Applications in Plant Sciences

Applications in Plant Sciences (APPS) (ISSN 2168-0450) is a monthly, online-only, open access, peer-reviewed journal promoting the rapid dissemination of newly developed, innovative tools and protocols in all areas of the plant sciences, including genetics, structure, function, development, evolution, systematics, and ecology. Given the rapid progress today in technology and its application in the plant sciences, the goal of APPS is to foster communication within the plant science community to advance scientific research. APPS is a publication of the Botanical Society of America, originating in 2009 as the American Journal of Botany's online-only section, AJB Primer Notes & Protocols in the Plant Sciences. The first issue of APPS published in January 2013 as part of BioOne's Open Access collection; the journal has been expanded to address novel protocols, software reports, reviews, and applications of new technology in any area of the plant sciences.



The journal publishes the following types of articles:  (1) Protocol Notes describe new methods and technological advancements; (2) Genomic Resources Articles characterize the development and demonstrate the usefulness of newly developed genomic resources, including transcriptomes; (3) Software Notes detail new software applications; (4) Application Articles illustrate the application of a new protocol, method, or software application within the context of a larger study; (5) Review Articles evaluate available techniques, methods, or protocols; (6) Primer Notes report novel genetic markers with evidence of wide applicability.  For more details on article types, editorial policies, open access charges, and other information, see the APPS Instructions for Authors.

ISI impact factor: 0.911 (2015 Journal Citation Report).

APPS is indexed in:
AGRICOLA   Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition    
Biological Abstracts   Mendeley    
BIOSIS Previews   NCBI    
CAB Abstracts   OIAster    
CrossRef   PubMed    
Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology, and Environmental Sciences   PubMed Central    
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)   Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch)    
EBSCOhost   Scopus    
Google Scholar   WorldCat    


APPS is archived in LOCKSS and Portico.

APPS operates under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license (CC-BY-NC-SA). For more information, see the APPS Instructions for Authors or visit the Creative Commons website.

Articles published in the AJB Primer Notes & Protocols in the Plant Sciences section of the American Journal of Botany can be accessed online on the AJB website.



Beth Parada, Managing Editor




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