"The marine environment is an exceptional reservoir of bioactive compounds, many of which exhibit structural/chemical features not found in terrestrial natural products. This is easily understood since the Ocean, which covers almost 71% of the Earthâs surface and represents a uniqueness of the physical and chemical conditions, is considered as a very promising source of Natural Products covering a wide range of bioactivities. Therefore, marine Natural Products continue to play a major role in drug discovery. Since the Azorean archipelago is located in the warm temperate region of the North East Atlantic, approximately 1200 km from Europe, the marine fauna and flora of this group of islands appear to be a mixture of species which can be found both in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Marine macroalgae are abundant and structuring organisms of the coastal area of the entire Azores archipelago, some having a markedly seasonal pattern and others being present during the whole year in the Azorean coasts.
The impact factor of journal provides quantitative assessment tool for grading, evaluating, sorting and comparing journals of similar kind. It reflects the average number of citations to recent articles published in science and social science journals in a particular year or period, and is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field. It is first devised by Eugene Garfield, the founder of the Institute for Scientific Information. Scholarly peer review is the process of subjecting an author's scholarly work, research, or ideas to the scrutiny of others who are experts in the same field, before a paper describing this work is published in a journal. The work may be accepted, considered acceptable with revisions, or rejected. Peer review requires a community of experts in a given (narrowly defined) field, who are qualified and able to perform reasonably impartial review
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