Call for Papers—Upcoming Focus Issues of The Plant Cell

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2022 Focus Issue on Plant-Microbe Interactions

Editors: Roger Innes and Mary Williams

Deadline for Submission:  September 1, 2021
Publication: May 2022

Our understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the interactions between plants and microbes has been advancing rapidly.  Recent breakthroughs in determining the structures of both cell surface and intracellular receptors on the plant side are providing unprecedented insight into how plants detect pathogens, while identification of an ever-increasing array of microbial effectors and their targets within the host are illuminating how plants can distinguish between friend and foe.  With this Focus Issue of The Plant Cell, we hope to highlight some of the most exciting new work that is revealing how microbes manipulate plant signaling pathways, how plants respond, and how microbe-microbe interactions influence plant health.

We are commissioning reviews and seek from the community submission of primary research papers that present new data of special significance in plant-microbe interactions. Authors interested in contributing should indicate this in the cover letter when submitting papers online at tpc.msubmit.net.

Please select “Plant-Microbe Interactions” from the Focus Issue list in the online submission system. Articles published in The Plant Cell on this topic within 1 year before and after the Focus Issue publication date will be collected in an online Focus Collection.

For more information contact:

Roger Innes
Mary Williams

2022 Focus Issue on Cell Biology

Editors: Dolf Weijers, Magdalena Bezanilla, Liwen Jiang, Adrienne Roeder, and Mary Williams

Deadline for Submission: May 1, 2021
Publication: January 2022

Plants have been a source of fundamental discoveries on the nature, organization, and function of cells, from the first description of cells to the dissection of the secretory system, and from insights into the role of the cytoskeleton and cell wall in morphogenesis to the discovery of novel membrane-less organelles.

This Focus Issue of The Plant Cell will celebrate the many insights into cell biology that have been gained through studying plants. We are commissioning reviews and seek from the community submission of primary research papers that present new data of special significance in cell biology. Authors interested in contributing should indicate this in the cover letter when submitting papers online at tpc.msubmit.net.

Please select “Cell Biology” from the Focus Issue list in the online submission system. Articles published in The Plant Cell on this topic within 1 year before and after the Focus Issue publication date will be collected in an online Focus Collection.

For more information contact:

Dolf Weijers
Magdalena Bezanilla
Liwen Jiang
Adrienne Roeder
Mary Williams

2021 Focus Issue on the Biology of Plant Genomes

Editors: James Birchler, Siobhán Brady, C. Robin Buell, Jim Leebens-Mack, Nan Eckardt, and Blake Meyers

Deadline for Submission: September 1, 2020
Publication: April 2021

Advances in genome sequencing have yielded insights into aspects of plant biology; elucidating the course of evolutionary history; uncovering novel metabolic pathways defining transcriptional complexity; and serving as the basis for a broad range of tools, techniques, and comparative studies. Building on our long-running series of Large-Scale Biology articles, which showcase many advances in plant biology from genomics-based studies, we are inviting submissions to a Focus Issue on the Biology of Plant Genomes to be published in April 2021. These articles may describe the sequencing and analysis of plant genomes of particular interest, comparative genomics, genome evolution, advances in genome modification, epigenomics and genome-wide studies of chromatin, large-scale analyses of RNA in a genomic context, systems or synthetic biology on a genomic scale, or any of these topics as applied to plastid or mitochondrial genomes.

Authors interested in contributing should indicate this in the cover letter when submitting papers online at tpc.msubmit.net. Please select “Biology of Plant Genomes” from the Focus Issue list in the online submission system. Articles published in The Plant Cell on this topic within 1 year before and after the Focus Issue publication date will be collected in an online Focus Collection.

For more information contact:

James Birchler
Siobhán Brady
C. Robin Buell
Jim Leebens-Mack
Nan Eckardt
Blake Meyers