About the Journal

Aims & scope

We are interested in the best research concerning plants be it their evolution, development or metabolism, their interactions with the environment, or their societal significance. With our broad scope ensuring that work published reaches the widest possible audience.

Online publication

Nature Plants is an exclusively online publication. Note that papers published online are definitive and may be altered only through the publication of an addendum, corrigendum or erratum, so authors should make every effort to ensure that the page proofs are correct.

Content types

We publish a range of content types including original research articles, News & Views, Reviews, Comments and Features that elaborate on significant advances in the field and cover topical issues.

Editors and contact information

Like the other Nature titles, Nature Plants has no external editorial board. Instead, all editorial decisions are made by a dedicated team of full-time professional editors. For information on their research backgrounds and scientific interests, see About the Editors.

General editorial inquiries and correspondence should be addressed to the Editor. Inquiries about the status of a manuscript should be addressed to the Editorial Assistant. Both at plants@nature.com.

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Relationship to other Nature journals

Nature Plants is editorially independent; its editors make their own decisions, independent of the other Nature journals. If a paper is rejected from one Nature journal, the authors can use an automated manuscript transfer service to submit the paper to Nature Plants using a link sent to them by the editor handling the manuscript. Authors should note that referees' comments (including any confidential comments to the editor) and identities are transferred to the editor of the second journal along with the manuscript. The journal editors will take the previous reviews into account when making their decision, although in some cases the editors may choose to take advice from additional or alternative referees. Alternatively, authors may choose to request a fresh review, in which case they should not use the automated transfer link, and the editors will evaluate the paper without reference to the previous review process. More details are available on the manuscript transfer service and on the relationships between Nature titles.

For papers that could satisfy the scope of more than one Nature journal, the choice of which journal to submit to first lies with the authors.

For more information, please consult the following:

Details of the manuscript transfer service

Listing of all NPG journals and subject areas

A general explanation of the relationships between Nature titles.

Article and journal metrics

Article metrics such as number of downloads, citations and online attention are available from each article page, and provide an overview of the attention received by a paper. The 2016 peer review performance metrics (as median time in calendar days) for Nature Plants are shown below:

  • Submission to first editorial decision: 7
  • Submission to first post-review decision: 40
  • Submission to Accept: 140

The 2016 journal metrics for Nature Plants are as follows:

  • 2-year Impact Factor: 10.300
  • 5-year Impact Factor: 10.300
  •  Immediacy index: 2.304
  • Eigenfactor® score: 0.00504
  • Article Influence Score: 4.374
  • 2-year Median: 6

Note, these metrics are based on a single year's data only.

For a further description of these metrics and a summary of the metrics for all Nature journals, please visit our journal metrics page. More information underlying our approach to journal metrics may be found here.


The correct abbreviation for abstracting and indexing purposes is Nat. Plants


The electronic international standard serial numbers (EISSN) for Nature Plants is ISSN 2055-0278.