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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.
  • Provided names, affiliation and e-mail ids of all the authors in the first page of the manuscript.
  • Name, affiliation, areas of expertise and email ids of THREE experts who can review the manuscript need to included in the cover letter.
  • Submission file should be a Text Document (Microsoft Office, Open Office, LibreOffice, MacWrite, etc). Abstract (about 200 words) and keywords (followed by semicolons) have to provided in the manuscript. Tables and Figures may be inserted after References.
  • Author should understand that if the submission is not formatted as per journal's format, the same will be returned. Most importantly:
    • The document has to be prepared in good English and styled as per journal's instructions to authors.
    • References need to be formatted as per journals format and DOI numbers are to be added (see how to..).
  • 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).

Author Guidelines


If a paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay 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 including transaction charges is given below:

Regular APC: US$300

Authors from developing countries: Free

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 websites, blogs, academic or social media sites, institutional repository or other free public servers immediately on publication. Contact us if you have any query.

Fee waiver policy

Our fee waiver policy offers to fully 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 from Thomson Reuters.

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 and short biography 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 manuscript and (iii) contact details (including email ids) of 3 experts who can review the manuscript, and (iv) most importantly state 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.

Book reviews may be a opinion piece, summary review or scholarly review of a book, either printed or published online. A book review's length may vary from a single paragraph to few paragraphs see details.



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" or similar work processing software. “Times New Roman” or similar font (size 12) should be used; single line spacing may be used.

Title: Centered, Bold font.

Names of Author(s): Centered.

Author affiliation 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. Include Email id of each of the authors.

Abstract: Justified, not less than 200 and maximum 250 words.

Keywords: 4-6 keywords, separated by semi colon (;) should be written after the abstract, which can identify the most important subject of the manuscript. 

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: Bold and italics.

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.

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

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.


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: 17364.abc.456.23

Book chapter with single Editor: Saji, A. K., P. Kumar, and S. Ajith. 2014. Title of the paper in a Book. In: Phytohormones and Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants. F. William, Ed. Publisger Co., Lucknow, India. p. 1-10.

Book chapter with many Editors: Eyidogan F., M. T. Oz, M. Yucel, and H. A. Oktem. 2012. Signal Transduction of Phytohormones Under Abiotic Stresses. In: Phytohormones and Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants. N. A. Khan, R. Nazar, N. Iqbal, and N. A. Anjum, Eds.  Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Berlin, Heidelberg. pp 1–48. [online] URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-25829-9_1

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: 17364.abc.456.23. 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: http://www.crossref.org/SimpleTextQuery.


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.