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New York/Stuttgart – The Thieme journal Planta Medica celebrates its 60th anniversary at this year’s International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA) in Münster, 1st-5th of September. Being the official organ of GA, the journal first appeared in 1953, and since then Planta Medica has grown into one of the leading international journals in the field of medicinal plant and natural product research.

To mark this festive occasion, a special anniversary ceremony will be hosted by Professor Dr. Luc Pieters (Editor-in-Chief), Professor Dr. Adolf Nahrstedt (Senior Editor) and Professor Dr. Matthias Hamburger (Review Editor) at the annual congress of GA. The anniversary ceremony will also provide the occasion to present the first Thieme Award for the Most Innovative Paper of the Year. The 2013 prize will go to the research group headed by Dr. Susan Murch of the University of British Columbia for their ground-breaking work on plant metabolomics.1

This year, Professor Dr. Luc Pieters will again chair a workshop on how to successfully publish scientific papers.

Professor Pieters comments on the journal’s anniversary: “It is a truly memorable and indeed remarkable occasion for us all to be here in Münster together to celebrate Planta Medica’s 60th anniversary. Especially, as it was here in Münster where Planta Medica’s ‘life cycle’ began sixty years ago in 1953. Planta Medica has always been a very international journal but the composition of the Board of Editors and the Advisory Board in recent years is a reflection of the worldwide reach of Planta Medica. To see this development is truly gratifying and we would like to thank all our authors, reviewers, readers and of course the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research for the constant support and enthusiasm, which propelled and indeed continues to propel Planta Medica to the forefront of science.”

Planta Medica is available online and in print. All manuscripts submitted to Planta Medica undergo rigorous peer review. To learn more please visit:

About Planta Medica

Planta Medica is one of the leading international journals in the field of medicinal plants and natural product research with original research papers, letters, rapid communications, reviews, mini reviews and perspectives from researchers worldwide. Planta Medica publishes 18 issues per year. Planta Medica is the official organ of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA).

About the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA)

The Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA - Gesellschaft für Arzneipflanzen- und Naturstoff-Forschung) ( was founded in 1953 in Bad Camberg, Germany, for the purpose of promotion and dissemination of medicinal plant research. Over the years GA has developed into an international scientific society with at present ca. 1400 members from 82 countries. The scientific interests of GA cover nowadays all aspects of medicinally used natural products like agricultural science, biology, chemistry, pharmacy, pharmacognosy, pharmacology and medicine.

About Thieme

Thieme Publishing Group is a scientific and medical publishing house employing more than 950 people and maintaining offices in seven cities, including New York, Delhi, Stuttgart and three other locations in Germany. Founded in 1886, the Thieme name has become synonymous with high quality and excellence in medical and scientific publishing. Today, Thieme is the market leading publisher of neurosurgical content and holds strong market positions in orthopedics,radiology, anatomy and chemistry, among other specialties. Thieme publishes 140 peer-reviewed journals and over 500 new books annually. The company also has a rapidly growing array of web-based products in medicine and science. State-of-the-art online products include Thieme eJournals, Thieme Electronic Book Library, the medical student website and Thieme Teaching Assistant, an innovative web-based platform for faculty. For more information about Thieme, please visit

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