Information For Authors

Author Guidelines

Aims & Scope: Herbal Medicines Journal,  is a open access peer-reviewed international journal which publishes articles relating to herbal medicines and medicinal plants and their effects on human or animals. Papers about traditional medicine or pharmacology of herbs and new information about the herbs analysis may also be accepted.

Review Process: The Herbal Medicine Journal (Herb Med J) is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal. The receipt of the papers will be acknowledged if they meet all the stated requirements. The review process is based on the comments of the reviewers and the corrections made by the authors accordingly. The review process is complete when the reviewers have confirmed the performance of the corrections. When the review process is over, an acceptance letter will be sent to the corresponding author. Authors can request that specific reviewers be excluded from the review process, due to conflict of interest. They can also recommend specific reviewers, but it is up to the editor to accept them.

All articles submitted to the journal will be reviewed by the Editor in Chief of the journal. If it is accepted initially, plagiarism is checked. If the problem of plagiarism was returned to the author for correction, then after the corrections by the author, the article was again checked for plagiarism. If there is no problem, it will enter the reviewing process.

Peer review process: In this journal, articles are reviewed by more than two Reviewers. Review process in the Herb Med J is double-blind, editor mediates all reviewers interactions between reviewers and authors, peer reviews are not published, review  is facilitated and owned by a journal. Manuscripts enter the review process anonymously. Reviewers' comments are sent to the authors for revision. Revised manuscript is reviewed again by the editors and then sent to reviewers for reassess. Acceptance of the article will be confirmed and notified to the author after making necessary changes in accordance with the rules of the journal. Throughout these steps, authors can be aware of their article’s status through the journal’s website. Invited manuscripts, letters and commentaries are directly reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief.

Proof  Reading: Eventually, a PDF file of  the final version of the manuscript sent to the journal office for publication.

The review process will be completed within 2-3 weeks.

Note: The Editorial Board of the journal retains the right to accept or reject the paper at any stage or time, or to remove any part of the paper, if necessary.

Policy & Ethics: The authors must follow national and international rules regarding animal experiments and clinical studies. Animal and human studies should follow the guidelines and principles established by the World Health Organization (WHO). Authors are recommended to read WIPO and WHO guidelines on these issues ( and http:/ Authors should specify whether they have obtained "prior informed consent" (PIC) of the patients or participants taking part in their studies. In other words, it is the sole responsibility of the authors to follow the principles of research ethics. Papers that do not respect these principles will not be accepted or considered for publication in Herb Med J.

Copyright 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. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY).  However, the license permits any user to read, copy, redistribute and and make derivative the material in any medium or format for any purpose, even commercially.

Conflicts of interest: The authors must declare all financial and personal relationship that might prejudice their work, if any, in a separate statement. Besides, they should clarify whether future conflicts may occur. Further detail can be mentioned in the cover letter. In case an organization has an interest in the results of a study, the authors are requested to take responsibility for the reliability and accuracy of the data and analysis in a written statement.

Submission declaration and verification: By submitting your paper, you agree that your paper has not been published elsewhere or is not under consideration for publication. You also agree that all the authors and the authorities where the study was conducted approve of the publication in Herb Med J. If accepted for publication in Herb Med J, you give your consent that it will not be published elsewhere in the same form in English or any other language, electronically or otherwise, without the approval of the copyright holder. The originality of the paper may be checked using originality verification services.

Policy against misconduct: In this journal, processes and policies for identification of/dealing with allegations of misconduct (eg, plagiarism, falsification/fabrication of data, etc) are handled according to the COPE guidelines by the Editor in Chief of the journal.

Policy against plagiarism (for author)

All manuscripts are checked for plagiarism, duplication of the titles and similarities of the English abstracts. Also, self-plagiarism is very important to us.

Policy against plagiarism (for reviewer)

All manuscripts are checked for plagiarism, duplication of the titles and similarities of the English abstracts in manuscript record.

Complaints: In this journal, complaints are handled according to the COPE guidelines by the Editorial Board of the journal.

Authorship criteria: The authorship criteria for Herb Med J are according to the ICMJE protocol.

Changes to authorship: The list of authors and their order must be presented carefully. Any changes made to the list and order of authors must be done before the paper has been accepted and must be approved by the Editor.

Online submission: Authors can submit their papers online by following the instructions for the submission and uploading of manuscripts on the Herb Med J website. Sent as an email to the editor, the cover letter should contain the full address, telephone / fax numbers of the corresponding author.

Types of Manuscript Accepted in Herb Med J

Short Communication (word limit: up to 2500 words): This type of paper can be used to present the results and details of small studies, new models or hypotheses, chemical isolation and identification, novel methods, techniques, and clinical trials.

Literature Reviews, Systematic Review, and Meta-analysis (word limit: up to 6000 words): Reviews and viewpoints regarding topics of current interest can be submitted to Herb Med J. The publication of reviews is also subject to peer-review.

Letter to the editor (word limit: up to 4000 words): Readers of Herb Med J can send letters for purposes of publication, commonly discussing issues of concern to the journal.

Original articles (word limit: up to 5000 words)

The journal may also consider manuscripts on “statistical notes” and “study protocols” for publication provided that the subject is useful in the field of medicinal herbs or related issues. Study protocols are considered only for clinical trials, cohorts, and other studies that provide sufficient and informative details. The study protocols can be only for proposed or ongoing researches. In the case of clinical trials, the study should have previously been registered in an authorized registry network; in addition, in the last section of the abstract under heading “Trial Registration, the trial registry network and related unique identifying code should be stated.

