For plant scientists, two most popular plant specific journals are - The Plant Cell & Plant Physiology. Interestingly, both of these journals are publication venture of American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB). As a result, massive submission trafficking is going on through these journals. Let's consider few facts about these journals. Both of these journals have monthly issues. Total 24 issues. Each issue has 8-10 or maximum 12 research article. Annually approximately 250 research articles are published. On the other side, the number of lab working with only model plant Arabidopsis is several thousand. Just think about, what is expecting number if we consider all plant science lab around the globe. This facts and figures clearly illustrate that top 5% lab can publish up to that mark. But, if any manuscripts bounced back from ASPB journal doesn't mean that it's not worthy enough to be published in a respected journal. Rather than it means that scopes are less compared to available manuscripts.
Here comes one good news. ASPB has recently opened another open access journal, Plant Direct, in collaboration with Society of Experimental Botany (SEB) and Wiley. It will cover a broad spectrum of topics such as genetics, biochemistry, development, cell biology, biotic stress, abiotic stress, genomics, phenomics, bioinformatics, physiology, molecular biology, and evolution of plant biology.
If you are interested to know about ASPB's new journal, you may attend the workshop on 25th June (11:30 am - 1:00 pm) during Plant Biology 2017 in Hawaii. The journal website is live now. And, the submission is open from this March according to the Twitter update.
All the best for "Plant Direct"