The 1st most cited journal in Plant Sciences
Frontiers in Plant Science is a leading journal in its field, publishing rigorously peer-reviewed research that advances our understanding of plant models, crops and ecosystems, and translates research into new technological advances. Field Chief Editor Joshua L. Heazlewood at the University of Melbourne is supported by an outstanding Editorial Board of international researchers. This multidisciplinary open-access journal is at the forefront of disseminating and communicating scientific knowledge and impactful discoveries to researchers, academics, policy makers and the public worldwide.
In an ever-changing world, plant science is of the utmost importance for securing humankind's future well-being. Plants provide oxygen, food, feed, fibers, and building materials, and are a diverse source of industrial and pharmaceutical chemicals. In addition, they are centrally important to the health of ecosystems, and the management and maintenance of a sustainable biosphere necessitates their thorough understanding.
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; and explores the form, function, development, diversity, reproduction, evolution, and uses of both higher and lower plants, as well as their interactions with other organisms throughout the biosphere.
Frontiers in Plant Science welcomes outstanding contributions from across the field — from single-plant to population and whole-ecosystem analyses; from molecular, to biophysical, to computational approaches; from basic to applied research; from molecular to organism-scale studies.
Frontiers in Plant Science is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
Frontiers in Plant Science is composed of the following Specialty Sections:
The specialty sections of Frontiers in Plant Science welcome submission of the following article types: Correction, Editorial, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review, General Commentary, Protocols, Specialty Grand Challenge, Technology Report, Systematic Review, Book Review, Policy Brief and Data 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 benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering 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 Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing 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.