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With the beginning of Volume 9 of Phytomedicine, we would like to bring our readers and contributors up-to-date on several innovative changes that we anticipate will enhance the value and scientific scope of the journal.

We believe that the scientific quality of manuscripts has improved markedly. The Science Citation index has improved, the number of manuscripts that we have received for review has increased substantially, and subscriptions to our journal have also increased.

Because of the increase in numbers of acceptable manuscripts, the publisher has decided to enlarge the number of issues from six to eight, starting with volume 9.

We have increased the number of Co-Editors from two to three and are actively recruiting more clinical studies and pertinent review articles.

We have made changes in the Editorial Board membership, mainly to add scientists representing expanded expertise in biological areas.

Professor Asakawa (Tokushima), our new Co-Editor, is responsible for handling all manuscripts from Japan. We gratefully acknowledge our editorial assistants Ch. Mayr (Germany) and M. Ryan (USA). Our Book Review Editor is Dr. E. Bejar (San Diego).

We appeal to authors to provide details of standardizing plant extracts that enter into clinical trials and important areas of animal studies. In this context we also ask the authors when submitting a paper to follow as closely as possible the 'Instructions to Authors'. The handling of papers will be easier and faster if all illustrations, photographs, line drawings etc. are submitted in high quality and of consistent font size. All instructions and contact details for all persons involved with the journal can be found on On the homepage an order form for a free sample copy as well as a registration form for a free ToC Alert Service are available.

Phytomedicine is indexed in Current Contents/Life Sciences, CAS (Chemical Abstracts Services), NAPRALERT (through STN), PYTOEY (Chemical Abstracts), PubMed, Elsevier BIOBASE/Current Awareness in Biological Sciences, BIOSIS, MANTIS/health index, SciSearch, Research Alert, Index Medicus, MEDLINE, Phytobase, Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature and Cinahl.

For authors and readers it might be of interest to learn which areas of Phytomedicine have been covered procentually by the manuscripts submitted and accepted for the last 8 volumes: 13% clinical studies, 77% pharmacological investigations, 4% chemical, analytical and toxicological investigations and 6% review articles.

Y Asakawa, Japan

E. Bejar, USA

N. R. Farnsworth, USA

H. Wagner, Germany
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Date:Jan 1, 2002
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