Alpine Botany is an international journal providing a forum for plant science studies at high elevation with links to fungal and microbial ecology, including vegetation and flora of mountain regions worldwide.

Alpine Botany publishes original contributions and reviews on biogeography, biosystematics, evolutionary biology, population biology, ecophysiology, functional ecology of vegetation, flora as well as symbiotic associations. We also welcome studies on fungi, mosses and lichens and plant-animal interactions.

We aim at contributions that explore plant biological phenomena in order to understand functionally ongoing ecological, evolutionary or physiological processes.

Descriptive or applied studies are acceptable, provided that clear research questions are addressed and that findings are presented in a context fitting the scope of the journal. Articles must be relevant for an international readership.

Alpine Botany is the official publication of the Swiss Botanical Society and is published by Springer International Publishing AG, Basel, Switzerland. The first issue was published in 1891.

  • Official publication of the Swiss Botanical Society (previously Botanica Helvetica, relaunched in 2011 as Alpine Botany)
  • Publish Open Access in Alpine Botany with Open Choice
  • Covers biogeography, biosystematics, evolutionary biology, population biology, ecophysiology and functional ecology of plants and vegetation, and interactions of plants with plants, animals or microorganisms.
  • Publishes original articles, reviews, and opinion papers.

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  • Jürg Stöcklin
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Hybrid (Transformative Journal). Learn about publishing Open Access with us

Journal metrics

2.515 (2019)
Impact factor
2.563 (2019)
Five year impact factor
43 days
Submission to first decision
131 days
Submission to acceptance
25,790 (2020)

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This journal has 25 open access articles

Journal updates

  • 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.

  • Call for Papers: Plant Evolutionary Ecology in Space and Time across Mountain Regions

    Editors: J. KMountains © Image by Free-Photos from Pixabayadereit, S. Lavergne, C. Parisod, H. Sun

    We are excited to introduce a new special issue for Alpine Botany. We invite all interested authors to submit their research. A description of the special issue topic is below, and please feel free to submit an abstract as a pre-submission inquiry.

    Deadline: January 31, 2021

    For questions, please contact the Publishing Editor:  

  • Content Briefing for October 2020 Issue

    Alpine Botany is excited to present the first in a series of content briefings. Hyperlinks to fully accessible articles are included. This is our October 2020 issue, in a nutshell.

    New Content ItemSeed mass and plant home site environment interact to determine alpine species germination patterns along an elevation gradient

    This study is the first to show that the effect of seed mass interacts with home site conditions in determining species’ germination patterns under changing climate. Germination of the study species (Impatiens) will probably be negatively affected by climate change forcing the species to migrate to higher elevations. Germination response of Impatiens, with the exception of germination speed (T30), is driven by environmental conditions rather than by phylogeny, which indicates that germination behaviour will change with changing conditions.

    Read more here.

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