Plant Molecular Biology 39: 1315–1318, 1999.
Plant Molecular Biology
INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
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AIMS AND SCOPE
Plant Molecular Biology is an international journal of fundamental plant research providing rapid publication of research in molecular biology,
biochemistry and molecular genetics of higher and lower plants, including cyanobacteria and algae. Plant Molecular Biology welcomes
manuscripts of general interest to the plant molecular biology community. However, because space in the journal is limited, preference is
given to those papers that represent important advances and/or that contribute fundamental information to the ﬁeld.
Plant Molecular Biology receives many gene discovery and/or gene sequence papers. While we encourage papers in plant genomics and
bioinformatics, we have made it a policy that gene discovery papers must be accompanied by signiﬁcant biological, biochemical or protein
structural information. Gene discovery papers accompanied only by a simple DNA blot (Southern analysis) and/or RNA blot (tissue-speciﬁc or
developmental stage expression) are no longer accepted for publication. Neither are gene sequence data that can be derived from standard DNA
analysis programs (hydropathy plots, simple alignments, simple cladistic analysis and so forth). Papers that do not meet these requirements will
be returned without outside review.
Authors may expect manuscripts which do not require revisions to be published within 5 months of receipt at the Editorial Ofﬁce. Papers
requiring major revisions or added experiments will be rejected. Manuscripts submitted to Plant Molecular Biology must not be under consid-
eration by another publisher and should not have been published elsewhere in a substantially similar form.
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