About The Journal

Journal of Biotechnology research center Is a refereed scientific journal published by Biotechnology research center, Al-Nahrain University Baghdad /Iraq twice a year. This Journal provides a medium for the rapid publication of articles with novel and innovative aspects of biotechnology. The Journal will accept papers in fields of genetic, molecular biology to those covering biochemical, chemical and any other aspect that is directly relevant to biotechnology systems. Papers presenting information of a multidisciplinary nature that would not be suitable for publication in journal devoted to a single discipline, are particularly welcome.

The following fields are covered by the Journal:

  1. Nucleic Acid Molecular Biology
  2. Cell biology/Cell and Tissue Culture
  3. Genetic Engineering/Bioinformatics
  4. Immunogenetic/ Immunology
  5. Physiology/Reproductive Technologies
  6. Biochemistry/Biochemical Engineering
  7. Industrial Process in a Microbiology
  8. Medical Biotechnology/Pharmacogenomic
  9. Agro- and Food Biotechnology
  10. Biodegradation/ Molecular Ecology
  11. Microbial and Environmental Biotechnology

Manuscript structure:

  • Title: Concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations and formula where possible.
  • Author names and affiliations: Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and the family name of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. The authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.
  • Corresponding author: Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all steps of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that the email address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.
  • Abstract:
    The abstract should be concise and informative. It should not exceed 250 words in length for each of the English and Arabic versions (only for native Arabic authors). It should briefly describe the purpose of the work, techniques and methods used, major findings with important data and conclusions. No references should be cited in this part. Generally non-standard abbreviations should not be used, if necessary they should be clearly defined in the abstract, at first use.
  • Keywords:
    Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords, only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible.
  • Introduction:
    Provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results. State the objectives of the work.
  • Materials and methods:
    Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced, with details of supplier and catalogue number when appropriate. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described.
  • Results: Results should be clear and concise.
  • Discussion:
    This should explore the significance and interpretation of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.
  • Conclusions:
    The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of the Discussion or the Results and Discussion section.
  • Acknowledgements:
    Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or
    proof reading the article, etc.).
  • Funding and competing interests:
    It is not necessary to include detailed descriptions on the program or type of grants and awards. When funding is from a block grant or other resources available to a university, college, or other research institution, submit the name of the institute or organization that provided the funding. If no funding has
    been provided for the research, please include the following sentence: This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
  • A competing interests statement is provided, even if the authors have no competing interests to declare
  • Tables & Figures: It is suggested that the discussion about the tables and figures should appear in the text before the appearance of the respective tables and figures. No tables or figures should be represented without discussion or reference inside the text.
  • Tables:
    Please submit tables as editable text and not as images.
    Tables should be explanatory enough to be understandable without any text reference.
    Double spacing should be maintained throughout the table, including table headings and footnotes.
    Table headings should be illustrated above the table. Footnotes should be placed below the table (font size: 10pt).
    Figures should be self-explanatory.
    Information presented in the figure should not be repeated in the table.
    All symbols and abbreviations used in the illustrations should be defined clearly.
    Figure legends should be represented below the figures (font size: 10pt).
    Manuscript layout: The manuscript should be written in English with a simple layout.
    The text should be prepared in single column format. Bold face, italics, subscripts, superscripts etc. can be used. Manuscript size should not exceed 15 pages (including figures and tables).
  • Peer review:
    This journal operates a single blind review process. All contributions will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then typically sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for
    the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of the articles. The Editor's decision is final.
  • Image manipulation:
    Whilst it is accepted that authors sometimes need to manipulate images for clarity, manipulation for purposes of deception or fraud will be seen as scientific ethical abuse and will be dealt with accordingly. Adjustments of brightness, contrast, or color balance are acceptable if and as long as they do not
    obscure or eliminate any information present in the original.
  • Electronic artwork o general points
  • Make sure you use uniform lettering and sizing of your original artwork (font size: 12pt for manuscript).
  • Use the following fonts in your illustrations: Times New Roman.
  • Submit each illustration (figure or picture) as a separate image file (TIFF or JPEG) with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
  • Please do not:
    Supply files that are optimized for screen use that have a low number of pixels and limited set of colors;
    Supply files that are too low in resolution;
    Submit graphics that are disproportionately large for the content.
  • References:
    Citation in text: Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also presented in the reference list (and vice versa).
    Reference formatting: should be in Vancouver style, numbered consecutively in the order at which  they appear in the text and listed on a separate sheet in the same order, not alphabetically. Example of correct reference form is given as follows:
    1. Lalonde ME, Durocher Y. Therapeutic glycoprotein production in mammalian cells. Journal of biotechnology. 2017;251:128-40.
  • Submission declaration and verification:
    Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract, a published lecture or academic thesis that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
    Editable files (MS Word) are required to typeset your article for final publication. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, is sent by e-mail (journal.brc@gmail.com).
    After submitting the paper to the journal, the author(s) shall receive a confirmation email with their manuscript reference number within 24 hours.
    All materials submitted to the Journal are checked for plagiarism using Turnitin. Plagiarism per source should be less than 5%. Total Plagiarism must not exceed 20%. (Bibliography and sources with less than "5 words" are excluded).
    Referees are required to conduct a review and provide an assessment report within three weeks of receiving the paper.
  • The author(s) will receive the reviewers' reports and the required modifications if requested.
    If the paper is abstracted from either MSc or PhD theses, it should be mentioned in the footer of the lead page.
    All correspondence and subscription requests should be addressed to the secretary of the Journal at Biotechnology Research Center, Al-Nahrain University, Al-Jadriya, Baghdad/Iraq or using the contacts below:
    E-mail: journal.brc@gmail.com
    Phone: 00964- 770-776-6148
  • For more information, please see our website: brcnahrainuniv.edu.iq