It might come as a surprise for most readers of Physiologia Plantarum, but SPPS’s highly credited journal has for some years offered authors the option to publish their articles as open acces. If you choose to do so, your paper – once it has been accepted after passing our strict and thorough reviewing process – will be free to read for anybody in the electronic version of the journal. Many funding bodies or institutions require or strongly encourage scientists to publish in open access journals in order to get the best value for money by maximising exposure of the funded research. Authors, for whom this is relevant, can now choose to publish their results in Physiologia Plantarum without being forced to choose another, perhaps less respectable, journal.
Publishing as open acces in Physiologia Plantarum follows the terms of Wiley’s OpenOnline. Briefly, your submitted manuscript will be handled in exactly the same way as any other manuscript, and only after it has been accepted you will be given the choice of publishing it as open access. If you choose to do so, you will be charged a publication fee of $3000 in order to cover the costs of publishing.
Recently, there has been some debate about open access publishing – and scientific publishing in general – and you can read more about this in an accompanying article in this issue of SPPS Newsletter.