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Some more summer (and autumn…) reading

News of two new journals. Although neither is strictly a botanical or plant science publication, they both cover plant science-relevant topics.

Fritz von Uhde - Das Bilderbuch I
Fritz von Uhde – Das Bilderbuch I. Image: Wikipedia

First is The Cell Surface. Published by Elsevier, The Cell Surface “is a highly multidisciplinary journal focused on aspects of the cell wall across all relevant disciplines, in the major groups of organisms that have cell walls: Bacteria [Mr P Cuttings’ emphasis*]; Plants [Mr P Cuttings’ emphasis*]; Algae; Oomycetes; Fungi; Unicellular parasites.” For the view of the Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors on this new publishing venture, visit Science Direct. And, as a good example of the journal’s cross-Kingdom, multi-disciplinary scope and credentials, check out Jean-Daniel Julien and Arezki Boudaoud’s article entitled “Elongation and shape changes in organisms with cell walls: A dialogue between experiments and models”.

Second is news of People and Nature, the sixth journal published by the British Ecological Society. Plants and Nature will be “a broad-scope, open access journal publishing work from across research areas exploring relationships between humans and nature”, and whose ‘strapline’ is “a journal of relational thinking”.

When this news item was written People and Nature had yet to publish its first issue, but we wish it – and The Cell Surface – well in their laudable aims, and worthy endeavours. We will take a keen interest in their growth and development. In particular, we’ll be interested to see how People and Naturesquares up’ to last year’s new cross-disciplinary journal PPP (Plants, People, Planet), which appears to cover similar – albeit more plant-focused – territory…

* Emboldened because they are plants, or photosynthetic organisms, and therefore of direct relevance to botanists; italicised because these are groups of organisms that ‘interact’ in myriad ways with plants, some beneficially, others less – or not – so…

Nigel Chaffeyhttps://www.bathspa.ac.uk/our-people/nigel-chaffey/
Nigel is a botanist and was a full-time academic at Bath Spa University (Bath, near Bristol, UK) until 31st July, 2019. As News Editor for the Annals of Botany he contributed the monthly Plant Cuttings column to that august international botanical organ (until March 2019). He remains a botanist and is now a freelance plant science communicator who continues to share his Cuttingsesque items with a plant-curious audience. In that guise his main goal is to inform (hopefully, in an educational, and entertaining way...) about plants and plant-people interactions.

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