Annals of Botany Company

Review of activities 2015
  • In the calendar year 2015 the Annals of Botany appeared for the 129th year in unbroken succession. Seven issues within Volume 115 and six within Volume 116 were published. The total number of edited pages in 2015 was 2224 (3061 in 2014).
  • Three Special Issues appeared (four in 2014). These were on Halophytes, Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species, and Plants and  Climate Change. One example of the less exhaustive ‘Highlight Issues’ (containing smaller collections of special-topic papers) appeared in 2015, Orchid Biology (one in 2014). No ‘Botanical Briefings’ were published (none in 2014); seven ‘Review’ articles appeared (ten in 2014); no ‘Viewpoints’ were published (three in 2014) and five ‘Research in Context’ articles (one in 2014).

  • The first part of a two-part memoir entitled 'One hundred and twenty-five years of the Annals of Botany' was published at the beginning of Volume 115.
  • The total number of pages published was 21% below target (84% above target in 2014).
  • The Managing Editor of Annals of Botany was absent during the last three months of the year and his place was taken by a Temporary Managing Editor.
  • 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, both as a public benefit and as a commercial incentive, that its second title, the online-only, open-access journal AoB PLANTS  would continue to levy no fees of any kind to authors throughout 2015, but that this would be the final year in which concessions on such a scale would be offered. AoB PLANTS, also in the hands of Oxford University Press, continued to grow in size while maintaining its high quality. In 2015 it increased upon its favourable first Impact Factor, gained in 2014, and this encouraged the demand for space in the journal.
  • The web log AoBBlog also continued to achieve a significant readership, with a rising pattern of ‘hits’.
  • 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 principally supported activities that were directly helpful to the Company's own titles.