A Half-yearly Peer Reviewed Journal of Bangladesh Forest Research Institute

ISSN - Print: 1021-3279 | Online: -

Author Guidelines

Table of Contents


The Bangladesh Journal of Forest Science (BJFS) Published original articles in English dealing with research and its application of interest to forestry and forest industries. The full-scale papers/articles, reviews, technical notes, short communications and letters to editors are selected for publication on the basis of relevance, originality, clarity and accuracy. The papers/ articles are selected by the editorial board on the basis of peer reviews done by specialists in the respective fields. Submission of a manuscript to BJFS is taken to imply that the manuscript has not been published, nor been submitted for publication elsewhere. The manuscripts will be reviewed (blind peer review) by two different reviewers (not provided by the author) to ensure the integrity of the double-blind peer-review for submission to the Bangladesh Journal of Forest Science, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. Submission may, however, be returned without review if in the opinion of the editorial board it is inappropriate for the journal or is of poor quality.

Guidelines to the authors

We request the authors to meet the essential criteria before submitting their manuscript so that it enables us to carry on the further process conveniently without delay. Authors are requested to make sure that their article adheres to the following guidelines.
Authors are requested to submit the article in Microsoft word format. The articles sent for
publication should be in English, typed in double space with 2.54 centimeters top-bottom, left and right margins, not exceeding ten A-4 pages. Article should be written in two columns format with Times New Roman font style and 12 point font size. Please keep the text layout as simple as possible. No word limit, but number of pages should not exceed 20. If the paper has been presented in a seminar/conference, reference to this effect is to be made in full in a footnote at the front page of the paper.
Manuscript preparation guidelines
Before your submission, please confirm the below author checklist

1.    Title

2.     Author names and Affiliations

3.     Abstract and Keywords

4.     Introduction

5.     Materials and Methods

6.     Results

7.     Discussion

8.     Conclusion

9.     Acknowledgements (If Any)

10.    References


Title and contact information

Title should be concise and specific conveying maximum meaning using fifteen words at the most. The first page should contain the full title in Capitalize Each Word (e.g., The Response of the Xerophytic Plant Gypsophila aucheri to Salt and Drought Stresses: The Role of the Antioxidant Defence System), the full names and affiliations of all authors serially numbered (Department, Faculty, University, City, Country), and the contact e-mail address for the clearly identified corresponding author.


A brief summary of up to 300 words, the abstract of the paper, high-lighting the problem, the methods used to solve it and summarized the main result(s) and name any new techniques, new concepts, new taxonomic entities and new conclusions drawn will precede the text. The text should be unstructured, with no section headings and not contain any undefined abbreviations, equations or reference citations. If there is a direct application, it should be mentioned. A Bangla version of the abstract should also be incorporated.

Key words

Abstracts will be followed by 4-8 appropriate keywords arranged alphabetically.


Text should be divided into subheads like: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgement (if any) and References. The scientific name of any species must be in italics or underlined in the manuscript and the authority in roman type, e.g. Shorea robusta Gaertn. In case of writing the local name of any species (flora and fauna) the first letter should be in capital form (e.g. Sal; not sal). Abbreviations other than those internationally understood should not be used. In the presentation of data, metric units are to be used.

Tables and Figures

Tables only very pertinent to the results are to be presented in the simplest form. Coloured photographs, if any, should be 10 cm x 15 cm in size. Line drawings and other graphs and diagrams must be 20 cm x 25 cm in size drawn legibly in colour on a good quality paper. Tables, figures and their positions in the text must be clearly indicated. All illustrations like maps, photographs, drawings, graphs, etc. are to be considered as figures. All tables and figures must have a caption and/or legend and be numbered serially (e.g., Table 1, Figure 1) with standard error for tables and error bar for figures. Captions must be written in sentence case (e.g., Macroscopic appearance of the samples). The font used in the figures should be Times New Roman. If symbols such as ×, µ, ƞ, or v are used, they should be added using the Symbols menu of Word. All tables and figures must be numbered consecutively as they are referred to in the text. Please refer to figures with capitalization and abbreviated (e.g., “As shown in Fig. 2..and not “Figure. 2” or “figure 2”). All the figures provided should be of high resolution, preferably 300 dpi. Please do not duplicate information that is already presented in the figures. Equations and formulae should be readable, preferably written using equation editing software like Math Type.

Symbols, units and abbreviations

In general, the journal follows the conventions of Scientific Style and Format. If symbols such as×, µ, ƞ, or v are used, they should be added using the Symbols menu of Word. Degree symbols (°) must be used from the Symbol menu, not superscripted letter o or number 0. Multiplication symbols must be used (x), not the letter x. Spaces must be inserted between numbers and units (e.g., 3 kg) and between numbers and mathematical symbols (+, _ x, =, <, >), but not between numbers and percentage symbols (e.g., 45%). Please follow the International System of Units (SI Units) and symbols should be used while referring to alpha (α), beta (β), mu (µ), pi (Π) etc. Generally, all numbers should be given as numerals (e.g., “In 2 previous studies…”); please consult the above-mentioned style manual for full details. All abbreviations and acronyms should be defined at first mention. Latin terms such as et al., in vitro, in vivo, in situ or ex-situ should be italicised(e.g. et al., in vitro, in vivo, in situ or ex-situ).


