Planta Medica


Journal of Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research

Aims and scope
Planta Medica is one of the leading international journals in the field of natural products – including marine organisms, fungi as well as micro-organisms – and medicinal plants. Planta Medica accepts original research papers, reviews, minireviews and perspectives from researchers worldwide. The journal publishes 18 issues per year. The following areas of medicinal plants and natural product research are covered:

  • Biological and Pharmacological Activities
  • Natural Product Chemistry & Analytical Studies
  • Pharmacokinetic Investigations
  • Formulation and Delivery Systems of Natural Products

The journal explicitly encourages the submission of chemically characterized extracts.

Contributions reporting the following are not normally considered for publication and will be immediately rejected if:

  • The manuscript does not fall into any of the above Areas
  • Activity data are reported without comparison to a recognized positive control
  • Plant extracts have not been characterized by analysis of their major constituents (e.g. HPLC, GC, NMR)
  • Predictable bioactivity is reported (e.g. antioxidant properties of phenolic compounds)


Nobel Prize for the discovery of natural product-derived drugs

The Nobel Prize for Medicine 2015 was awarded for the discovery of two natural products that brought breakthroughs in the therapy of tropical parasitic diseases. Youyou Tu received the prize for her discovery of the anti-malarial compound artemisinin, and William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura for their discovery of the avermectins as potent anthelminthics.
Some of their findings were published in Planta Medica. Click here to go directly to the articles published in Planta Medica and read the press release of the GA (please choose the “Nobel Prize 2015 tab”).

Thieme Award 2015 for the Most Innovative Planta Medica Original Paper now decided!

Starting in 2013, Thieme awards every year the most promising paper published in Planta Medica in the previous year. The decision of the jury – the Editors of the journal – is strictly based on scientific quality and on the interest that the paper has met with in the scientific community. The prize money is EUR 1.500. This year, a paper by Piwowarski et al., "Influence of Gut Microbiota-Derived Ellagitannins' Metabolites Urolithins on Pro-Inflammatory Activities of Human Neutrophils", has won the race. In a moving award ceremony, Jakub P. Piwowarski, PhD of Medical University of Warsaw received the prize during the 2015 GA Congress in Budapest, Hungary. Congratulations! Click here to read the paper for free.

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