[Arabidopsis] Plant Methods: a new Open Access journal
b.g.forde at lancaster.ac.uk
Wed Oct 12 06:12:21 EST 2005
A new Open Access journal called "Plant Methods" has recently been
launched (http://www.plantmethods.com <http://www.plantmethods.com/> )
This is a new kind of journal for plant biologists which seeks to
encourage technical innovation by publishing Research, Methodology,
Protocols and Review papers that describe significant technical advances
in the plant sciences (for more details see
http://www.plantmethods.com/content/pdf/1746-4811-1-1.pdf). The journal
is supported by a strong international Editorial Board
There are a number of excellent reasons why you should consider
publishing in Plant Methods:
1. Being Open Access, it means that your paper will be accessible
to anyone with access to the internet. There is evidence that Open
Access articles are more often viewed and more highly cited than those
published in conventional journals.
2. In the Methodology format, you can publish papers describing new
techniques where you might not yet have had the opportunity to
accumulate sufficient new data to publish in other journals - proof of
concept is sufficient.
3. It is FREE to publish (for everyone for the first 6 months after
launch and after that, free to authors whose institutions subscribe to
4. You can have as many colour figures as you like.
5. A new innovation by BioMed Central means that papers that are
being viewed at rates significantly above the average for the journal
will be permanently highlighted as "Highly Accessed" - which you can
refer to as a measure of impact in preparing CVs, reports etc. Our most
highly viewed article to date has received over 700 viewings in a month
and a half.
If you have any questions or queries, please get in touch.
We very much look forward to hearing from you.
With best regards
Brian G. Forde
Editor-in-Chief Plant Methods
email plantmethods at lancaster.ac.uk
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