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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 OpenOffice, 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 Journal of Life and Earth Science publishes original papers pertaining to the fields of Life and Earth Sciences. The Journal is published annually.

Submission of manuscript: The submission of a manuscript implies that the material is original and that no similar paper is being, or will be, submitted elsewhere. Manuscripts must be submitted as an IBM based soft copy in MS Word or through email, accompanied by hard printed copies in triplicate to the Executive Editor. It must be written in English, double-space typed and preferably in A4 size paper with a 30mm margins all round. The pages must be consecutively numbered. Tables and captions for illustrations have to be typed separately at the end of the manuscript and their positions be indicated in the margins of the text. Following the conventional form the manuscript must include: (a) Title page giving a concise and specific title with the name(s) of the author(s) and institution(s) where the work was carried out. A short running title of maximum 10 words must also be provided followed by 5-6 appropriate key words. (b) Abstract will be of not more than 200 words and intelligible without reference to the main text. Next to it, a Bangla version of the Abstract is required. The manuscript shall contain the following headings: Title, Abstract, Key words, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements (optional) and References. Short Communications, however, need not to follow this pattern, but must have references as usual.

Style: Whenever feasible active voice and first person are to be used except in the Abstract where the use of third person is preferred. British conventions of spelling and grammar are to be used throughout, except in non-British quotations and references. Terms that may be regarded as pejorative of contentions such as ‘man’, ‘Bushman’ or ‘Game animals’ are to be avoided. Footnotes, except to add information below the body of a Table, are to be avoided. Initial capitals for the common name of plants, animals, rocks or minerals, unless derived from proper nouns, are not to be used.

Conventions: The metric system (ie. Sl units) must be used where necessary. Whole numbers from one to nine should be spelled out (except in the Material and Methods) and number 10 onwards be given in numerals.

Tables: These must be presented to fit the page size (230 × 170mm) without undue reduction. Tables have to be referred to as Table 1, Table 2, etc. and any sub-sections as Table 1a, Table 1b, etc.

Illustrations: There may be line drawings or photographs, which must be numbered in a single sequence and consecutively referred to in the text as Fig. I, Fig. 2 etc. Each figure must be on a separate page and clearly identifiable with the author's name, short title of the manuscript and figure number. The position of each figure has to be indicated in the margin of the text. Component parts of figures must be labelled a, b, c etc. Caption for figures, which should be self-explanatory and must not contain details of results, have to be double-space typed, on a separate page. Regardless of the final size of the figure, the copies submitted must either be printed on, or attached to, sheets or thin cards the same size as the rest of the manuscript as small figures can be lost and large ones damaged.

Line drawings must not be larger than twice the final size and in no circumstances should exceed 230 × 170mm. The axes of graphs should be carefully chosen so as to occupy the space available to best advantage. When reduced, the drawing must fit into either one (83mm) or two (172mm) columns, preferably the former. Lines have to be bold enough to permit reduction to about 0.25-0.35mm. Line drawings should be simple as possible. Maps, cross-sections, computer-generated figures like three-dimensional graphs with fine lines, gradations of stippling and unusual symbols, cannot be reproduced satisfactorily when reduced. Preferred symbols are open and filled circles, boxes and triangles, and these should be used consistently. Lettering should be kept to a minimum and should be self-explanatory and unambiguous and of sufficiently high quality and size to be clearly visible after reduction to final size.

Photographic plates should be the same size as they would appear in the journal and must be selected to fit neatly into one column (83mm) or two columns (172mm). Photographs have to be labelled and numbered like line drawings. For microscopic preparations, scale bars with appropriate units (e.g. 50μm) must be provided; merely statements of magnification are not acceptable.

Colour figures may be accepted provided that they are of very high quality and that the cost must be met by the author(s). Regarding this an agreement to meet the costs must be required before the manuscript can be accepted for publication.

References: Accuracy of references is the responsibility of the author(s). References must be checked against the text to ensure that: the spelling of authors' names and the dates cited are consistent and all authors quoted in the text (in the descending date of order if more than one) are given in the reference list and vice-versa. The full title of the paper must be given together with the first and last pages. Journal titles have to be abbreviated in accordance with the International Standard (ISO 4: 1984). Book titles must be followed by the publisher’s name(s) and the place of publication. The name of the editor(s), if different from the author, has to be provided.

In the text, references must be arranged chronologically with the surname(s) of the author(s) followed by the dates such as Branby and Klocke (1990), or when cited in parenthesis as (Kadev 1975; Loughman and White 1984; Su et al. 2000). To distinguish between papers published by the same author(s) in the same year, letters a, b, etc. are to be used after the year, for example, Prianka 1978a,b. Reference should not be made to unpublished data. For two authors, both the names and the year are to be mentioned. In case of three or more authors, first author’s surname is to be followed by et al. and the year. In the list, references must be arranged first in ascending alphabetical order under author(s) names(s) and then in descending chronological order if several papers by the same author(s) are cited. Please see the following examples:

Branby MA and Klocke JA 1990. Effects of azadirachtin on levels of ecdysteroids and prothoracicotropic hormone-like activity in Heliothis virescens (Fabr.) larvae. J. Insect Physiol. 36: 125-131.

Fraser MW 1996. Aggressive behavior in childhood and early adolescence: An ecological-developmental perspective on youth violence. Social Work 41: 347- 361.

Kadey F Jr. 1975. Industrial Minerals and Rocks (4th edn). AIME, New York, 607 pp.

Loughman B and White P 1984. The role of minor nutrients in the control of ion movement across membranes. In: Membrane Transport in Plants (eds. WJ Cram, K Janacek, R Rybova and K Sigler), pp. 501-502. John Wiley & Sons, New York.

Review process: Each manuscript submitted for consideration for publication in the Journal will be peer reviewed by two experts selected by the Editorial Board whose decision will be final regarding the acceptance or rejection of the paper. Original manuscripts along with reviewers’ comments will be sent to the corresponding author. A hard copy of the revised manuscript, original manuscripts and MS Word file in CD will have to be returned to the Executive Editor within two weeks.

Copyright and Off prints: It is a condition of publication in the Journal that author(s) assigns copyright to the Faculty of Life and Earth Sciences, University of Rajshahi, whose permission must be obtained to reproduce there from. This would ensure efficient handling of reproduction of articles for third party requests and wide dissemination at large. However, the Journal will supply 10 complementary free off prints of each paper to the corresponding author.

Page charge: Tk. 500.00 should be paid at the time of submitting the manuscript as Reviewer's fee. This will not be refunded even if the paper is not accepted for publication. In addition, to partly cover the printing and other costs, Tk. 2000.00 and Tk. 1000.00 will be charged from the author(s) for each full paper and Short Communication, respectively.

Manuscripts in triplicate are to be submitted to: The Executive Editor, Journal of Life and Earth Science, Faculty of Life and Earth Sciences, University of Rajshahi Rajshahi 6205, Bangladesh.

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

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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
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  • profile picture

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

What do we do to keep that data secure?

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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 In using this plugin we are not collecting, controlling or processing the data. More details on the 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 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 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

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
  • 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

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

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(Updated: 18 May 2018)