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The following instructions must be followed during preparation of manuscripts intended for publication in the Dhaka University Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences:

The Dhaka University Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, a peer reviewed journal, invites and publishes full papers and short communications that make substantial and scholarly contributions to any areas of pharmaceutical sciences.

Manuscripts should be in English, type-written or preferably composed with a computer, in double space with wide margins on 29.21 ´ 21.59 cm good quality bond or A4 (29.7 ´ 21.0 cm) offset paper and should not exceed 16 pages in case of full papers and 8 pages in case of short communications, including tables and figures. 

Title Page. The title should appear on a separate page and should be followed by the author names and the institution name and address. The title, author name(s), and affiliations should all appear on their own respective line of text. Place an asterisk after the name of the author to whom enquiries regarding the paper should be directed and include that author’s telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address.

Abstract. The abstract, detailing, in one paragraph, the problem, experimental approach, major findings, and conclusions, should appear on the second page.  It should be double-spaced and should not exceed 150 words for full papers.

Key words.  Author(s) must give 3 to 10 "key words" or phrases, which identify the most important subjects covered by the paper.  These should be placed at the end of the abstract.

Introduction. The manuscript should include a brief introduction stating the purpose of the investigation and relating the manuscripts to similar research previously or currently being conducted.   Only information essential to the arguments should be presented.

Materials and Methods. This section should contain some specific details about the materials studied, instruments used, sources of specialized chemicals and related experimental details to allow other workers to reproduce the results.  Separate paragraphs with sub-headings may be used to describe the experimental details.

Results and Discussion. The results should be presented concisely. Tables and figures should be designed to maximize the presentation and comprehension of the experimental data. The discussion should interpret the results and relate them to existing knowledge in the field  as clearly and briefly as possible. 

Acknowledgments. The Acknowledgments section should include credits for assistance, financial support, and other appropriate recognition.

References.  References to the literature, regardless of their nature, should be numbered in order of appearance in the manuscript and cited in the text with superscript numbers.   References should follow the format shown:

1.   Khan, S., Jabbar, A., Hasan, C.M. and Rashid, M.A. 2000.  Nasimaluns A and B: neo-clerodane diterpenoids from Barringtonia racemosa.  J. Nat. Prod. 63, 410-411.

2.   Rashid, M.A., Gustafson, K.R., Crouch, R.C., Groweiss, A., Pannell, L.K., Van, Q.N. and Boyd, M.R. 2002. Application of high-field NMR and cryogenic probe technologies in the structure elucidation of poecillastrin A, a new antitumor macrolide lactam from the sponge Poecillastra species.  Org. Lett. 4,  3293-3296.

3.   Harborne, J.B. and Williams, C.A. 2000. Advances in flavonoid research since 1992. Phytochemistry 55, 481-504

4.  Mabry, T., Markham, K.R. and Thomas, M.B. 1971. The Systematic Identification of Flavonoids. Springer Verlag, New York, p. 43.

5.   Harborne, J.B. 1983. In: Chemistry and Chemical Taxonomy of the Rutales (Waterman, P.G. and Grundon, M.F., Eds.), Academic Press, London, Chapter 2, pp. 147-173.

6.   Hasan, C.M. 1982. Phytochemical studies on some African Annonaceae. Ph. D. Thesis, University of Strathclyde, U.K., p. 35.

7.   Davis, R. 1998. US Patent 5, 708, 591

Abbreviations. Abbreviations are used without periods. Standard abbreviations should be used throughout the manuscript. The preferred forms of some of the more commonly used abbreviations are mp, bp, °C, K, s, min, h, ml, µl, kg, g, mg, µg, cm, mm, nm, mol, mmol, µmol, ppm, TLC, GC, NMR, MS, UV, and IR.

