fees may be changed in a short notice.The total applicable charges will be communicated to the corresponding author and all charges should be paid before printing of a paper. Authors from abroad have to bear the postal charges of sending reprints to them.

Declaration. The corresponding author needs to sign a ‘Declaration Form’ (available with the Executive Editor) on behalf of all authors stating that the paper is original, not published elsewhere, and the copyright is transferred to BAPT.

Copyright. Copyright of all published articles belongs to the BAPT. Copyright transfer is effective once the author receives written confirmation of acceptance of the manuscript. The copyright covers the exclusive and unlimited rights to reproduce and distribute an article in any form of reproduction (printing, electronic media, or any other form) and also translation right. The author, however, reserves the right to use the published matter in any non-profitable means. It is author’s responsibility to obtain the permission from appropriate authority if figures are reused from a previously published document.

Creative Commons Licence
Articles in the Bangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy are Open Access articles published under the Creative Commons CC BY License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

This license permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. It is author’s responsibility to obtain the permission from appropriate authority if figures are reused from a previously published document.

If the authors have any queries on the 'Author Guidelines', in addition to the Chief Editor of BJPT, they may contact Dr. Haseeb Md. Irfanullah, Editor, BJPT (

(updated on 20 May 2018)

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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’.

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

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(Updated: 18 May 2018)