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Sciences of Phytochemistry

Sciences of Phytochemistry

e-ISSN 2962-553X
p-ISSN 2962-5793

Sciences of Phytochemistry (SciPhy) is a peer-reviewed open-access international journal. SciPhy is published by the ETFLIN Scientific Society. 

Editor-in-Chief

James H. Zothantluanga

Official e-mail address
[email protected]

Aim
In speaking, writing, and communicating, SciPhy advocates equality and aims to enhance young intellectuals' or researchers' enthusiasm for carrying out research. We offer a platform and place for researchers and intellectuals, especially the youth, to share their valuable insights and novel works.

Scope
SciPhy welcomes submissions concerning computational studies on phytocompounds (including synthetic/semi-synthetic compounds). SciPhy publishes studies related to, but not limited to:

  • Pharmacognosy
  • Phytochemistry
  • Phytoinformatics
  • Computational phytochemistry
  • In-silico studies
  • Machine learning
  • Pharmacological activities of herbal extracts / phytocompounds
  • Toxicology (Cell lines & animals including 2D-QSAR modeling)
  • Herbal formulations
  • Phyto-nanotechnology
  • Ethnobotany (Field survey and documentation of traditional medicinal plants, traditional processing techniques, and traditional practices)

PUBLICATION TIMELINE


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Submission: Online submission system
  • Publishing model: Open Access
  • Peer-review policy: Double-blind peer review
  • Article submission/processing charge: Not applicable at any stage of publication

SPECIAL ISSUES
To propose a special issue, a proposal should be submitted to SciPhy through the official email address. The proposal for a special issue should be submitted in a single MS Word file and it must contain:

  1. Title of the special issue
  2. Theme/Scope/Areas covered by the special issue
  3. Significance of the special issue
  4. CV of Guest Editors
  5. Projected Timeline (Call for papers and submission deadline)
Journal established
14 June 2022

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

James H. Zothantluanga (M.Pharm)
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh 786004, Assam, India

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EDITORS

Dr. Bethsebie Lalduhsaki Sailo (Ph.D.)
Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Yale University, USA
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Dr. Jonathan Lalsiamthara (M.V.Sc, Ph.D.)
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, USA
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Prof. Yousef Rasmi (Ph.D.)
Deparment of Biochemistry, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Iran
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Dr. Habibu Tijjani (Ph.D.)
Natural Product Research Laboratory, Department of Biochemistry, Bauchi State University, Gadau, Nigeria
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Prof. Samir Chtita (Ph.D.)
Department of Chemistry, Université Hassan II de Casablanca, Morocco
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Dr. Mithun Rudrapal (M.Pharm, Ph.D., FIC, FICS)
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Rasiklal M. Dhariwal Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research, Maharashtra, India
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Dr. Ejiofor InnocentMary IfedibaluChukwu (Ph.D.)
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria
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Dr. Sanchaita Rajkhowa (M.Sc., Ph.D.)
Centre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Dibrugarh University, Assam, India
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Prof. Praveen Kumar Pasala (M.Pharm, Ph.D.)
Santhiram College of Pharmacy, Andhra Pradesh, India
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Prof. H. Lalthanzara (M.Sc., Ph.D.)
Department of Zoology, Pachhunga University College, Mizoram, India
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Dr. Ranjan Kumar Sahoo (M.Pharm, Ph.D.)
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Centurion University of Technology and Management, Odisha, India
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Himangshu Sarma (M.Pharm)
Sophisticated Analytical Instruments Facility, Girijananda Chowdhury Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Guwahati, Assam, India
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F. Nghakliana (M.Sc.)
Department of Zoology, Mizoram University, Mizoram, India
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Faruk Jayanto Kelutur (B.Sc., M.Pharm)
Department of Chemistry, Pattimura University, Ambon, Indonesia
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Prashanta Kumar Deb (M.Pharm)
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shoolini University, Himachal Pradesh, India
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Manuscripts that will receive direct editorial rejections without peer-review

  1. Poor English quality
  2. Poor discussion of results
  3. Studies that are too simple
  4. Not following the instructions for authors at all
  5. Obvious ethical issues

AUTHORS SHOULD READ THE JOURNAL GUIDELINES CAREFULLY 

SciPhy requests all authors to use the journal template for drafting their manuscripts.
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Submission of manuscript
SciPhy uses an online submission system.

Submission of manuscript for Special Issues

  • Authors should use the online submission system to submit their manuscripts.
  • Under New submission, authors should enter the title as "SPIS TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT". For example, "SPIS Application of machine learning algorithms in medicine: A review".
  • The Editor-in-Chief of SciPhy will initially evaluate the authenticity of all submitted manuscripts.
  • Following this, the manuscript will be handed to the Guest Editor.
  • The Guest Editor will be responsible for reviewing all the manuscripts. If required, the Guest Editor may assign suitable reviewers for the manuscript.
  • All manuscripts that are accepted by the Guest Editor shall be submitted to SciPhy for publication.

