Nigerian Journal of Biotechnology: Editorial Policies

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Focus and Scope

Founded in 1983

The NJB publishes result of research on biotechnology and from biotechnology related disciplines; results of special interest can be rapidly published as short communication

Nigerian Journal of Biotechnology publishes original research papers, shot communications (not more than 1500 words), theoretical or review articles (invited) or from authors that worked extensively in their areas of research), reporting advances in our knowledge or understanding of any field of Biotechnology and relates disciplines. Letters to the Editors are also welcome. Negative results will be accepted only when they can be considered to advance our knowledge significantly.


Section Policies


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Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Editorial Board

Department of Crop Protection,  
College of Plant Science and Crop Production,
Federal University of Agriculture,  
Abeokuta, Ogun State.  Nigeria.  

Department of Biochemistry,
Faculty of Life Sciences,
Ahmadu Bello Univesity,
Zaria, Kaduna State.  Nigeria

Professor Akinola R. Popoola,
Department of Crop Protection,
Federal University of Agriculture,
Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Tel.: +2348030629408
Plant Pathology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Assistant Editor-in-Chief
Dr. Abdulrazak B. Ibrahim,
Department of Biochemistry,
Ahmadu Bello University,
Zaria, Kaduna State.

Tel.: +2347034589199
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry



Editorial Advisory Board

NameAffiliationE-mail addressSpecialisation
Dr.  Alhassan T. MajiAfricaRice, IITA Kubwa Station,; a.maji@cgiar.orgPlant breeding, molecular genetics &  Rice Seed System
Dr. Bitrus YakubuNational Veterinary Research Institute, Von, near Molecular biology and biotechnology
Dr. Caroline N. ArioleDept. of Microbiology, University of Port Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology
Dr. Evans C. EgwimDept. of Biochemistry, Federal Univ. of Technology, Industrial Biochemistry and Bioprocess
Dr. Chiedozie N. EgesiNational Root Crop Research Institute, Umudike.cegesi@yahoo.comMolecular biology and plant breeding
Dr. Christpeace N.  Ezebuiro National Biotechnology Development Agency, Lugbe, Bio-systems optimization & bioremediation.  
Dr. Inuwa S. UsmanDepartment of Plant Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Plant tissue culture, genetic transformation and Plant Physiology
Dr Ismaila Y. SudiDept. of Biochemistry, Adamawa State Univ., Mubi, biology and bioremediation
Dr James C.  IgweNational Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Abuja, Infectious diseases, antibiotic resistance, bacterial genetics, and pharmaceutical microbiology
Dr. Kelechi C.  NjokuDept. of Cell Biology & Genetics, University of Lagos, Environmental Biology
Dr. Kabir M.  UmarCenter for Dryland Agriculture, Beyero University Fungal Microbial genetics and tissue culture
Dr. Mathew WhettoDepartment of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Genetics 
Dr. Mohammed B. YerimaDepartment of Microbiology & Biotech., Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa Statebelyerima@gmail.comBioremediation and Biofuels
Dr. Mary E. KooffrehDept. of Genetics & Biotech., University of Calabar, Human Genetics and Molecular Biology
Dr. Marian N. UnachukwuMicrobiology Department, Godfrey Okoye University, Medical Laboratory Scientist; Microbiology and Public Health Parasitology and Entomology
Dr. Opeolu O. OjoBiotechnology & Biochem. Programme, University of East London, Stratford, Peptidomics, proteomics, natural products, drug discovery, bioinformatics
Dr Oby C. OnyiaDept. of Biotech. & Applied Biology, Godfrey Okoye University,; Environmental Biotech. & Bioresources
Dr. Ponchang A. WuyepDepartment of Plant Science & Biotech. University of Jos, Biotechnology and Bioresource Management
Dr. Maulin P.  Shah Industrial Waste Water Research Lab,  Division of Applied & Environmental Microbiology, Enviro Technology Limited,  Ankleshwar, Biology
Dr. Juraj PauleDepartment of Botany and Molecular Evolution,  Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Frankfurt, Senckenberganlage 25, D-60325 Frankfurt am Main, GermanyJuraj.Paule@senckenberg.deBotany and Molecular Evolution
Dr. Thaddeus T. GbemDept. of Biology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeriattgbem@gmail.comMolecular Biology
Prof. Anthony I.  OkohUniversity of Fort Hare, Alice, South  Environmental Biotechnology; Microbial Water quality Monitoring
Prof. Benjamin E. UbiDept. of Biotechnology, Ebonyi State University, Plant breeding, biotechnology, functional genomics, Genetic resources
Prof. David A. OjoDept. of Microbiology, Federal Univ. of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Medical Microbiology
Prof. Edak A. UyohDepartment of Genetics and Biotechnology, University of Plant cytogenetics and breeding
Prof. Hajia M. InuwaCenter for Biotechnology Research and Training,  Ahmadu Bello University, Zariainuwahm@yahoo.comPlant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Prof. Isaac O. DanielDepartment of Plant Breeding and Seed Technology,  Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Seed Technology & Genetic Resources
Prof. Joseph NwankwoDept. of Medical Biochemistry, Federal University, Ndufu Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi Biomedical Biotechnology; Transcriptional regulation of genes
Prof. James C. OgbonnaDept. of Microbiology, University of Nigeria,  Microbiology and Industrial Biotechnology
Prof. Louis O. EgwariCentre for Biotechnology / Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Covenant University, Canaanland, Ota, Ogun Infectious diseases, Antimicrobial agents and drug resistance, Anaerobic bacteria in Clinical infections
Prof. Mohammed F. IshiyakuBiotechnology program, Department of Plant Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Plant Breeding and Molecular Genetics
Prof. Mohammed N.  ShuaibuDepartment of Biochemistry, Ahmadu Bello University, DNA vaccine, Molecular Parasitology
Prof. Sylvia V. A.  UzochukwuDept. of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Federal University, Food Science and Biotechnology; Safety assessment of GM Foods
Prof Yusuf D. SaiduDept. of Biochemistry, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Biochemistry
Prof. Paul C. OnyenekweBiotechnology Advanced Research Centre, Sheda Science and Technology Complex, Abuja, Nigeria.pconyenekwe@yahoo.comBiochemistry
Prof.  Oluwatoyin T. OgundipeMolecular Systematics Lab, Department of Botany, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.toyin60@yahoo.comBiosystematics


