instructions to authors
General Requirements and Scope
Papers must be either reports of original research, critical
reviews, or interpretive articles. Submissions to The Plant
Genome must not be previously published in or simultane-
ously submitted to any other scientific or technical journal.
The Plant Genome will publish original research
investigating all aspects of plant genomics. Technical
breakthroughs reporting improvements in the efficiency
and speed of acquiring and interpreting plant genomics
data are welcome. The editorial board will give preference
to novel reports that use innovative genomic applications
that advance our understanding of plant biology that may
have applications to crop improvement.
Submission Procedures and Preparation
Manuscript Central is currently setting up an online
submission tool. This should be operational by early
July 2008. In the meantime, all manuscripts should be
submitted through the online submission tool (http://
instructions for submission can be found at this site.
Creating the manuscript files. Submit the main
text document in a common word processing file. LaTeX
or other typeset formats are not allowed. Manuscript
Central will convert your original files into PDF format;
please check this PDF “proof” before submitting. Check
any Greek characters, equations, and figures carefully.
If you have a character conversion, fix your word pro-
cessing file by embedding fonts (in Word, go to Tools/
Options/“Save” tab, and check “Embed TrueType Fonts”).
If there is an error in the PDF you cannot fix, mention
it in the cover letter so the editors and eventually Head-
quarters will be aware of the problem.
On the first page, give the title, a byline with the
names of all authors, a list of author affiliations, a list of
all nonstandard abbreviations used in the paper (stan-
dard abbreviations available on p. 22 of the style manual,
https://www.crops.org/publications/style/), and any other