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Plant & Cell Physiology (PCP) was established in 1959 and is the official journal of the Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists (JSPP). The title reflects the journal’s original interest and scope to encompass research not just at the whole-organism level but also at the cellular and subcellular levels.

Amongst the broad range of topics covered by this international journal, readers will find the very best original research on plant physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular genetics, epigenetics, biotechnology, bioinformatics and –omics; as well as how plants respond to and interact with their environment (abiotic and biotic factors), and the biology of photosynthetic microorganisms.

In 2000, PCP transitioned to print and online publication with Oxford University Press. We publish one volume per year, which consists of twelve monthly issues, and our current impact factor is 4.931 (five-year impact factor of 5.156).

Each issue is primarily composed of regular research papers and occasional reviews (mostly submitted on an invitation-only basis). We also publish ‘rapid papers’ containing new findings of exceptional interest and novelty, which require quick publication (usually within 6 weeks of acceptance) and enhanced dissemination (i.e. free access for the first three months). Also in each issue, the Editor-In-Chief selects one article of interest to be made freely available to all readers. For a full list, please click here.

In addition, each year PCP also publishes several Special Focus Issues covering a range of trending topics, as well as the online Annual Database Issue, which reports on new or significantly updated plant-oriented databases, web-based tools, and related resources for the plant research community.

Plant and Cell Physiology is now recognized worldwide as one of the few long-standing, quality journals in plant sciences and we warmly welcome submissions from JSPP members as well as non-members alike.


YearImpact FactorSi: Plant SciencesSi: Cell Biology
20154.31917 out of 20958 out of 187
20144.93115 out of 20052 out of 184
20134.97815 out of 19652 out of 185
20124.13420 out of 19567 out of 184
20114.70214 out of 19058 out of 180
20104.25715 out of 18766 out of 177
20093.59417 out of 17269 out of 161
20083.54216 out of 15568 out of 157
20073.65415 out of 15261 out of 156
20063.32415 out of 14766 out of 156

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually as part of the Science Citation Index by ISI.


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