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NABDA JOURNAL OF BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH

About this Journal

The NABDA Journal of Biotechnology Research is an Open Access online international journal allowing free unlimited access to abstract and full-text. The journal is devoted to the promotion and dissemination of research findings in biotechnology utilization and development. It seeks to significantly alter the way biotechnology researches are published and to foster multidisciplinary research and collaboration among global scientists and the biotechnology industry. Although primarily devoted to original research papers, the journal welcomes reviews on current topics of special interest and relevance (Food security, job/wealth creation, affordable healthcare delivery, and sustainable environment). All manuscripts are subject to rapid peer review and those of high quality (not previously published and not under consideration for publication in another journal) are published without delay.

Aim & Scope

We seek toencourage and promotebiotechnology research of tropical and international relevance and to foster multidisciplinary research and collaboration among scientists and the biotech industry.

We publish articles in the areas of:

  1. Agricultural Biotechnology and in-house
  2. Environmental Biotechnology and Bio-conservation;
  • Medical Biotechnology; Food and Industrial Biotechnology
  1. Bioinformatics, Genomics and Proteomics
  2. Biorisk management, Bioethics and Biosafety

 

Although primarily devoted to original research papers, we welcome reviews on current topics of special interest and relevance.

 

Editorial Board

The Editorial Board is made up of Editor-in-Chief, Editor and Associate Editors. Responsibilities of the Board include (but are not limited to):

  • Providing scientific expertise for the journal
  • Serving as a peer reviewer
  • Endorsing the journal to invitefirst-rate manuscripts
  • Providing feedback and suggesting improvements for the journal
  • Proposing topics and authors for special reviews and commentaries

 

Board Members

 

Editor-in-Chief

Prof.Abdullahi Mustapha, Director General/CEO, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA)

Authors’ Guidelines

The NABDA Journal of Biotechnology Research is an Open Access online international journal allowing free unlimited access to abstract and full-text. The journal is devoted to the promotion and dissemination of research findings in biotechnology utilization and development. It seeks to significantly alter the way biotechnology researches are published and to foster multidisciplinary research and collaboration among global scientists and the biotechnology industry. It also provides a platform for the communication and evaluation of data, methods and findings in biotechnology and related disciplines.Although primarily devoted to original research papers, the journal welcomes reviews on current topics of special interest and relevance (Food security, job/wealth creation, affordable healthcare delivery, and sustainable environment).

All manuscripts are subject to rapid peer review and those of high quality (not previously published and not under consideration for publication in another journal) are published without delay. All manuscripts may be sent to Nabdajournal@nabda.gov.ng; nabdajournal@gmail.com

 

General:

Your article

Structure – Ensure the submission is structured as requested by the journal, and contains all relevant sections.

Title page – All submissions must have a title page stating all the relevant information.

Format – All submissions should follow the journal guidelines for word count, page margins and line numbering.

Reported data – Data accuracy is crucial. Authors are strongly encouraged to double check all reported data for accuracy and to confirm that all units of measurement are correct and consistent.

References – APA style (7th Edition).

Graphics – All figures and tables should be presented in a clear and informative manner with accompanying legends. When preparing tables, title should be lower case letters (except the first letter). Avoid horizontal and vertical lines within the tables.  All figures and tables should be within text immediately when mentioned or referred to.

 

Ethical compliance – All articles are required to meet the requirements outlined in our ethical policy. Ensure you have included all relevant ethical approval statements.

 

Before submitting

Approval – Ensure all authors have seen and approved the final version of the article prior to submission. All authors must also approve the journal you are submitting to.

Charges – Journal is committed to keeping costs to authors to a minimum, however some charges may apply. Authors are responsible for familiarising themselves with these prior to submission.

 

Preparation of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should:

  • Be concise and clear.
  • Be limited to 10 pages excluding the references in Times New Romans (12 font size and double space).
  • Contain no more than 10 figures and 60 references as recommended by the journal.
  • Use double line spacing throughout (including reference list and figure legends) and Times New Romans style
  • Define all abbreviations when first mentioned.
  • Be submitted in the correct file type, i.e. main document in an editable Word format.
  • Be written in either UK or US English.
  • Contain a title page.

 

Accepted file types:

  • Please be aware that the combined size of your files should not exceed 40 MB.
  • For article text: doc, docx
  • For figures: eps, tiff, jpg, pdf

Changes within revised manuscripts should be highlighted using the highlighter function or coloured text, and should be accompanied by a full response letter to editor and reviewer comments.

Manuscript Categories

Research

The major sub-headings to use when preparing manuscripts are Title, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion and Recommendation, Declaration of Interest, Funding and Acknowledgement and References.

All research submissions should be formatted in the following sections:

  1. Title Page

Include a separate title page with:

  • Title (14 words)
  • All authors names and full addresses
  • Corresponding author’s postal and email address
  • A short title (maximum 9 words)
  • A minimum of four keywords describing the manuscript and should be arranged in alphabetical order after the Abstract.
  1. Abstract

The abstract should be a single paragraph of not more than 300 words, clearly stating the objective of the study or review, the methods used (where applicable), and summarizing results, conclusions and recommendations.  Avoid abbreviations and references in this section.