New authors are requested to:

  • Click log in (top right corner)
  • Select New author
  • Register
  • Submit manuscripts

Tracking of submitted papers
Submitting authors can track the real-time status of their manuscripts by logging into the online submission system.

Submission checklist

  1. Cover letter
  2. Graphical abstract (optional)
  3. Manuscript (containing tables and figures)
  4. Supplementary files (if any)

Cover letter

  • The authors should briefly highlight the significance/relevance of the work.
  • The authors should also confirm that the submitted paper - was not already published / is not simultaneously submitted to any other journals.
  • If possible, the authors are also requested to provide the names, affiliation, and e-mail address of at least 2 potential reviewers.

Abstract
Unstructured abstract not more than 250 words. The abstract should briefly highlight the background, methods, key results, and conclusions of the study.

Graphical abstract

  • Size: Height and width = should fit within the first page of the SciPhy template (if possible)
  • Quality: Minimum of 300 dpi
  • File type: JPG or PNG. The file type of figures must be uniform for all the figures. If the graphical abstract is in JPG, all the other figures should be in the JPG format.

Types of Manuscript

  1. Original articles (no word limit)
  2. Reviews (no word limit)
  3. Short communications (up to 3000 words excluding references)
  4. Mini-reviews (up to 3000 words excluding references)
  5. Opinion papers (up to 2000-2500 words excluding references)

If there are cases wherein the word limits are exceeded, the Editor-in-Chief will examine the paper and may recommend it for further consideration. However, this will depend on the quality of the manuscript.

Manuscript Format

1. The body of research (original) papers should strictly follow the guidelines:

  • Introduction
  • Experimental section
  • Results & Discussion
  • Conclusion

2. The body of short communications should follow the guidelines:

  • Introduction (including methods written in brief)
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusion

3. The body of review (review/mini-review/opinion) papers may be divided to fit personal requirements. However, it should always have an introduction and conclusion

  • Introduction
  • Title 1
  • Title 2
  • Title 3
  • Conclusion

Figures

  • Size: Height = should fit within a single page of the SciPhy template, width = should fit within the SciPhy template
  • Quality: Minimum 300 dpi
  • File type: JPG or PNG. The file type of figures must be uniform for all the figures. If figure 1 is in JPG, all the other figures should be in the JPG format.

Reproduction of figures
To reproduce a figure (already published in a paper in any journal) in SciPhy, a permission must be obtained from the corresponding author of the paper from which the original figures are to be taken. In the manuscript, the statement (for example) 'Reproduced with permission from Hmar et al. 2022' should accompany the figure caption. If a figure is reproduced without permission, it will be considered as plagiarism and the authors will be asked to rectify the same.

Tables
Tables must be created with the insert table feature of the Microsoft word. The detailed design of the table is given in the SciPhy template.

Equations
Equations must be created with the insert equation feature of the Microsoft word.

Other details (title, authors, affiliation, abstract, keywords, tables, figures, section, sub-section, in-text citation, funding, acknowledgement, conflict of interest, authors contribution) are available on the SciPhy template.

Software to reduce grammatical errors
The use of grammarly (or any other software) is encouraged to help the authors to minimize grammatical errors.

Reference managing software
Authors are encouraged to use software such as Mendeley, etc. to assist them while arranging the references.

Reference Style

Journal article with volume, issue, page numbers
Format: Author. Title. Journal. Year. Volume. Page numbers.
Example: Sriwidodo, Umar, A. K.; Wathoni, N.; Zothantluanga, J. H.; Das, S.; Luckanagul, J. A. Liposome-polymer complex for drug delivery system and vaccine stabilization. Heliyon. 2022, 8, e08934. 

Journal article without volume, issue, page numbers
Format: Author. Title. Journal. Year. DOI.
Example: Umar, A. K.; Zothantluanga, J. H.; Aswin, K.; Maulana, S.; Sulaiman Zubair, M.; Lalhlenmawia, H.; Rudrapal, M.; Chetia, D. Antiviral phytocompounds "ellagic acid" and "(+)-sesamin" of Bridelia retusa identified as potential inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 3CL pro using extensive molecular docking, molecular dynamics simulation studies, binding free energy calculations, and bioactivity prediction. Struct Chem. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11224-022-01959-3

Book
Format: Author. Year. Title of book. Publisher, ISBN, Edition.
Example: Zothantluanga, J. H. (2022). Sciences of Phytochemistry. Springer, 9788194138860, 1st Edition.

Book chapter
Format: Author. Year. Title of a book chapter. Editor of Book. Title of Book, Publisher, ISBN, Edition.
Example: Zothantluanga, J. H. (2022). Phytochemical screening of blueberries. Editor: Umar, A. K. In: Sciences of Phytochemistry, Springer, 9788194138860, 1st Edition.

Website
Format: Title. URL. Date.
Example: WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard. https://covid19.who.int/. Accessed 14 June 2022.

