Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Abstracts (MAPA) is a bimonthly
abstracting journal covering global current literature on all aspects of
medicinal, aromatic and allied plants, including lower plants. It was started in
1979 as a printed publication. It involves scanning, selection and abstracting
relevant research papers from primary journals and patents published from
different countries in English language. Each record contains information about
author(s), author affiliation, title of the paper, bibliographic details and an
informative abstract. It also covers information on forthcoming conferences
/seminars /meetings and latest published books on Medicinal Plants.
A landmark distinction of MAPA is its inclusion in the elite list
of prior art scientific journals in the Non Patent Literature (NPL) as part of
the requirement of Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) minimum documentation of
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva. It is obligatory on the
part of patent examiners to search for information from journals covered under
NPL of PCT minimum documentation.