The 1st most cited journal in Plant Sciences
Plant Traffic and Transport aims to publish high quality and innovative experimental research investigating the function of plant membrane transporters, and the mechanisms by which these transporters are regulated. The section will provide a venue for researchers to publish biochemical, biophysical, phenomic, and cell biological studies of plant transport processes, and will prioritize reports that utilize integrative and novel approaches to elucidate cellular and whole-plant transport processses.
Plants have evolved some of the most sophisticated and highly-regulated mechanisms to control the movement of nutrients, signaling molecules, xenobiotics, and defense compounds found in living organisms. Elucidation of the processes and interactions that regulate the movement of these compounds across the plasma membrane and endomembrane structures is essential to our understanding of plant growth, metabolism, biotic interactions, and abiotic stress responses. Research that seeks to expand the understanding of plant transport processes utilizing intra- or interspecific variation approaches and functional comparisons with transporters from non-plant species is welcomed.
The section particularly encourages reports of 1) structure-function analyses utilizing crystallography, modeling, evolutionary, biochemical, and mutational approaches; 2) research that incorporates studies of transporter function in heterologous expression and artificial membrane systems with mutational and transgenic approaches in intact plants; 3) characterization of the interactions of transport proteins with the membrane environment; 4) research that integrates experimental characterization of membrane transporter function with cellular trafficking studies; 5) work that incorporates characterization of transporter function into developmental and environmental response studies; 6) functional analyses of recalcitrant transport proteins from non-plant species in plant systems.
Articles that employ genomic, phylogenetic, modeling, ionomic/metabolomic, imaging, and systems biology technologies to transport research are also of particular interest. The open-access model developed by Frontiers offers an outstanding alternative to traditional publication formats. For Plant Traffic and Transport, we have sought a balance in the editorial board between cell biologists, transport biochemists, developmental biologists, and physiologists. Frontiers articles are published fast; they will be online within ~12 weeks after the submission date. The peer-review process has been completely revised and adapted to guarantee fairness and efficiency using a thorough paperless process, with real-time author-reviewer-editor interactions, collaborative reviewer mandates to maximize quality, and reviewer disclosure after article acceptance.
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Plant Traffic and Transport welcomes submissions of the following article types: Correction, Editorial, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective and Review.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Plant Traffic and Transport, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Plant Traffic and Transport 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.