Reference category (If possible, authors should cite the latest references with the exception of review papers or research fields with less publications)

  1. Too old (before 2000)
  2. Old (2001-2010)
  3. New (2011-2020)
  4. Fresh (after 2021)

Authorship policy
In terms of planning the study design, data analysis, statistical analysis, software, executing work, writing, and editing, a significant contribution should be made by all contributing authors such as the first author, co-authors, and corresponding authors. Authors are encouraged to get familiar with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines.

Corresponding author
The corresponding author will take the responsibility of communicating with the editors from the initial submission till publication. Depending on the requirement, there may be two corresponding authors. In case of two corresponding authors, the asterisk '*' sign should accompany their names in the manuscript and the initials of the authors should accompany their email address in the manuscript.

Change of authorship
During the review process, the corresponding author may make a request to the editor-in-chief to make changes in the authorship with valid reasons to justify the request. Addition or deletion of authors after acceptance of manuscript is not allowed.

Plagiarism policy
If possible, authors are requested to submit a plagiarism report from a commercial software (or from a free online server). For all types of articles, the plagiarism percentage should be kept as low as possible (maximum upper limit 20% excluding references). Even if the plagiarism percentage remains below 20%, the authors may be further asked to reduce the plagiarism to increase the authenticity of the manuscript.

Ethic policy
Studies involving animal, cell lines, or human participants should be carried out keeping in mind the standard guidelines set by OECDCPCSEAICH, Animal Welfare Board of IndiaICMJE recommendations, as well as other organizations. Ethical clearance with proper documents should be obtained from the concerned authority (for example, Institutional Animal Ethics Committee) to carry out the studies. Also, sufficient details regarding the document numbers should be mentioned in the manuscript. 

Plants
Medicinal plants should be collected in minimal amounts to avoid exploitation of natural resources and to avoid disturbing the local ecosystem. The World Health Organization guidelines on good agricultural and collection practices for medicinal plants should be followed.

Retraction policy
Retraction guidelines provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics will be followed. A notice of retraction will be given to a paper if the findings are unreliable, unethical, plagiarized, or manipulated. To maintain integrity, the retracted paper will remain visible on the journal page. However, a notice of retraction will accompany the paper.

Open access policy
All papers published in ETFLIN's SciPhy are freely accessible immediately after publication. The papers are freely available to read, shared, and reproduced in any form with proper citation to the original work. Open access is a property of individual works and community standards will enforce proper attribution and responsible use of the published work.

Peer-review policy
After submission of a manuscript, the editor-in-chief will examine the quality of the manuscript. If the manuscript falls within the scope of the SciPhy and showed high quality content, the editor-in-chief will assign a reviewer for the manuscript, OR, the editor-in-chief will assign an editor from the editorial board members who will then assign a reviewer for the manuscript. SciPhy follows a double-blind peer-review wherein the information of the reviewer and the authors are blinded from each other.

Guidelines for editors
The editor-in-chief will be responsible for searching suitable reviewers that are experts in the concerned field. If potential reviewers are suggested by the authors, the editor-in-chief should contact the suggested reviewers. Following SciPhy's double-blind peer-review policy, the editor should make sure that the reviewer completes their task within 2-4 weeks. After peer-review, the editor-in-chief will evaluate the reviewer comments for a decision. Following this, the editor-in-chief will contact the corresponding author of the manuscript to inform about the decision and to check the status of their submitted manuscript in the online submission system. In case of revision, the editor-in-chief should direct the authors to submit the corrected manuscript to the editor-in-chief. After revision, the editor-in-chief will make the final editorial assessment. If the manuscript is accepted for publication, the editor-in-chief will send a galley proof to the authors. The final corrected proofs must be submitted to the editor-in-chief. Following this, the manuscript will be published online.

The name of the editor will be made available on the first page of the published paper.

Guidelines for reviewers

  1. Reviewers for SciPhy should make an unbiased decision on the manuscript.
  2. Reviewers should not allow any external/personal factors to influence their decision.
  3. Rather than direct rejection, reviewers should search for ways to improve the manuscript.
  4. Reviewers should provide clear suggestions and directions for improving the manuscript.
  5. Reviewers should check the validity of the references.
  6. Reviewers should check the scientific correctness of each statement.
  7. Reviewers should cross check the in-text citations with the cited references.
  8. Reviewers must keep their task confidential till the papers are published.
  9. Reviewers should inform the editor-in-chief/editor if there are any conflicting interest.

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Benefits for reviewers

  1. In recognition to their contributions, the name of the reviewer will be made available on the first page of the published paper.
  2. A certificate of appreciation will also be provided to reviewers who had successfully completed their task.
  3. Papers communicated by reviewers for SciPhy will be provided a special fast-track publication.

Licensing
ETFLIN's SciPhy is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) 4.0 International License.

Copyright policy
The authors retain the copyright © of their published works. However, the published work of the authors can be read, downloaded, shared, and cited with proper reference to the original work.

Author charge policy
SciPhy do not take submission fees, editorial processing fees, article processing charges, page charges, or color charges. 

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