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NEWS Germany vs Elsevier: universities win temporary journal access after refusing to pay fees (Nature)

During 2017, a consortium of 200 German research institutions was in conversations with the publishing group Elsevier to achieve a collective deal for full online access to Elsevier journals. This deal would have granted them access to about 2.500 journals for half the market price.  After they could…

Next Generation of Training for Arabidopsis Researchers: Bioinformatics and Quantitative Biology

In a new Commentary in Plant Physiology, Friesner et al. write a compelling vision for next-generation training for plant scientists. We asked three of the 39 authors, Joanna Friesner, Molly Megrew and Siobhan Brady, to tell us about their motivations and goals for writing this commentary. You…

TAIR’s Top Twenty Arabidopsis Genes of All Time

After reading about “Top Ten Human Genes” in  Nature, we, and the twitterverse wondered, what are the most popular or well-studied genes of all time in plants? What would a similar list would look like for Arabidopsis? Fortunately, at TAIR (The Arabidopsis Information Resource:  https://www.arabidopsis.org/) …

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This past year at ASPB we've been thinking a lot about how we can support early-career researchers no matter their career goals. One of the motivations for developing the Plantae platform has been to provide an online home for plant scientists across the globe and career spectrum, to allow informal communities…

ASPB joins with other societies to launch the Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA)

Washington, D.C. – A group of prestigious not-for-profit scientific membership societies today announced the launch of the Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA) (byscientistsforscience.org), an initiative focused on building awareness of and support for publication of scientific research by…

ASPB/AAAS 2018 Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program

Are you interested in science writing? Do you want to help people understand complex scientific issues?   Apply for the ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program and learn how to increase public understanding of science and technology. Fellows in the 10-week 2018 summer…

Chinese plant science and Journal of Experimental Botany

This week’s post was written by Jonathan Ingram, Senior Commissioning Editor / Science Writer for the Journal of Experimental Botany. Jonathan moved from lab research into publishing and communications with the launch of Trends in Plant Science in 1995, then going on to New Phytologist and, in…

Applications open for 2017-2018 Plantae Fellows

Are you a creative, articulate and web-savvy plant scientist looking to connect with other like-minded folks? We need your help to nurture and grow Plantae, the online community for the global plant science community.  We are looking for individuals who are interested in being highly engaged contributors…

The new Plantae: When we are connected, good things can happen

Plantae makes it easy to communicate with plant scientists from around the globe about anything related to research, careers, grants and other plant biology topics. Here are some things you can do: Set up a network for your lab or project team Curate, review, annotate, and co-author content …