ABOUT THE JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND BIOTECHNOLOGY

The “Journal of Biological Research and Biotechnology (Bio-Research)” is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, international, scientific Open Access Journal that provides publication of articles on biological sciences and biotechnology. The journal established in 2003, is published by the faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. The Journal welcomes submission of manuscripts in the form of original and reviews articles, brief and case reports, special communications and editorials, that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. Papers will be published online approximately one-to-two weeks after acceptance. Publication of articles in the Journal of Biological Research and Biotechnology (Bio-Research) involves several parties, each of which performs an essential role in achieving the aims and objectives of the journal. Thus, all players (author, the journal editor, the peer-reviewer, and the publisher) are expected to meet and uphold standard norms of ethical behaviour from submission to the publication stage, depending on the area of involvement.

About the publisher: Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria

The history of the Faculty dates back to September 1961 a year after the establishment of the University of Nigeria in October 1960. In its earliest form, the departments of Botany and Zoology were established under what used to be known as the Faculty of Science. Other departments within the Faculty of Science included the departments of Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics and Physics. The earliest move towards establishing an autonomous Faculty of Biological Sciences was made in the 1966/67 session, when a Division of Biological Sciences was created within the Faculty of Science. In the new arrangement, the departments of Botany and Zoology co-existed with the newly created units of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacy within the Division of Biological Sciences. These three units were to become full-fledged departments in the 1970/71 session. Soon after, in the 1973/74 session, the division of Biological Sciences was upgraded and renamed the Faculty of Biological Sciences, while still retaining Pharmacy as a department. As part of efforts aimed at creating an independent Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Faculty was renamed the Faculty of Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the 1976/77 academic year. With the independence of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and The Faculty of Biological Sciences from the Faculty of Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the 1980/81, Faculty of Biological Sciences now had four departments (Biochemistry, Botany, Microbiology and Zoology). Following the current trends in curriculum update for programmes to embraced current cutting edge in knowledge and training, the Senate of the university and the Nigeria University Commission approved the curriculum update and change of nomenclature in 2011/12 session, thus the Faculty as presently constituted consist of the departments of Biochemistry, Microbiology, Plant Science and Biotechnology and Zoology and Environmental Biology. The department of Molecular genetics is a recent addition to the faculty.