Journal History

2012 The inaugural issue was released, and Plants is published as a quarterly journal.
2015 Indexed by BIOSIS Previews.
2016 Indexed in Scopus. Citations available in MEDLINE (PubMed), full-text archived in PubMed Central.
Plants held the first online Editorial Board Member meeting.
2017 Plants received its first CiteScore 2017 (Scopus) of 3.21.
Plants started the Travel Awards project.
2018 Plants became an affiliated journal of the Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS).
Covered by the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)
2019 Plants changed to a monthly publication schedule.

The following ten sections were setup:
Plant Physiology and Metabolism
Plant Protection
Molecular Botany
Plant Development and Morphogenesis
Plant Ecology
Plant Cell Biology
Plant Systematics, Taxonomy and Classification
Plant Genetics and Genomics
Plant Modeling

Plants receive its first journal Impact Factor 2.632.
Plants Published 1000th Paper.
Plants became an affiliated journal of Spanish Phytopathological Society.


Plants received an Impact Factor of 2.762. The journal ranks 58/234 (Q1) in the ‘Plant Sciences’ category.

Plants became an affiliated journal of the the Spanish Society of Plant Physiology (SEFV), the Spanish Society of Horticultural Sciences (SECH) and the Italian Society of Phytotherapy (S.I.Fit.).

Plants announced the first edition of the Young Investigators Award.

Plants established the following sections:

Plant–Soil Interactions 
-  Plant Nutrition
Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change 
-  Plant Protection was renamed as Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions 
-  Molecular Botany was renamed as Plant Molecular Biology 
-  Plant Genetics and Genomics was renamed as Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnolog

Plants organized the 1st International Electronic Conference on Plant Science.


2012– Founding Editor-in-Chief Prof. Dr. Dilantha Fernando
2019 Section Editor-in-Chief Prof. Dr. Roberto Bassi appointed for Plant Physiology and Metabolism
Section Editor-in-Chief Assoc. Prof. Suresh Awale appointed for Phytochemistry
2020 Section Editor-in-Chief Prof. Dr. Paula Baptista for the section on Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions
Section Editor-in-Chief Prof. Dr. Luigi Sanita' di Toppi for the section on Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change
Section Editor-in-Chief Prof. Dr. Khalid Meksem for the section on Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology
Section Editor-in-Chief Dr. Adriano Sofo for the section on Plant–Soil Interactions
Section Editor-in-Chief Dr. Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso for the section on Plant Cell Biology
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