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Field Chief Editor/s:  Richard Jorgensen, University of Arizona, USA

Short Name: Front. Plant Sci.

Abbreviation: FPLS

Electronic ISSN: 1664-462X

NLM Id: 101568200

Indexed in: PubMed, PubMed Central, Web of Science, Google Scholar, DOAJ, CrossRef, AGRICOLA

PMCID: all published articles receive a PMCID

Impact Factor: 3.637

Mission Statement

Frontiers in Plant Science is a field journal of the "Frontiers in" journal series.

In an ever changing world, plant science is of the utmost importance for securing the future well-being of humankind. Plants provide oxygen, food, feed, fibers, and building materials. In addition, they are a diverse source of industrial and pharmaceutical chemicals. Plants are centrally important to the health of ecosystems, and their understanding is critical for learning how to manage and maintain a sustainable biosphere. Plant science is extremely interdisciplinary, reaching from agricultural science to paleobotany, and molecular physiology to ecology. It uses the latest developments in computer science, optics, molecular biology and genomics to address challenges in model systems, agricultural crops, and ecosystems. Plant science research inquires into the form, function, development, diversity, reproduction, evolution and uses of both higher and lower plants and their interactions with other organisms throughout the biosphere. Frontiers in Plant Science welcomes outstanding contributions in any field of plant science from single plant analysis to studies of populations and whole ecosystems, from molecular to biophysical to computational approaches and from basic to applied research, from organismal to molecular studies.

Frontiers in Plant Science publishes articles on the most outstanding discoveries across a wide research spectrum of Plant Science. The mission of Frontiers in Plant Science is to bring all relevant Plant Science areas together on a single platform.

Frontiers in Plant Science is composed of the following Specialty Sections:

The specialty sections of Frontiers in Plant Science welcome submission of the following tier 1 articles: Book Review, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis & Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology Report.

When submitting a manuscript to Frontiers in Plant Science, authors must submit the material directly to one of the specialty sections. Manuscripts are peer reviewed by the associate and review editors of the respective specialty section.

Articles published in the specialty sections above will be subject to the Frontiers evaluation system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a prestigious Frontiers Focused Review - a tier 2 article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in the Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Plant Science.

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Frontiers’ philosophy is that all research is for the benefit of humankind. Research is the product of an investment by society and therefore its fruits should be returned to all people without borders or discrimination, serving society universally and in a transparent fashion.

That is why Frontiers provides online free and open access to all of its research publications. For more information on open access click here.

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Field Chief Editor/s:  Richard Jorgensen, University of Arizona, USA

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