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Plant Cell Reports

Plant Cell Reports

Editors-in-Chief: G. Hahne; J.R. Liu

ISSN: 0721-7714 (print version)
ISSN: 1432-203X (electronic version)

Journal no. 299

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Call for papers on Plastid biogenesis and homeostasis

We hereby announce a forthcoming special issue on ‘Plastid biogenesis and homeostasis’. We invite submissions of review and original manuscripts relevant to the subject. Manuscripts for opinion and focus articles are also welcome (see below). The objective of this special issue is to introduce and sum up the latest research activities and to project future academic and industrial perspectives on the subject.
Possible topics include
- Plastid biogenesis, homeostasis and plastid differentiation, and plastids in plant biotech.
- In biogenesis of plastids, one of the most crucial aspects is the assembly of the proteome where protein targeting is an essential process. For this, we cover various aspects of protein targeting including translocons, transit peptides, cytosolic targeting factors and protein targeting to dimorphic chloroplasts in single C4 cells.
- In plastid biogenesis, we invite contributions on how the complex structures are assembled. On this topic, we would like to include articles on biogenesis of complexes at the thylakoid membrane.
- In homeostasis, we aim to include articles on chloroplast responses to abiotic stress.
- In plastid differentiation, we would like to include articles concerning aspects of the fact that plastids are highly dynamic organelles and undergo differentiation into different types of plastids.
- Plants attract a great deal of attention as a new platform for recombinant protein production. Many new technologies have been developed based on the use of plastids. On this topic, we include articles concerning plastids in plant biotechnology.
- Overall, we would like to cover the molecular and cellular mechanisms, certain evolutionary aspects of the molecular components involved in protein import into chloroplasts, and the use of plastids in plant biotechnology.
Types of articles are defined as follows:
• Review papers are expected to address a specific topic within the scope of the special issue and to provide a comprehensive overview of the state of the art, to highlight recent and significant new advances, to identify obstacles for further advance and discuss possible solutions, and to give an outlook on possible evolution of the field. In some cases, ‘mini-reviews’ of 2500-3000 words are more appropriate targets than long review manuscripts.
• Original articles are expected to report specific scientific advances and to contribute new insight into clearly identified subjects within the scope of the special issue. Technical advances and ‘methods papers’ that open new possibilities for scientific progress are also welcome.
• Opinion papers are expected to provide a concise discussion and a forward-look of cross-cutting subjects including – but not limited to – issues relating to the impact of certain aspects of plant biotechnology on (bio)safety, economic and ecological sustainability, technological limitations, regulatory issues etc.
• Focus articles are short commentaries, methods, or opinion papers of no more than 1500 words, 10 references, and one figure or table. Focus articles do not have an abstract but a key message. A limited amount of supplementary material is acceptable.
Preferred length of the manuscript is 8 printed pages for a review article. If you want to submit a much longer manuscript, you should consult with the Guest Editor for the Special Issue before submission.
Please, submit through the electronic submission system:
Time line:
- Target date for printed issue to be published: April 2019
- All articles will be published Online First immediately after acceptance (with a footnote identifying the paper as a contribution to the special issue)
- Deadline for submission of manuscripts: November 15, 2018
Instructions for Authors can be found at:
For all inquiries, please contact the Guest Editor Professor Inhwan Hwang (ihhwang@postech.ac.kr).
Günther Hahne (Editor in Chief)
Jang R. Liu (Editor in Chief)
Neal Stewart (Reviews Editor)
Bettina Hahne (Managing Editor)
Inhwan Hwang (Guest Editor)

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    Plant Cell Reports publishes original, peer-reviewed articles on new advances in all aspects of plant cell science, plant genetics and molecular biology.  Papers selected for publication contribute significant new advances to clearly identified technological problems and/or biological questions. The articles will prove relevant beyond the narrow topic of interest to a readership with broad scientific background. The coverage includes such topics as

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