Focus and Scope

Plant Science Today (PST) brings out research findings in all areas of plant science. It is published quarterly by the Horizon e-Publishing Group (India). PST is a peer reviewed, open access, online journal indexed by many major indexing and abstracting services. Besides full length research articles and shorter research communications, the journal publishes review articles, research data, scientific correspondence, opinions, etc.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Editorial article written by one of the senior Editors

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General Articles

General articles discuss current trends in research in a field that would be of interest to readers outside the field. These include interdisciplinary topics, science policy and science administration, some aspects of the application of science and technology to human needs or the impact of science and technology on society/ecosystems/life. The articles should include an abstract, introductory paragraph, brief subheads at appropriate places, illustrations that will help a general reader, and references.

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Review Articles

Review articles are expected to survey and discuss current developments in a field. They should be well focused and organized, and avoid a general ‘textbook’ style.

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Research Articles

Research articles report research results of major significance. They should include an abstract, an introductory paragraph, and brief subheads.

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Research communications

Research communications contain important new findings that are novel and of fairly broad interest. They should include a brief abstract and an introductory paragraph. Text should may or may not be broken up under subheads.

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Research Data

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Correspondence

Correspondence includes letters that are of general interest to botanical scientists and technical comments, including those on articles or communications published in Plant Science Today within the previous six months. Short letters are preferred. Letters may be reviewed and edited.

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News

News (not exceeding 1000 words) can cover important scientific events or any other news of interest to scientists in general.

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Meeting Reports

Meeting reports (less than 1500 words) deal with highlights/technical contents of a conference/ symposium/discussion-meeting, etc. conveying to readers the significance of important advances. Reports must avoid merely listing brief accounts of topics discussed.

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Book Reviews

Book reviews (not exceeding 1500 words). Although Book Reviews are generally solicited/commissioned, unsolicited reviews will also be considered. Reviews must not merely ‘list’ brief descriptions of the contents of a book.

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Opinion

Your opinion or thoughts on any matter related to plant science

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Mini Reviews

Under Mini Reviews, short review articles of max. 5 printed pages including references can be published.

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Peer Review Process

All papers, solicited and unsolicited, will be first assessed by the Managing Editor or one of the Editors. Papers found unsuitable in terms of the overall requirements of the journal will be returned. If suitable, the manuscripts will be sent to Reviewers for detailed review. Authors of these papers will be notified of acceptance, need for revision or rejection of the paper. It may be noted that papers once rejected cannot be resubmitted.

Review details: The PST peer reviews all the material it receives. We aim to reach a first decision on all manuscripts within two or three weeks of submission.

We may screen a research article initially by reading only the abstract, so abstracts should be as complete, accurate, and clear as possible. If the work does not seem to fit in the PST, it may be better sent straight to another journal with a more specialist or local readership.

For original research articles one editor will usually take each article through from start to finish. The PST's team of research editors aims to read all of newly submitted research articles normally within two working days. If the article is potentially suitable for the PST that editor will send your article to three external peer reviewers.

We aim to reach a final decision on publication within four to six weeks of submission for all articles. If we make an offer of publication subject to revision we usually ask authors to return their articles to us within two weeks.

Accepted articles are published on http://horizonepublishing.com/journals/index.php/PST/ as they become ready.

 

Publication Frequency

The PST Journal will be published one volume each year. There will be four issues per volume, publishing on 1st of January, April, July and October. However, to avoid delay in publishing, the accepted manuscripts will be published as soon as they are ready by adding them to the "current" issue's Table of Contents.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

ISSN, DOI AND CODEN

ISSN number: 2348 – 1900

DOI prefix: 10.14719/pst

CODEN: PSTLEH

 

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Editorial policies

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Plant Science Today (PST) is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards. In order to ensure the outcome of providing our readers with an academic journal of high quality, PST is guided by the following principles:

The editor of the journal is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editors must ensure the confidentiality of the submitted works until they are published, except in the case of suspicion of double submission. In case the editors decide not to publish a material, the manuscript should not be used for other purposes without the express written consent of the author. The editor of a submitted manuscript must not have a stake in the authors.

The reviewers of PST assist the editors in taking the decision of publishing a submitted manuscript. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor. The reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

CrossCheckThe authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Plant Science Today is a member of CrossCheck’s plagiarism detection initiative and uses plagiarism detection software. If plagiarism is identified, COPE guidelines on plagiarism will be followed. COPE

Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

 

Metadata Harvesting

We recommend harvesting our metadata for re-use. We support OAI protocol for metadata harvesting and thus, any other compatible services can obtain records from us for inclusion in their collection. 

