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Natural Product Communications

Natural Product Communications

eISSN: 15559475 | ISSN: 1934578X | Current volume: 19 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Monthly

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  • 2-Year Impact Factor: 1.496
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Natural Product Communications (NPC) is an open access, peer-reviewed journal studying all aspects of natural products, including isolation, characterization, spectroscopic properties, biological activities, synthesis, structure-activity, biotransformation, biosynthesis, tissue culture and fermentation. It covers the full breadth of chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmacology, and chemical ecology of natural products.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Submission information

Submit your manuscript at Please see the Submission Guidelines tab for more information on how to submit your article to the journal.

Open access article processing charge (APC) information

Publication in the journal is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC). The APC serves to support the journal and ensures that articles are freely accessible online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.

The APC for this journal is currently $2650 USD.

The article processing charge (APC) is payable when a manuscript is accepted after peer review, before it is published. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Please see further details here.


Please direct any queries to Dr. Aishat Akere at

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Natural Product Communications (NPC) is an open access, peer reviewed journal bringing studies on all aspects of natural products, including isolation, characterization, spectroscopic properties, biological activities, synthesis, structure-activity, biotransformation, biosynthesis, tissue culture and fermentation into one journal. It publishes communications, full papers, accounts and reviews covering the full breadth of chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmacology, and chemical ecology of natural products.

Readership includes: Academic and Industrial Scientists working in all aspects of Organic, Pharmaceutical, Medicinal, Bioorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Biotechnology, Biodiversity and Chemotaxonomy.

