Annals of Botany Company

Review of activities 2016
  • In the calendar year 2016 the Annals of Botany appeared for the 130th year in unbroken succession. Seven issues within Volume 117 and seven within Volume 118 were published. The total number of edited pages in 2016 was 2601 (2224 in 2015).
  • Two Special Issues appeared (three in 2015). These were on Root Biology and Species Robustness. One example of the less exhaustive ‘Highlight Issues’ (containing smaller collections of special-topic papers) appeared in 2016, Orchid Biology (one in 2015). Sixteen ‘Review’ articles appeared (seven in 2015); seven ‘Viewpoints’ were published (none in 2015) and three ‘Research in Context’ articles (five in 2015).

  • The second part of a two-part memoir entitled 'One hundred and twenty-five years of the Annals of Botany' was published at the end of Volume 118.
  • The total number of pages published was 7% below target (21% below target in 2015).
  • A new Managing Editor was appointed for Annals of Botany, Ms Catherine Hyland. Support provided by Temporary Managing Editor Dr Trude Schwarzacher tapered off.
  • The practice of including a different full-colour illustration on the outside cover each month was continued, together with a full-colour ContentSnapshot preview of every article. The Plant Cuttings section was continued, being a 3-4 page, full-colour feature reporting a selection of plant-based news from the world’s media.
  • The publication of the journal remained in the hands of Oxford University Press.
  • The Company decided to introduce Article Processing Charges for the first time at its second title, the online-only, open access journal AoB PLANTS. The APC for 2016 was set at a specially reduced rate of $1000/€788/£625. No fees of any kind were levied to authors  in 2015. As expected, a reduction in volume of submissions was experienced in 2016, but this lay within budgeted limits. AoB PLANTS, also in the hands of Oxford University Press, was able to maintain its high quality of production and the journal's Impact Factor remained above 2.0.
  • The web log AoBBlog  (now BotanyOne ) also continued to achieve a significant readership, with a rising pattern of ‘hits’. It is now rated independently as one of the very top web logs in plant science.
  • With the present site, the Company developed an entirely new web presence in 2016. Much fuller information than hitherto has now been put into the public domain.
  • Grants and Donations were distributed in support of Botanical Science more generally. In view of the very low returns that are currently available on the Company's capital reserves, these awards now support only those activities that are directly helpful to the Company's own titles.