Call for papers for contributions to the maiden issue of the Dhaka University Journal of Development Studies (DUJDS)
The Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka takes the pleasure to announce that the department is set to bring out the above official journal shortly. This will be a blind-folded peer reviewed bi-annual journal, and will cover the broad gamut of “Development” both as an academic disciple and a practice. It is intended to act as a literary platform for exchange of ideas and experiences between academics and development activists.It is worth mentioning that the first issue of the journal is likely to be published in June 2008. The journal invites participation from scholars working in the field of Social Sciences in general and Development Studies in particular. Papers based on original research, case studies, and applications, review articles, short commentaries, and book reviews will be considered for publication. Publication Policy and Guidelines for contributors is available in the departmental website ( The deadline for submission of paper is October 1, 2008.

Interested scholars are requested to submit their papers by email at or by mail addressed to Dr. Taiabur Rahman, Chairman, Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka. M. Abu Eusuf (Editorial Associate of BJDS), Assistant Professor, Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka may be contacted at for further queries about the journal.

Publication Policy and Guidelines for Contributors
01. Scope and publication policy
1.1 DUJDS is an official publication of the Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the advancement of the science of development in general and human and natural resource management in particular. Contributions reporting any aspect of development, in the categories of research papers, critical reviews, conceptual discussions, analytical descriptions and field notes, will be considered for publication.
1.2 The Journal is a yearly publication. Book reviews will also be published periodically. A collection of papers dealing with a special theme (e.g., proceedings of special workshops and symposia, or invited papers on a selected topic) may occasionally be published as a special issue. Individuals who plan to organize such special issues are advised to discuss the matter with the Editor in advance.
1.3 The content and quality of papers should be in accordance with the scope and nature of the Journal. To be acceptable, a manuscript must make a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge or towards a better understanding of the existing concepts of any aspect of Indigenous knowledge.
1.4 All manuscripts will be peer –reviewed by at least two competent reviewers. Reviewers’ comments will be forwarded to the authors. While submitting the revised manuscript, the authors should explain how the reviewers’ comments have been addressed. If the author(s) disagree with the reviewers’ comments, the reason(s) should be explained.
02. Manuscript submission
2.1 All manuscripts for publication, and communications concerning editorial matters, should be submitted in triplicates (one original and two complete photocopies of high quality) to the Editor:
The Editor, Dhaka University Journal of Development Studies
C/o Chairperson, Department of Development Studies
Arts Building (top floor)
University of Dhaka, Dhaka 1000
2.2 The author should retain a complete copy of the manuscript.
2.3 There are no publication fees or page charges.
2.4 One copy of the Journal and/or five offprints of each published article will be made available to the author(s) free of charge.
03. Presentation
3.1 The Journal’s language is English.
3.2 Papers should be typed clearly, double-spaced on only one side of high-quality offset papers of A4 size, with approximately 3-cm wide margin.
3.3 Manuscripts should be written in clear and simple language in a readable and persuasive style. Please note that it is the authors’ responsibility to prepare the manuscript and get it published in the way it should appear; do not expect the editors or reviewers to rewrite the article for you.
3.4 The first page should contain the title of the contribution, name(s) of the author(s), address(es) of the Institution on whose behalf the work was carried out, and complete address (with telephone, fax, and e-mail details if applicable) of the author to whom correspondence should be sent.
3.5 Five to six key words should be listed in alphabetical order: Indigenous knowledge should not be given as key word. Also, words that appear in the title may not be repeated as key words.
3.6 A brief (100-200 words) and informative Abstract, proceeded by the title of the paper, must be typed on a separate sheet, and numbered as page 2 of the manuscript. The Abstract should begin with a brief statement of the rationale and objective of the paper. Quantitative data should be given, but for key results only, not in detail.
3.7 Experimental papers should be organized into the following sections:
– Introduction
– Materials and methods
– Results
– Discussion and Conclusions
– References
– Acknowledgements
3.8 All pages must be numbered consecutively.
04. Illustrations and tables
4.1 All diagrams, figures, photographs, and other illustrations should be listed as figures and numbered consecutively.
4.2 Figures should be produced using computer graphics.
4.3 Photographs must be supplied as black-and-white, high contrast, glossy prints, trimmed at right angles. Colour plates can be inserted at the author’s expense.
4.4 Each table and Figure should be prepared in a separate sheet of paper; the approximate position for tables and figures should be indicated in the margin of the manuscript.
4.5 Captions for figures and Tables should be complete, clear and concise.
05. Abbreviations, symbols, and units
5.1 Only SI units and standard abbreviations should be used.
5.2 Ina table, if information is not available for a particular cell/row, indicate it by n/a, nil or a dash, but not by 0.
06. References
6.1 Literature references should be arranged alphabetically. In the text, they should be referred to author’s name and year of publication enclosed in square brackets, e.g. [Khan, 1988; Ahmed and Mustafa, 1992; Chowdhury et al., 1990].
6.2 Refer to unpublished work only in the text, in this manner: (A. K. Azad, unpub.), (K. Alam, pers. comm., 1993).
6.3 References should contain: author’s name followed by author’s initial(s), year, title of article (Only first letter and proper nouns capitalized), journal (Italic), volume number, and inclusive page numbers. Books must include the location and name of the publisher.
Brammer, H. 1990. Floods in Bangladesh: geographical back ground to the 1987 and 1988 floods. The Geographical Journal 156(1): 12-22.Nair P. K. R. 1993. An Introduction to Agroforestry. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. 499 pp.Abedin, M. Z. and Quddus, M. A. 1990. Household fuel situation, homegardens and agroforestry practice at six agro-ecologically different locations of Bangladesh. In: M. Z. Abedin, C. K. Lai and M. O. Ali, (eds.), Homestead plantation and agroforestry in Bangladesh. pp. 19-53. BARI, Joydebpur, Bangladesh.
6.4 Footnotes should be kept to a minimum. Footnotes in tables should be referred to by superscript letters, a, b, c, etc. Text footnotes should be identified by superscript numbers, 1, 2, 3, etc. These can be placed at the end of the article as a Notes section, so they must be numbered consecutively throughout the text, and not anew on each page.
07. Proofs and off-prints
7.1 When the paper has been accepted, the author will be informed of the approximate time of publication. A set of proofs will be sent approximately one month before the publication date. Authors should read the proof thoroughly and return the corrected proof and an edited manuscript to the publisher within three days of receipt.