Managing Editor
Dr. Aishat Akere SAGE Publishing, London, UK
Journal's Founding Editor
Dr. Pawan K. Agrawal Natural Product, Inc
Honorary Editor
Professor Gerald Blunden University of Portsmouth, UK
Professor Dominique Guillaume Université de Reims-Champagne-Ardenne, France
Professor Vladimir I. Kalinin G.B. Elyakov Pacific Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Russia
Professor Phan Van Kiem Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), Vietnam
Professor Luca Rastrelli University of Salerno, Italy
Professor Tadaaki Satou International University of Health and Welfare, Japan
Professor William N. Setzer University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA
Professor Ping-Jyun Sung National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium
Professor Yasuhiro Tezuka Hokuriku University, Japan
Dr. Yasunori Yaoita Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University, Japan
Advisory Editorial Board
Professor Giovanni Appendino Universita del Pimonte Orientale, Italy
Professor Yoshinori Asakawa Tokushima Bunri University, Japan
Professor Vassya Bankova Bulgarian Academy of Science, Bulgaria
Professor Anna R. Bilia University of Florence, Italy
Professor Maurizio Bruno University of Palermo, Italy
Professor Geoffrey Cordell Natural Products Inc.
Professor Francesco Epifano D'Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Rovigo, Italy
Professor Antonio Evidente University of Naples "Federico II", Napoli, Italy
Professor Ana Cristina Figueiredo Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Professor Mary J. Garson The University of Queensland, Australia
Professor Cristina Gracia-Viguera CEBAS-CSIC, Spain
Dr. Christopher Gray University of New Brunswick, Canada
Professor Hisahiro Hagiwara Niigata University, Japan
Professor Judith Hohmann University of Szeged, Hungary
Professor Tsukasa Iwashina National Museum of Nature and Science, Japan
Professor Prasat Kittakoop Chulabhorn Graduate Institute, Thailand
Professor Niel A. Koorbanally University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Professor Chiaki Kuroda Rikkyo University, Japan
Professor M. A. Lacaille-Dubois Université de Bourgogne, France
Professor Carmen Martin-Cordero University of Seville, Spain
Professor Yoshihiro Mimaki Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences (TUPL), Japan
Professor Kazuya Murata Kindai University, Japan
Professor Robert W. Owen German Cancer Research Centre, Germany
Professor M. Soledade C. Pedras University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Professor Luc Pieters University of Antwerp, Belgium
Professor Phila Raharivelomanana Université de la Polynésie Française, French Polynesia
Professor Jesús M. Rodilla Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal
Professor Stefano Serra C.N.R.-Istituto di Chimica del Riconoscimento Molecolare, Italy
Professor Toshiyuki Shibata Mie University, Japan
Professor Ram Singh Delhi Technological University
Professor John L. Sorensen University of Manitoba, Canada
Professor Marina Stefova Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Macedonia
Professor Valentin Stonik G.B. Elyakov Pacific Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Russia
Professor Félix Tomi Université de Corse-CNRS, France
Professor Yu-Chi Tsai China Medical University, Taiwan
Professor Karin Valant-Vetschera University of Vienna, Austria
Professor Johannes van Staden University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Dr. Alessandro Venditti Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Roma, Italy
Editorial Review Board
Marwa Abdelaziz Ali Fayed, PhD University of Sadat City, Egypt
Shahid Adeel, PhD Government College University Faisalabad, Pakistan
Yhiya Amen, PhD Mansoura University, Egypt
Julien Anith, PharmD, PhD University of Montpellier, France
Luis Apaza Ticona, PhD University Complutense of Madrid, Spain
Pone Kamdem Boniface, PhD University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon
Eleuterio Burgueño-Tapia, PhD National School of Biological Sciences-IPN, Mexico
Yu-Chia Chang, PhD Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Jiaxu Chen, MD, PhD Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, China
Yung-Husan Chen, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow Xiamen Medical College, China
Maria da Graça Costa Miguel, PhD Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development, Portugal
Nawab John Dar, PhD Salk Institute of Biological Studies, California, USA
Raju Dash, PhD Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST), Daegu, Korea
Nina Djapic, PhD University of Novi Sad, Technical Faculty "Mihajlo Pupin", Serbia
Dario Donno, PhD Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, University of Turin, Italy 
Mahmoud Essmat Balbaa, PhD Alexandria University Faculty of Science, Egypt
Avni Hajdari, PhD University of Prishtina, Kosovo
Banaz Jalil, BPharm, MSc, PhD UCL School of Pharmacy, UK
Wong Kah-Hui, PhD Universiti Malaya, Malaysia
Sachin Kumar, MSc, PhD, NPDF Indian Veterinary Research Institute, India
Woon-Man Kung, MD Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital, Taiwan
Pablo Luis Baia Figueredo, PhD Universidade do Estado do Pará, Brazil
André Luís Mazzari, PhD School of Pharmacy, University College London, UK
Hiwa M. Ahmed, PhD Sulaimani Polytechnic University, Kurdistan Region, Iraq
Vanessa M. Chapla, PhD Federal University of Tocantins, Brazil
Basharat Nabi Dar, PhD Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora, J&K, India
Uwem Okon Edet, BSc, MSc, PhD Arthur Jarvis University, Akpabuyo, Cross River State, Nigeria
Michael Oluwatoyin Daniyan, B.Pharm, MSc, PhD Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Mahendra Parkash Kapoor, Ph. D., MBA Taiyo Kagaku Co., Ltd., Japan
Ain Raal, PhD Institute of Pharmacy, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
Jey-R S. Ventura, PhD University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB), Philippines
Sunrendra Sarsaiya, PhD Bioresource Institute for Healthy Utilization (BIHU), Zunyi Medical University, Zunyi, Guizhou, China
Chitranjan Sharma, DPhil Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Noida, India
Alfred Ngenge Tamfu, PhD University of Ngaoundere, Cameroon
Baskar Venkidasamy, PhD Saveetha University, India
Chunhua Wang, PhD Foshan University, China
Zhenzhu XU, PhD Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Kooi Yeong Khaw, PhD Monash University Malaysia, Malaysia
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  • This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Natural Product Communications will be reviewed. Manuscripts that report fragmentary parts of a larger study will be returned to the authors at the Editors' discretion. The structural analysis of new substances is now so routine that papers reporting one or two new compounds are rarely acceptable, unless other information on their properties or on the sources is included. The publication of known compounds with potentially important bioactivity or detailed spectroscopic investigations will be considered.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication.

    Natural Product Communications may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.

    If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    If you have any questions about publishing with Sage, please visit the Sage Journal Solutions Portal.

    Please Read the Manuscript Submission Guidelines below before submitting your manuscript here:

    1. Open Access
    2. Article processing charge (APC)
    3. What do we publish?
      3.1 Aims & scope
      3.2 Article types
    4. Editorial policies
      4.1 Peer Review Policy
      4.2 Authorship
      4.3 Acknowledgements
      4.4 Funding
      4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      4.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      4.7 Clinical Trials
      4.8 Reporting guidelines
      4.9 Research Data
    5. Publishing policies
      5.1 Publication ethics
      5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    6. Preparing your manuscript
      6.1 Formatting
      6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      6.3 Supplemental material
      6.4 Reference style
      6.5 English language editing services
      6.6 Making your article discoverable
    7. Submitting your manuscript
      7.1 How to submit your manuscript
      7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      7.3 Information required for completing your submission
      7.4 ORCID
      7.5 Permissions
    8. On acceptance and publication
      8.1 Sage Production
      8.2 Online Publication
      8.3 Promoting your article
    9. Further information
    10. Appealing the publication decision

    1. Open Access

    Natural Product Communications is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of article processing charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.

