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Special Issue "Advances in Anthocyanin Research 2018"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Natural Products".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 May 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. M. Monica Giusti

Department of Food Science and Technology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
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Interests: functional foods, phytonutrients, natural colorants; chemistry and functionality of flavonoids, with emphasis on anthocyanins as food colorants and functional foods and other phenolic compounds, such as isoflavones and proanthocyanidins
Guest Editor
Dr. Gregory T. Sigurdson

Department of Food Science and Technology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
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Interests: naturally derived pigments; anthocyanins and polyphenolics; chemistry affecting color expression; color quality, analytical methods; application in foods and other matrices as colorants or bioactives; health promoting properties

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Interest and research on anthocyanin-based pigments has been increasing considerably in recent years. PubMed shows an almost exponential growth curve in the number of anthocyanins publications, having increased from 55 (in 1996) to 264 (in 2006) and to 892 (in 2016). Anthocyanins have long been identified as important pigments responsible for many flower, fruit, and vegetable colorations, producing a complex variety of hues ranging from yellow–red–purple–blue. More recently, colorants are being studied, not only for their biochemical roles in plants, but also for their applications in human products and contributions to health. Works on anthocyanins, specifically, as well as epidemiological findings, further indicate these plant produced pigments to be beneficial in the reduction of chronic inflammatory diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Considerable advances in the identification, analysis, application, and biological activities of anthocyanins have been made in recent years. However, the pigments exhibit diverse natural chemistry. Currently, more than 700 unique anthocyanin structures have been identified in nature, and many more in processed foods, each generally having distinctive reactivity and colorimetric properties. Therefore, authors are invited to submit manuscripts to this Molecules Special Issue, “Advances in Anthocyanin Research 2018”, in which all aspects related to anthocyanin chemistry, such as composition, degradative reactions, biosynthesis; applications in agricultural, cosmetic, and food chemistry; use as natural colorants; and aspects or mechanisms of nutrition or reducing the risks of chronic diseases will be discussed.

Prof. Dr. M. Monica Giusti
Dr. Gregory T. Sigurdson
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. Molecules 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.


  • Anthocyanin pigments
  • Natural colorants
  • Botanical aspects
  • Color quality of foods, drugs, and cosmetics
  • Anthocyanin chemistry and application
  • Anthocyanin absorption and metabolism
  • Anthocyanin Bioactivity and functionality
  • Anthocyanin’s role in the reduction of chronic diseases

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