Annals of Botany Company

What we do

The Annals of Botany Company is an independent, not-for-profit organization that has been delivering public benefit for more than 125 years. It supports and promotes the publication of original plant science, currently within the media Annals of Botany, AoB PLANTS  and AoBBlog. The Company owns these three titles outright and is thus free to appoint its own Chief Editors, Editorial Office staff, Editorial Boards and reviewers. It also selects its journals' publisher(s).


The Company's journals cover all areas of plant science, including those applying molecular, analytical, mathematical and statistical techniques. The focus is upon topical questions at any level of biological organization, ranging from sub-atomic and molecular to community, from tissue culture to crop production, and from microclimate to ecosystem. The journals’ scope extends to all flowering and non-flowering taxa, and to taxonomic and evolutionary questions, particularly when these are addressed using molecular tools.

Publication in the Annals of Botany is available in hard copy and online, both free of charge, to any author submitting what is in the judgement of the Editors an original and substantial manuscript of general interest. Published papers are personally accessible free of charge to any reader worldwide after a maximum of two years from publication, and are accessible immediately to all paying subscribers and users of public libraries.

Publication in AoB PLANTS  is available in online format only, originally free of charge and now at discounted rates, to any author submitting what is in the judgement of the Editors an original and substantial manuscript of at least specialist interest. All published papers in AoB PLANTS  are 'open access', that is, they are immediately accessible online and free of charge to any reader worldwide.

Publication and commenting within the medium of AoBBlog  is moderated by specialists appointed by the Company and acceptable posts are immediately accessible online and free of charge to any reader worldwide.