Author Guidelines

Notes on the preparation of paper: Author guidelines

Annals of Phytomedicine (AP), is an international, peer-reviewed scientific journal, dedicated to publishing cutting edge research in all areas of phytomedicine. It will publish significant and outstanding developments in all phases of phytomedicine, thus ensuring its scientific priority. The manuscripts intended for publication shall be rigorously refereed and selected on the basis of quality and originality of the work. The journal is aimed at publishing and disseminating the innovative findings in the field of phytotherapy (clinical trials), phytopharmacology, pharmacognosy, phytopharmaceuticals, molecularbiological studies, natural product chemistry, biological activity of plant extracts and isolated compounds, pharmacological applications and traditional medicine, pharmacokinetic and bioavailabillity studies, clinical studies of standardized phytopreparations, phytotoxicity and standardization of drugs and also other related aspects within a single publication. Annals of Phytomedicine (AP) “An International Journal” is dedicated to increasing the depth of the subject across disciplines with the ultimate aim of expanding knowledge of phytomedicine. AP aims to publish original, peer-reviewed, papers encompassing all aspects of phytomedicine. The journal welcomes submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. This Journal will provide a forum for the publication of following types of contributions:

. Regular articles . Short communications . Invited reviews

We invite you to submit your manuscripts to AP which aims at rapid publication of high quality research articles while maintaining rigorous peer-review process. The manuscripts intended for publication shall be rigorously refereed and selected on the basis of quality and originality of the work.

Publication
The corresponding author must be member of this journal at the time of submission of the manuscript. All the papers submitted for the publication in “Annals of Phytomedicine” will be charged at the rate of Rs. 7500/- per article. The authors are advised to prepare the manuscript typed in double space on one side of A4 size white paper with 11 font size in Page Maker format / MS-Word, keeping proper margin on each side. Three types of manuscripts may be submitted for publication in this journal.

Regular articles
These articles should describe new findings and experimental procedures in sufficient detail for the editorial board and the other reviewers to verify the work. These articles should not be more than 15 manuscript pages.

Short communications
A short communication is suitable for recording the results in brief or giving details of new models or hypotheses, besides inventing new formula, compound, molecule, innovative methods or new techniques etc. It should not be more than 6 manuscript pages in length.

Invited reviews
Publication of reviews will only be through invitation, however authors may approach the Editor-in-Chief with a proposal. Authors are advised to concentrate more on their work and to review the same keeping into consideration the significant recent contributions by other authors. Invited reviews will also be subjected to peer-review. Reviews should be concise and conform to the limit of 20-25 manuscript pages including tables and figures.

Editorial policy
Research papers submitted to AP must be original and not published or submitted for publication elsewhere. The corresponding author of the paper is responsible for ensuring that the manuscript has been approved by all the coauthors. It is also the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that the papers emanating from a particular institution are submitted with the necessary approval of that institution. Authors must note that plagiarism of any sort of is not acceptable. Even after acceptance of the paper, if it is found to have been plagiarized, it will not be published.

Manuscripts should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Phytomedicine. Authors are advised to submit their manuscripts online at ukaaz@yahoo.com.

“Annals of Phytomedicine: An International Journal” is published from Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The Journal obeys with the moral justice and ethics as per the norms and guarantees reproducing or promoting does not impact the editor’s decision.

Editors and Editorial Board
The editor is responsible for the overall quality of the intellectual content of the journal and responsibility to maintain the integrity between the review process and the published scientific articles timely as per the journal norms. All the editors are equally responsible for upholding the mission and scope of the journal and for selecting papers that provide new, original, and important contributions to knowledge for the benefits of the society. The editor selects associate editors, editorial board members, reviewers, and any other editorial positions required in developing content for the journal. The editor serves as chair of the editorial board and oversees its work.

Responsibilities

  1. The editor oversees the mission and scope of the journal
    • The editor periodically reviews the editorial mission and scope of the journal, consults with the editorial board, and makes recommendations on the suitability of the manuscript
    • The editor insures that the papers published are consistent with the editorial mission.
    • The editor is responsible for making the decision to publish any thematic issues of the journal and for screening the papers to be published.
    • The editor may select a prestigious guest author for Invited commentary.
    • The editor may recommend to the publisher that a special issue be published as and when required, in addition to the regular issues of the journal.
  2. The editor is responsible for overseeing the editorial review process
    • The editor selects associate editors, the editorial board members, reviewers, and any other special editors for jointly publication of journal.
    • The editor will use the publisher-provided peer-review system to conduct the editorial review process.
    • The editor will assign papers to reviewers who have the appropriate knowledge and skill to evaluate them timely.
    • The editor will be the final arbiter regarding the acceptance of papers when reviewers differ in their evaluations.
    • The editor will insure that the review process is completed on time and that authors receive constructive feedback about papers submitted
  3. The editor provides the manuscripts accepted for each issue to the publisher
    • The editor forwards the manuscripts for each issue to the publisher, submitting them to the managing editor assigned to the journal.
    • The editor insures that the manuscripts are complete, including illustrations, references, and contact information for the authors.
    • The editor submits the manuscripts for each issue on time according to the schedule agreed upon with the publisher.
  4. The editor will see that the journal follows customary ethical policies
    • The editor will identify, investigate, and address any ethical breaches of conduct by authors and reviewers.
    • The editor will see that authors are treated with fairness, courtesy, objectivity, and honesty.
    • The editor must be prepared to deal with errors and allegations of misbehaviour.
  5. The editor will seek opportunities to promote the journal
    • The editor will seek to speak at conferences and other events about the purpose and values of the journal, inviting potential contributors to consider submitting papers to the journal.
    • The editor will identify indexes in which the journal should be included and pass that information on to Human Kinetics.
    • The editor will help the publisher promote the journal by identifying places, events, and individuals to whom promotional material should be sent.
  6. The editor will provide the publisher with appropriate information about the editorial activities of the journal
    • The editor will prepare an annual report according to an agreed upon schedule.
    • The editor will report opportunities about which the publisher should know to help improve the journal.
    • The editor will report any significant problems that might affect the quality or timely release of the journal.
    • The editor has the final decision-making responsibility for the acceptance or rejection of all manuscripts submitted to the journal. The publisher will not become involved in editorial decisions.
    • Any ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

