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Author Guidelines


If a paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Processing Charges (APC) to cover part of our expenses including those of journal production (copy editing, proof reading, layout preparation, etc), indexing, DOI numbering, online hosting, etc.  The APC for all papers submitted after 10 Dec 2016, plus transaction charges, VAT or local taxes where applicable:

Regular APC: US$300

Authors from developing countries: US$150*

Special offer: There will be no APC for PST Vol 4 (2). To avail this offer, an author must submit the manuscript before 30 April 2017. 

Upon submission of an original research paper, authors will be asked to confirm that they take responsibility for payment of the APC. By paying this fee authors are permitted to post the final, published, PDF of their article on a website, blogs, academic or social media sites, institutional repository or other free public server immediately on publication. Contact us if you have any query.

* Further discounts may be given on a case by case basis. 

Our fee waiver policy offers to waive or further reduce the publication fees for authors who cannot pay the full amount charged for publication, remains in effect. We do not want fees to prevent the publication of worthy work.

Impact Factor

We have not received official impact factor yet

Estimated impact factor based on the Google Scholar citations have been worked out as 0.45 till January 2016 (read more)


Manuscripts require formatting in journal's style at the time of submission. 

Provide names of all authors, their affiliations, location and short biography must be provided at the time of submission.

Manuscripts of all categories are to be submitted online. A cover letter containing

  1. A letter of transmittal, giving (i) names, affiliation and e-mail of all the authors, (ii) title of the contribution and (iii) contact details (including email ids) of 3 to 5 experts who can review the manuscript and most importantly state (iv) Why Plant Science Today publish your paper?

Declarations to be made regarding ethical issues
Manuscripts that deal with clinical findings should be enclosed with a statement on informed consent of the patients under study.

If humans and animals are the subject of a clinical study, it is essential for the study to have been carried out in accordance with the ethical standards of the country/countries where the research described in the article has been conducted. A declaration to that effect must accompany the manuscript.

Supplementary material
Detailed tables can be submitted as supplementary material. Any details and queries regarding supplementary material should be addressed to the corresponding author of the paper. The published material cannot be reproduced without permission from the author.

Author's declaration
Authors must acknowledge the organizations that have provided financial support for their work in the manuscript. 

Competing Interests
Plant Science Today requires authors to declare all competing interests in relation to their work. All submitted manuscripts must accompany ‘competing interests’ statement listing all competing interests.

You must read and agree all Editorial Policies before you submit your manuscript. 


Categories of Manuscripts

General articles discuss current trends in research in a field that would be of interest to readers outside the field. These include interdisciplinary topics and policy, etc. The articles should include an abstract, introductory paragraph, brief subheads at appropriate places, illustrations that will help a general reader, and references.

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.

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

Research communications (not exceeding 2000 words) contain important new findings that are novel and of fairly broad interest. They should include a brief abstract and an introductory paragraph. Text should NOT be broken up under subheads.

Correspondence includes letters that are of general interest to 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.



Follow the instructions carefully to format your manuscript in accordance with PST's policies. 

For proper referring and fast publication all manuscript should be grammatically correct.

The manuscript should be prepared in English using "MS Word" with 1.5 cm margin on all sides (Top, Bottom, Left and Right side) of the page. “Times New Roman” font should be used; single line spacing may be used.

Title: Times New Roman 14 (Centered).

Names of Author(s): Times New Roman 10 (Centered)

Author affiliation (Times New Roman 8 single column Centered) needs to be given below author names in order of appearance. Relation between author listing and affiliation needs to be indicated as superscripted numbers to the right of name in author listing and to the left in affiliation.

Abstract: Times New Roman 9 (single column) Justified, maximum 250 words.

Keywords: 3-6 keywords should be written just after the abstract, which can identify the most important subject of the manuscript. Times New Roman 9 (single column), separated by semi colon (;)

TEXT: The manuscript text may be devided into:

Introduction: A brief and clear description of the purpose of the investigation relating the previous research and essential arguments should be mentioned.

Materials and Methods: This section should be written well defined to understand the steps of investigation done which allows other researcher to reproduce the result.

Results and Discussion: The findings of the manuscripts should be presented with appropriate evidences and discussions in a single heading or may be presented in separate headings depending on the requirement and need of author(s).

Subsection title: Times New Roman 12 size (bold and italics) with 6 pt spacing after the subsection title (paragraph formatting) justified.

New Subsection text begins with 6 pt spacing before the text (paragraph formatting)

Reference citations should be given in ascending alphabetically arranged at the end of the manuscript.

Tables and Figures: Tables need to have title above the table and figures need to have title below the figure. (Times New Roman 9).

Place Tables and Figures after References in the manuscript file itself (all text, tables and figures in one file).

Each table and figure should be well descriptive so that can be understood without description in text section accompanied by a legend below it. (Times New Roman 8)

Equations need to be left aligned; equation numbers should be right aligned; equations quoted in manuscript need to conform to this form.  (Eqn. 1)

Taxonomy manuscripts
Make sure that the names of the author(s) of the plant names are abbreviated as per the "Authors of the Plant Names" by 'Brummit & Powell (1992)' and its subsequent online version of 2010.

Image Raw Files
You may submit original raw files as supplementary material. A raw file is the image as seen by the camera's sensor. You may think of it like unprocessed film. Depending on the camera setting, it may be saved as JPEG, TIFF or other formats. You may submit it as supplementary material or keep it with you for verification by the PST editors/reviewers.

