Guide for Authors

Guide for Authors

Journal, does NOT charge publication/processing fees from the Author(s).


Types of paper

  • Original Article: These should describe new and carefully confirmed findings, and experimental procedures should be given in sufficient detail for others to verify the work. The length of a full paper should be the minimum required to describe and interpret the work clearly. Original research should be no longer than 5000 words or 15 pages (excluding tables and figures but including references and the text of appendices).
  • Short Communications & Ethnobotany Communications: A Short Communication is suitable for recording the results of complete small investigations or giving details of new models or hypotheses, innovative methods, techniques or apparatus. The style of main sections need not conform to that of full-length papers. Short Communications & Ethnobotany Communications should be no longer than 3500 words or 10 pages (excluding tables and figures but including references and the text of appendices).
  • Letters to editor: Opinions on professional subjects and the comments to the articles recently published in JMH will be considered for publication as a Letter to the editor. Letters should not have subtitles and should be limited to 1000 words or 1-2 printed pages including maximum 5 references and 1 figure or table.
  • Review article & Mini-Review: Submissions of reviews and perspectives covering topics of current interest are welcome and encouraged. Review article should be no longer than 3500 words or 10 pages (excluding tables and figures but including references and the text of appendices). Reviews manuscripts are also peer-reviewed.


Article structure

  • Subdivision - numbered sections

Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering). Each heading should appear on its own separate line.


  • Title page

A title page should be provided comprising the manuscript title plus the full names and affiliations of all authors involved in the preparation of the manuscript. The author should be clearly designated as the corresponding author and full contact information, including phone number and email address (Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author), provided for this person. Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly. Present the authors' affiliation addresses below the names. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author. Besides the Grant number, the full name of grant agency or institution should be given.


  • Highlights

    Highlights are mandatory for this journal (three to five bullet points-maximum 85 characters, including spaces, per bullet point). as they help increase the discoverability of your article via search engines. They consist of a short collection of bullet points that capture the novel results of your research as well as new methods that were used during the study (if any).


  • Abstract

    A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions.

The abstract should include Background & Aim, Experimental, Results & Discussion and Industrial and practical recommendations.

Abstract- Limit of 300 Words


  • Graphical abstract

Authors must supply a graphical abstract for all types of articles at the time the paper is first submitted. The graphic should summarize the contents of the paper in a concise, pictorial form designed to capture the attention of a wide readership and for compilation of databases. Carefully drawn figures that serve to illustrate the theme of the paper are desired. Authors must supply the graphic separately as an electronic file.


  • Keywords

A maximum of 6, in alphabetical order, suitable for indexing


  • Introduction

State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.


  • Material and methods

Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced by an independent researcher. Methods that are already published should be summarized, and indicated by a reference. If quoting directly from a previously published method, use quotation marks and also cite the source. Any modifications to existing methods should also be described.


  • Results & Discussion

Results should be clear and concise. This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.


  • Conclusions

The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section.


  • Tables and Figures

Abbreviations should be avoided or explained and all data should be identified. Tables or figures should be clearly drawn, headed with a short and descriptive caption and serially numbered in numerals.

Figures and tables are to be mentioned in the text in italics, e.g.: (Fig. 1), (Table. 1). Their position in the text should be indicated. All tables at the end of the manuscript, a list with the picture titles and the table headings; each figure is to be delivered as a separate file. Horizontal formats should be avoided.


  • Figure captions

-These are essential to understand the text; the same data should not be presented in both tables and graphs.

-Ensure that each illustration has a caption. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum and explain all symbols and abbreviations used.

- Digital photographs are to be submitted as files (preferably TIF or JPG format) with 300 dpi resolution.


  • Tables

    Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables can be placed either next to the relevant text in the article, or on separate page(s) at the end. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Please avoid using vertical rules and shading in table cells.


  • Acknowledgments

Collate acknowledgments in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise.


  • Appendix

Appendices should appear before the references section and after any acknowledgments section.


  • References

References should be given to international journals and books. In the text, references should be cited by author and year, e.g. “(Ghasemi Pirbalouti, 2011)”, “(Ghasemi Pirbalouti and Craker, 2011)”, “(Ghasemi Pirbalouti et al., 2011)”, “… as reported by Ghasemi Pirbalouti et al. (2001)”. References should be listed in alphabetical order in the reference list. Examples:

 For Journal:

Sajjadi, S.E. and Mehregan, I. 2003. Composition of the essential oil of Stachys laxa Boiss. & Buhse. Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, 2: 57–58.

Mohagheghzadeh, A., Faridi, P. and Ghasemi, Y. 2007. Carum copticum Benth. & Hook., essential oil chemotypes. Food Chemistry, 100: 1217–1219.

Nejad Ebrahimi, S., Hadian, J., Mirjalili, M.H., Sonboli, A. and Yousefzadi, M. 2008. Essential oil composition and antibacterial activity of Thymus caramanicus at different phenological stages. Food Chemistry., 110: 927-931.


 For Book:

Rechinger, K.H. 1982. Satureja. Flora Desiranischen Hoclandes and der Umrahmenden Gebirge, vol. 150. Akademische Druku Verlags Antalt Graz, Austria, pp. 495–504.

Wink, M. 1999. Biochemistry of plant secondary metabolism. Annual plant reviews. Sheffield Academic Press. pp 358.

Pourohit, S.S., and Vyas, S.P. 2004. Medicinal plants cultivation. Agrobios Press, India.


 For Congress:

Ghasemi Pirbalouti, A., H. Nazari, M. Yousefi and A. Koohpayeh. 2008. Healing activity of Arnebia euchroma on burn wounds in Wistar rats. 12th Phytopharm Congress, St Petersburg, Russia, pp. 150.


 For Web:

WHO Publication, 2001. WHO Global Strategy for Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance. Available on Internet


Submission checklist

You can use this list to carry out a final check of your submission before you send it to the journal for review. Please check the relevant section in this Guide for Authors for more details.

Ensure that the following items are present:

One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:
• E-mail address
• Contact information

All necessary files have been uploaded:
• Include keywords
• All figures (include relevant captions)
• All tables (including titles, description, footnotes)
• Ensure all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided
Graphical Abstracts / Highlights files (where applicable)

Further considerations
• Manuscript has been 'spell checked' and 'grammar checked'
• All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa
• Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet)
• A competing interests statement is provided, even if the authors have no competing interests to declare
• Journal policies detailed in this guide have been reviewed
• Referee suggestions and contact details provided, based on journal requirements