Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Special Issue “Medicinal Plants and Natural Products”

Medicinal plants and their derivatives, particularly their extracts and isolated/individual compounds, have received growing interest and, almost we would say exponential, by the scientific and even medical community. In fact, and although natural products have received a secondary interest for several years, increasing evidence shows their clear benefits not only in improving the quality of life, but also in preventing and even treating various diseases. It is also not surprising that more and more pharmaceutical products contain plant-based substances and other natural products in their composition, given the pre-clinical and clinical evidence highlighting the benefit of combining naturally-occurring bioactives with conventional drugs, not just to increase its effectiveness, reduce doses but also to consequently limit the incidence of adverse effects. It is obvious that in this aspect medical monitoring is essential and not all drugs can be combined with plants and naturally-occurring bioactives. Thus, this special issue aims to encourage the publication of original articles, reviews, comments, critical perspectives and case reports in the context of the use of plants, natural products and naturally-occurring bioactives in health promotion, disease prevention and treatment, also giving a key focus on the combination with conventional drugs towards therapeutic personalization and greater clinical efficacy in treating patients.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Phytochemistry
  • Phytopharmacology
  • Natural products biochemistry
  • Bioactive molecules
  • Functional foods
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Natural product chemistry
  • Natural product isolation
  • Natural product pharmacology
  • Natural product drug discovery
  • Phytochemical analysis

Guest Editors

Dr. Javad Sharifi-Rad

Phytochemistry Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran;


Prof. Dr. Natália Martins

Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Portugal
Institute for Research and Inovation in Health (i3S), University of Porto, Portugal;


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Deadline for manuscript submission: 30 April 2020

Publication date: 30 May 2020