Instruction to Contributors

GENERAL INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS TO CONTRIBUTORS

BRAC University Journal of Science & Engineering is a publication of BRAC University. The Journal publishes original research papers, short communications, book review, review papers/ articles in the fields of Agriculture, Architecture, Biological Sciences, Business & Management, Computer Science & Engineering, Development Studies, Economics, Education and Method of Teaching, Engineering & Technology, Geography & Geology, Humanities, Literature and Languages, Health & Medical Sciences, Information Technology, Mathematics & Natural Sciences, Philosophy and Social Sciences, and related areas after being properly reviewed by the experts in the respective fields. However, the Editorial Board is responsible for the final acceptance of any paper and the Board’s decision is final.

The following contains instructions for manuscript preparation which includes information about:

  • Submission
  • Resubmission
  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Notation
  • Mathematical Material
  • References and Footnotes
  • Tables and Figures


Manuscripts may be submitted by a variety of electronic modes (including via e-print servers, direct Web upload, and email). Authors submitting via email should download the form available (Word format) from the WebPages of the Journal. Please specify the author to whom correspondence should be addressed, and give all available communications information for this individual (postal and e-mail addresses, phone and fax numbers), since in various circumstances they may all be useful.

A copyright-transfer form should be sent as part of your submission. While the transfer of copyright takes effect only upon acceptance of the paper for publication. Authors submitting via the Web may fill out and submit the form electronically as part of the submission process.

Normally, manuscripts and figures are not returned to authors. Authors should indicate (preferably on initial submittal) if they want the manuscript and/or figures returned when correspondence is sent during the editorial process, and/or after a final decision has been made.

Receipt of an electronic submission will be acknowledged by email within 24 hours. Figures for an electronic submission must be received in at least review-quality form before editorial processing can begin. The figures may be sent electronically (preferred). The maximum page limit of the paper is 12 pages. It should be carefully proofread by the author. Poor reproductions are unacceptable, as are unclear or excessive handwritten insertions.

When a manuscript is resubmitted, please include a summary of changes made and a brief response to all recommendations and criticisms. When resubmitting electronically, send the complete file for the text if there have been any changes. For any resubmission, please state whether or not the figures have been modified, and supply new PostScript-formatted figures or scanner-reproducible figures if there have been such changes. It is only necessary to resend the ``original'' figures if the previous versions are no longer valid. Please update any other information (e.g., address and communication information) that has changed or will change since initial submission.

Readability of the journal is an important consideration. Authors are urged to take special care in assuring that their manuscripts are well-organized and clearly written in good English. Accessibility of papers is a matter of significant concern, and at least the abstract and introduction of each article should be written so as to be understandable by a broad spectrum of readers.

The title should be concise but informative enough to facilitate information retrieval. The abstract should be self-contained (contain no footnotes). It should be adequate as an index (giving all subjects, major and minor, about which new information is given) and as a summary (giving the conclusions and all results of general interest in the article). It should be about 5% of the length of the article, but less than 200 words.

Notation should be clear, compact, and consistent with standard usage. Equations should be neatly formatted, punctuated, and aligned to bring out their structure, and numbered on the right.

References and footnotes to text material must be combined in a single list, numbered consecutively in their order of first appearance in the paper, and placed in list at the end of the text material. They should be designated and cited in text by on-line Arabic numerals in square brackets. As an option, footnotes may appear separately from references and be placed at the bottom of the page on which they are cited. They should be designated by superscript numbers and numbered consecutively throughout the paper. Footnotes within tables should be designated by lower-case letter superscripts and given at the end of the table.

The names of all authors of works cited should be given in the references, unless the number of authors is greater than three; in this case, the first author's name followed by et al. is allowed. When reference is made to internal reports or other items not available in the open literature, it is the responsibility of the author to provide sufficient information to enable the reader to obtain a copy of the referenced material. References to papers published in peer-reviewed journals are considered primary references. References to e-print archives should not be used in place of primary references. References to classified reports or other documents with restricted circulation should be avoided. It is important to confirm the accuracy of bibliographic information in references.

Separate tables (numbered in the order of their first appearance) should be used for all but the simplest tabular material; they must have captions, which should make the tables intelligible without reference to the text. The structure should be clear, with simple column headings giving all units.

Figures should be planned for the column width (8.6 cm or 3 3/8 in.) of the journal. If the detail shown requires it, 1.5 or 2 columns may be used. A note should be left on or with such figures. Final-journal-size originals or prints are preferable to oversized originals. Authors are encouraged to submit all figures electronically.

Figures submitted on paper should be of high quality and suitable for digital scanning, which is done at 600 or 1200 dpi depending on the level of detail; original ink drawings or glossy prints are acceptable. Be advised that the scanner reproduces all imperfections (e.g., correction fluid, tape, smudges, writing on the back of the figure, etc.). All figures must be prepared so that the details can be seen after reproduction. They must have a clear background and unbroken lines with as much black-white contrast as possible.
Figures should be numbered in the order in which they are referred to in the text. They should be identified on the front (outside the image area) by the number, the name of the first author.

Each figure must have a caption that makes the figure intelligible without reference to the text; list captions on a separate sheet. Text should be placed in the caption, not on the figure. Groups of figures that share a (single) caption must be labeled "(a), (b)," etc. The figure itself should have properly labeled axes with correctly abbreviated units enclosed in parentheses.

Some figures might be more effective in color. The cost of printing illustrations in color, which may be significant, must be borne in full by the respective authors and their institutions. In some cases, it may be feasible to have figures appear in color online but black and white in print, at no charge to the author.

In order to reproduce figures, tables, etc., from another journal, authors must show that they have complied with the requirements of the publisher of the other journal, possibly including written agreement of both publisher and author of the originally published work.

All communications for publication should be addressed to:

Chair

Professor Ainun Nishat, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus
Editor, BRAC University Journal of Science & Engineering
66 Mohakhali
Dhaka - 1212
Bangladesh
Email: nishat[at]bracu.ac[dot]bd
Phone: Tel: +880-2-9844051-4 (Ext: 4085)
Fax: +880-2-58810383, +880-2-9856163