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Nanoscale movements of cellulose microfibrils in primary cell walls ($)

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Cell walls are complex mixtures of cellulose microfibrils, proteins and other materials. Their mechanical properties can be measured and modeled, but it is not always simple to translate these measurements to changes at the molecular level. Zhang et al. used atomic force microscopy to provide an unprecedented…

ASPB journals announce journal portability initiative

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, authors who have received an editorial decline decision from any journal in the ASPB suite of titles will have the option to transfer their submissions to any other ASPB journal. ASPB publishes three…

Plant Biology 2020 workshop: Get Your Message Across: A Guide to Artwork and Illustrations for Better Impact and Clarity

Attending PB20? Join the ASPB publications team, including editors of The Plant Cell, Plant Direct, and Plant Physiology, for a live discussion about making great figures and illustrations! Wednesday, July 29, 1:30-2:30 EDT. This workshop will cover the production of artwork and illustrations that…

Essays on "What makes a paper *really* pioneering?"

What makes a paper *really* pioneering? This is the question we posed in a recent webinar. We asked each of our panelists to write a few words on this question, each focusing on a slightly different angle. In the recorded video (below), you can hear the panelists elaborate on these ideas. Here…

New Teaching Tool, "Three-Way Interactions between Plants, Microbes, and Arthropods (PMA): Impacts, Mechanisms, and Prospects for Sustainable Plant Protection"

We’re excited to announce the publication of The Plant Cell’s latest Teaching Tool, “Three-Way Interactions between Plants, Microbes, and Arthropods (PMA): Impacts, Mechanisms, and Prospects for Sustainable Plant Protection,” by Maria J. Pozo, Benedicte R. Albrectsen, Eduardo R. Bejarano, Eduardo…

What Happens after Manuscript Submission?

Recorded Friday, March 6, 2020 In one of our recent webinars, Mary Williams discussed how to prepare your manuscript for publication. But what happens next?  In the second webinar of this series, Jon Munn, Jennifer Regala, and Mary Williams discussed how your manuscript is reviewed, from initial…

Preparing your Manuscript for Submission

Recorded Tuesday, February 4, 2020 In this webinar, ASPB Features Editor Mary Williams will outline the key steps in writing a paper, preparing figures, and navigating the submission process. Topics include how to frame the significance of the question being addressed; how to put the results in context;…

First Author Profiles

Have you recently published an article in The Plant Cell, Plant Physiology, or Plant Direct as the first author? If you have, I hope you’ve taken the opportunity to send me your profile! For the past couple of years, we’ve been helping our first authors get the word out about themselves and their…

Promoting the value of publishing in society journals: Perspective from ASPB

With the rise of high-impact commercially published journals in recent years, journals published by learned societies face greater competition than ever before. While many society journals are among the highest-impact titles in their fields, making them top choices among scholars, for societies it is…
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Top 5 Articles of The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology in 2019 Based on Altmetric Scores

            HAPPY NEW YEAR, PLANT BIOLOGY COMMUNITY! What a year 2019 was! So many wonderful things happened. ASPB hosted another successful Plant Biology meeting in San Jose, CA. We spent the year celebrating The Plant Cell's 30th anniversary (check…