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BMC Plant Biology

What makes for sound science?

The inclusive threshold policy for publication in BMC journals including BMC Plant Biology means that editorial decisions are largely based on the soundness of the research presented rather than the novelty or potential impact of the work. Here our Section Editors discuss what is required to ensure that research meets the requirement of scientific soundness.

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Aims and scope

BMC Plant Biology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of plant biology, including molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and whole organism research.


  • Ying Lou, BioMed Central

Section Editors

  • Z. Jeffrey Chen, University of Texas at Austin
  • Fabrizio Costa, Fondazione Edmund Mach
  • Grant Cramer, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Elizabeth Jean Finnegan, CSIRO
  • Pradeep Kachroo, University of Kentucky
  • Jim Leebens-Mack, University of Georgia
  • Chris MakaroffMiami University
  • Kay Schneitz, Technische Universität München
  • Paul Boss, CSIRO

Jean Finnegan, Section Editor

Jean Finnegan is an Honorary Fellow at CSIRO, Agriculture and Food, and has been a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science since 2014. She is currently working on characterizing epialleles in wheat. Research interests include: Epigenetic regulation, control of flowering, imprinting and vernalization.

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2016 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    3.964 - 2-year Impact Factor
    4.541 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.243 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    1.820 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

    1356.5 Usage Factor

    Social Media Impact
    299 Mentions

Portable Peer Review

The editors of BMC Plant Biology support initiatives that expedite the peer review process and are happy to consider manuscripts that have been reviewed in Peerage of Science. Please indicate in your cover letter if this applies to your manuscript.

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