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Omics Approaches in Natural Products towards Modernization of Chinese Medicine

Guest edited by Prof Milen I. Georgiev and Prof Jian-Bo Wan

Omics platforms originally aim at the collective characterization and quantification of pools of biological molecules that translate into the structure, function, and dynamics of an organism or organisms. The integral view of omics is exactly consistent with the holistic thinking of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and comprehensive actions of herbal medicines. Omics approaches, including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics, has many potential advantages of facilitating the research on complex systems, especially TCM and herbal medicines. In recent years, omics has gone through dramatic development and been found to have widespread applications in TCM syndromes as well as in the assessments of the quality, pharmacological and toxicological properties of herbal medicines. However, the principle of TCM and quite a number of herbal medicines, particularly herbal formulae, are still considered to be a "mystery" to the science world.

 <Pharmacology and Applications of Chinese Materia Medica> is the world’s first, outstanding book of Chinese medicine published globally in both Chinese and English, which has reflected the application of modern research and technology into the progress of Chinese medicine, one of the most valuable Chinese culture treasures. In order to continue this outstanding tradition, and to update the title with the most recent research in the area of Chinese medicine and traditional medicine.

We are organizing this thematic series "Omics approaches in natural products towards modernization of Chinese Medicine" in the journal Chinese Medicine. We would now like to encourage authors to contribute comprehensive review articles regarding the in-depth applications of omics approaches to the field of TCM and herbal medicines. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Advances and perspectives of systems biology approaches (i.e., genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics) in quality evaluation of herbal medicines / herbal formulae
  • Advances and perspectives of omics approaches in TCM syndromes/TCM terms
  • Advances and perspectives of omics approaches in efficacy evaluation of herbal medicines / herbal formulae
  • Advances and perspectives of omics approaches in toxicology research of herbal medicines / herbal formulae


Manuscript format

Only concise review articles will be accepted.

Manuscripts should be approximately 5,000-6,000 words (body of text) with an abstract of no more than 300 words (unreferenced), 3-6 total figures and/or tables (additional figures and/or tables can be submitted as supplementary material), and no more than 100 references.

Keywords: provide a list of 4-6 keywords separated by semicolons.

References: Include only those references that are actually cited in your manuscript and cite all references in the text.

For other general formatting guidelines and reference format, please refer to the submission guidelines of Chinese Medicine.


The deadline for submission is January 31st, 2019. To submit your manuscript, please use our online submission system, and indicate in your cover letter that you would like the manuscript to be considered for this thematic series.

Article-processing charges

As the thematic series is financially supported by Macao Foundation and International Society of Chinese Medicine, the publication fee will be waived for each article accepted for publication in the thematic series. If you are interested in submitting to this thematic series, please send your request for a submission code to the editorial office ( along with your manuscript title and abstract before submission, to make sure the APC waiver is properly processed. The grant of waiver will depend on editorial decision.

Read the published articles in the series.