The Journal of Experimental Botany
The aim of JXB is to publish the highest quality manuscripts that address questions of broad interest in plant biology. We welcome manuscripts that identify fundamental mechanisms including those underpinning the improvement of plants for the sustainable production of food, fuel and renewable materials. Our emphasis is on molecular physiology, molecular genetics and environmental physiology, and we encourage integrative approaches employing cutting-edge technologies, systems biology, and synthetic biology.
Areas of interest include but are not limited to:
- Plant Environment Interactions: plant responses to environmental variables including global change, biotic and abiotic stress, mineral nutrition;
- Photosynthesis and Metabolism: light capture, carbon uptake and assimilation, resource allocation, broader metabolism and nutrition;
- Crop Molecular Genetics: including trait and gene characterization;
- Plant Growth and Differentiation: integration of internal and external cues determining development and architecture, reproductive biology
In addition to the aims and scope the following statements should aid in judging if a paper is suitable for publication in JXB.
As a general rule papers that describe phenomena without advancing our understanding of a process or mechanism will not be accepted.
The publication of data sets linking genomics with phenomics, proteomics and metabolomics is encouraged when the data and interpretation reveal new understanding of functional significance.
The publication of research on plant traits of economic importance is encouraged when it provides new insights with broad application.
QTL studies and large scale meta analysis of data (including population genetics and genetic diversity studies) will only be considered important if they advance mechanistic or functional understanding of biological processes in plants or provide a framework for future mechanistic work.
Papers presenting new methodologies should only be considered if the application is supported with experimental data that provide new biological insight and the methods are of wide relevance to plant scientists and are likely to be taken up by JXB readers. Clear demonstration of the applicability of the method is essential for publication.
Original articles should provide new insights into underlying biological processes or functions that will be of interest to the plant science community. Manuscripts that are essentially descriptive or that confirm a well-known process in a species in which the process has not been identified previously will not be considered for peer review.
Darwin reviews are a prestigious collection of invited articles that present a contemporary perspective on important topics of broad interest to the plant science community. Although generally these papers are written by invitation, proposals are welcome. The reviews should be scholarly articles; not only should they summarize relevant information, but they should add value to current knowledge through constructive academic criticism, informed insight or well-considered foresight. Authors are encouraged to use illustrations, particularly if such illustrations could become useful teaching aids or research models. Reviews should generally not include previously unpublished data. All review articles pass through the same refereeing process as regular articles and the response time to first decision can be expected to match the Journal’s target of 28 days.
Opinion papers that express a particular point of view on a controversial topic relevant to any aspect of plant science are also considered. Outlines of Reviews and Opinion Papers should be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief for consideration before preparation of a full manuscript.
In addition to regular issues the Journal also publishes Special Issues, which are collections of reviews on a particular subject and are often associated with scientific meetings.
Special Issues & Focus Collections 2015
- Plant Phenotyping
- Hormone Crosstalk in Plants
- Plants and Bioenergy
- Breeding plants to cope with future climate change
- Optimising Photosynthesis
- Reactive oxygen and nitrogen signalling networks in plants
- Roots to global food security
- Membrane - protein interactions in plants/ Plant nuclear envelope, nuclear structure and nucleoskeleton
- Plant organ growth control
- Mechanism of plant insect interactions
Special Issues & Focus Collections 2014
- Nutrient Sensing and Signalling
- Plant Cell Cycle
- Oxidative Stress and Cell Death in Plants
- Plant Vascular Trafficking
- Fruit Development and Ripening
- Leaf Senesence
- C4-CAM Photosynthesis
- Nitrogen Nutrition
- Synthetic Biology
Special Issues & Collections 2013
- Improving Photosythesis
- Roots and Productivity
- Biotic Stress
- New Insights into the Plant Nuclear Envelope: proteins and their interaction
- Plant Biomechanics
- Techniques for Ecophysiology
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