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Annals of Botany Company

The Annals of Botany Company
Objects of the Annals of Botany Company
Directors, Trustees and Members of the Annals of Botany Company
Aims of the Annals of Botany Company
General Information

The Annals of Botany Company

The Annals of Botany Company owns and manages the journal known as the Annals of Botany. The journal was founded in 1887 and is now the world’s oldest general plant science title. In 2009 the Company launched a second title AoB PLANTS, an online, open-access plant science journal. Oxford University Press is the contractor currently selected by the Company to produce and publish both titles on its behalf.

The Company itself was registered with limited liability in England and Wales on 13 July 1903 under the registration number 00078001. The Company is also a registered charity, with the registration number 237771.

The Registered Office of the Company is: Annals of Botany Company, University of Exeter, Innovation Centre, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RN, UK.

Objects of the Annals of Botany Company

‘To promote the science of botany … [by means of] the publication known as the Annals of Botany [and other publications], … to make grants for the prosecution of botanical research and botanical travel; and … to employ such
other means as [are] … conducive to the promotion of botanical science.’

(From Memorandum of Association 1903, paragraph 3A amended 1948)

Directors, Trustees and Members of the Annals of Botany Company


The company directors and charity trustees are:

  • Professor H G Dickinson (Chairman, Oxford)
  • Professor D F Cutler (Vice-Chairman, Linnean Society)
  • Professor R Hunt (Company Secretary and Treasurer, Exeter)

The remaining company members (shareholders) are:

  • Professor M D Bennett
  • Professor J A Bryant (Exeter)
  • Dr M F Fay (Kew)
  • Professor C Foyer (Newcastle)
  • Professor M B Jackson (Bristol)

Aims of the Annals of Botany Company

The Annals of Botany Company aims to deliver public benefit by supporting the publication of original plant science in the Annals of Botany.

These papers cover all areas of plant science, include those applying molecular, analytical, mathematical and statistical techniques to examine topical questions at any level of biological organization ranging from cell to community, from tissue culture to crop production, and from microclimate to ecosystem.

The journal's scope extends to all flowering and non-flowering taxa, and to taxonomic and evolutionary questions, particularly when these are addressed using molecular tools.

Publication in the Annals of Botany is available free of charge to any author submitting what is in the judgement of the Editors an original and substantial manuscript of considerable general interest.

Published papers are accessible free of charge to any reader worldwide after a maximum of two years from publication. Papers are accessible immediately to all paying subscribers, to members of subscribing institutions, and to members of the general public via purchase of single articles or issues or via public libraries.