Plant Ecology publishes original scientific papers that report and interpret the findings of pure and applied research into the ecology of vascular plants in terrestrial and wetland ecosystems. Empirical, experimental, theoretical and review papers reporting on ecophysiology, population, community, ecosystem, landscape, molecular and historical ecology are within the scope of the journal.

  • Average time from receipt of contributions to first decision : 40 days
  • Formerly published as Vegetatio
  • Offers original scientific papers on the ecology of vascular plants in terrestrial and wetland ecosystems
  • Presents symposium proceedings, review articles, and comments on recent papers
  • Editors-in-Chief:: W.E. Rogers, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA; Neal J. Enright, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
  • 100% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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  • William Edward Rogers,
  • Neal Enright
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1.509 (2019)
Impact factor
1.852 (2019)
Five year impact factor
47 days
Submission to first decision
222 days
Submission to acceptance
194,366 (2020)

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  • Students & Early Career Researchers

    While submissions are encouraged from all interested, prospective authors we especially encourage early career plant ecologists to submit one of these article types to the journal. Therefore, an article accepted with a student or ECR—as first author and no more than 2 years since award of their PhD degree—will receive:

    1) a voucher for free access to any Springer publication in eBook form (up to a maximum value of 250 Euros/US dollars, and maximum one per year) in perpetuity

    2) article made freely accessible for 8 weeks after online first publication

    Please see our submission guidelines for details.

  • COVID 19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

  • Announcing new article type “Contemporary issues in plant ecology” and a call for submissions

    Short review-style articles

    The Editors of Plant Ecology invite prospective authors to propose and deliver short review-style articles (of up to 5,000 words) on a chosen field of research which identifies what they consider to be the ten most important/influential publications in that field over the past 20 years, and details why they believe this to be the case. These mini reviews will represent the views of the author(s) but should reflect well-considered investigations of the relevant literature, and must stand up to academic scrutiny through appropriate peer review.

    Fast turnaround process

    We believe that these contributions will provide a platform for fruitful debate among colleagues, and within research groups/laboratories, on recent trends in key areas of plant ecology. We propose to publish 12 reviews per year (one per issue). In order to achieve this we will adopt a fast turnaround process with reviewer evaluation of submissions within 4 weeks of receipt so that total time from initial submission to online publication might range from 6 weeks to 3 months, depending on revisions required. Accepted reviews will be featured on the journal’s homepage and made freely accessible for up to 8 weeks after online first publication.

    We look forward to working with prospective authors to establish this mini reviews article type as one which will prove of interest and value to the international plant ecology research and teaching and learning communities.

    Submission guidelines

    Detailed submission guidelines for short review-style article type “Contemporary issues in plant ecology” can be found under the “Article Types” header.

    --Neal Enright, William Rogers (Editors-in-Chief) and Scott Meiners (Reviews Editor)

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