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About the Journal
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The aim of Journal of Experimental Botany (JXB) is to publish papers that advance our understanding of plant biology. Original research should provide new information on fundamental processes or mechanisms including those underpinning the improvement of plants for the sustainable production of food, fuel and renewable materials. When considering if a paper is suitable, consideration will be given to the breadth and significance of the work to the plant science community.

Areas of particular focus:

  • Growth and development - integration of internal and external cues determining development and architecture; reproductive biology.
  • Cell biology - molecular and vesicular trafficking; cell-to-cell communication; cytoskeleton; cell division; differentiation and death.
  • Metabolism - photosynthesis; carbon uptake and assimilation; resource allocation; nutrition.
  • Plant-environment interactions - global change; biotic and abiotic stress; symbioses; plant–rhizoflora interactions; mineral nutrition.
  • Crop molecular genetics - trait and gene characterization; molecular analysis; metabolic processes.

Information about the types of articles published and guidance for submitting can be found here.


The Journal of Experimental Botany is covered by the following major indexing services:

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Abstracts in Anthropology
Agbiotech News and Information
Agricultural Engineering Abstracts Agroforestry Abstracts
Biochemistry & Biophysics Citation Index® Biocontrol News and Information
Biological Abstracts
Biological and Agricultural Index
BIOSIS Previews
CAB Abstracts
Calcium and Calcified Tissue Abstracts Chemical Abstracts
Crop Physiology Abstracts
Current Contents® /Agriculture, Biology, and Environmental Sciences
Current Contents® /Life Sciences
Dairy Science Abstracts
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Elsevier BIOBASE - Current Awareness in Biological Sciences (CABS)
Engineering Index Monthly
Environmental Science and Pollution Management
Excerpta Medica Abstract Journals
Field Crop Abstracts
Food Science and Technology Abstracts Forest Products Abstracts
Forestry Abstracts
Genetics Abstracts
Global Health Grasslands & Forage Abstracts Horticultural Abstracts
Journal Citation Reports /Science Edition Leisure, Recreation and Tourism Abstracts Maize Abstracts Online
Ornamental Horticulture
Plant Breeding Abstracts
Plant Genetic Resources Abstracts
Plant Growth Regulators
Post Harvest News and Information
Potato Abstracts

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Year Impact Factor Si: Plant Sciences
2015 5.677 12 out of 209
2014 5.526 12 out of 200
2013 5.794 11 out of 196
2012 5.242 13 out of 195
2011 5.364 11 out of 190
2010 4.818 12 out of 187
2009 4.271 14 out of 172
2008 4.001 15 out of 155
2007 3.917 13 out of 152
2006 3.630 11 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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The Journal of Experimental Botany is indebted to the following scientists for their invaluable contribution to the peer review process.


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  • access themed collections of review articles (TexBot) and articles included in the "Plant Culture" section;
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JXB Advance Access:

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