Aims and scope
Botanical Studies is sponsored by the Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica, and is open for articles on all aspects of botany. The scope of the journal extends from plant molecular biology through classical botany to taxonomy and ecology.
The privilege of publication in the journal is not restricted to members of the institution; contributions from research workers worldwide are welcome. Articles submitted to this journal must be original and not have been published elsewhere.
Why publish your article in Botanical Studies?
Botanical Studies's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience.
Speed of publication
Botanical Studies offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Botanical Studies and SpringerOpen.
Online publication in Botanical Studies gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).
Promotion and press coverage
Articles published in Botanical Studies are included in article alerts and regular email updates.
In addition, articles published in Botanical Studies may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Botanical Studies.
Authors of articles published in Botanical Studies retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).
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All articles published by Botanical Studies are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.
As authors of articles published in Botanical Studies you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.
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Botanical Studies is affiliated with the Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology and Academia Sinica.
The article processing charges (APCs) are partially covered by Academia Sinica, and authors only need to pay €725 for each article submitted in 2017 and accepted for publication in the journal.
In order to ensure that you are charged the correct APC for your submission, you will need to submit through the ‘Academia Sinica’ membership account. To do this:
1. On the APC Agreement page, select ‘I believe that I am covered by an institutional membership arrangement and wish to request institutional payment or discount (as applicable)’.
2. Press ‘Select institution from a list’ and choose ‘Academia Sinica - P&M Biology’.
3. Submit your manuscript.
All articles published in Botanical Studies are included in:
- PubMed Central
- Science Citation Index Expanded
- Social SciSearch
- Summon by Serial Solutions
The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by SpringerOpen on SpringerLink.
Botanical Studies has an Impact Factor of 1.452.
Botanical Studies operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.
The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.
Publication of research articles by Botanical Studies is dependent primarily on their scientific validity and coherence as judged by our external expert editors and/or peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field.
Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.
All manuscripts submitted to Botanical Studies should adhere to SpringerOpen's editorial policies.
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Citing articles in Botanical Studies
Articles in Botanical Studies should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. Bot Stud [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Bot Stud 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Appeals and complaints
If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.