Competing Interests
Plant Science Today requires authors to declare all competing interests in relation to their work. All submitted manuscripts must accompany ‘competing interests’ statement listing all competing interests. Where authors have no competing interests, the statement should read “The author(s) declare(s) that they have no competing interests.

Authors' contributions
Please include an Authors' contributions section before the Acknowledgements.
For the Authors' contributions we suggest the following kind of format (please use initials to refer to each author's contribution): AB carried out the molecular genetic studies, participated in the sequence alignment and drafted the manuscript. JY carried out the immunoassays. MT participated in the sequence alignment. ES participated in the design of the study and performed the statistical analysis. FG conceived of the study, and participated in its design and coordination. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
An "author" is generally considered to be someone who has made substantive intellectual contributions to a published study. To qualify as an author one should 1) have made substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) have been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) have given final approval of the version to be published. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group, alone, does not justify authorship.
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 department chair who provided only general support.

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 department chair who provided only general support.


During 2014 (Vol. 1 - Nos. 1-4), PST following APA citation output format. But, many of our Authors suggested to adopt a much simplified reference style and accordingly in 2015, we have adopted a new citation output format. 

Our current citation output format as given below:

EndNote users can download the Reference style for Plant Science Today

Cite all references in text by last names and year of publication (as Joe, 1971; Joe and Smith, 2013; Joe et al., 2014).

Grouped text citations should be arranged from the earliest to most recent year, alphabetized by name within the same year.

For entries in "References," alphabetize by first author's last name and follow the styles below exactly for capitalization, punctuation, and order of elements. The accuracy in the "References" section is the responsibility of the authors. The Journal will only proofread references for format.

Journal articles: Smith, K. B., M. Kumar, and D. Hema. 2014. Title of the paper. Plant Sci Today 2: 1-10. doi:

Book chapter: Saji, A. K., P. Kumar, and S. Ajith. 2014. Title of the paper in a Book. In: Plant Sci Today. F. William, Ed. Publisger Co., Lucknow, India. p. 1-10.

Book: Theresa, A. 2014. Title of book. Publisher Co., Butterworth, Malaysia. 256 pp.

Theses: Anwar, P. 2014. Title of thesis. Academic Department, University/Institution Name. Melbourne. 264 pp. 

Conference: Author, A. B., and C. Author. 2014. Title of the paper. International Plant Science Conference. London. Plant Science Society. p. 1-10.

If you are citing an article that only exists as an early online version, including the DOI and PubMed ID (PMID) will allow reviewers to link directly to the article which you should include in the reference as follows:

Author, A. B., C. Author, and D. Author. 2015. Title of the paper. Plant Sci Today. doi: PMID: 16723506

When formatting or sorting anonymous works, use Anonymous in the place of Author and cite as Anonymous, 2007 as the case may be. 

Write out in full all one-word journal titles. Use the standard abbreviations (see here or here for abbreviations of open access journals) of multiple-word journal titles; write out in full the names of journals not listed there. Unpublished data (submitted articles and articles in preparation) and personal communications are not acceptable as literature citations, so they must be referred to parenthetically in the text. Please include initials and last names of all authors. Articles that are "in press" may be so designated in "References." Note: An article may be referred to as "in press" only if it has been accepted for publication; cite the journal in which the article will appear. For personal communications, it is the corresponding author's responsibility to ensure that those cited are aware of the citation and have approved the content of the personal communication.


Kindly put the DOI of each referred article at the end of each references. Author may take help from the following link to get DOI of the articles after sign up once to get free account. Thereafter, enter the registered email and retrieve the DOI of article according to instructions provided on the site. The link is as follows:

EndNote users can download the Reference style for Plant Science Today

See also:

EndNote offers 30 day free trial, hence you need not purchase the software to prepare the references. Simply download and use it. After installation, click the above link and install the PST's Reference Stule. Download EndNote (~85Mb). For learning, please see EndNote getting started guide.

Revision of a manuscript

 Microsoft Word's Track Changes Under Tools in the menu bar, the feature Track Changes enables the copy editor to make insertions (text appears in color) and deletions (text appears crossed out in color or in the margins as deleted). The copy editor can posit queries to both the author (Author Queries) and to the editor (Editor Queries) by inserting these queries in square brackets. The copyedited version is then uploaded, and the editor is notified. The editor then reviews the text and notifies the author. The editor and author should leave those changes with which they are satisfied. If further changes are necessary, the editor and author can make changes to the initial insertions or deletions, as well as make new insertions or deletions elsewhere in the text. Authors and editors should respond to each of the queries addressed to them, with responses placed inside the square brackets. After the text has been reviewed by editor and author, the copy editor will make a final pass over the text accepting the changes in preparation for the layout and galley stage.

View Track Changes a demo in YouTube using:


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Provided names, affiliation and e-mail ids of all the authors in the first page of the manuscript.
  2. Name, affiliation, areas of expertise and email ids of THREE experts who can review the manuscript are ready (need to submit as supplementary file). Download the Excel template from
  3. Submission file is a Text Document (Microsoft Office, Open Office, LibreOffice, MacWrite, etc). Abstract and keywords (followed by semicolons) have been provided on the manuscript. Tables and Figures were inserted after References.
  4. I understand that if the submission is not formatted as per journal's format, the same will be returned to me. Most importantly:
    • The document has been prepared in good English and styled as per journal's instructions to authors.
    • References were formatted as per journals format and DOI numbers have been added (see how to..).
  5. Names of the author(s) of the plant names are abbreviated as per the "Authors of the Plant Names" by 'Brummit & Powell (1992)' and its subsequent online version of 2010 (for taxonomy papers).

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).


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