Journal Information

  • ISSN
  • Focus and scope
  • Publication frequency
  • Types of articles published
  • Open access
  • Review process
  • Affiliations
  • Marketing
  • Membership



2519-559X (PRINT)

Focus and scope

The Journal of Medicinal Plants for Economic Development (JOMPED) is the official publication of the Society for Medicinal Plants and Economic Development. It is dedicated to the dissemination of research information on the use of plants and plant products for economic and social development especially in the developing world. It publishes original research papers, critical reviews and communications on the latest developments in phytomedicine with strong emphasis on originality and scientific quality. Research findings in phytopharmacognosy, natural product research, herbal technology, phytochemistry, metagenomics of medicinal plants and toxicology that highlight economic development are considered for publication following critical and constructive review process.

Publication frequency

The journal publishes at least one issue each year. Articles are published online when ready for publication and then printed in an end-of-year compilation. Additional issues may be published for special events (e.g. conferences) and when special themes are addressed.

Types of articles published

The following types of articles are accepted by the journal:

  • Original articles: Innovative research in a particular field within or related to medicinal plants and economic development. Must be presented according to a clear and well-structured format of JOMPED. Such articles should add to the existing body of knowledge in this field (maximum of 6000 words and 40 references).

    Note: All original articles must be accompanied by signed written evidence of ethics approval (ethics clearance certificate if applicable) from an approved research ethics committee or institutional research board.
  • Review articles: These must be critical reviews of the literature on topics that have social, economic or scientific values, and must be within the focus and scope of the journal (between 2000 and 4000 words with a maximum of 50 references). These articles may be submitted or solicited by the editor.

  • Conference proceedings and abstracts: Should you wish the journal to publish proceedings from a conference you are organising, please contact the editor. Such materials will be subjected to review.

  • Editorials: Editorials to JOMPED are by invitation only and are intended to provide expert comment on relevant topics within the focus and scope of the journal (less than 800 words with a maximum of 10 references).

  • Obituaries: Should be about 400 words and may be accompanied by a photograph.

  • Letters to the editor: Such letters should be about 400 words each with only one illustration or table, and must include a correspondence address. They may be subjected to the peer review process and their eventual placement in JOMPED is at the discretion of the editorial team.

  • Community papers: Project reports, life stories, testimonials, news, views and commentaries (between 500 and 1500 words).

  • Opinion papers: Personal viewpoint on topics that are related to the focus and scope of JOMPED or development that highlights recent exciting research or policy developments (between 1000 and 2000 words).

  • Book reviews: The editor or book review editor may request book reviews on any book relevant to medicinal plants and economic development. Please, contact the editor if you would like to suggest a review of book for consideration.

  • Short communications: These are intended to rapidly communicate novel ideas and results in new and developing areas, but which are insufficient to fill the requirements of a full-length article. They must be concise but complete descriptions of limited investigations. They must not be included in later papers. Short communications should be as completely documented, both by reference to the literature and description of the experimental procedures employed like in original research papers. (Maximum 2500 words, 25 references.)

  • Research communications: These are intended for the publication of smaller items of interest, like the description of a new or modified technique, results of preliminary or limited surveys of scientific merit. Research communications must include an abstract and be concise, preferably not more than two printed pages or approximately four double-spaced typed pages. The contents may be subdivided into sections.

See detailed requirements on our types of articles published page.

Open access

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access. Learn more about the journal copyright, licensing and publishing rights.

Review process

The journal has a double-blinded peer review process. Manuscripts are initially examined by editorial staff and are sent by the Editor-in-Chief to two expert independent reviewers, either directly or by a Section Editor. Read our full peer review process.



AOSIS has a number of ways in which we promote publications. Learn more here.


AOSIS is a member and/or subscribes to the standards and code of practices of several leading industry organisations. This includes the Directory of Open Access Journals, Ithenticate, Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, CrossRef, Portico and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Learn more here.

DHET accreditation

The journal is not yet DHET accredited. Application is in progress.

Indexing Services

All articles published in the journal are included in:

  • GALE, CENGAGE Learning
  • ProQuest

We are working closely with relevant indexing services to ensure that articles published in the journal will be available in their databases when appropriate.


The full text of the journal articles is deposited in the following archives to guarantee long-term preservation:

  • Portico
  • AOSIS Library
  • South African Government Libraries

AOSIS is also a participant in the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) initiative. LOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from AOSIS and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.

The URL to the LOCKSS Publisher Manifest for the journal is: 
Please inform us if you are using our manifest as we would like to add your name to the list above.

Journal impact

A journal's Impact Factor was originally designed in 1963 as a tool for libraries to compare journals, and identify the most popular ones to subscribe to. It was never intended to measure the quality of journals, and definitely not the quality of individual articles.

The Impact Factor is a journal-level measurement reflecting the yearly average number of citations of recent articles published in that journal. It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field; journals with higher Impact Factors are often deemed to be more important than those with lower ones. Therefore, the more often articles in the journal are cited, the higher its Impact Factor.

The Impact Factor is highly discipline-dependent due to the speed with which articles get cited in each field and the related citation practices. The percentage of total citations occurring in the first two years after publication varies highly amongst disciplines. Accordingly, one cannot compare journals across disciplines based on their relative Impact Factors.

We provide several citation-based measurements for each of our journals, if available. We caution our authors, readers and researchers that they should assess the quality of the content of individual articles, and not judge the quality of articles by the reputation of the journal in which they are published.

Citation-based measurement


Journal Impact Factor, based on Web of Science (formerly ISI)


CiteScore, based on Scopus, Elsevier


Source-Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP), based on Scopus, Elsevier


Scimago Journal Rank (SJR), based on Scopus, Elsevier


H-index, based on Google Scholar



*Journal launched in 2017.