Information For Authors

Types of papers

PHYTONutrients will consider for publication the following articles:

  • Research articles: word limit 5500 words, 50 references, 8 figures/tables
  • Short Scientific Communication: 3000 words, 25 references, 2 figures/tables
  • Review Articles: word limit 10000 words, 100 references, 10 figures
  • Meta-Analyses/systematic Reviews: must adhere to the recommendations of the PRISMA document (
  • Clinical Studies: must adhere to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) guidelines which require and recommend registration of clinical trials in a public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrollment as a condition of consideration for publication.

Article Format

  • Title page: article title, author name(s) and affiliations
  • Abstract: it should be 200-300 words
  • Keywords: 3-7 which can be used for indexing purposes.
  • Introduction
  • Material & Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion/future prospects
  • Abbreviations
  • Acknowledgment
  • Funding
  • Conflict of interest
  • Author’s contribution
  • References:


Article Template

Click to Download Article Template



Text format

Manuscripts should be submitted in Word.

  • Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 12-point Times Roman) for text.
  • Use italics for emphasis.
  • Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
  • Do not use field functions.
  • Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.
  • Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.
  • Use the equation editor or MathType for equations.
  • Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions).


  • Title

Maximum of 50 characters. Should be informative and concise and not include non-standard abbreviations.

  • Running title

Write it in italic form; a maximum of 50 characters.


  • List of authors

Provide the full names and affiliations (Division/Department, Institution, city, country) of all the authors and full addresses of institutions. For different affiliations use superscripts 1,2,3. Provide the full postal address and email of the corresponding author.


  • Abstract

An abstract 200-300 words in a single straight paragraph (background; aims and objective; Material and methods; Results; discussion, conclusions) without headings.


  • Keywords

3 to 6 keywords, separated by semicolon, indicate the text nature and should be used for international abstracting services for indexing the paper.


  • Abbreviations

List of abbreviations. Define abbreviations and acronyms for the first time they are used in the text, even after they have been defined in the abstract.


  • Introduction

It must briefly state the objectives of the study and provide enough background information to explain the reasons for carrying out the work and clearly indicate the nature of the study hypotheses that were tested.


  • Materials and Methods

It should present clearly the experimental data in a reproducible manner. References should be added to the support assays used.


  • Results

This part should present clearly the experimental findings in the standard way. Preferably in the form of table or figures or both as per data to make the article attractive for the readers.

  • Discussion

It shall focus on the current finding and emphasize the importance of the results compared to the results with the previous findings to support your findings.


  • Author’s contribution

Authors are encouraged to include a statement that specifies the contribution of every author to the research and preparation of the manuscript.


  • Acknowledgments

It may include the organization or individual who facilitates the study but is included in the author list.


  • Funding

Please describe any sources of funding that have supported the work. The statement should include details of any grants received (please give the name of the funding agency and grant number).


  • Interest conflict

The authors are required to disclose financial or non-financial interests that are directly or indirectly related to the work submitted for publication. Interests within the last 3 years of beginning the work (conducting the research and preparing the work for submission) should be reported. Interests outside the 3-year time frame must be disclosed if they could reasonably be perceived as influencing the submitted work.


  • References

The references can be added via EndNote software for uniformity


Cite references in the text by name and year in parentheses. For examples:

  • Negotiation research spans many disciplines (Thompson 1990).
  • This result was later contradicted by Becker and Seligman (1996).
  • This effect has been widely studied (Abbott 1991; Barakat et al., 1995a, b; Kelso and Smith 1998; Medvec et al., 1999, 2000).

Cite reference at the end in biological format

Authors, year of publication, the title of article, journal name, volume, and page numbers. For example 

Cos P., Vlietinck A.J., Berghe D.V., et al. (2006) Anti-infective potential of natural products: how to develop a stronger in vitro 'proof-of-concept'. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 106: 290-302.


  • Tables
  • All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  • Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  • For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table.
  • Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.
  • Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.


  • Figures
  • All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  • High quality or resolution in FIT format.
  • Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  • Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc.).
  • If an appendix appears in your article and it contains one or more figures, continue the consecutive numbering of the main text. Do not number the appendix figures,"A1, A2, A3, etc." Figures in online appendices [Supplementary Information (SI)] should, however, be numbered separately.
  • Each figure should have a concise caption describing accurately what the figure depicts.
  • Figures should be submitted within the body of the text. Only if the file size of the manuscript causes problems in uploading it, the large figures should be submitted separately from the text.
  • If you include figures that have already been published elsewhere, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format.

Supplementary material

It can be added as a separate file where required or where the editor/reviewer asks to provide it.

Highlight (For review articles)

For review articles, Highlights should be added before the abstract in the main manuscript. Please display Highlights in the form of 3 to 5 bullet points (maximum 90 characters, including spaces, per bullet point).

Changes to authorship

Authors are strongly advised to ensure the correct author group, the Corresponding Author, and the order of authors at submission. Changes of authorship by adding or deleting authors, and/or changes in Corresponding Author, and/or changes in the sequence of authors are not accepted after acceptance of a manuscript.

Animal and clinical studies

The study involving experimental animals must state in the Methods section that the research was conducted in accordance with the internationally accepted principles for laboratory animal use and care as found in for example the European Community guidelines (EEC Directive of 1986; 86/609/EEC) or the US guidelines (NIH publication #85-23, revised in 1985). Investigations with human subjects must state in the Methods section that the research followed guidelines of the Declaration of Helsinki and Tokyo for humans, and was approved by the institutional human experimentation committee or equivalent, and that informed consent was obtained. The Editors will reject papers if there is any doubt about the suitability of the animal or human procedures used.