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Special Issue "Middle-Eastern Marine Natural Products"

A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Mohamed-Elamir F. Hegazy

1. Institute of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany 2. Phytochemistry Department, Division of Pharmaceutical and Drug Industries, National Research Centre, Egypt
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Guest Editor
Prof. Paul W. Pare

Department of Chemistry, Texas Tech University, USA
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Approximately 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, with the largest diversity of marine organisms concentrated in tropical seas and oceans. Such macro- and micro-organisms have distinct metabolisms, resulting in an array of secondary metabolites with potential pharmaceutical values. Indeed, just within the past quarter century, the search for new marine metabolites has resulted in the isolation of upward of 10,000 compounds, many of which exhibit biological activity. In this Special Issue of Marine Drugs, efforts to characterize marine organisms and derived natural products from the geographical region of the middle east will be investigated. This area spans from tropical to temperate climatic zones including Western Asia, as well as parts of Northern Africa and Southeastern Europe; the region includes five seas (Arabian, Black, Caspian, Mediterranean and Red) and five gulfs (Aden, Aqaba, Oman, Persian and Suez) that span approximately 15 degrees north and south of the Tropic of Cancer. Specifically, the Red Sea is an epicenter for marine biodiversity with an extremely high endemic biota including over 50 genera of coral. Despite the sea’s size and diversity of reef-associated inhabitants, marine invertebrates in this ecosystem remain under studied compared to other large coral reef systems, such as the Great Barrier Reef or the Caribbean. Researchers are invited to provide recent advances (review articles included) on the various aspects of marine compounds and extracts involving middle-east marine ecosystems.

Prof. Mohamed-Elamir F. Hegazy
Prof. Paul W. Pare
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Marine Drugs is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

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