Peer-Review Process

Peer-review Process is the essential part for maintaining substantial standard in publishing and brings out the best possible scientific novel information from the potential authors and researchers globally. Reviewers play a pivotal role in scholarly publishing. The peer-review system exists to validate academic work, helps to improve the quality of published research, and increases networking possibilities within research communities. Despite criticisms, peer-review is still the only widely accepted method for research validation and has continued successfully with relatively minor changes.

Editorial policies of the journal are conducted according to the rules and ethics and reflected in the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to “Annals of Phytomedicine: An International Journal” for publication (http://www.ukaazpublications.com/publications/author-guideline/). The editors of the journal play an important role in the peer review process. Some editors will also check for plagiarism and other forms of intellectual misconduct for achieving successful publication.

Submitted manuscripts are subjected to double-blind peer-review. The scientific board members guide the selection of articles as per the scope of the journal. All manuscripts are reviewed by the editor, section associate editors and at least two to three internal and external expert referees in the relevant field of research. All research articles undergo review by statistical editor and also technical editors. Manuscripts with significant results will be reviewed and published with the highest priority and speed. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments and based on that journal have to give possible decisions on a manuscript, such as:

  • Accepted as it is
  • Accepted after minor revision
  • Accepted after major revision
  • Rejected

If, the peer-reviewers have suggested revisions that will improve the paper and the editor agrees, he or she will then need to work with the author as those revisions are designed and completed. The paper is likely to go through another cycle of review at that point before articles are ready for publication.

Based on the recommendation made by the reviewers, further steps may be necessary

  1. Publish unaltered: The manuscript will receive a further check from research review Journal’s Editorial Team for consistency. Once complete, the author, will be notified of the acceptance of their manuscript.
  2. Consider after minor changes: The author will receive feedback and be asked to submit a revised version addressing the reviewers’ concerns. The editor will check the amended manuscript and ensure the concerns have been addressed. If satisfied, the editor can accept the manuscript.
  3. Accept after major changes: The author will receive feedback and be asked to submit a revised version addressing the reviewers’ concerns. The revised article will be sent to the original reviewers to be reassessed. The editor will then make a recommendation and may ask for further amendments.
  4. Reject: The manuscript is immediately rejected.

Note
Authors are requested to return the manuscripts with minor revision within 48 hours and major revision within 72 hours, otherwise the publication of the same will be delayed and would appear in next or subsequent issues

Ethical policy
Submission of a manuscript to Annals of Phytomedicine implies that authors have certified that the scientific work described has neither been published nor is under consideration for publication anywhere else. It also implies that the content of the manuscript has been approved by all co-authors or otherwise by competent authority of the organization where the work was carried out.

Ethics to consider

Authors
Those who have made significant contribution to the article with its conception, writing, data collection, statistical analysis, interpretation and data reporting of the study. AP highly encourages the transparency about the contributions by authors.

Originality and plagiarism
It should be entirely first-hand information i.e., authors are responsible and ensure that the written article is of their own work or own words. It must not be copy of others in any aspect. It should not be plagiarized. The author must be able to provide the raw data collected for the article study as and when asked.

Redundancy
The work or the study carried must not be published multiple times with any other form, Work once submitted to current journal then it should not be submitted to other journals or any other sources in any other forms.

Acknowledgement of sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given.

Conflict of interest and disclosure
The author or authors must declare any conflict of interest related with the article to be published before submitting and publishing the data or the study.

Errors or false reporting
The author or authors should be whole responsible for the published work;if at all any errors or mistake found with the study or in reporting the data.It is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Hazards and human or animal subjects
Statements of compliance are required if the study involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, or if it involves the use of human or animal subjects.

Case details
Studies on volunteers or patients require ethical committee approval and informed consent, which should be documented in the submitted work.

Copyrights and Permissions
The Editor-in-Chief and the editorial board will not be responsible for the statements and opinions expressed by the authors in their articles and reviews including short communications. No part of Annals of Phytomedicine may be reproduced in any form without the written permission from the Editor-in-Chief. Submission of the manuscript implies that the work done has not been published before or it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere and if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, the copyright of the articles and reviews is automatically assigned to AP or the authors agree to automatic transfer of the copyright to the publisher.

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