All original articles, systematic reviews, meta-analyses and short communications should be written based on the following structure. Moreover, any article written as literature review should include an introduction, the main body, a conclusion and finally suggestions for further reading.

Manuscript Preparation

All parts of the manuscript must be typed double-spaced using Times New Roman as the font.

The Title Page: The title should be as concise as possible, and be relevant to the contents of the paper. The title page should contain the names and affiliations of the authors. The email address, phone, and fax numbers of the corresponding author should be included. The addresses of the authors should be presented in footnotes. The Running Title: Please suggest a short running title for your article (word limit: up to 55 characters including spaces)

Abstract: A clear and concise (no longer than 300 words) abstract should precede the main body of the manuscript. The abstract should contain information about the topic, the experiments, the obtained data, and the findings, and conclusion, structured under the subheadings of ‘Background and Aim’, ‘Materials and Methods’, ‘Results’, and ‘Conclusion’.  ‘Results and Discussion’ might be prepared in a section under the same title.

The abstract should be written in the past tense, using complete sentences, active verbs, and the third person. 3 to 6 keywords should follow the abstract for indexing purposes.

Introduction: The introduction must state the problem clearly, should present a literature review on the subject, and discuss the proposed approach or solution, and be understandable by colleagues from different scientific backgrounds.

Materials and Methods: The description of the methods and materials should be so complete as to allow the experiments to be reproduced. However, if previously published procedures are used, citations and brief descriptions should be enough. Modifications of commonly used procedures or previously published procedures should be described briefly. Trade names and manufacturer names should be capitalized. The use of subheadings is required. The sample size in any group under investigation as well as data analysis method should be provided.

Results: The results and findings should be presented simply and accurately, without extended interpretation, discussion, and speculation, which should be left to the discussion section. The findings should be presented in the past tense, while previously published data and results should be worded in the present tense. Extensive references to the literature should not accompany the explanation of data. Figures and Tables: The numbers of figures and tables vary from 2 to 5 (2 figures/tables for short communications and 5 figures/tables for other kinds of articles).

Discussion: The discussion section should be devoted to the interpretation of the findings in the present and previous studies on the topic. Conclusions should come at the end of the paper in a few sentences. Subheadings can be used. When proper, the results and discussion sections can be merged. Moreover, ‘Results and Discussion’ might be prepared in a section under the same title.

Acknowledgments: People, organizations, funds, grants, etc. can be acknowledged succinctly.

Tables: Tables should be numbered and placed on separate pages. The table captions should be placed above the tables. Tables should not be presented as photographs. Any explanations should be placed in footnotes, not in the heading or caption.

Figures: Only high-quality figures and graphs will be accepted. They must be placed in separate pages and the captions should be placed below the figures.

Note: Tables and figures should not present the same data.

References: Bibliographical references should be numbered in the text consecutively as they occur. The reference numbers should be placed within parentheses. The references should be formatted according to the Vancouver style.

The number of references for original articles and short communications is limited to 45 and 30, respectively. Nevertheless, there is no limitation for review articles.

The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the bibliographic information. References must be numbered consecutively in order of citation in the text. Mark reference citations by superscript Arabic numbers. Personal communications and unpublished data including manuscripts submitted but not yet accepted for publication should not be used as a reference; nonetheless, they may be placed in parentheses in the text. Periodical titles should be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus. Print surnames and initials of all authors when there are six or less. In the case of seven or more authors, the names of the first six authors followed by et al should be listed. Listed below, are references to a journal, a chapter in a book, and a book, respectively, in correct style:

Journal Article:

• Gaydess A, Duysen E, Li Y, Gilman V, Kabanov A, Lockridge O, et al. Visualization of exogenous delivery of nanoformulated butyrylcholinesterase to the central nervous system. Chem Biol Interact. 2010;187:295-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cbi.2010.01.005. PubMed PMID: 20060815; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2998607.

•     Javan S, Tabesh M. Action of carbon dioxide on pulmonary vasoconstriction. J Appl Physiol. In press 2005

Chapter in Book:

• Young VR. The role of skeletal muscle in the regulation of protein metabolism. In Munro HN, editor: Mammalian protein metabolism. Vol 4. San Diego; Academic; 1970. p. 585-674.

Complete Book:

• Guyton AC: Textbook of Medical Physiology. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA, Saunders, 1996.

Abbreviations and Symbols: Avoid abbreviations in the title and the abstract. Use standard abbreviations. Before the first use of an abbreviation, its full form must occur in the text. The full form of standard units of measurement need not be mentioned.

Proofs and Reprints: Herb Med J is published freely online. The authors will have full access to the online published articles and can download the PDF version and print unlimited copies of their articles.

Charges: No charges will be made for submission and publication in this journal.

Advertising policy: Herb Med J will not accept advertising for products or services.

Publishing right: Journal allow the author(s) to retain publishing rights without restrictions

Submission Preparation Checklist: The authors are required to check their adherence to the following points. Submissions not adhering to these guidelines will not be accepted.

  1. The submission has not been previously published and is not being considered for publication by another journal (or an explanation has been provided in the Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submitted file is in Microsoft Word (Doc, Docx) or RTF format.
  3. The text is double-spaced and uses a 12-point Times New Roman font.
  4. Each illustration, figure, and table are numbered and placed on a separate page at the end of the manuscript.