The world's most-cited Plant Sciences journal
Plant Systematics and Evolution publishes research on the origin and maintenance of plant diversity in all photosynthetic lineages, including flowering plants, gymnosperms, bryophytes, ferns and lycophytes, and algae. The Specialty Section welcomes manuscripts that advance knowledge and understanding of phylogenetic relationships as well as mechanisms and drivers of lineage diversification from the intra- to the supraspecific level.
The Plant Systematics and Evolution section publishes research on the origin and maintenance of plant diversity in all photosynthetic lineages, including flowering plants, gymnosperms, bryophytes, ferns and lycophytes, and algae. The Specialty Section welcomes manuscripts that advance knowledge and understanding of phylogenetic relationships as well as mechanisms and drivers of lineage diversification from the intra- to the supraspecific level. Topics covered by this section include, but are not limited to:
· Systematics and taxonomy: understanding phylogenetic relationships among plants using (mainly) molecular or phylogenomic data and translating this into plant classification
· Species delimitation: theory and methods of recognizing and delimiting species, including (ideally multi-locus) DNA barcoding
· Plant speciation: characterizing (epi-)genetic factors as well as structural, functional and/or ecological traits (co-)responsible for lineage divergence and diversification
· Phylogeography and biogeography: temporal and spatial dynamics of plant evolution at the intra- and interspecific level (e.g., during Pleistocene climate fluctuations, in the course of adaptive radiations or on islands)
· Polyploidy and genome evolution: addressing evolution at the chromosomal (e.g., structural rearrangements, chromosome multiplications) and the genomic level (e.g, evolution of gene families or of repetitive DNA)
· Methodological advances: technical and methodological advancements pushing forward the study of plant evolution (e.g., molecular dating, timing ancestral genome duplication events, broadly applicable phylogenomic pipelines)
Purely descriptive studies that do not address a clear evolutionary hypothesis in a broader context or that provide only incremental advancement of knowledge (e.g., studies describing gene functions or morphological structures, pure applications of DNA barcoding, species descriptions without a phylogenetic framework, or aspects of plant nomenclature) do not fall within the scope of the section.
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Plant Systematics and Evolution welcomes submissions of the following article types: Book Review, Correction, Editorial, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Protocols, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology Report.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Plant Systematics and Evolution, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Plant Systematics and Evolution 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 all 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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