Information for Authors


Manuscript Submission

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts online via the International Journal of Plant Sciences Editorial Manager system at Detailed instructions are available below. If you do not have access to the Web, please send one hard copy of your manuscript and a CD-R containing all relevant electronic files to the editorial office. It is no longer necessary to submit a hard copy in addition to an electronic submission.

Statement of Policy

International Journal of Plant Sciences invites papers in all areas of the plant sciences, including genetics and genomics, developmental and cell biology, biochemistry and physiology, morphology and structure, systematics, plant-microbe interactions, paleobotany, evolution, and ecology. To be considered for publication, a manuscript must report unpublished original research not under consideration for publication elsewhere and is expected to present the results of a cohesive investigation. Manuscripts concerned with techniques or methods are acceptable only when accompanied by illustrative observations or quantitative data. The editors welcome manuscripts presenting evaluations and new perspectives on areas of current interest in plant biology. These manuscripts should follow the style of International Journal of Plant Sciences and are subject to both review and editing.

Open Access Policy

IJPS authors have the option to make their accepted paper freely available online immediately upon publication. The fee for Open Access is $1,300 (discounted to $400 if the author’s institution subscribes to the journal). Contact for more information.


UK authors should note that this option cannot be used to comply with RCUK regulations for gold OA, as the University of Chicago Press requires permission for commercial reuse. UCP does comply with the RCUK regulations for green OA.

"Green" Open Access

The University of Chicago Press supports Green Open Access for all articles, as defined by the RCUK Open Access Policy, under the Press’s Guidelines for Journal Authors’ Rights.

Formatting Electronic Files

Please adhere to the requirements below when submitting a new or revised manuscript via Editorial Manager. The system relies on automated processing to create a PDF file from your submission. If you do not follow these instructions, your submission cannot be processed and will not be received by the journal office.

Acceptable Formats

  • Microsoft Word (.doc)(any recent version)
  • PDF (.pdf)
  • LaTeX (.tex)
  • WordPerfect (.wpd)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)

File Contents

Word documents should be submitted as a single file. Authors should submit figures as separate files, in TIFF (.tif) or EPS (.eps) (not GIF [.gif] or JPEG [.jpg]) format.

If you submit a LaTeX file, all figures and tables should be external files that are referenced within the main "ms.tex" file by using appropriate commands. LaTeX is especially suited for articles containing extensive math; authors of math-intensive manuscripts can use the AASTeX manuscript package available at

Please note that authors of accepted manuscripts may be required to submit high-resolution hard copies of all figures during production, as not all digital art files are usable.

In addition to the main manuscript file, submit your cover letter as a separate file in the same format as your main file. If you used any revision or editorial tracking tools in your word-processing program, be sure the final version of your manuscript does not contain tracked changes.

File Compression and Archives

If you have more than two files to upload into the system (e.g., manuscript, figures, and cover letter), we recommend you combine these files into an archive, so you upload only a single file when submitting the manuscript. Applications for Mac OS (such as StuffIt) and Windows (such as WinZip) support the formats listed below.

The following archive formats may be used:

  • Zip (e.g., "")
  • Unix gzipped tar files (e.g., "archive.tar.gz")

Revised and Final Versions of Manuscripts

If you are submitting a revised manuscript, please include your responses to the reviewers' comments as part of the cover letter file. When submitting a revised manuscript with figures, include all figures, even if they have not changed since the previous version. The final version of your manuscript must be submitted in Word (doc.), Rich Text (.rtf), or LaTeX (.tex) format, because your keystrokes will be used in publication; a PDF does not contain usable character data and is thus not adequate. For both revised and final versions of manuscripts, please observe the same formatting instructions outlined above.

General Specifications

Manuscripts that do not follow International Journal of Plant Sciences style will be subject to further revision. Please consult the List of Abbreviations and Symbols that may be used without definition in IJPS. Manuscripts should be entirely double spaced and arranged in the following sequence:

Title Page

Include manuscript title, authors, affiliations, a shortened title that does not exceed 55 characters (including names of authors) for use as a running head, and four to six keywords.


Authors, please note that the format of abstracts has changed.

IJPS requires an abstract in four sections (no citations, no more than 300 words), written in the following format:

               •  Premise of the Research (Why was the investigation done? Why is it important?)
               •  Methodology
               •  Pivotal Results
               •  Conclusions (What should the readers take from this investigation?)

Please note: In manuscripts where the methods are obvious from the title (e.g., ”microscopical investigation of cell wall morphology”), the Methodology section may be omitted.


All sections should be double spaced (i.e., 6 mm between lines). Do not use proportional spacing, right justification, or hyphenation at ends of lines. Page numbering should be applied to the manuscript file, but line numbering (to facilitate the review process) should not, as this is carried out automatically via the Editorial Manager system.