We have enabled the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) system to ensure a secure and permanent archive for the journal. Please see the Publisher Manifest page for details.

 

Editorial Team

Our Editorial Team comprises of honorary positions such as Editor-in-Chief, Advisory Board members, Associate Editor, Section Editors, and Editorial Board members who help in reviewing the submissions received. The term of appointment is usually one year. We take maximum care to keep geographical balance while selecting members to the team. The member selection criteria include expertise in the field of interest and previous experience, if any. Those who serve as Reviewers for PST and perform well (quick and detailed reviewing) may get a preference during selection.

Other journal management, site maintenance, layout and proofread activities, etc are coordinated by Managing Editor.

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Competing Interests or Conflict of Interest Statement

Plant Science Today requires authors to declare all competing interests, often called a conflict of interests, in relation to their work. All submitted manuscripts must accompany ‘competing interests’ statement listing all competing interests. Where authors have competing interests, they need to append this statement in the manuscript. Editors may ask for further information relating to competing interests.

Competing interests may be financial or non-financial. A competing interest exists when the authors’ interpretation of data or presentation of information may be influenced by their personal or financial relationship with other people or organizations. Authors should disclose any financial competing interests but also any non-financial competing interests that may cause them embarrassment if they were to become public after the publication of the article.

 

Human and animal rights

Research involving human subjects, human material, or human data, must have been performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and must have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee. A statement detailing this, including the name of the ethics committee and the reference number where appropriate, must appear in all manuscripts reporting such research.

Experimental research on vertebrates or any regulated invertebrates must comply with institutional, national, or international guidelines, and where available should have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee. The Basel Declaration outlines fundamental principles to adhere to when conducting research in animals and the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) has also published ethical guidelines.

 

Informed Consent

For all research involving human subjects, informed consent to participate in the study should be obtained from participants (or their parent or guardian in the case of children under 16) and a statement to this effect should appear in the manuscript.

 

Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an 'acknowledgements' section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a head of the department/institution who provided only general support.

 

Changes in authorship

In line with COPE guidelines, it requires written confirmation from all authors that they agree with any proposed changes in authorship of submitted manuscripts or published articles. This confirmation must be via direct email from each author. It is the corresponding author’s responsibility to ensure that all authors confirm that they agree with the proposed changes. If there is disagreement amongst the authors concerning authorship and a satisfactory agreement cannot be reached, the authors must contact their institution(s) for a resolution. It is not the Editor’s responsibility to resolve authorship disputes. A change in authorship of a published article can only be amended via publication of an Erratum.

 

Data and material release

Submission of a manuscript to a Plant Science Today implies that readily reproducible materials described in the manuscript, including all relevant raw data, will be freely available to any scientist wishing to use them for non-commercial purposes, without breaching participant confidentiality. Nucleotide/protein sequences should be deposited in an appropriate database in time for the accession number to be included in the published article. In computational studies where the sequence information is unacceptable for inclusion in databases because of lack of experimental validation, the sequences must be published as an additional file with the article.

 

Algal, fungal, and botanical names

From January 2012, electronic publication of algal, fungal, and botanical names is a valid form of publication. Manuscripts containing new taxon names or other nomenclatural acts must follow guidelines set by the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants. 

Authors describing new fungal taxa should register the names with a recognized repository such as Mycobank, and request a unique digital identifier which should be included in the published article.

 

Corrections and retractions

Rarely, it may be necessary to publish corrections to, or retractions of, articles published in its journals, so as to maintain the integrity of the academic record. Corrections to, or retractions of, published articles will be made by publishing an Erratum or a Retraction article, without altering the original article in any way other than to add a prominent link to the Erratum/Retraction article. The original article remains in the public domain and the subsequent Erratum or Retraction will be widely indexed. In the exceptional event that material is considered to infringe certain rights or is defamatory we may have to remove that material from our site and archive sites.

 

Appeals or complaints

Authors have the right to appeal rejection of their manuscript. Appeals should be based on the scientific content of the manuscript and its suitability for publication rather than concerns about the process. Authors wishing to appeal a rejection should contact the Managing Editor. The Editor’s decision on the appeal is final.

Authors wishing to make a complaint should, in the first instance, contact the Managing Editor. For complains that cannot be resolved with the Editor (for example, complains about the Editors themselves), the authors should contact the publisher.