Aims and scope
Clinical Phytoscience is an international, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, and open access journal publishing high quality research articles on clinical evidence and use of medicinal plants in the development of efficient and well tolerated phytotherapy.
Clinical Phytoscience focuses on phytotherapy, looking at proof of concept, efficacy and safety, to be established “at eye level” compared to pharmacotherapy. The emphasis lies on application oriented topics (efficacy and safety of phytotherapy in a specific indication, including its need and acceptance by the patient). The scientific results published in the journal should contribute to the recovery and maintenance of human health by phytotherapy.
Clinical Phytoscience will publish high-quality evidence-based clinical studies and relevant pharmacological studies. Key areas of interest are:
- Upper and lower airways, ENT and pneumology
- Intestinal tract
- Diabetes/metabolic Syndrome
- Immunology and microbiology
The journal publishes original contributions, review articles (upon invitation; applications may be sent to the Editor in Chief) and short communications (letters). Articles are published after a rigorous and independent peer-review by an international board of experts. The journal is directed at medical doctors in clinic and practice and pharmacologists.
Clinical Phytoscience does not accept purely descriptive pre-clinical work without translational aspects for publication.
Why publish your article in Clinical Phytoscience?
Clinical Phytoscience's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience.
Speed of publication
Clinical Phytoscience offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Clinical Phytoscience and SpringerOpen.
Online publication in Clinical Phytoscience gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).
Promotion and press coverage
Articles published in Clinical Phytoscience are included in article alerts and regular email updates.
In addition, articles published in Clinical Phytoscience may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Clinical Phytoscience.
Authors of articles published in Clinical Phytoscience retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).
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All articles published by Clinical Phytoscience are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.
As authors of articles published in Clinical Phytoscience you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.
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The publication costs for Clinical Phytoscience are covered by the Phytoneering Foundation, so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.
The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by SpringerOpen on SpringerLink.
We are working closely with relevant indexing services including PubMed Central and Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) to ensure that articles published in Clinical Phytoscience will be available in their databases when appropriate.
Peer review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help Editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.
Clinical Phytoscience operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.
The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.
Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two or more experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.
All manuscripts submitted to Clinical Phytoscience should adhere to SpringerOpen's editorial policies.
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Citing articles in Clinical Phytoscience
Articles in Clinical Phytoscience should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. Clin Phytoscience [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Clin Phytoscience 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Appeals and complaints
If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.