• Article must fall within the scope of the Journal to be considered for publication
  • Article must meet the criteria assuring reproducible quality and efficacy of herbal preparations.
  • Method of preparation of Herbal extracts must be clearly and comprehensively described with respect to the plant part used, the drug extract ratio, type of solvent used, concentration of extraction solvent, extract yield etc.
  • The authentication of fresh plants or dried herbal drugs, including those of formulas, must be carried out by means of macroscopic and/or microscopic, molecular biological, chemical, chromatographic and/or other suitable pharmacognostic methods
  • Latin binomial name, local/indigenous name and English name, the date and location of collection Voucher specimens; plant part(s) used, voucher number/authentication/ identification number must be specified for all plants used in the study. The name of the plant can also be confirmed with the plant list database (
  • For commercially produced material, the source, batch number, and quality control data should be specified. All scientific names of the plants must be written in italics through the whole manuscript! Herbal medicinal products and herbal extracts
  • For pure compounds, chemical name should be provide using relevant information available on PubChem database (
  • For gene nomenclature Authors should use appropriate gene names and symbols.
  • Investigations involving the use of experimental animals must state in the Methods section that the research was conducted in accordance with the internationally accepted principles for the care and use of laboratory animals in research. Relevant ethical approval number should be included.
  • Investigations with human subjects must state in the Methods section that the research followed guidelines of the Declaration of Helsinki and Tokyo for humans, and was approved by the institutional human experimentation committee or equivalent bodies, and that informed consent was obtained.
  • Statistical hypothesis and analysis methods should be described in detail.


Original papers 
Original articles should not exceed 12-15 typewritten pages or up to 5,000 words, including references, tables and figures. Previously reported methods should be referenced even if it is modified.

Short communications 
Short communications should be condensed to 4-8 typewritten pages or not more than 2,500 words including references and a maximum of two illustrations.

Review articles should provide concise and critical updates on a subject of current interest.


This journal operates a double blind review process. All contributions will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable will then be sent to a minimum of three independent experts in the field of interest to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles.



Required Documents

  • Cover letter
  • Author(s) Agreement Document (to be downloaded and signed by all authors)
  • Manuscript File (without figures and tables)
  • Tables
  • Figures


Correct order within the manuscript:

  • Title Page
  • Abstract
  • Keywords (maximum of 6 keywords)
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Materials and methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • Conflict of interest statement
  • References
  • Tables
  • Figures
  • Pages and line numbers throughout the manuscript


Title page

  • Title 

Tittle should be concise and informative; with word count of not more than 18 words. Use of abbreviations and formulae within the title should be avoided as much as possible.
• Author names and affiliations 

First name and last name of each author should be clearly indicated and accurately spelled. The authors' affiliation (addresses) should be included immediately below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. 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 the author who will handle all correspondence regarding the manuscript at every stage of the publication and post-publication processes. Ensure that the e-mail address is provided and contact details are accurate.

A concise abstract is required and it should summarize the contents of the article in not more than 350 words. The abstract should be structured as follows:

Background: Scientific knowledge surrounding your study and how this led to your investigation. 
Hypothesis/Purpose/Objective/Aim: State the hypothesis/theory(ies) you want to prove or disprove by your study or the purpose of the research as the case may be. 
Methods: Outline the overall design of your study. The methods used in your investigation should be summarised. These include the study population, type of intervention, duration of study and method of data collection. 
Results: The most important results of your study should be highlighted. The results should summarise the overall findings of research.  
Conclusion: This should state the most important deductions that can be drawn from the study.


Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.


A section of abbreviations should precede the manuscript. Define abbreviations that are not standard in this field in a footnote to be placed on the first page of the article. Abbreviations that are unavoidable in the abstract must be defined at their first mention there, as well as in the footnote. Consistency of abbreviations should be ensured throughout the article.

Page and line numbers 
Page and line numbers should be included throughout the manuscripts, to facilitate review process.


This section should provide an adequate background, and state the objectives of the work.

Material and methods 

This section of the manuscript should provide sufficient detail about the methodology and materials used so as to allow the work to be reproducible. Methods already published should be indicated by reference: only relevant modifications to the existing method should be described.


Results should be clear and concise. Results can be described in graph, table, picture, charts etc.


Discussion section should explore the significance of the results of the work, and not repeat them.


This section should address important findings from the research data.

This section should acknowledge individuals who provide assistance and the role(s) played. Also, in case of grant support, the funding agency should be mentioned with the grant number. e.g. This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [grant numbers aa,bb].



Citation in text 
It is important to ensure that all the references cited in the text are present in the reference list (and vice versa).

Use of DOI

Use of the DOI is highly encouraged. A DOI is guaranteed never to change, so it represents a permanent link to any electronic article.

Web references 
When a web document has been used, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed, including other details.

Reference style 
(i) Text

All citations in the text should be cited by Arabic numerals in braces. e.g. [1], [2-4], …:

(ii) List

References should be arranged sequentially by Arabic numerals as cited in the text. The inclusion of the DOI for the article (or book) is highly encouraged.


Luo X, Liu Z, Sunohara Y, Matsumoto H, Li P. Involvement of H2O2 in Fluazifop-p-butyl-induced cell death in bristly starbur seedlings. Pestic Biochem Physiol. 2017;143:258-64. DOI: 10.1016/j.pestbp.2016.12.007.

Rodwell VW, Bender DA, Botham KM, Kennelly PJ, Weil PA. Harper’s Illustrated Biochemistry” 31st Edn, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. New York, 2018; pp. 801-805.

Botham KM, Mayes PA. Metabolism of Acylglycerols and Sphingolipids (Chapter 24). In Rodwell V.W., Bender D.A., Botham K.M., Kennelly P.J. Weil P.A. (Ed.) “Harper’s Illustrated Biochemistry” 31st Edn, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. New York, 2018, pp. 564-580.

Availability of accepted article

Accepted articles are made available immediately online. However, this accepted article (HTML and PDF format), may not have been adequately copyedited, typeset or proofread. A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) will be allocated to make it fully citable and searchable.