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Message from the Chief Editor

About AoB PLANTS


AoB PLANTS is a new open access journal for the plant sciences published by Oxford University Press. It is independently owned and managed by plant biologists and run on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of the world-wide plant science community. It is not beholden to commercial interests or to a scientific society and is therefore free to respond to the needs of authors and readers and offer a truly cost-effective publishing service.

AoB PLANTS caters for both specialized and interdisciplinary interests and covers all of plant biology including the phytoplankton.

Other notable features of AoB PLANTS include fair and transparent evaluation procedures using published minimum criteria for acceptability and a double-blind refereeing system. Publication is fast. Accepted papers will appear online within 3–5 days of acceptance and then benefit from a full typesetting and proofing service. For more information about these and other innovative features go to About the Journal and Reasons to Publish.

For an introductory period, there will be NO CHARGE to publish in AoB PLANTS. This creates the ideal opportunity to try the new journal and enjoy the benefits of open access publishing at no cost. One of the main benefits of open access is that the papers are made freely available to anyone who wishes to read them as soon as they are published, thus maximizing access worldwide while the information is fresh.

If you would like to know more about AoB PLANTS please do not hesitate to contact me at mike.jackson@bristol.ac.uk. I hope very much that you will decide to submit a manuscript. We have a large and experienced editorial board to evaluate your paper with members drawn from many countries and areas of expertise.

I can assure you of a swift, courteous and unbiased assessment of your manuscript based on clearly stated minimum criteria of acceptability and double-blind reviewing followed by prompt online open access publishing.

You can stay up to date with articles by signing up for e-mail alerting through the Oxford Journals My Account service.

With good wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Mike Jackson
Chief Editor
School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK

AoB PLANTS is published by Oxford University Press for the Annals of Botany Company in parallel with the long-established subscription journal Annals of Botany. The Annals of Botany Company Limited is registered in England (No. 78001) at University of Exeter, Innovation Centre, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RN UK. The Company is also a UK-Registered Charity (No. 237771).