Pharmacognosy Magazine

: 2011  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 25  |  Page : 1--3

New challenges in the new year for Phcog Mag.: 5 years of quality publication

KK Mueen Ahmed 
 Managing Editor, Pharmacognosy Magazine, Bangalore, India

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K K Mueen Ahmed
Managing Editor, Pharmacognosy Magazine, Bangalore

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When we started in the year 2005, it was very anxious how things might turn out with the new journal started during that time. I am very happy to present you a report on Phcog Mag. for the last 5 years. The journal seems to be flourishing and expanding day by day. High-quality papers are being published in every issue and the issue is being launched on time. It was a remarkable amount of growth when we merged with Medknow Publications and Media Pvt. Ltd. in the year 2009. We are now having an online manuscript submission system (Journalonweb) through which peer review process is much faster. Our site is fully dynamic and the papers being published are now available in multiple formats such as PDF, Full text, ePUB, Sword repository plugin, eBook, etc. We have received only positive comments about the new cover that was introduced last year. So, this will remain in place for the foreseeable future. We have summarized the achievement as highlights of the year 2010 [Table 1]. We are very thankful to Medknow Publications and Media Pvt. Ltd. for their excellent work in making our journal reach good heights.{Table 1}

 Quality Articles

We hope you enjoyed reading the articles published last year. We already have enough leading articles for 2010. We had a successful year in 2009, with over 266 submissions. The number of submissions is increasing year by year [Figure 1]. These articles of course will be available online well before their print publication date. Phcog Mag. is known for publishing the issue on time. Our article has passed the litmus test and it is now been indexed in most of the databases such as CAB Abstracts, Caspur, Chemical Abstracts, CSA databases, DOAJ, EBSCO Publishing's Electronic Databases, Excerpta Medica/EMBASE, Google Scholar, Hinari, Index Copernicus, Indian Science Abstracts, Journal Citation Reports, OpenJGate, PrimoCentral, ProQuest, PubMed, Pubmed Central, Science Citation Index Expanded, SCOLOAR, SCOPUS, SIIC databases, Summon by Serial Solutions, Ulrich's International Periodical Directory, Web of Science, etc.{Figure 1}

 Peer Review Process

On behalf of the Editor-in-Chief and editorial board members, I would like to thank all the reviewers who have helped us in refining the papers submitted to Phcog Mag. We acknowledge them fully for their contribution and we have published a list of all of our reviewers in page 81. [Table 2] summarizes the acceptance/ratio percentage. Performance of our reviewers is included in [Table 3]. We are constantly adding new reviewers. Hopefully, we will have large number of active and dedicated reviewers by this year end. Our reviewers review the papers for us on time. Not all the time, our reviewers' response toward my invitation is fruitful. Most of our reviewers remain busy with their busy research or academic schedules. We are extremely thankful to them for spending their precious time in refining the articles of Phcog Mag.{Table 2}{Table 3}

 Processing Time of Manuscripts

The manuscripts are now peer reviewed using the powerful manuscript handling system, Journalonweb (Courtesy: Medknow Publications). The processing time of the manuscript is improving day by day. As can be seen in [Table 4], the number of days to suggest and add reviewers is within a week's time. [Table 4] also shows the Editor's response toward the reviewers, author's reply, and the publication time. The number of days utilized for a paper is now approximately around 106 days from the time of submission. The total period of publication time from the time of submission is now approximately 56 days. We will try to reduce the time in the coming years by speeding the pagination and editorial/peer review process.{Table 4}

[Table 5] summarizes the number of authors registered in manuscript submission site. As can be seen, more and more papers are being submitted from abroad.{Table 5}

 Challenges Ahead

We are constantly working on the quality of articles published in each issue. From January 2011, we have restricted to publish the content covering preliminary studies, etc. [1] Further, based on authors' need, we have included many article types from this year.

There is a drastic rise in the article downloads from the website and we are expecting that more number of articles will be cited in this year. Phcog Mag. SNIP value for the year 2009 is 0.260 (Courtesy: SCOPUS). It is likely to have Scmiago Journal Ranking (SJR) as we are already indexed in SCOPUS and we are also expecting to have an Impact Factor at the end of this year and I would like to list here the most cited articles from 2008. [2],[3],[4],[5],[6],[7],[8],[9],[10],[11],[12],[13],[14],[15],[16],[17],[18],[19],[20],[21],[22],[23],[24],[25] Finally, I would like to inform that the publishing cost is very high. As we are not still self-sufficient to cover the cost, we request all the authors to subscribe the journal and strengthen us financially.

I wish you a Happy New Year!


