JMPB - Instructions for Authors

General Description

Journal of Medicinal Plants and By-products (JMPB) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal dedicated to publish and disseminate the high quality scientific research work in the broad field of medicinal plants. Scope of the journal includes: Analytical chemistry, chemical composition, chemical synthesis, chemosystematics, agriculture, cell biology, developmental biology, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology, biodiversity, ecology, by-products and processing, marketing and bioinformatics.

To be considered as a subject for publication, the manuscript must contain information on the medicinal plants or must be directed toward furthering our knowledge of the medicinal plants.

The types of manuscripts that will be accepted for publication in  JMPB are Reviews, Research Reports (full papers), Research Notes, Research Letters, Techniques and Letters-to-Editor.


The format for each of these styles is summarized as follows:



A Review, as its name suggests, should not include any original work other than unpublished data of the author and should be a review of the literature. Reviews should be critical, have no more than two authors, and should not exceed forty typewritten pages. Reviews will generally be invited, although potential authors can submit Reviews for consideration.


Research Reports

A Research Report should be a short paper describing an original research study. The manuscript should be arranged in the order: Abstract, Key Word Index, Introduction, Experimental and Results and Discussion.


Research Notes

A paper that follows the format of Research Report but is less than four typewritten pages, or is obviously preliminary results, may be published as a Research Notes. A Research Note should be a brief note on the chemical composition of a medicinal plant. It should contain: Abstract (brief), Key Word Index, Plant Name (or synonymy, if important, and plant family), Source (origin of plant material), Plant Part, Previous Work, Present Work (brief description of analytical techniques used and list of components characterized).


Research Letters

A Research Letter is reserved for the publication of the IR, NMR, and MS spectra of uncommon or rare components for which there is not a published spectrum or the published spectra are obscure. The Research Letter should contain the origin of the compound, the CAS number, a comment on the purity of the compound, the conditions under which the compound was isolated, the spectra were obtained, and the spectra. Keep the number of references to a bare minimum.



A paper describing a technique or procedure that can be used to assist a medicinal plants scientist in any facet of his/her work can be submitted. The format for such a paper is less formal than for a Research Report because it depends on the subject matter as to how it should be represented. The technique must be fully described in an unambiguous way so that a reader can completely duplicate it.



A letter or discussion of a controversial issue can be submitted for publication. Before it is published, however, some comment letters will be solicited and obtained so that a combination of the original letter and some support or counterpoints can be published together.


Instructions for Authors

All manuscripts must be double-spaced throughout on regular letter-size paper with the margins of 2.5 cm from each side. The language of publication is English. Manuscripts must be checked by an English specialist before submission.


Manuscript Submission

Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities tacitly or explicitly  at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.


Online Submission

Authors should submit their manuscripts online. Submit your best paper to JMPB via E-mail addresses:


All files must be submitted together in one communication. They include cover letter, main text (including title page, abstract, key words, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements, references and figure captions), tables, figures and supplementary files. 


Title Page

The title page should include:

● The name(s) of the author(s)

● A concise and informative title

● The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s)

● The e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author


Please provide an abstract of 150 to 250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.



Please provide 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.




Text Formatting

Manuscripts should be submitted in Word.

● Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 10-point Times Roman) for text.

● Use italics for emphasis.

● Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.

● Do not use field functions.

● Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.

● Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.

● Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions).



Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings.



Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.



Footnotes can be used to give additional information, which may include the citation of a reference included in the reference list. They should not consist solely of a reference citation, and they should never include the bibliographic details of a reference. They should also not contain any figures or tables.

Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively; those to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data). Footnotes to the title or the authors of the article are not given reference symbols.

Always use footnotes instead of endnotes.



Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.





Reference citations in the text should be identified by numbers in square brackets. Some examples:

1. Negotiation research spans many disciplines [3].

2. This result was later contradicted by Becker and Seligman [5].

3. This effect has been widely studied [1-3, 7].

Reference List

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication it must be arranged in number order. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.

The entries in the list should be numbered consecutively.

● Journal article

● Bakkali F, Averbeck S, Averbeck D, Idaomar M. Biological effects of  essential oils - A Review. Food Chem Toxicol. 2008;46:446-475.

● Book

Rai M, Varma A. Mycotoxins in Food, Feed and Bioweapons, Springer-Verlag, 2010.


Book chapter

Razzaghi-Abyaneh M, Shams-Ghahfarokhi M, Rezaee MB, Sakuda S. Natural Aflatoxin Inhibitors from Medicinal Plants. In: Rai M, Varma A (eds.) Mycotoxins in Food, Feed and Bioweapons, Springer-Verlag Publication, 2010, pp. 329-354.


All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.

Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.

For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table.

Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.

Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.


Color Art

● Color art is free of charge for online publication.

● If black and white will be shown in the print version, make sure that the main information will still be visible. Many colors are not distinguishable from one another when converted to black and white. A simple way to check this is to make a xerographic copy to see if the necessary distinctions between the different colors are still apparent.

● If the figures will be printed in black and white, do not refer to color in the captions.

● Color illustrations should be submitted as RGB (8 bits per channel).


Figure Numbering

● All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.

● Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.

● Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc.).

● If an appendix appears in your article and it contains one or more figures, continue the consecutive numbering of the main text. Do not number the appendix figures, "A1, A2, A3, etc." Figures in online appendices (Electronic Supplementary Material) should, however, be numbered separately.


Figure Captions

● Each figure should have a concise caption describing accurately what the figure depicts. Include the captions in the text file of the manuscript, not in the figure file.

● Figure captions begin with the term Fig. in bold type, followed by the figure number, also in bold type.


Figure Placement and Size

When preparing your figures, size figures to fit in the column width.

­For most journals the figures should be 39 mm, 84 mm, 129 mm, or 174 mm wide and not higher than 234 mm.

For books and book-sized journals, the figures should be 80 mm or 122 mm wide and not higher than 198 mm.


Electronic Supplementary Material

JMPB accepts electronic multimedia files (animations, movies, audio, etc.) and other supplementary files to be published online along with an article or a book chapter. This feature can add dimension to the author's article, as certain information cannot be printed or is more convenient in electronic form.



● Supply all supplementary material in standard file formats.

● Please include in each file the following information: article title, journal name, author names; affiliation and e-mail address of the corresponding author.

● To accommodate user downloads, please keep in mind that larger-sized files may require very long download times and that some users may experience other problems during downloading.


After Acceptance

Upon acceptance of your article you will receive an E-mail for signing the Copyright Transfer Statement online and indicate whether you wish to order offprints, or printing of figures in color.


Proof Reading

The purpose of the proof is to check for typesetting or conversion errors and the completeness and accuracy of the text, tables and figures. Substantial changes in content, e.g., new results, corrected values, title and authorship, are not allowed without the approval of the Editor.

After online publication, further changes can only be made in the form of an Erratum, which will be hyperlinked to the article.


Online First

The article will be published online after receipt of the corrected proofs. After release of the printed version, the paper can also be cited by issue and page numbers.


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