Planta publishes timely and substantial articles on all aspects of plant biology.

Current Call for Papers (last updated Oct 2021): We invite you to submit to Phenotyping photosynthetic capacity for crop improvement, an article collection looking for studies that contribute to the understanding of photosynthetic capacity at organ, whole-plant and canopy level and its implication in crop improvement and stress tolerance.

The Editors-in-Chief of Planta are Dorothea Bartels, Institut für Molekulare Physiologie und Biotechnologie der Pflanzen (IMBIO), Universität Bonn, Germany; andAnastasios Melis, University of California, Berkeley CA USA.

Planta welcomes original research papers on any plant species. Areas of interest include biochemistry, bioenergy, biotechnology, cell biology, development, ecological and environmental physiology, growth, metabolism, morphogenesis, molecular biology, new methods, physiology, plant-microbe interactions, structural biology, and systems biology. Review articles summarize recent advances in topical areas of plant biology.

Planta’s cited half-life (the median age of articles that were cited in a given Journal Citation Report year) is >10
Planta's Honorary Editor is Hans Mohr.

Why publish with us

  • First published in 1925, our journal has been ranked in the top quartile of plant sciences journals for many years.
  • We welcome research in all areas of plant biology, including work on non-model species.
  • With our swift and rigorous editorial process, we publish articles in their final form as soon as they are ready, with an average of 10 days from acceptance to publication in 2019.
  • We deliver high levels of author satisfaction, with 94% of our published authors reporting that they would definitely or probably publish with us again.

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Editors-in-Chief
  • Anastasios Melis,
  • Dorothea Bartels
Publishing model
Hybrid (Transformative Journal). Learn about publishing Open Access with us

Journal metrics

4.116 (2020)
Impact factor
4.316 (2020)
Five year impact factor
28 days
Submission to first decision
116 days
Submission to acceptance
717,439 (2020)
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    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

    Planta is inviting contributions for a topical collection on "Phenotyping photosynthetic capacity for crop improvement".

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