Scientific Journals

This is a list of scientific journals that publish findings relevant to the field of ethnobotany.

  • Economic Botany is the official publication of the Society for Economic Botany (SEB). Economic Botany is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Economic Botany which publishes original research articles and notes on a wide range of topics dealing with the utilization of plants by people, plus special reports, letters and book reviews. Economic Botany specializes in scientific articles on the botany, history, and evolution of useful plants and their modes of use.
  • Ethnobotany Research and Applications is an open (free) access journal. It is is an electronic, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal devoted to the rapid dissemination of current research. Manuscript submission, peer review, and publication are all handled on the Internet. The journal seeks manuscripts that are novel, integrative and written in ways that are accessible to a wide audience. This includes an array of disciplines (biological and social sciences) concerned particularly with theoretical questions that lead to practical applications. Articles can also be based on the perspectives of cultural practitioners, poets and others with insights into plants, people and applied research. Photo essays, methodology reviews and theoretical discussions are also published. The journal publishes original research that is described in indigenous languages.
  • Journal of Ethnobiology is the official publication of the Society of Ethnobiology (SoE) For over 28 years, The Journal of Ethnobiology has been publishing manuscripts based on original research in any area of ethnobiology, the interdisciplinary study of the relationships between humans and biota, both past and present. Topics include but are not limited to paleoethnobotany, zooarchaeology, ethnobotany, ethnozoology, ethnoecology, linguistic ethnobiology, and other related areas in anthropology and biology. Approaches may include cognitive, ecological and economic. Papers that significantly advance theory are particularly welcome.
  • Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine is an open (free) access journal. JEE invites manuscripts and reviews based on original interdisciplinary research and studies worldwide on the inextricable relationships between human cultures and nature/universe, Traditional Environmental/Ecological Knowledge (TEK), folk and traditional medical knowledge, as well as the relevance of these for primary health care policies in developing countries. Specifically, the journal will cover the following topics: ethnobotany, ethnomycology, ethnozoology, ethnoecology (including ethnopedology), ethnometereology/ethnoclimatology, ethnoastronomy, ethnopharmacy, ethnomedicine, ethnoveterinary, traditional medicines, traditional healthcare in households and domestic arenas, migrant healthcare/urban ethnobiology, pluralistic healthcare in developing countries, evidence-based community health, visual ethnobiology and ethnomedicine, gender studies and ethnobiology, as well as other related areas in environmental, nutritional, medical and visual anthropology. Botanically-centered manuscripts must clearly indicate voucher specimens and herbaria.
  • Fitoterapia is a journal dedicated to medicinal plants and to bioactive natural products of plant origin. It publishes original contributions in seven major areas:1. Characterization of active ingredients of medicinal plants; 2. Development of standardization method for bioactive plant extracts and natural products; 3. Identification of bioactivity in plant extracts; 4. Identification of targets and mechanism of activity of plant extracts; 5. Production and genomic characterization of medicinal plants biomass; 6. Chemistry and biochemistry of bioactive natural products of plant origin; and 7. Critical reviews of the historical, clinical and legal status of medicinal plants, and accounts on topical issues.
  • Journal of Ethnopharmacology is the official publication of the Society of Ethnopharmacology. The Journal of Ethnopharmacology is dedicated to the exchange of information and understandings about people’s use of plants, fungi, animals, microorganisms and minerals and their biological and pharmacological effects based on the principles established through international conventions. Early people confronted with illness and disease, discovered a wealth of useful therapeutic agents in the plant and animal kingdoms. The empirical knowledge of these medicinal substances and their toxic potential was passed on by oral tradition and sometimes recorded in herbals and other texts on materia medica. Many valuable drugs of today (e.g., atropine, ephedrine, tubocurarine, digoxin, reserpine) came into use through the study of indigenous remedies. Chemists continue to use plant-derived drugs (e.g., morphine, taxol, physostigmine, quinidine, emetine) as prototypes in their attempts to develop more effective and less toxic medicinals.
  • Phytomedicine is published to attract and disseminate innovative and expert findings in the fields of phytopharmacology, phytotherapy and phytotoxicology, as a reference source for researchers in these fields, and with the aim to set international standards in their methodology. The journal publishes research results on phytotherapy (clinical trials), phytopharmacology, pharmacognosy, standardization and phytotoxicology, obtained with plant extracts as well as isolated compounds from these extracts and phytopharmaceuticals. Phytomedicine is targeted towards papers of a practical nature. The papers published in this journal are also useful to drug regulatory authorities in deciding whether to approve certain phytomedicines or not. Phytomedicine consists of the following sections: Case reports, Pharmacological and molecularbiological studies, Screening studies (only when focused on plant extracts or isolated compounds with extraordinary activities, Chemical structure – activity studies, Chemical analysis and standardization of plant drugs and phytopharmaceuticals.
  • Phytotherapy Research is a monthly, international journal for the publication of original research papers, short communications, reviews and letters on medicinal plant research. Key areas of interest are pharmacology, toxicology, and the clinical applications of herbs and natural products in medicine, from case histories to full clinical trials, including studies of herb-drug interactions and other aspects of the safety of herbal medicines. Papers concerned with the effects of common food ingredients and standardised plant extracts, including commercial products, are particularly welcome, as are mechanistic studies on isolated natural products.
  • Planta Medica is one of the leading international journals in the field of medicinal plants and natural products with original research papers, letters, rapid communications, reviews, minireviews and perspectives from researchers worldwide. Planta Medica publishes 17 issues per year. – The following areas of medicinal plants and natural products research are covered: Pharmacology and clinical studies; Natural product chemistry; Analytical studies; Biochemistry; molecular biology and biotechnology; and Biological screening.
  • Journal of Natural Products Comprises natural product research relating to the chemistry and/or biochemistry of naturally occurring compounds or the biology of living systems from which they are obtained. Articles published in the journal describe secondary metabolites of microorganisms, animals, and higher and lower plants.
  • Phytochemistry is the official Journal of the Phytochemical Society of Europe and the Phytochemical Society of North America. Phytochemistry is the international journal of pure and applied plant chemistry, plant biochemistry and molecular biology, published 18 times per annum by Elsevier. The majority of these publications will be Regular Issues covering research on all aspects of pure and applied plant biochemistry, especially that which leads to a deeper understanding of the factors underlying the growth, development and metabolism of plants and the chemistry of plant constituents. Phytochemistry is a primary source for papers dealing with plant secondary compounds, especially with regard to their biosynthesis and diverse properties. Phytochemistry is the official organ of ‘The Phytochemical Society of Europe’ and ‘The Phytochemical Society of North America’. The Journal is currently divided into several sections as indicated below, but papers which cut across these sections or which are on any other aspect of plant biochemistry will also be considered.
  • BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine is an open (free) access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in interventions and resources that complement or replace conventional therapies, with a specific emphasis on research that explores the biological mechanisms of action, as well as their efficacy, safety, costs, patterns of use and/or implementation.
  • Journal of Medicinal Plants Research is an open access journal that provides rapid publication (weekly) of articles in all areas of Medicinal Plants research, Ethnopharmacology, Fitoterapia, Phytomedicine etc. The Journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence.


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