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An Interview with the Editors of BMC Plant Biology

Published since 2001, BMC Plant Biology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal focused on all aspects of plant biology, including molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, and whole-organism research.

A recent analysis of Essential Science IndicatorsSM from Thomson Reuters shows that the journal has had the highest percent increase in total citations among journals in the field of Plant & Animal Science. ScienceWatch.com spoke with Genevieve Horne, Journal Development Editor, to discuss how open access has impacted the journal’s reach, the importance of the peer review in ensuring quality, and how their shift in editorial policy has contributed to high citation rates.

“Our policy for the journal has recently developed from simply publishing sound science to now specifying that we publish sound science that also represents an advance in the field,” says Horne. This commitment to publishing the latest research combined with an actively involved and committed Editorial Board helps ensure that the journal content is not only innovative, but of high quality. “We have an excellent international Editorial Board who both review and publish with the journal and also help us to publicize it worldwide. In particular, our Section Editors are highly respected scientists in their different fields within plant science and they are key in making decisions on the research that will be published in the journal and also commissioning additional content.”

To learn more about the history of BMC Plant Biology, specific developments within the field that have contributed to the journal’s success, and what’s next the publication read the full interview at ScienceWatch.com. • 

 

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