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Instructions for Authors:

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The instructions below are specifically directed at authors that wish to submit a manuscript to Natural Product Research. For general information, please visit the Publish With Us section of our website.

Natural Product Research considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have been submitted only to Natural Product Research, that they have not been published already, nor are they under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. Authors who fail to adhere to this condition will be charged with all costs which Natural Product Research incurs and their papers will not be published.

Contributions to Natural Product Research must review published original research and will be subjected to review by referees at the discretion of the Editorial Office.

Manuscript Preparation

1. General guidelines

  • Papers are accepted only in English. British English spelling and punctuation is preferred.
  • Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text; acknowledgments; appendices (as appropriate); references; table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figure caption(s) (as a list).
  • Abstracts of no more than 100-150 words are required for all papers submitted.
  • Each paper should have 3-5 keywords.
  • Section headings should be concise and numbered sequentially, using a decimal system for subsections.
  • One author should be identified as the Corresponding Author and should include his/her full name, affiliation, postal address, telephone and fax number and email address on the cover page of the manuscript. All other authors should provide full names, affiliations and email addresses.
  • Biographical notes on contributors are not required for this journal.
  • For all manuscripts non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms should not be used.
  • Authors must adhere to SI units. Units are not italicised.
  • When using a word which is or is asserted to be a proprietary term or trade mark, authors must use the symbol ® or TM.

2. Style guidelines

3. Figures

  • It is in the author's interest to provide the highest quality figure format possible. Please be sure that all imported scanned material is scanned at the appropriate resolution: 1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour.
  • Figures must be saved separate to text. Please do not embed figures in the paper file.
  • Files should be saved as one of the following formats: TIFF (tagged image file format), PostScript or EPS (encapsulated PostScript), and should contain all the necessary font information and the source file of the application (e.g. CorelDraw/Mac, CorelDraw/PC).
  • All figures must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the paper (e.g. figure 1, figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be labelled (e.g. figure 1(a), figure 1(b)).
  • Figure captions must be saved separately, as part of the file containing the complete text of the paper, and numbered correspondingly.
  • The filename for a graphic should be descriptive of the graphic, e.g. Figure1, Figure2a.

4. Colour

There are a limited number of colour pages within the annual page allowance. Authors should restrict their use of colour to situations where it is necessary on scientific, and not merely cosmetic, grounds. Authors of accepted papers who propose publishing figures in colour in the print version should consult Taylor & Francis at proof stage to agree on an appropriate number of colour pages. If the colour page budget is exceeded, authors will be given the option to provide a financial contribution to additional colour reproduction costs. Figures that appear in black-and-white in the print edition of the Journal will appear in colour in the online edition, assuming colour originals are supplied.

5. Reproduction of copyright material

Contributors are required to secure permission for the reproduction of any figure, table or extensive extract (more than fifty words) from the text of a source that is copyrighted or owned by a party other than Taylor & Francis or the contributor. This applies to direct reproduction as well as ‘derivative reproduction’, where the contributor has created a new figure or table that derives substantially from a copyrighted source. Authors are themselves responsible for the payment of any permission fees required by the copyright owner. Copies of permission letters should be sent with the manuscript upon submission to the Editor(s).

6. Supplementary online material

Authors are welcome to submit animations, movie files, sound files or any additional information for online publication.

Manuscript submission

Papers for consideration for Part A – Synthesis and Structure should be sent to Editor in Chief or the Regional Editor:
Editor in Chief:

Atta-ur-Rahman FRS
HEJ Research Institute of Chemical Sciences
University of Karachi
Pakistan Email:

Regional Editor:

Armandodoriano Bianco
Dipartimento di Chimica,
Universita "La Sapienza"
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma

Papers for consideration for Part B – Bioactive Natural Products can be sent to the above Editors or to the Natural Product Research, Part B Co-Editor:


Mohammad Iqbal Choudhary
HEJ Research Institute of Chemical Sciences
University of Karachi
Pakistan Email:

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts electronically. Electronic submissions should be sent as email attachments using a standard word processing program. If email submission is not possible, please send an electronic version on disk.

Copyright and authors’ rights

It is a condition of publication that authors assign copyright or license the publication rights in their articles, including abstracts, to Taylor & Francis. This enables us to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate the article, and of course the Journal, to the widest possible readership in print and electronic formats as appropriate. Authors retain many rights under the Taylor & Francis rights policies, which can be found at Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources.

Exceptions are made for authors of Crown or US Government employees whose policies require that copyright cannot be transferred to other parties. We ask that a signed statement to this effect is submitted when returning proofs for accepted papers.


Corresponding authors will receive free online access to their article through our website ( Reprints of articles published in this journal can be purchased through Rightslink® when proofs are received. If you have any queries, please contact our reprints department at

Page charges

There are no page charges to individuals or institutions.


Authors whose manuscripts have been accepted for publication have the option to pay a one-off fee of US$3100 to make their article free to read online ie “Open access” via the Natural Product Research website. Choosing this option also allows authors to post their article in an institutional or subject repository immediately upon publication.

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