Tests must be presented clearly to allow a reader with access to the data to repeat them. Statistical tests used in the study should be clearly indicated in the Materials and Methods section. It is not necessary to describe every statistical test fully, as long as it is clear from the context what was done. In particular, null hypotheses should be clearly stated.


People, who contributed to the work but are not authors, should be listed in the acknowledgements part, along with their contributions. Authors have to ensure that everyone whose name is included in the acknowledgements does not have any objection to include their name in the acknowledgement part of that particular manuscript.


A. Text citations
  1. The citations in the text should consist of the author’s surname and year of publication in parenthesis without punctuation, e.g. (Sattar 1995).
  2. If the author’s name is mentioned in the text in a sentence, it should appear as under….. as reported by Sattar (1995).
  3. The name of up to two authors should be mentioned in the text, e.g. (Baksha and Islam 1997). In case of more than two authors, the name of the first author should be followed by et al., e.g. (Sattar et al. 1995).
B. List of references
  1. Only references cited in the text should be listed.
  2. References, without any serial number, are to be listed alphabetically by the surname(s) of the author(s) followed by initials.
  3. References of periodicals must include in order, the author’s name(s), year of publication, full title of the article in small letters, unabbreviated complete name of the periodical/journal (in italics), volume, issue in parenthesis and page numbers, e.g. Akhtaruzzaman, A.F.M. and Shafi, M. 1995. Pulping of jute, Tappi Journal 78 (2): 106-112. Banik, R.L.; Islam, S.A.M.N.; Mannan, M.A. and Das, S. 1997. A Manual for Clonal Propagation of Hybrid Acacia and Eucalyptus camaldulensis. Bulletin 2, Tree Propagation Series, Bangladesh Forest Research Institute, Chittagong. 18 pp.
  4. Book references must show the author’s name(s) year of publication (edition), book title (in italics), the first letter of main words in capitals, name of publisher, place of publication and number of pages, e.g. Banik, R.L. 1997. Domestication and Improvement of Bamboos. International Development Research Centre, New Delhi, India. 53 pp.
  5. If the reference is made from an article in a book, the style should be; author, year, title of the article, followed by editor(s), book title (italics), publisher, place of publication and pages, e.g. Siddiqi, N.A. and Khan, M.A.S. 1996. Planting techniques for mangroves on new accretions in the coastal areas of Bangladesh. In: Field, C.D. (ed.). Restoration of Mangrove Ecosystems.International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems, Okinawa, Japan.143-159 pp.
  6. The reference list may also include unpublished reports. The particulars of the reports should be given in such a way that the reports may be located, if needed.
  7. If the same author(s) publish several articles in the same year, the citations and the list of reference should be denoted by a, b, etc. letters with the year of publication, e.g. (Baksha and Crawley 1998a, 1998b). Baksha, M.W. and Crawley, M.J. 1998a. Population dynamics of teak defoliator, Hyblaea puera Cram. (Lep.,Hyblaeidae) in teak plantations of Bangladesh. Journal of Applied Entomology’ 122: 79-83. Baksha, M.W. and Crawley, M.J. 1998b. Effect of defoliation on the growth of teak. Journal of Tropical Forest Science 10 (3): 312-317.
  8. In typing, the first line should start from the left margin and the subsequent lines should be indented by five spaces.
  9. If the title of a paper is in a language other than English, the English translation of the title is to be shown in parenthesis, e.g. Baksha, M.W. 1996. Ashbabpatrer ghoon poka o tar neontron Babostha (Powderpost beetles of furnitures and their management). Krishikatha 56 (8): 253-254.
  10. If the information is cited from website, the style should be:
    a. If there is author(s): Alam, A.B.M.S; Chowdhury, M.S.M; and Istiak, S. 2012. Biodiversity of TanguarHaor: a Ramsar site of Bangladesh: Vol. 1: wildlife (Amphibians, Reptiles, birds and Mammals) ( retrieved on 05 June 2012.
    b. If there is no author(s): Banglapedia 2006. National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh.
    ( Retrieved on 7 June 2012.

Short Communications

These should not exceed four journal pages including graphs, tables and figures. The manuscript should be without sub-heads, such as, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, etc. but with Key words and References.


Author(s) will receive 10 reprints free of charges. If more copies are required, the request should be sent beforehand. The cost for the extra copies will have to be borne by the author(s).

Correspondence shall be made with:
The Editor
Bangladesh Journal of Forest Science
Bangladesh Forest Research Institute
Sholashahar, Chattogram 4211, Bangladesh.
E-mail: [email protected]