The Plant Genome – new open access journal

The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) has started a new international, open access, electronic only journal called The Plant Genome. This journal will be published three times a year and will publish original research investigating all aspects of plant genomics. In order to support this open access journal, CSSA is using the model where authors are charged for publication. The first issue is available and the table of contents contains several sections: Research Highlights, Review & Interpretation, and Original Research. Interestingly, the editorial, Welcome to The Plant Genome, discusses the idea of using wikis, discussion boards, and blogs to develop resources and facilitate discussion. The combination of an open access journal and these other communication vehicles has a lot of potential for collaboration and generation of new ideas.

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