Structural Drawings.  The quality of the illustrations printed depends on the quality of the originals provided. The pages of the Dhaka University Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences are  produced completely electronically.  Tracing paper or textured “artist” papers should be avoided.  Structures of compounds should be produced with the use of a drawing program such as Chem Draw (according to the format of ACS Document 1996) or ISIS Draw. 

Tables. These should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals and should be grouped at the end of the paper. Each table should be provided with a descriptive heading, which, together with the individual column headings, should make the table as nearly as possible, and self-explanatory.

Figures. Figures should be constructed carefully.  All illustrations should be numbered as "Figures", with Arabic numerals. Blocks of chemical structures should not be designated as "Figures".  Each figure must be identified outside the frame of the figure. The figure number (Arabic) and legend must be typed clearly.

Short Communications. Short communication should not contain any abstract.  The list of references should not exceed 10.  The presentation of Short Communications should be continuous and paragraphed but should not contain any headings such as Introduction, Results and Discussion, etc.

Electronic Manuscript Submission. The final accepted version of the manuscript should be submitted in electronic form. The disk should accompany the final accepted version of the manuscript and MUST exactly match the final accepted version in hardcopy. Label the disk with the manuscript number and the corresponding author name. Provide the platform, version of software used, and filenames on the Media Description form.  It is best to use the fonts “Times New Roman” and “Symbol”.  Tables may be created using a word processor’s text mode or table format feature. The table format feature is preferred. Ensure each data entry is in its own table cell. If the text mode is used, separate columns with a single tab and use a line feed (return) at the end of each row.

Proofs. Galley proofs will be sent to the corresponding author, which s/he is requested to correct and return as soon as possible.  No new matter be inserted in the text and no changes be made in the title or author name(s) at the time of proof reading.

Declaration. All authors are requested to sign a declaration that the work described in the manuscript was carried out by them and the contents of the paper have not been published before or submitted elsewhere for publication. When the number of authors/co-authors is more than one, the corresponding author is required to mention the exact contribution of each co-author and also indicate his/her percentage of contribution.

Corrections. If errors of consequence are detected in a published paper, the author(s) should send a correction to the Editor for publication as an Addition and Correction.

Editorial Office.  Manuscripts should be submitted in triplicate to the Editor, Dhaka University Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh.   Correspondences regarding any submitted or accepted papers and proofs should be directed to the editorial office.

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  • Handwashing with antibacterial soap may not be a good idea

    (IANS) / 20 August 2014

    Triclosan, a synthetic antibacterial agent, is found in thousands of consumer products, including soaps, cosmetics, acne creams and some brands of toothpaste.Next time when you buy an antibacterial soap for a germ-free day for your kids, check if the soap contains a widely-used chemical or not.Handwashing with antibacterial soap may expose people, especially health workers, to unsafe levels of a chemical that can interfere with hormones to cause developmental problems in foetuses and newborns, says an alarming study.Triclosan, a synthetic antibacterial agent, is found in thousands of consumer products, including soaps, cosmetics, acne creams and some brands of toothpaste.Exposure to triclosan, currently under review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), can cause health problems, researchers say.“Antimicrobial soaps can carry unknown risks and triclosan is of particular concern. Our study shows that people absorb this chemical at work and at home, depending on the products that they use,” said Paul Blanc, a professor of medicine at University of California San Francisco.During the study, researchers analysed urine samples from two groups of 38 doctors and nurses - three fourths of them women - at two hospitals.The first hospital used an antibacterial soap containing 0.3 per cent triclosan while the other used plain soap and water.Researchers found that workers at the first hospital had significantly higher levels of triclosan in their urine than workers at hospital.The scientists also asked the participants if they used a popular commercial toothpaste containing triclosan.While those who did had higher triclosan levels than those who did not, the researchers found that washing with antibacterial soap accounted for even higher triclosan levels than did brushing with the toothpaste.“If non-triclosan-containing soaps are available, use them,” Blanc suggested, adding that just plain soap and water is a pretty good alternative.The study was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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