Entries by Plantae Community

It’s Time to Retire the Term “Blind” Review

As part of ASPB’s commitment to diversity, ASPB recently announced that they are changing their language around peer review to use the phrase “anonymous” review rather than “blind” review, driven by a desire to move away from ableist language using metaphors based on disability.

You Could Benefit from Read and Publish Agreements in ASPB Journals

As institutions and funders around the world require authors to publish with journals meeting certain open access standards, authors may feel like their options for journals in which to publish are becoming more limited. However, there’s hope for authors wishing to publish in ASPB’s Plant Physiology and The Plant Cell, as both journals benefit from […]

The Lab Notebook: A Researcher’s Best Friend

It has often been said that the difference between “science” and “messing around” is that in science, you have to write stuff down. Keeping a good written record of your research is a key skill to learn as you progress as a scientist, no matter if you’re working in academia, industry, or in the public […]

How Researchers Handle Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance, especially for careers in science, is more challenging than it sounds. Maintaining a balance between work and life represents a culmination of patience, self-discipline, and boundary-setting. It is common for researchers to suffer from mental health issues due to working significantly longer-than-normal working hours without making satisfactory progress. A 2022 Nature survey found that […]

The Plant Cell’s Cover Image Continues Global Conversation Over AI-Generated Art

The January 2023 Focus Issue of The Plant Cell, one of ASPB’s high-impact journals, spotlights research focusing on the biology of plant response to abiotic stresses and explores the effects of climate change such as increased drought conditions and extreme heat.  It also features an innovative AI-generated cover image created by Nan Eckardt, Senior Features […]

Parenting as an Academic in COVID-19 Pandemic Era

Today’s academics are confronted with new ways of life in the classroom and at home. Specifically, the pandemic affected academic parents’ work-life balance as it created novel challenges and unique opportunities, like working from home and hybrid teaching. Academics who were also parents may have needed to stay home or provide childcare, both pre- and […]

Taproot S6E5: Transforming Plants and the Culture of Publishing

In this episode, we speak with Yunde Zhao, a Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of California San Diego. Yunde earned his Bachelors in Biochemistry from East China University of Science and Technology, received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan, and did his postdoctoral training in plant genetics at […]