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Editorial Message – January 1, 2014

The broad scientific scope of Natural Product Communications (NPC) means that we publish high quality papers across a wide spectrum of natural products research, including organic, medicinal, pharmaceutical, bioorganic, analytical, theoretical, biotechnological and chemotaxonomic aspects. We welcome all types of manuscripts: communications, full papers and reviews. We have a very diverse international authorship, and a readership that is continuously growing, as indicated by the increasing number of submissions and published papers, and also from the web statistics. NPC is a SCI-cited journal with an impact factor in 2012 of 0.956. We would like to thank our authors, readers and referees who are the architects of this success.

During 2013, we published three themed issues dedicated to “Argan Tree Metabolites and Argan Oil”, “Australasian Natural Product Studies” and “New Aspects in Natural Product Synthesis: Methodology and Strategy”. We are committed to placing this journal at the forefront for the dissemination of newand exciting natural products research. NPC will be proud to recognize eminent natural product scientists by dedicating an issue in their honor. Suggestions for themed and/or honorarium issue(s) would be welcomed. We look forward to receiving your submissions and your feedback.

Professor Johannes van Staden, Research Centre for Plant Growth and Development, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Scottsville, South Africa, won the 2011 “Gerald Blunden Award” for the best review paper "Cytotoxic Agents of the Crinane Series of Amarylidaceae Alkaloids” published in Natural Product Communications, 7, 1677-1688 (2012), and co-authored by Jerald J. Nair, Jaume Bastida and Francese Viladomat. The Award wins a free year's subscription to Natural Product Communications and is accompanied by US$ 500, sponsored by Natural Product Inc. The award was made for the best review published during the last two years (2011-2012). In 2013, the award will be made for the best paper published during 2012-2013. Each year, the winner will be announced in May at the time of Prof. Blunden’s Anniversary, and a similar pattern will be followed in consecutive years.

We are truly saddened to learn of the death of Prof. Karsten Krohn, University of Paderborn, Germany, who organized a thematic issue for NPC on “Chemical Biodiversity of Secondary Metabolites from Endophytic Fungi” that was published in Natural Product Communications, 4, 1449-1614 (2009). NPC is going to miss his expertise, and we extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Karsten touched through his work.

For the information of our authors and readers, we are announcing some changes to the Editorial Advisory Board. Leaving the Editorial Advisory Board are Professors Berhanu M. Abegaz, Øyvind M. Andersen, Julie Banerji, Lee Banting and Francisco Macias; we thank them for their support and their service. We are, however, pleased that as of January 2014, Professors Roberto G. S. Berlinck, Fatih Demirci, Dominique Guillaume, Hisahiro Hagiwara, Stefano Serra and Johannes van Staden will be joining the Editorial Advisory Board. We welcome them all and look forward to working with them.

Dr Pawan K. Agrawal
Professor Gerald Blunden (Honorary)
Professor Alejandro F. Barrero
Professor Alessandra Braca
Professor De-an Guo
Professor Yoshihiro Mimaki
Professor Stephen G. Pyne
Professor Manfred G. Reinecke
Professor William N. Setzer
Associate Professor Yasuhiro Tezuka
Professor David E. Thurston

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