Fitoterapia is the sector’s most widely distributed specialist journal world-wide. Supported by an internationally renowned editorial board, the journal has always attracted important contributions and has become a valuable work of reference for the scientific community all over the world: about 700 original scientific papers are received and screened for publication every year. From 2001, the number of issues increased from 6 to 8 per year.

Fitoterapia has promoted and fostered the chemical and pharmacological study of medicinal plants, inextricably linking the resurgence of phytotherapy research with Indena’s remarkable growth. Indena has carried out extensive research into important active principles such as the taxanes, used in important anti-cancer drugs, and guaranteed their industrial production.

Indena is credited with pioneering the development of phytotherapy as a specialised research field that combines chemistry and pharmacology with botany. Fitoterapia has been the channel for bringing this knowledge to the attention of the entire international scientific community.

To date, the journal has published 11 monographs on plants fundamental to modern phytoterapy. These include: Aesculus hippocastanum L., Cucurbita pepo L., Ginkgo biloba L., Hypericum perforatum L., Prunus africana (Hook. f.) Kalkm., Serenoa repens (Bartram) J.K. Small, Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn., Urtica dioica L., Vaccinum myrtillus L., Valeriana officinalis L. and Vitis vinifera L.

Fitoterapia is distributed free to universities in Africa and Asia.

The journal is published jointly by Indena and Elsevier, the world’s largest scientific publishing house. Founded in 1924 by Indena, the international journal Fitoterapia publishes innovative research into the chemistry, pharmacology and use of medicinal plants and their derivatives. It is recognised still today as the world’s premier source of information in this field.


To subscribe to the journal, submit manuscripts and to consult the complete guide for authors and the abstracts (some papers can be downloaded for free) starting from the 1999 issue please refer to the Fitoterapia website on Elsevier B.V.


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