Introduction. The context for the investigation and the author's hypothesis.

Material and Methods.
Sufficient information should be provided for replication of the results by a competent colleague.

Provide important results first. Data should be presented in SI units in the form of tables and figures cited in numerical sequence. Include statistical analyses if necessary. Literature citations and discussion are not allowed in the Results section. Please note also that figures and tables should be referred to parenthetically; for example, avoid writing "Table 1 gives. . ." or "Figure 3 shows . . .."

This section includes important results of the investigation and the pertinent literature.


Literature cited.
Complete information must be provided, including publisher and location (city and state/country) for articles cited in the Introduction, Material and Methods, and Discussion.

Journal article

Platt-Aloia KM, WW Thomson, RE Young 1980 Ultrastructural changes in the walls of ripening avocados: transmission, scanning and freeze fracture microscopy. Bot Gaz 141:366-373.


Berlyn GP, JP Miksche 1976 Botanical microtechnique and cytochemistry. Iowa State University Press, Ames.

Book chapter

Evert RF, RJ Mierzwa 1986 Pathway(s) of assimilate movement from mesophyll cells to sieve tubes in the Beta vulgaris leaf. Pages 419-432 in J Cronshaw, RT Giaguinta, WJ Lucas, eds. Plant biology. Vol 1. Phloem transport. Liss, New York.


Fritts HC 1969 Bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of California. Papers of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, no. 4. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Gentry HS 1972 The agave family in Sonora. USDA Handbook 399. Washington, DC.



Anderson CD 1963 A study of the development of the maize mutant Branched-Silkless (bd). PhD diss. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.


Type footnotes double spaced on a separate page, and number them consecutively; one footnote should contain definitions of all abbreviations when abbreviations are numerous.


Type tables double spaced, each on a separate page, and number them consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Related data or observations should be arranged in columns. Include table title, headings, body of data, and notes numbered consecutively and keyed to specific parts of the table. For further instructions on the preparation of tables, consult the Guidelines for Tables.


Figures should be designed to fit the size of an IJPS page (17.5 × 23 cm, 6.75 × 9 inches) or column width (8.25 cm, 3.25 inches). Letters and numerals must be large enough to accommodate reduction and be legible. Photographs should be carefully cropped and evenly arranged in a plate to maximize space use. Figures must be numbered consecutively according to their appearance in text. Plates should be numbered in the order that they are cited in the text, and individual figures making up the plate should be referred to alphabetically. Graphs and figures should be of professional quality and should not include typed entries. For further instructions on the preparation of figures, consult the Guidelines for Artwork.

Figure legends

Typed double spaced on a separate page; self-explanatory without reference to the text.


There is no fee for submitting a manuscript to IJPS. There are no page charges for publishing a manuscript in IJPS. Authors of especially long or heavily illustrated manuscripts may be asked to make a contribution toward the cost of publishing theory manuscripts; however, the contribution can be waived at the editors' discretion.

All manuscripts are reviewed
by expert ad hoc reviewers. Manuscripts that are accepted pending revision are accompanied by a separate checklist that explains the needed revisions; manuscripts should be revised within 8 weeks.

Color reproduction
Questions on procedures and costs should be directed to the IJPS editorial office.

Cover photos
are chosen by the editors from the contents of the issue; authors are invited to submit a figure or diagram for consideration when the manuscript is submitted.

Online-Only Content

Material that is not integral to the body of the article and that substantially lengthens the print version of the article (e.g., genetic and character matrices, extended cladograms, extended tables) should be desgignated as appendixes (table A1, etc.) and thus appear in the electronic edition of IJPS only. Exception: If voucher material is presented in your manuscript, this should be listed in the first appendix (appendix A1), and this will appear in the print version of IJPS. To prepare your accession data, provide an appendix title and a sentence-style row of headings for the data. For each taxon sampled, include specimen voucher information and/or gene accession numbers, separated by commas. To save space, the taxa should be run together in a paragraph.

Online Submission Instructions

Please have the following items readily available before beginning the online submission process:

  • Manuscript in an acceptable format as described above
  • Cover letter as a separate file
  • Information from title page (to be typed into the peer review database): title, short title, list of authors and affiliations, and contact information for the corresponding author
  • Abstract of the manuscript (to be copied and pasted into a field in Editorial Manager)

Go to the IJPS Editorial Manager system at to submit your manuscript. If you do not have access to the Web, please send one hard copy of your manuscript and a CD-R containing all relevant electronic files to the editorial office. It is no longer necessary to submit a hard copy in addition to an electronic submission.