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Photosynthesis Research

Photosynthesis Research

Official Journal of the International Society of Photosynthesis Research

Editor-in-Chief: Terry M. Bricker

ISSN: 0166-8595 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-5079 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11120

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A. Original Articles
These are full length papers describing original articles. A concise presentation is encouraged; the paper should not ordinarily exceed 30 pages of double-spaced typed text (including abstract, tables, figures and references). One double-spaced, typed page contains approximately 300-350 words.
B. Reviews
Normally, reviews are by invitation from the editors. However, authors are encouraged to submit a tentative title and a table of contents of a proposed review for consideration by the editorial staff. While these reviews should not ordinarily exceed 50 pages of double-spaced typed text (including abstract, tables, figures and references), they are intended in general to be about one half that length.
C. Technical Communications
These deal with new findings in methodologies, instrumentation, analyses, computer programming, etc. To be considered for publication, a technical communication should ordinarily not exceed 10 pages of double-spaced typed text, including abstract, text, figuresand references.
D. Emerging Techniques
These papers describe a newly developed technique or an established technique that is just now finding its first applications to research in photosynthesis. Length guidelines are the same as for Regular Papers.
E. Historical Corner
Articles for Historical corner may include obituaries of a photosynthesis colleague, a personal account of a person who has made important contributions to the field, or a brief history of major discovery or discoveries in photosynthesis. Other topics of historical interest will also be considered. Authors should consult Govindjee before submitting such articles. Depending upon the content of the paper, Historical Corner papers are published in the following categories: (1) Historical Corner; (2) Obituary; (3) Personal Perspective; or (4) Tribute.
F. Letters to the Editor
Such letters, usually on matters of general concern to photosynthesis research and the photosynthesis community, will be entertained by the Editor-in-Chief and ordinarily should not exceed 4 typed pages. Examples of topics for such letters may include nomenclature, solutions to long-standing problems, exposure of significant contradictions, responses to a hypothesis, book reviews or other letters to the editors published in Photosynthesis Research.
G. Announcements
Announcements, Editorials, Preface, news, reports on Conferences. Depending upon the content of the paper, Announcements are published in the following categories: (1) Announcement; (2) Editorial (or Guest Editorial); (3) Preface; or (4) News Report
H. Book Reviews
Books for review should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief.
Note to Authors and Editors/Guest Editors : The Editorial Board requests that you use only the categories listed above, and refrain from using any other category such as : (1) Research Article; or (2) Original Paper, since the category “Regular Paper” includes these areas; all “Regular Papers” are research papers and are original papers.


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    Photosynthesis Research is an international journal open to papers of merit dealing with both basic and applied aspects of photosynthesis. It covers all aspects of photosynthesis research, including, but not limited to, light absorption and emission, excitation energy transfer, primary photochemistry, model systems, membrane components, protein complexes, electron transport, photophosphorylation, carbon assimilation, regulatory phenomena, molecular biology, environmental and ecological aspects, photorespiration, and bacterial and algal photosynthesis. Papers reporting research at all levels of plant organization are invited (i.e., molecular, subcellular, cellular, whole plant, canopy, ecosystem and global levels). Manuscripts submitted for publication are always reviewed by recognized authorities in the field.
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