To promote the science of botany . . . [by means of] . . . the publication known as the Annals of Botany [and other publications], . . . to make grants for the prosecution of botanical research and botanical travel; and . . . to employ such other means as [are] . . . conducive to the promotion of botanical science.’ From the Memorandum of Association 1903, paragraph 3A amended 1948
Nowadays we achieve our aims through our ownership and management of Annals of Botany, AoB PLANTS and the AoBBlog. Thanks to our ‘not for profit’ constitution, we can increase the general benefit of these titles by supporting them financially from our investments and by giving grants-in-aid for a variety of related activites in plant science.
In the face of the currently overwhelming volume and diversity of work being produced in plant science, we are concerned to publish only the most significant and potentially useful botanical findings and opinions, from whatever sources these might emerge. Within a commitment to open and transparent decision-making, we support the principle and practice of rigorous external peer review and we demand the full traceability of all opinions advanced by our journals' contributors.
We also work to make our titles accessible to the widest possible international readership by minimizing or eliminating subscription barriers. We insist upon prompt and courteous service in our dealings with all potential contributors.
We recognize that these ambitions can only be met by listening to and by engaging with voices, experiences and perspectives drawn from all walks of life.
We wish to be fair to everybody and to ensure that no-one who serves at any level within our organization, or who uses any of our services, receives more or less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sex/gender, transgender, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, disability, religious affiliation/belief, part-time working, pregnancy and maternity, political opinion, or trade union involvement. If we appear to fail in any of these respects, we expect, and will welcome, to be challenged.