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Author Guidelines



1.       BIOSCIENCE RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS will publish original research papers in the various fields of modern experimental biology.  Reviews, hypotheses and comments 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, that all persons listed as authors have given their approval for the submission of the paper.


4.       The original typescript and two good photocopies should be sent to PROFESSOR M. A. BELEWU, Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.


5.       In order to reduce the cost as well as the duration of processing manuscripts for publication, we now encourage electronic submission of articles by e-mail as attachments. In this case, accepted manuscript will be published within two months of submission. Such manuscripts should be submitted by e-mail to and a copy should be sent to


6.       Manuscripts should be typewritten, with double spacing and wide margins, following the conventional form: title, author's name and full correspondence address, abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgement, references, tables, figures and legends to figures.


          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.  Alternatively, a statement should be made, in the 'Materials and Methods' section, that informed consent of the experimental subjects and/or appropriate ethical committee had been obtained.


7.       All necessary illustrations should accompany the manuscript but should not be inserted within the text.  The illustrations should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are referred to in the text.  On the back of each illustration, the author's name and figure number should be written.  The top of the illustration should also be indicated if this is not clear.  Legends to figures should be typed on a separate sheet, and should give sufficient information to make the illustration comprehensible without reference to the text.


8.       References should be listed in their order of appearance and be indicated in the text by numbers in brackets.  Full titles of papers cited should be included, and abbreviations of journals should conform to those of Biological Abstracts.  Note the following examples:


1.     Cheung, W. Y. (1980)  Calmodulin plays a pivotal role in cellular regulation.  Science 207, 19 - 27.

2.     Bewaji, C. O. and Bababunmi, E. A. (1987)  Abundance of the Ca2+-pumping ATPase in pig erythrocyte membranes.  Biochem. J. 248, 297 - 299.

3.     Obi, F. O.; Ikpeazu, V. O.; Danjuma, E.; Shugaba, A. and Kareem, H. A. A. (1990)  Studies on the effect of sex, ethanol administration and species on metabolic reduction of Congo red.  Biosci. Res. Commun. 2, 119 - 127.

4.     Brodelius, P. (1983)  Immobilized plant cells.  In: Immobilized Cells and Organelles. Vol. 1 (B. Mattiasson, ed.), pp. 27 - 55. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.


9.  General.


(a)     To ensure rapid and accurate publication, it is essential that manuscripts conform to all instructions.  Manuscripts which are not in accordance with these specifications may be returned.


(b)     An order form for reprints as well as information on the estimation of page charges will be mailed to the author(s) after the paper has been accepted for publication.




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. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  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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