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Review Procedures and Criteria

Guiding principles

AoB PLANTS publishes peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of basic and applied plant biology, and is committed to evaluating submitted manuscripts in a fair and transparent fashion. The journal publishes research that has been rigorously conducted, analysed and summarized, and placed within a strong conceptual framework. Although authors must discuss the novelty and significance of their work, AoB PLANTS bases decisions to accept or reject papers solely on scientific rigour and leaves judgements about the wider importance of published works to the scientific community.

AoB PLANTS believes that the personal characteristics of authors (e.g., gender, ethnicity, home institution, seniority, reputation, ability to pay open-access fee, etc.) should not influence how manuscripts are handled during the review process. Thus, since its establishment, the journal has evaluated manuscripts using a double-blind process, wherein the identities of both authors and reviewers are not revealed during peer review.

Initial screening

All submitted manuscripts undergo an initial screening by the journal’s editorial staff to ensure the following: (1) the content of manuscripts is appropriate for AoB PLANTS; (2) manuscripts adhere to all instructions outlined in the Author Guidelines; and (3) manuscripts are well written and comprehensible to a diverse scientific readership.

Publishing criteria

Papers published in AoB PLANTS must meet the following criteria, as assessed by referees and both Associate and Chief Editors:

  • The work presented has been rigorously conducted, analysed and summarized, and placed within a strong conceptual framework;
  • The authors clearly state and effectively evaluate specific research hypotheses;
  • The authors have discussed adequately the novelty and significance of their work (although acceptance decisions will be based solely on scientific rigour);
  • The authors' conclusions are supported by their data (or if the paper is a review or commentary, by the published literature and logical arguments);
  • The authors cite, discuss and relate their work to relevant published literature; and
  • The paper encourages further research and/or debate in the field.