The 1st most cited journal in Plant Sciences
Ecology is the science of interactions between organisms and their abiotic and biotic environment. In a strict sense, it can be a synonym for biology, because there is no life without these interactions — which extend from microevolution to whole biomes, and from molecules to ecosystems.
Section Functional Plant Ecology complements other sections of Frontiers in Plant Science by focusing on water, carbon, and nutrient cycling; physical stress; plant functional traits; and trait diversity, covering ecosystem effects and functional growth analysis in an environmental context. Research of particular interest will extend physiological findings to evolutionary success and impact on ecosystem functioning. In addition, urban ecosystem structure and function, as well as how ecosystems succeed in becoming sustainable in their structure and function, are part of this section.
Functional Plant Ecology particularly welcomes articles that contribute functional attributes to the ecological niche debate in a phylogeny versus adaptation context, and articles that offer new opinions based on both theory and facts to plant ecological theory. Plant responses to global changes and anthropogenic forcings, and that reveal mechanisms and novel insights, will also be considered.
Comparative transcriptomic analyses that do not comply with journal replication requirements outlined in the author guidelines or that simply report a collection of differentially expressed genes will not be considered for publication.
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Functional Plant Ecology welcomes submissions of the following article types: Correction, Editorial, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective and Review.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Functional Plant Ecology, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Functional Plant Ecology will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Plant Science.