Review of activities 2020
- In the calendar year 2020 the journal Annals of Botany appeared for the 134th year in unbroken succession. Seven issues within Volume 125 and seven within Volume 126 were published. The total number of edited pages in 2020 was 2,372 (2,508 in 2019).
- One Special (or Focus) Issue appeared (three in 2019), dealing with Functional-Structural Plant Growth Modelling. One example of a less exhaustive ‘Highlight Issue’ (containing smaller collections of special topic papers) appeared in 2020, Bryophytes (one in 2019). Twelve ‘Review’ articles appeared (ten in 2019); five ‘Viewpoints’ were published (six in 2019), seven ‘Research in Context’ articles (four in 209), and three ‘Technical Articles’ (one in 2019). Seventeen examples of ‘Commentary’ articles discussing selected recent articles from the journal appeared in 2020 (13 in 2019). As usual, original research articles comprised the bulk of the journal, with 153 being published in 2020 (175 in 2019).
- The total number of pages published was 12% below target (10% below target in 2019). 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 publication of the journal remained in the hands of Oxford University Press.
- AoB PLANTS, also with Oxford University Press, maintained its high quality of production and level of service to authors. The journal published 69 articles across 849 pages (77 and 884 in 2019) and continued to levy Article Processing Charges, with four exemptions being awarded (one in 2019). In 2020 its revenue decreased 9% below that of the previous year (18% increase in 2019).
- The Company’s latest open access, online only journal, in silico Plants, appeared for its first complete year in 2020. It deals with all aspects of computational plant science and Oxford University Press is again the publisher. Volume 2 was issued in 2020 and by the end of the year had accumulated 11 articles and 229 edited pages (together with the partially completed Volume 1). Income increased to £10k from £1k in 2019.
- The weblog BotanyOne continued to grow in variety and prestige. The electronic newsletter, The Week in Botany continues to be sent out weekly to plant scientists on a free subscription basis. The Company’s own web presence (on the present site) has been maintained and continues to develop further.
- A few grants and donations were distributed in support of individual activities within botanical science, but the Company’s view is now that its support for freely distributed products such as BotanyOne and The Week in Botany offers greater and more general benefit to plant science than does the awarding of single grants. These two free titles together consumed £58k of expenditure in 2020 (£48k in 2019). What grants and donations are now made, as such, are awarded only to activities that are directly helpful to the Company's own titles.