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About the Journal

Annals of Botany is an international plant science journal publishing novel and rigorous research in all areas of plant science. It is published monthly in both electronic and printed forms with at least two extra issues each year that focus on a particular theme in plant biology. The Journal is managed by the Annals of Botany Company, a not-for-profit educational charity established to promote plant science worldwide.

The Journal publishes original research papers, invited and submitted review articles, ‘Research in Context’ expanding on original work, 'Botanical Briefings' as short overviews of important topics, and ‘Viewpoints’ giving opinions. All papers in each issue are summarized briefly in Content Snapshots , there are topical news items in the Plant Cuttings section and Book Reviews . A rigorous review process ensures that readers are exposed to genuine and novel advances across a wide spectrum of botanical knowledge. All papers aim to advance knowledge and make a difference to our understanding of plant science.

The Annals of Botany Company is a Limited Company registered in England No. 78001 at University of Exeter, Innovation Centre, Rennes Drive, Exeter EX4 4RN, UK, and is also a Registered Charity, No. 237771.


Annals of Botany welcomes papers in all areas of plant science. These include those applying molecular, analytical, mathematical and statistical techniques to examine topical questions at any level of biological organization ranging from cell to community, from tissue culture to crop production, and from microclimate to ecosystem. Its scope extends to all flowering and non-flowering taxa, and to taxonomic and evolutionary questions particularly when these are addressed using molecular tools.

Annals of Botany does not levy page charges, provides electronic reprints and 25 hard copy reprints of each article free of charge, supplies a complimentary printed copy of the issue to each corresponding author and makes no charge for colour plates where these carry useful information or enhance clarity.

The reviewing process is highly demanding, leading to a rejection rate that is approximately 70 % and rising. Manuscript evaluation times vary but decisions on peer-reviewed papers typically take approximately 4–5 weeks. Upon acceptance, the title of the paper, authorship and a contact e-mail address are listed electronically under AOB FirstAlert . Subsequently, a full text PDF is posted electronically, under AOB Preview , up to 6 weeks ahead of final publication. The minimum publication time from submission to final publication is currently 5-6 months.

All articles back to 1887 are searchable for content from the Annals of Botany web site, and their titles or abstracts may be downloaded free of charge. Articles more than 12 months old and dating back to 1993 may be accessed in their entirety from the web site free of charge. Issues published between 1887 and 1992 may be downloaded free of charge if your institution has subscribed to this service. For non-subscribers, a pay per view service is available for each article published in the past 12 months or prior to 1993.


Year Impact Factor Si: Plant Sciences
2015 3.982 20 out of 209
2014 3.654 26 out of 200
2013 3.295 30 out of 196
2012 3.449 27 out of 195
2011 4.030 19 out of 190
2010 3.388 21 out of 187
2009 3.501 18 out of 172
2008 2.755 25 out of 155
2007 2.939 22 out of 152
2006 2.448 22 out of 147

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually as part of the Science Citation Index by ISI.


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