Guest Editors

Guest Editors and Article Collections

Guest Editors play an essential role in framing the scope of article collections at Tropical Journal of Natural Product Research (TJNPR), soliciting relevant articles and other content, and authoring a guest editorial.

Article collections provide a great opportunity to explore a specific theme, discuss novel aspects of a clinical or health issue, and ultimately influence future research, policy and practice.

How to become Guest Editor

Interested experts may become guest editors in two ways:

They are invited by the Journal because of their expertise in a specific field

They submit a proposal for an article collection that is carefully assessed by Tropical Journal of Natural Product Research (TJNPR) editorial team, and consequently, can be either accepted or rejected in light of its fit with the Journal’s scope, the proposal’s novelty, general interest to our readership,   the reputation of the proposal ‘s authors on the topic of the potential collection (e.g., number of publications and citations,  awards and honors, current position, etc.), the need to keep the right balance among the kinds of topics we publish, etc.

Guest editors who are invited by Tropical Journal of Natural Product Research (TJNPR) still need to submit a detailed proposal for the article collection on their topic of expertise unless this was already developed by the Journal.

Obligations of the Guest Editor

The role of Guest Editor is mostly advisory. The overall editorial responsibility for the journal is with the Editor-in-chief. Editorial decisions are generally made by considering the advice of the peer reviewers following at least one round of peer review. Guest Editors and Editorial Board Members may provide advice on manuscripts submitted but are not always involved in the final decisions.

Manuscripts submitted to the collection (including the ones submitted or commissioned by Guest Editors) are not guaranteed acceptance for publication.  

The Guest Editor plays a critical role in the Tropical Journal of Natural Product Research (TJNPR) publications

Develop a proposal on the article collection to frame its scope, importance and specific aims

Provide input on the summary version of the collection’s scope as revised/summarized by Tropical Journal of Natural Product Research (TJNPR) in-house editorial team for the call for papers, and relevant uses on the Journal’s website ( and other online and print materials.

Commission relevant articles as agreed upon with Tropical Journal of Natural Product Research (TJNPR) in-house editorial team.  For invited articles, guest editors can either approach the authors directly or delegate this to the Journal’s editorial team.

Publicize the collection within their professional networks and social media. Author and submit a guest editorial for publication as part of the collection


Review the abstracts of all articles that are submitted for   the collection as well as pre-submission inquiries and provide input on the article’s potential novelty and significance.  Such input will be considered by Tropical Journal of Natural Product Research (TJNPR) in-house editorial team in completing a full manuscript assessment vis-à-vis a variety of parameters (e.g., methods, existing literature, etc.).  Tropical Journal of Natural Product Research (TJNPR) in-house editorial team is responsible for all decisions on what to send to peer review

Recommend a list of reviewers who specialize on the collection topic. All potential reviewers will be first assessed by Tropical Journal of Natural Product Research (TJNPR) in-house editorial team to exclude potential COIs and other items vis-à-vis the Journal’s and Publisher’s policies, and then invited by the same team to review relevant manuscripts.

Manuscripts to be considered must be within the scope and threshold of the journal, and we base decisions on suitable manuscripts upon an extensive and rigorous peer review process by academic experts who specialize in the manuscript topic.

Guidelines for Guest Editors

Preparing a Proposal

Guest Editors should submit the proposal for a Thematic Issue, in an area of considerable current interest, to Tropical Journal of Natural Product Research (TJNPR), for approval. The proposal should contain the following information:

Tentative title of the Special Issue

  • One page proposal containing information about the importance of the specific area and the proposed date of submission of the articles.
  • Sub topics of the Thematic Issue (typically 8 to 10 articles)
  • List of potential contributors (who should all be eminent in the field) along with their affiliations.
  • Tentative time schedule.
  • In case there are more than one Guest Editors in a special issue, one Guest Editor will serve as the corresponding Editor.