International Journal of Secondary Metabolite provides the quarterly publication of articles related to all areas of plant biology (medical aromatic plants, plant physiology, biochemistry, plant chemistry, allelopathy, plant hormones, secondary metabolites, plant biotechnology, antioxidant, bioinformatic).


Scope of International Journal of Secondary Metabolite  (IJSM) is published 4 issues per year starting from June 2018 (March, June, September, December). and accepts English language manuscripts covering all areas of plant biology (medical aromatic plants. plant physiology, biochemistry, plant chemistry, allelopathy, plant hormones, secondary metabolites, plant biotechnology, antioxidant). IJSM welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. Authors are required to frame their research questions and discuss their results in terms of major questions in plant biology. In general, papers that are too narrowly focused, purely descriptive, or broad surveys, or that contain only preliminary data or natural history, will not be considered. Contribution is open to researchers of all nationalities. The following types of article will be considered:

1. Research articles: Original research in various fields of botany will be evaluated as research articles.

2. Research notes: These include articles such as preliminary notes on a study or manuscripts on a plant physiology and new records.

3. Reviews: Reviews of recent developments, improvements, discoveries, and ideas in various fields of plant biology will be requested by the editor or advisory board.

4. Letters to the editor: These include opinions, comments relating to the publishing policy of the International Journal of Secondary Metabolite, news, and suggestions. Letters are not to exceed one journal page.



The journal management has decided to publish 4 issues per year starting from June 2018 (March, June, September, December). The full articles are published on-line before the date of release.


Before submitting your manuscript, carefully read focus and scope of IJSM to make sure that your work is a good fit for this journal.

All submissions are made with the understanding that all work is original and fully referenced, and the manuscript is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Acceptable formats for submitted manuscripts are Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx).

All tables, charts, graphs, and equations must be submitted in an editable format (e.g., Microsoft Excel and Equation Editor).

Provide accurate contact details for corresponding author.

Openly disclose the source of all data and third party materials, including previously unpublished work by the authors themselves.

The author bears the responsibility for checking whether material submitted is subject to copyright or ownership rights, eg figures, tables, photographs, illustrations, trade literature and data. The author will need to obtain permission to reproduce any such items, and include these permissions with their final submission. Where use is so restricted, the Editor/editorial office and Publisher must be informed with the final submission of the material.

Please add any necessary acknowledgments to the typescript, preferably in the form of an Acknowledgments section at the end of the paper. Credit the source and copyright of photographs, figures, illustrations etc. in the accompanying captions.

Openly disclose any conflict of interest - for example, if publication were to benefit a company or services in which the author(s) has a vested interest.

Expect to sign a copyright assignment form on acceptance of their work, which will assume that the author is empowered to assign copyright to the Publisher.

Expect the editor to scan submissions using plagiarism detection software at iThenticate to check a paper's originality before sending out for review.

Fully correspond and comply with the editor and publisher in any requests for source data, proof of authorship or originality in a timely manner, providing reasonable explanation for discrepancies or failures to disclose vital information.

Fully co-operate with any consequent investigations if the editor and/or publisher are dissatisfied with the evidence available or the explanations provided.

Expect transparency, efficiency and respect from the publisher and the editor during the submissions process.

Remain in good communication with both the publisher and the editor(s).

When necessary, submit corrigenda in a timely and responsible fashion.

Co-operate fully with the publication of errata and with the retraction of articles found to be unethical, misleading or damaging.

Remain in good communication with the editor(s), the publisher and any co-authors.

Manuscript deviating from the guidelines above will not be sent out for review


In reviewing and publication process, editor(s) should;

Protect the reputation of the journal and published works by taking great care publishing highest quality and relevant works in a timely manner

Perform initial quality check and editorial assessment for submissions. This process includes but not limited to making decision on articles which may not be sent out for peer review due to conflict with the focus and scope of IJATE, poor quality of work, and any other justifiable reason)

Contribute and organize a transparent review and publication process in which full respect and care paid to the author(s) publishing editorial, corrections, corrigenda, errata when necessary.


Reviewers are responsible for;

Providing written, unbiased feedback in a timely manner

In feedback focusing on scientific merit and value of the work; indicating ways to improve it

Stating scientific accuracy, originality, and importance to the audience

Indicating whether the writing is clear, concise and relevant to journal’s scope

Maintaining confidentiality of the review process among reviewers responsibilities

Providing a thoughtful, fair, constructive, and informative critique

Recommendation toward acceptance or rejection

Noting any ethical concerns

Ensuring that manuscript cites all relevant work in the literature


Based on initial editor screening, manuscripts undergo rigorous double-blind peer review by two anonymous referees. When necessary, the referees’ criticism and suggestions may be sent to the author(s) for them to be able to revise or make the suggested corrections. The review process normally takes 3-6 months.

The IJSM is a refereed journal and has a double-blind review. Any manuscript submitted for consideration in publication in the IJSM is reviewed by at least two reviewers with expertise in the relevant subject area.

The articles should be original, unpublished, and not in consideration for publication elsewhere at the time of submission to the International Journal of Secondary Metabolite (IJSM) and during the review process.


We expect all authors to read and understand our ethics policy before submitting to IJSM. This is in accordance with our commitment to the prevention of ethical misconduct. It is important to note that most incidents of plagiarism, redundant publication, copyright infringement or similar occur because of a lack of understanding, and not through fraudulent intent. Our policy is prevention not persecution. If you have any questions, please contact the editorial office.


Author(s) should always take great care to distinguish their own ideas and statements from information derived from other sources. Quotations and citations must be proper. All paraphrased material must be acknowledged. Based on the initial review, plagiarism detection using iThenticate may be performed within the review process.


This journal (IJSM) adopted Budapest Open Access Initiative definition. For more information.



There is no publication process charge for publications in IJSM.



Launched in 2014