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Policy of the Nigerian Journal of Biotechnology on Plagiarism

1.  The maximum acceptable similarity index (SI) after plagiarism check shall be 10%. 

2.  Author(s) with SI between 11 - 30% shall be advised to revise their manuscripts with a view to bringing the SI to <= 10%. 

3.  SI > 30% shall be out rightly rejected without any benefit of revision.

4. The plagiarism check shall exclude REFERENCES.

5. The check shall also exclude authors' names and addresses, tables and figures.  These ones hardly contribute to similarity index.

6.  For all manuscripts with SI <= 30%, the Editors shall go through the highlighted similarity areas in the entire manuscript to identify the parts of the manuscript with high matches.

7.  Where the author has lifted, verbatim, several sentences in a row or has lifted paragraphs from published sources (and placed them in the INTRODUCTION,RESULTS, DISCUSSION and CONCLUSION) without putting the sentences in quotes and well referenced, we shall return the manuscript and request the author(s) to revise the manuscript with a view to bringing the SI below 10%. 

8. If the high matches are in METHODOLOGY, the Editors shall decide if such sentences are protocols/procedures which are universally similar in their rendition.  Authors shall not be penalized for this.

9. The author(s) of a manuscript with > 60% Similarity Index after exclusion of references shall be blacklisted and banned from submitting manuscripts to NJB for a period of three years.

10.  Due to the sensitivity of the issue at stake with its possible litigations for authors and the publishers, this policy takes immediate effect.

Authors can run their own Similarity Index using the free version of our Plagiarism Checker at

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