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Author Guidelines


  1. BIOKEMISTRI will publish original research papers in the various aspects of biochemistry, which include theoretical biochemistry, animal and plant biochemistry, microbial biochemistry, clinical biochemistry, forensic biochemistry, bioinformatics, molecular and applied biochemistry.  Reviews, hypotheses and short communications will also be considered for publication.
  2. Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that, if it is accepted for publication, copyright in the article, including the right to reproduce the article in all forms of the media (print and electronic), shall be assigned exclusively to the Publisher. The Publisher will not refuse any reasonable request by the author for permission to reproduce any of his or her contributions to the journal.
  3. Manuscripts are accepted for review and publication with the understanding that the same work has not been, and will not be, published nor is presently submitted and being considered for publication elsewhere, and that all persons listed as authors have given their approval for the submission of the paper.
  4. In order to expedite action on the processing of manuscripts, we now encourage electronic submission of manuscripts particularly by e-mail as attachments. Manuscripts submitted in this way should be sent to the e-mail address of the editor The manuscript should also be uploaded to the journal website <> for prompt processing for review and publication.
  5. Manuscripts should be typewritten, with double spacing and wide margins following the conventional form. The first page should contain the title of the manuscript, name(s) of all the authors and their address(es), including telephone number and e-mail. Where there is more than one author, the corresponding author should be indicated.  An abstract (of not more than 200 words) should follow the authors' names and addresses.  This should adequately summarize the pertinent findings of the paper.  The main body of the paper may be divided into (a) Introduction, (b) Materials and Methods, (c) Results, (d) Discussion (e) Acknowledgement and (f) References.  "c" and "d" may be combined for conciseness and clarity.

If the research involves the use of human subjects, including collection of human blood or other human specimens, an Institutional ethical clearance document should be submitted with the manuscript. This document should be sent by email attachment to the Editor and uploaded as “Supplementary Material” on the journal website.

6. All necessary illustrations should accompany the manuscript but should not be inserted within the text. They should be placed at the end of the manuscript (after the references). The illustrations should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are referred to in the text (e.g. Table 1, Table 2, Fig. 1, Fig. 2 etc). Legend to figures and titles of tables should be typed at the appropriate places and should give sufficient information to make the illustration comprehensible without reference to the text.

7. References must be listed in their order of appearance and be indicated in the text by numbers in soft brackets.  Full titles of papers cited should be included, and journals names should not be abbreviated. They should be written in full. The complete authors list as well as inclusive page numbers should be given. However, if there are more than 7 authors, the first three authors should be listed, followed by et al.  Note the following examples:

(a)   Oluoha U:  Isolation, purification and properties of lectin from the seed coat of Mucuna spp.  Bioscience Research Communications 2001; 13(4): 399 – 408.

(b)   Kiwanuka JP, Mwanga J: Childhood bacterial meningitis in Mbarara Hospital, Uganda: antimicrobial susceptibility and outcome of treatment. African Health Sciences 2001; 1(1): 9 – 11.

(c)   Isah AO, Laing R, Quick J, Mabadeje AFB, Santoso B, Hogerzeil H, Ross-Degnan D.  The development of reference values for the WHO Health Facility Core Prescribing Indicators. West African Journal of Pharmacology and Drug. Research. 2001; 18: 6 – 11.

 (d)  Spandidos DA, Wilkie NM: Expression of exogenous DNA in mammalian cells. In: In vitro Transcription and Translation – A Practical Approach. BD Hames and SJ Higgins (eds.) IRL Press, Oxford. pp. 1 – 48, 1984.

8. Upon publication the corresponding author will receive an electronic reprint of the article. All articles in each published issue of the journal will also be uploaded to



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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. The text is single-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.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

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