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About the Journal

Plant & Cell Physiology (PCP) was established in 1959 and is the official journal of the Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists (JSPP). The title reflects the journal’s original interest and scope to encompass research not just at the whole-organism level but also at the cellular and subcellular levels.

Amongst the broad range of topics covered by this international journal, readers will find the very best original research on plant physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular genetics, epigenetics, biotechnology, bioinformatics and –omics; as well as how plants respond to and interact with their environment (abiotic and biotic factors), and the biology of photosynthetic microorganisms.

In 2000, PCP transitioned to print and online publication with Oxford University Press. We publish one volume per year, which consists of twelve monthly issues, and our current impact factor is 4.931 (five-year impact factor of 5.156).

Each issue is primarily composed of regular research papers and occasional reviews (mostly submitted on an invitation-only basis). We also publish ‘rapid papers’ containing new findings of exceptional interest and novelty, which require quick publication (usually within 6 weeks of acceptance) and enhanced dissemination (i.e. free access for the first three months). Also in each issue, the Editor-In-Chief selects one article of interest to be made freely available to all readers. For a full list, please click here.

In addition, each year PCP also publishes several Special Focus Issues covering a range of trending topics, as well as the online Annual Database Issue, which reports on new or significantly updated plant-oriented databases, web-based tools, and related resources for the plant research community.

Plant and Cell Physiology is now recognized worldwide as one of the few long-standing, quality journals in plant sciences and we warmly welcome submissions from JSPP members as well as non-members alike.


Year Impact Factor Si: Plant Sciences Si: Cell Biology
2015 4.847 17 out of 209 58 out of 187
2014 4.931 15 out of 200 52 out of 184
2013 4.978 15 out of 196 52 out of 185
2012 4.134 20 out of 195 67 out of 184
2011 4.702 14 out of 190 58 out of 180
2010 4.257 15 out of 187 66 out of 177
2009 3.594 17 out of 172 69 out of 161
2008 3.542 16 out of 155 68 out of 157
2007 3.654 15 out of 152 61 out of 156
2006 3.324 15 out of 147 66 out of 156

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


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