  1. Introduction

The introduction should set the study in context by briefly reviewing relevant knowledge of the subject; follow this with a concise statement of the objectives of the study.

  1. Materials and methods

Provide sufficient information for other workers to repeat the study. If well-established methods are used give a reference to the technique and provide full details of any modifications.

Include the source of chemicals, reagents and hormones and give the manufacturer’s name and location (town, country) in parentheses.

Give the generic name, dose and route of administration for drugs.

Specify the composition of buffers, solutions and culture media.

Use SI symbols, give concentrations in mol/L and define the term % as w/v or v/v for all solutions. For international units use IU (U should be used for enzyme activity).

Specify the type of equipment (microscopes/objective lenses, cameras, detectors) used to obtain images.

Specify any image acquisition software used, and give description of specialized techniques requiring large amounts of processing, such as confocal, deconvolution, 3D reconstructions, or surface and volume rendering.

  1. Results

The results should read as a narrative leading the reader through the experiments and investigations performed. Referencing and mention of others studies is permitted in the Results section where necessary or helpful.

  1. Discussion

Should not simply re-state results, but should put them in the broader context and highlight the importance and novelty of the work.

  1. Conclusion and Recommendation
  2. Declaration of interest, Funding and Acknowledgements

Declaration of interest

Actual or perceived conflicts of interest for all authors must be declared in full.

Please either (a) declare that there is no conflict of interest that could be perceived as prejudicing the impartiality of the research reported; or (b) fully declare any financial or other potential conflict of interest.

Conflicts of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Employment and consultancies
  • Grants, fees and honoraria
  • Ownership of stock or shares
  • Royalties
  • Patents (pending and actual)
  • Board membership
  • Funding

Please detail all of the sources of funding relevant to the research reported in the following format:

This work was supported by the Medical Research Council (grant numbers xxxx, yyyy); the Wellcome Trust (grant number xxxx); and TETFUND (grant number xxxx), NABDA Research Fund, etc.

Where research has not been funded please state the following:

This research did not receive any specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sector.

Acknowledgements

Please be as brief as possible.

  1. References

The approved reference style for this journal is APA style (7th Edition). All references cited in the text must be included in the reference list and vice versa. However, if a reference consists of only a web address do not include it in the reference list but cite it in the text, giving the date the page was accessed.

In the text: Cite references in the text using the authors’ names and publication year. Use et al. for articles with more than two authors. Where there are several citations, list them in chronological order.

Unpublished work: Any unpublished work (personal communications, manuscripts in preparation and manuscripts submitted but not yet accepted for publication) must be referred to in the text and not listed in the references. Give the full list of authors, including their initials. For example:

(Stone, A., Brown, J and Smith, M.R., unpublished observations) (J Brown, personal communication)

Articles accepted for publication but not yet published may be listed as ‘in press’ in the reference list, using the current year as the publication year. If an ‘in press’ article is included in the Accepted Preprint service or a similar scheme, then the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) should be included; otherwise, provide a copy of the article as a supplementary file for reviewing purposes.

For single author: Easton, B. (2008). Does poverty affect health? In K. Dew & A. Matheson (Eds.), Understanding health inequalities in Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 97–106). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

One author, multiple works published in the same year:

Rush, E., McLennan, S., Obolonkin, V., Cooper, R. and Hamlin, M. (2015a). Beyond the randomised controlled trial and BMI–evaluation of effectiveness of through-school nutrition and physical activity programmes. Public Health Nutrition, 18(9), 1578–1581. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980014003322

Rush, E. C., Obolonkin, V., Battin, M., Wouldes, T. and Rowan, J. (2015b). Body composition in offspring of New Zealand women: Ethnic and gender differences at age 1–3 years in 2005–2009. Annals Of Human Biology, 42(5), 492–497.

For two authors (a journal article with doi): Li, S. and Seale, C. (2007). Learning to do qualitative data analysis: An observational study of doctoral work. Qualitative Health Research, 17(10), 1442-1452. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732307306924

Three authors: Use “and” before the final author.

Barnard, R., de Luca, R. and Li, J. (2015). First-year undergraduate students’ perceptions of lecturer and peer feedback: A New Zealand action research project. Studies In Higher Education, 40(5), 933–944. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2014.881343

Four to seven authors: List all authors in the reference entry

Szcz, Ę., Sna, A., Nowak, A., Grabiec, P., Paszkuta, M., Tajstra, M. and Wojciechowska, M. (2017).Survey of wearable multi-modal vital parameters measurement systems.Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 526. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47154-9_37

More than seven authors: list first 6 authors … last author. followed by date and other information.

Kasabov, N., Scott, N. M., Tu, E., Marks, S., Sengupta, N., Capecci, E., . . . Yang, J. (2016). Evolving spatio-temporal data machines based on the NeuCube neuromorphic framework: Design methodology and selected applications. Neural Networks, 78, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neunet.2015.09.011

Other Recommendations

Request for an extra copy after publication will attract an extra charge on the part of the authors.

Manuscripts submitted for publication must be accompanied by Handling Charge of five thousand naira (N5,000) per paper. The Journal charge for publication per paper is fifteen thousand naira (N15,000) for non-staff and ten thousand naira (N10,000) for staff of NABDA.