Wiley, ASPB and SEB partnering on new open access journal: Plant Direct


Hoboken, NJ–April 11, 2017–John Wiley & Sons, Inc., (NYSE:JWa) (NYSE:JWb) announced today the launch of Plant Direct, a new open access journal published in collaboration with the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) and the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB).

Plant Direct is dedicated to establishing a fast, open publication process for its authors. The journal will publish high-quality, peer-reviewed research, giving prompt and equal consideration to papers in areas such as genetics, biochemistry, development, cell biology, biotic stress, abiotic stress, genomics, phenomics, bioinformatics, physiology, molecular biology, and evolution.

"ASPB and Wiley have built a successful book publishing partnership, and we enjoy a strong journals publishing relationship with SEB," said Judy Verses, Executive Vice President, Research at Wiley. "We are pleased to continue our collaboration with both Societies as we extend into open access publishing and look forward to much success with the launch of Plant Direct."

"Although there is a crowded landscape of journals to choose from, we believe that Plant Direct fills an unserved role for the plant community. Starting a new journal allows us to take a fresh look at the way we run our journals, and we are trying several ideas to make the publishing process more rapid and transparent. Overall, we are really excited to be launching this new society journal," said Dr. Ivan Baxter, Editor-in-Chief of Plant Direct.

Dr. Baxter is a research computational biologist with the USDA-ARS Plant Genetics Research Unit at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri. He received a BA in chemistry from Goucher College and a PhD in molecular and cellular structure and chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute before moving on to a postdoc at Purdue University. Dr. Baxter studies how plants adapt to their abiotic environment using elemental profiling and image-based phenotyping.

"SEB welcomes the opportunity Plant Direct gives to further disseminate excellent plant science and to build on the excellent collaborative relations that already exist between ASPB and SEB as well as Wiley and SEB," commented SEB Chief Executive Officer, Paul Hutchinson.

"Plant Direct represents a bold new venture for ASPB and our collaborators at SEB and Wiley, and we are thrilled to be bringing this society-backed sound science journal to the global plant science community," added Crispin Taylor, ASPB's CEO.


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Wiley, a global company, helps people and organizations develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Our online scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, combined with our digital learning, assessment and certification solutions help universities, learned societies, businesses, governments and individuals increase the academic and professional impact of their work. For more than 200 years, we have delivered consistent performance to our stakeholders. The company's website can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com.

About the Journal

Plant Direct features original research articles and editorials; it takes innovative approaches to encourage a rapid and transparent publication process and to deliver excellent service to the plant science research community. All articles published by Plant Direct are fully open access: immediately freely available to read, download, and share. To cover the cost of publishing, Plant Direct charges an article processing fee. To submit your next manuscript and find out more information, please visit plantdirectjournal.org.

About the American Society of Plant Biologists

ASPB's mission is to promote the growth and development of plant biology, to encourage and publish research in plant biology, and to promote the interests and growth of plant scientists in general. For more information, visit http://www.aspb.org.

About the Society for Experimental Biology

SEB is a non-profit registered charity, dedicated to the promotion of all aspects of experimental biology. The Society is run by an office staff and elected officers serving on committees. It is organized into three sections: Animal, Cell and Plant, which in turn are organized into a number of specialized groups covering a broad area of comparative physiology, cell and molecular biology. For more information, visit http://www.sebiology.org.

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