    For general information on open access at Sage please visit the Open Access page or view our Open Access FAQs. 

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    2. Article processing charge (APC)

    If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time article processing charge (APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons licence.

    The APC for this journal is $2650 USD.

    There is no article processing charge (APC) for Letters to the Editor.

    The article processing charge (APC) is payable only if your article is accepted after peer review, before it is published. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Tax-exempt status can be indicated by providing appropriate registration numbers when payment is requested. Please see further details here.

    If you do not reside in one of the Research4Life listed countries and you genuinely cannot afford the Article Processing Charge (APC), the corresponding author should submit a waiver request to the email address when payment is requested, after acceptance of the manuscript. Your ability to pay will not affect the editorial peer review outcome. Requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. 

    Waiver requests are assessed and granted by Sage, not the Editor, Guest Editor or editorial board, to ensure editorial independence. 

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    3. What do we publish?

    3.1 Aims & scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Natural Product Communications, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    3.2 Article types

    Original Research Papers cover original research which has not been previously published, except in the form of an abstract or preliminary communication.

    Reviews are critically evaluated overviews on recent developments in a specific area of interest to the readership. Prior consultation with one of the editors is advised, but not required.

    Accounts are personalized reviews about important recent work of individual research groups. Prior consultation with one of the editors is advised, but not required.

    Short Communications are preliminary reports of new research results whose significance to the scientific community justifies rapid publication; comprehensive papers with full experimental details would be subsequently reported.

    Book Reviews: The Editor-in-Chief would be pleased to receive books for possible reviews.

    Letters to the Editor are brief communications that either address the contents of a published article, or are a correspondence unrelated to a specific article. Their purpose is to make corrections, provide alternative viewpoints, or offer counter arguments. Avoid logical fallacies and ad hominem attacks. Letters to the Editor must be written in a professional tone and include references to support all claims if appropriate.

    A letter to the Editor unrelated to a specific article should not exceed 500 words or have more than 3 references. A letter to the Editor pertaining to a recently published article or to be published concurrently with an article within the journal should not exceed 800 words or have more than 5 references. If an abstract is included, it will automatically be made the first paragraph. Letters should not include figures or research material. Letters to the editor are not charged an APC.

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    4. Editorial policies

    4.1 Peer review policy

    Following a preliminary triage to eliminate submissions unsuitable for Natural Product Communications all papers are sent out for review. The cover letter is important. To help the Editor in his preliminary evaluation, please indicate why you think the paper suitable for publication.

    The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. Natural Product Communications utilizes a single-anonymized peer review process in which the reviewer’s name and information is withheld from the author. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editors, who then recommend a final decision to the Editor-in-Chief who then makes the final decision.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    Sage does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication. Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:

    • •  The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors
    • •  The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper
    • •  The author has recommended the reviewer
    • •  The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution). 

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    4.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    (i) Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
    (ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    (iii) Approved the version to be published,
    (iv) Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

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    4.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    4.3.1 Third party submissions

    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
    • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
    • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    4.3.2 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

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    4.4 Funding

    Natural Product Communications requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Natural Product Communications to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.

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    4.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative. Please do not submit the patient’s actual written informed consent with your article, as this in itself breaches the patient’s confidentiality. The Journal requests that you confirm to us, in writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent itself should be held by the authors/investigators themselves, for example in a patient’s hospital record. The confirmatory letter may be uploaded with your submission as a separate file.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants

    All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The Journal has adopted the ARRIVE guidelines.

    Please refer to this template and include the appropriate statements at the end of your manuscript document, before the references.

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    4.7 Clinical trials

    Natural Product Communications conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

    4.8 Reporting guidelines

    The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and metaanalyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.

    Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives

    4.9 Research Data

    The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.

    Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:

    • share your research data in a relevant public data repository
    • include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
    • cite this data in your research

    Authors must accept full responsibility for the factual accuracy of the data presented and should obtain any authorization necessary for publication.

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    5. Publishing policies

    5.1 Publication ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.

    5.1.1 Plagiarism

    Natural Product Communications and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    5.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Natural Product Communications publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are advised to visit Sage's OA licenses page. Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request.

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    6. Preparing your manuscript

    The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    The title should be concise and informative and reflect the contents of the manuscript.

    The abstract should concisely state the purpose of the research, major findings, and conclusions.

