An International Journal for Communications and Reviews
EDITORIAL MESSAGE - 2018

The broad scientific scope of Natural Product Communications (NPC) means that we publish high quality papers across a wide spectrum of natural products research, including organic, medicinal, pharmaceutical, bioorganic, analytical, theoretical, biotechnological, biosynthetic and chemotaxonomic aspects. We welcome all types of manuscripts: communications, full papers and reviews. We have a very diverse international authorship, and a readership that is continuously growing, as indicated by the increasing number of submissions and published papers, and also from the web statistics. NPC is a SCI-cited journal with an impact factor in 2016 of 0.773. We would like to thank our authors, readers and referees who are the architects of this success.

We had an honorarium issue for Professor Alejandro F. Barrero, Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain, for his 68th birthday (June 2017). The NPC family joins me in paying tribute to Professor Barrero for his pre-eminent role as an editor in the growth of Natural Product Communications. He has published several articles in NPC and organized a themed issue Synthesis of Natural Products: Biomimetic Strategies and Use of Natural Occurring Starting Synthons Natural Product Communications, 6 (4), 429-574 (2011). During June 2017, we published a themed issue dedicated to Natural Polysaccharides (Guest Editors: Profs. Erminio Murano and Renato Toffanin) , whereas the November issue was dedicated to Polyphenols: Occurrence, Roles and Benefits (Guest Editor: Prof. Marina Stefova)>.

NPC, in collaboration with the Phytochemical Society of Asia (PSA), organized an International Symposium on Natural Products for the Future 2016 (ISNPF2016) during September 1-4, 2016 at Tokushima Bunri University, Tokushima, Japan, and published in NPC-ISNPF issue under the editorship of Prof. Dr. Yoshinori Asakawa. The first part of the February 2017 edition was devoted to selected manuscripts (16) presented at the 9th Conference of the Association of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of South-Eastern Europe (9th CMAPSEEC), which was held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, during May 26–29, 2016, and attended by a large number of participants. We are very grateful to Prof. Vassya Bankova for organizing the NPC-CMAPSEEC issue.

We are committed to placing this journal at the forefront for the dissemination of new and exciting natural products research. NPC will be proud to recognize eminent natural product scientists by dedicating an issue in their honour. Suggestions for themed and/or honorarium issue(s) would be welcomed. We look forward to receiving your submissions and your feedback.

Professor Pedro Joseph-Nathan, Departamento de Quimica, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Apartado 14-740, Mexico D.F., 07000 Mexico, won the 2016 Gerald Blunden Award for the best review article Vibrational Circular Dichroism: Recent Advances for the Assignment of the Absolute Configuration of Natural Products Natural Product Communications, 10 (10) 1785-1095 (2015), which is co-authored by Eleuterio Burgueno-Tapia. The award wins a free year's subscription to Natural Product Communications and is accompanied by US$ 500, sponsored by Natural Product Inc. The award was made for the best review article published during the last two years (2015-2016). In 2017, the award will be made for the best article published during 2016-2017. Each year, the winner will be announced in May at the time of Prof. Blunden’s Anniversary, and a similar pattern will be followed in consecutive years.

For the information of our authors and readers, we have to announce some changes to the Editorial Board and Editorial Board of Advisors. Professor Alejandro F. Barrero, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain has expressed a wish to step down from his editorial role. His high level of commitment and expertise will be missed, and the editors and publisher thank him for his many valuable contributions. We are, however, pleased to report that as of January 2018, Professor Carmen Martin-Cordero, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Seville, Seville, Spain, will be joining the Editorial Board, bringing considerable expertise and experience, particularly in pharmacology of natural products. Professor Marina Stefova will be joining the Editorial Advisory Board. We welcome and look forward to working with them.

Dr Pawan K. Agrawal
Professor Gerald Blunden (Honorary)
Professor Maurizio Bruno
Professor Yoshihiro Mimaki
Professor Stephen G. Pyne
Professor Manfred G. Reinecke
Professor William N. Setzer
Professor Ping-Jyun Sung
Professor Yasuhiro Tezuka
Professor David E. Thurston


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