University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Specialty Chief Editor
Photosynthesis and Photobiology
Photosynthesis provides food, fiber and fuel for our society, and is a crucial component of the global carbon cycle and global water cycle. Photosynthesis research covers all areas related to the energy absorption, transfer, and conversion processes of photosynthesis and closely related processes. Photobiology is about studying mechanisms of how light influences plants either physically or through signal transduction processes. Right now, there is a huge interest in enhancing photosynthesis for greater yields. The Photosynthesis and Photobiology section publishes high-quality fundamental and applied research across all areas of photosynthesis and photobiology, which include but not limited to:
All studies must contribute insights into photosynthesis and photobiology. Both experimental and in silico studies on photosynthesis are welcomed to submit. Studies focusing on development of systems models for photosynthesis should be sent to more specialized journals for modeling. Studies on all aspects related to photosynthetic efficiency and options to improve photosynthesis to better serve humanity are particular welcomed.
Please consider the quality and content requirements for experimental studies as listed below
Quantitative analysis needs to be performed on a minimum number of 3 biological replicates in order to enable an assessment of significance. This includes quantitative omics studies (transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics) as well as phenotypic measurements, quantitative assays, and qPCR expression analysis. Studies that do not comply with these replication requirements will not be considered for review.
Studies falling into the categories below will not be considered for review, unless they are expanded and provide insight into the biological system or process being studied:
i) Descriptive collection of transcripts, proteins or metabolites, including comparative sets as a result of different conditions or treatments;
ii) Descriptive studies that define gene families using basic phylogenetics and the assignment of cursory functional attributions (e.g. expression profiles, hormone or metabolites levels, promoter analysis, informatic parameters).
Studies using transgenic or mutants lines (plants and algae) should be based on data from multiple independent alleles (at least 2) displaying a common and stable phenotype. Examples include T-DNA, transposon, RNAi, CRISPR/Cas9, chemically induced, overexpressors, reporter fusions (GUS, FPs, LUC) etc. Qualitative data can be presented from a single allele but should be indicative of observations from multiple alleles which should be explicitly stated in the text. Quantitative data should be derived from multiple alleles (at least 2) and should be displayed separately for each allele (with at least 3 independent replications for each allele). Studies reporting single alleles may be considered acceptable when:
i) Complementation via transformation is used for confirmation;
ii) The allele has been previously characterized and published and is representative of multiple independent lines;
iii) Systems where genetic transformation is difficult or not yet possible, alternative evidence should be presented supporting the reported allele.
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Photosynthesis and Photobiology welcomes submissions of the following article types: Correction, Data Report, Editorial, Erratum, Hypothesis & Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Review, Systematic Review, Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Photosynthesis and Photobiology, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
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