    You will be asked to select 5-8 keywords upon submission. At least one of these should be one of the following:

    • Terpenoids
    • Steroids
    • Alkaloids
    • Aliphatic
    • Flavonoids
    • Coumarins
    • Xanthones
    • Lignans
    • Quinones
    • Phenolics
    • Bioactivity
    • Essential oil

    The manuscript should be written as clearly and concisely as possible. Please use the headings below. Please avoid lengthy surveys of the literature, except when perspective (reviews) articles, are involved.

    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. Results and Discussion
    4. Conclusions (optional)
    5. Experimental (or "Materials and Methods") - (optional)
    6. Supporting Information
    7. Acknowledgements
    8. References

    Experimental: Typically this section should be divided into subsections, the contents of which varies according to the subject matter of the article. This must contain all the information to guarantee reproducibility. In an introductory paragraph, special equipment, etc. should be detailed. A precise workup containing all details, e.g., the amount of solvent used for extraction, details of chromatographic purifications and yields etc., should be given. Products yield should be given in terms of g or mol as well as in %.

    •  Physical and spectroscopic data can be included in the experimental section or, in case that a large number of compounds are prepared, presented in tables.
    •  1H NMR: Always give coupling constants for well resolved peaks. After each chemical shift, enter in parenthesis number of protons, multiplicity, coupling constants, and assignment in that order.
    •  13C NMR: Carbon-13 NMR data should be reported to the nearest 0.1 ppm with the number of attached hydrogens designated as CH3, CH2, CH and C notion.

    Figure legends, Tables, Figures, Schemes: Every graphic file requires a unique title and must be referred to in the text. Images must be high resolution-at least 300 dpi. Drawings can only be named Scheme, Figure, or Equation. Tables should be numbered consecutively. Many types of data can be effectively presented in tabular form and authors are encouraged to do so. The title of the table should accurately and concisely describe the contents of the table. Tables must be in editable form and not an image. NPX requires experimental studies in addition to network pharmacology predictions.

    Crystallographic Data: Complete X-ray data will not be published. They should be deposited at an appropriate international data institute, which is then cited in a reference. If a representation of the crystal structure (e.g., ORTEP) is to be included, it should be accompanied by the following data:

    • Formula
    • Crystal data
    • Method of collection
    • Methods of structure solution and refinement
    • Selected bond lengths and angles

    6.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

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    6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    Figures must be high resolution-at least 300 dpi. Tables must be provided in editable form, rather than as an image.

    Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.

    Figures in CDX and SK2 format will not be accepted. Figures should be provided in jpeg, jpg or png format. 

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines Back to top

    6.3 Supplemental material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files.

    6.4 Reference style

    Natural Product Communications adheres to the AMA reference style (this site requires a subscription). Please review the guidelines on AMA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style. 

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the AMA output file here

    Each reference must be listed separately. References should not be grouped together. 

    6.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    6.6 Making your article discoverable

    For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    7. Submitting your manuscript

    7.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Natural Product Communications is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

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    7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and 5-8 keywords to accompany your article. The abstract should be concisely state the purpose of the research, major findings, and conclusions. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the Sage Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    Please select one of the following classes as one of your keywords upon submission:

    • Terpenoids
    • Steroids
    • Alkaloids
    • Aliphatic
    • Flavonoids
    • Coumarins
    • Xanthones
    • Lignans
    • Quinones
    • Phenolics
    • Bioactivity
    • Essential oil

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    7.3 Information required for completing your submission

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed on the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    A cover letter will be required and should justify why you believe your manuscript is suitable for publication in Natural Product Communication.

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    7.4 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID iD to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

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    7.5 Permissions

    Please ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For furtherPlease ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.

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    8. On acceptance and publication

    If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been checked for Sage Production, the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online within an average of 30 days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the APC has been received.

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    8.1 Sage Production

    Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit, or by email to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

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    8.2 Online publication

    One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. Your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download for all.

    8.3 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. 

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    9. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Natural Product Communications editorial office as follows:, 614-786-1970

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    10. Appealing the publication decision

    Editors have very broad discretion in determining whether an article is an appropriate fit for their journal. Many manuscripts are declined with a very general statement of the rejection decision. These decisions are not eligible for formal appeal unless the author believes the decision to reject the manuscript was based on an error in the review of the article, in which case the author may appeal the decision by providing the Editor with a detailed written description of the error they believe occurred.

    If an author believes the decision regarding their manuscript was affected by a publication ethics breach, the author may contact the publisher with a detailed written description of their concern, and information supporting the concern, at

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