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

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. have announced 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.

Click here to find out more about Plant Direct.

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