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Plant Diversity

Plant Diversity (formerly Plant Diversity and Resources) is an international plant science journal that publishes substantial original research and review papers that

  • advance our understanding of the past and current distribution of plants,
  • contribute to the development of more phylogenetically accurate taxonomic classifications,
  • present new findings on or insights into evolutionary processes and mechanisms that are of interest to the community of plant systematic and evolutionary biologists.

While the focus of the journal is on biodiversity, ecology and evolution of East Asian flora, it is not limited to these topics. Applied evolutionary issues, such as climate change and conservation biology, are welcome, especially if they address conceptual problems. Theoretical papers are equally welcome. Preference is given to concise, clearly written papers focusing on precisely framed questions or hypotheses. Papers that are purely descriptive have a low chance of acceptance.

Fields covered by the journal include:

  • plant systematics and taxonomy
  • evolutionary developmental biology
  • reproductive biology
  • phylo- and biogeography
  • evolutionary ecology
  • population biology
  • conservation biology
  • palaeobotany
  • molecular evolution
  • comparative and evolutionary genomics
  • physiology
  • biochemistry

Plant Diversity publishes original articles, review articles, short letters, modeling/theory and methods articles, rapid reports and special thematic issues.

The journal is affiliated with Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Botanical Society of China.

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Editor-in-Chief: Professor Jianqiang Wu
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Journal Metrics
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 1.080
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP):
2013: 1.080
SNIP measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field.
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.761
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR):
2013: 0.761
SJR is a prestige metric based on the idea that not all citations are the same. SJR uses a similar algorithm as the Google page rank; it provides a quantitative and a qualitative measure of the journal’s impact.
Impact Factor: 1.864
Impact Factor:
2019: 1.864
The Impact Factor measures the average number of citations received in a particular year by papers published in the journal during the two preceding years.
© Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports 2020
Imprint: KeAi
ISSN: 2468-2659
CN: 53-1233/Q
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