Call for Papers—Upcoming Focus Issues of The Plant Cell

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 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 2 years before and after the Focus Issue publication date will be collected in an online Focus Collection.

For more information contact:
James Birchlerr (
Siobhán Brady (
C. Robin Buell (
Jim Leebens-Mack (
Nan Eckardt (
Blake Meyers (

To submit an article, go to