About the Journal

AIM AND SCOPE

BUMJ is a multidisciplinary journal that provides rapid publication of peer-reviewed new human research findings in all the specialties of basic health sciences, basic clinical sciences, and clinical sciences with a strong emphasis on community health. We are keen on disseminating evidence-based pragmatic insights into health issues in Africa.

The journal seeks to publish original manuscripts of new human research findings, review articles, and commentaries on topical issues. Brief reports, case reports, and letters to the editor will also be considered.

OPEN ACCESS

All articles published in BUMJ are made freely and perpetually available online upon publication. Authors of articles published in the journal hold the copyright to their articles and grant to any third party the right to use, reproduce, and disseminate the articles following global best practices. All published articles can be accessed at https://bumj.babcock.edu.ng

BUMJ (print copy) was initially published quarterly in March, June, September, and December in the first three years of its existence but since January 2020, it is being published bi-annually in June and December. However, accepted manuscripts are published immediately online, ahead of print. The print copy attracts a subscription fee of ₦3,500 per annum or ₦2,000 per edition or U.S. Dollars equivalents

ARTICLE PROCESSING CHARGES

If accepted, each manuscript published will attract a processing fee of $100 international lead authors or ₦30,000 for Nigerian lead authors. This is necessary since the journal does not receive any external funding.

PEER REVIEW POLICY

Peer review is the process used to evaluate manuscripts before they are published. Independent reviewers in the relevant disciplines appraise all submitted manuscripts for authenticity, soundness, and significance to help the Editors ascertain the suitability of the manuscript for publication in the journal. BUMJ operates an open peer review system. In this system, reviewers’ names and reports are made available to the authors. Also, the names of the reviewers are published along with the articles. This encourages transparency and makes the Editors and reviewers accountable for their decisions.

PEER REVIEW PROCESS

PLAGIARISM

The journal has zero-tolerance for plagiarism and all submitted articles will be subjected to plagiarism check. Submissions that fail plagiarism checks will be immediately rejected and further action to protect science and intellectual property will be carried out.

APPEALS AND COMPLAINTS

Authors who wish to contest a rejection or make a complaint should write a detailed email to the editor at editor.bumj@babcock.edu.ng, attaching all relevant documentation. All complaints will be properly investigated and will receive a decision within a reasonable period. The Editor’s decision is final.

INDEXING SERVICE

The articles published in BUMJ are included in Google Scholar, Crossref, ScienceOpen, and Scilit.

COPYRIGHT

All materials published in the Babcock University Medical Journal (BUMJ) are protected by the Copyrights Laws of Nigeria. The Authors reserves copyright of their published articles but give all the users (Authors, Readers, and Researchers) free access to all materials published online under the provisions of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License. However, permissions are granted to copy, use, and distribute the contents only for non-commercial but academic and scientific purposes with the proviso that the source of the content is appropriately cited and credited.

DISCLAIMER

The contents of the journal reflect the opinion of the authors and not necessarily that of the BUMJ, Babcock Medical Society, Babcock University Teaching Hospital, and the Benjamin Carson (Senior) School of Medicine, Babcock University, Ilishan- Remo, Nigeria. The BUMJ and its editorial team will neither be liable nor take responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or validity of the contents.