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2Ebrahimzadeh M, Ehsanifar S, Eslami B. Sambucus ebulus elburensis fruits: A good source for antioxidants [Internet]. Available from: 2009/5/19/213/58162 [last cited in 2009].
3Nabavi S, Ebrahimzadeh M, Nabavi S, Fazelian M, Eslami B. In vitro Antioxidant and Free Radical Scavenging Activity of Diospyros lotus and Pyrus boissieriana growing in Iran [Internet]. Available from: 2009/5/18/122/57969 [last cited in 2009].
4Raju K, Balaraman R. Antidiabetic mechanisms of Saponins of Momordica cymbalaria [Internet]. Available from: 2008/4/15/197/58031 [last cited in 2008].
5Shirode D, Patel T, Roy S, Jyothi T, Rajendra S, Prabhu K, et al. Anti-ulcer properties of 70% ethanolic extract of leaves of Albizzia lebbeck [Internet]. Available from: 2008/4/15/228/58043 [last cited in 2008].
6Kumar A, Mazumder A, Saravanan V. Antihyperlipidemic activity of Camellia sinensis leaves in Triton WR-1339 induced albino rats [Internet]. Available from: 2008/4/13/60/58066 [last cited in 2008].
7Roy B, Lalchhandama K, Dutta B. Scanning electron microscopic observations on the in vitro anthelmintic effects of Millettia pachycarpa on Raillietina echinobothrida [Internet]. Available from: 2008/4/13/20/58054 [last cited in 2008].
8Sureshkumar S, Mishra S. In-vitro evaluation of hepatoprotective activity of Pergularia daemia Forsk [Internet]. Available from: 2008/4/16/298/58002 [last cited in 2008].
9Mruthunjaya K, Hukkeri V. In vitro Antioxidant and free radical scavenging potential of Parkinsonia aculeata Linn [Internet]. Available from: 2008/4/13/42/58060 [last cited in 2008].
10Nanu R, Raghuveer I, Chitme H, Chandra R. Antidiabetic Activity of Nyctanthes arbortristis [Internet]. Available from: 2008/4/16/335/58010 [last cited in 2008].
11Jayakody JR, Ratnasooriya W. Blood Glucose Level Lowering Activity of Sri Lankan Black Tea brew (Camellia sinensis) in rats [Internet]. Available from: 2008/4/16/341/58012 [last cited in 2008].
12Kapoor S, Saraf S. Efficacy Study of Sunscreens Containing Various Herbs for Protecting Skin from UVA and UVB Sunrays [Internet]. Available from: 2009/5/19/238/58167 [last cited in 2009].
13Garg M, Dhar V, Kalia A. Antidiabetic and antioxidant potential of Phyllanthus fraternus in alloxan induced diabetic animals [Internet]. Available from: 2008/4/14/138/58582 [last cited in 2008].
14Suthar A, Mulani R. A high performance thin layer chromatography method for quantitative estimation of Diosgenin in Solanum nigrum Linn. [Internet]. Available from: 2008/4/14/112/58578 [last cited in 2008].
15Kostadinova E, Alipieva K, Stefova M, Antonova D, Evstatieva L, Stefkov G, et al. Influence of cultivation on the chemical composition and antimicrobial activity of Sideritis spp. [Internet]. Available from: 2008/4/14/102/58576 [last cited in 2008].
16Dhasan P, Jegadeesan M, Kavimani S. Cucurbitacins isolated from the fruits of Momordica cymbalaria Hook f. [Internet]. Available from: 2008/4/14/96/58575 [last cited in 2008].
17Amudhan M, Begum V. Alpha-glucosidase inhibitory and hypoglycemic activities of Areca catechu extract [Internet]. Available from: 2008/4/15/223/58042 [last cited in 2008].
18Pattanayak S, Priyashree S. Hepatoprotective activity of the leaf extracts from Dendrophthoe falcata (L.f) Ettingsh against carbon tetrachloride-induced toxicity in wistar albino rats [Internet]. Available from: 2008/4/15/218/58041 [last cited in 2008].
19Shahverdi A, Ostad S, Khodaee S, Bitarafan L, Monsef-Esfahani H, Jamalifar H, et al. Antimicrobial and cytotoxicity potential of Peganum harmala smoke [Internet]. Available from: 2008/4/15/236/58046 [last cited in 2008].
20Singh R, Madan J, Rao H. Antiulcer Activity of Black Pepper against Absolute Ethanol Induced Gastric Mucosal Damage in Mice [Internet]. Available from: 2008/4/15/232/58044 [last cited in 2008].
21Shrinivas S, Ravindra K, Aradhana M, Kailash B. Ethanolic leaf extract of Holoptelea integrifolia, Planch. decreases cisplatin-induced pica in rats [Internet]. Available from: 2008/4/16/293/58001 [last cited in 2008].
22Ionkova I, Fuss E. Influence of different strains of Agrobacterium rhizogenes on induction of hairy roots and lignan production in Linum tauricum ssp. tauricum [Internet]. Available from: 2009/5/17/14/57980 [last cited in 2009].
23Omwenga E, Okemo P, Mbugua P, Ogol CK. Ethnobotanical Survey and Antimicrobial Evaluation of Medicinal Plants used by the Samburu Community (Kenya) for treatment of Diarrhorea [Internet]. Available from: 2009/5/18/165/57976 [last cited in 2009].
24Rathod N, Raghuveer I, Chitme H, Ramesh C. Prevention of high-fructose diet induced insulin resistance by Nyctanthes arbortristis and Calotropis gigantea in rats [Internet]. Available from: 2009/5/19/58/59784 [last cited in 2009].
25Shokrzadeh M, Saeedi Saravi S, Mirzayi M. Cytotoxic Effects of Ethyl Acetate Extract of Sambucus ebulus Compared with Etoposide on Normal and Cancer Cell Lines [Internet]. Available from: 2009/5/20/316/58152 [last cited in 2009].