Plant Perspectives: A New Open Access Journal Coming Soon

Excuse our blatant self-pollination in announcing our exciting new journal here! Opening for submissions in 2023, Plant Perspectives, edited by John C. Ryan with Deputy Editor Isis Brook will be an Open Access interdisciplinary forum for all things planty and peopley. Its shiny new website is here and the scope is copied below, with some gratuitous cool plant pictures. The full editorial board will be announced shortly. Please contact with any queries.

(left to right): Diego Delso, Cemetery, Tulcán (Ecuador) CC BY-SA; Ben Luxworth at Adaptalux, Leaf; Wikimedia Commons, Kassel Mandragora

Aims and Scope

Plant Perspectives is a new forum, grounded in interdisciplinary plant studies, to explore plant–human interactions in all spatial, temporal and cultural contexts. Plants are the central actors here, and the journal encourages new directions in the study of sensory, instrumental and affective entanglements between human and vegetal spheres. Papers will address a wide variety of subjects, including but by no means limited to: horticulture and arboriculture; colonialism and other power asymmetries; medicine, health and care; governance, rights and ethics; art and literature; film and media; heritage and leisure; traditional ecological knowledge; conservation and environmental change; and scientific communication. Taking ‘environmental humanities’ as its foundation, the journal warmly invites contributions from those working in academic disciplines such as anthropology, geography, history, literary studies, philosophy and social sciences; from those whose work transcends traditional disciplinary classifications or extends towards the natural sciences; and from those outside the academy, for example garden and forest practitioners, artists, creative writers and activists. Rigorous standards of double-anonymous peer review will apply to research articles, but the journal will also have sections showcasing a range of non-traditional forms (interviews, narrative fiction and non-fiction, poetry, visual and multimedia essays), subject to appropriate processes of evaluation. Plant Perspectives will thus be a place where the paths of different discourses cross and their branches intertwine, where scholars and practitioners with an interest in plants can develop and hone new thinking and where – crucially – the plant itself is always centre stage.

Plant Perspectives is entirely open access. We are currently seeking funding in order to cover the journal’s production costs without charging author fees.

The journal publishes both double blind peer reviewed papers and invited material.

We will provide an online submissions system before announcing our first call for papers, in 2023.

Values and Principles

The journal will embed principles of inclusion and diversity, manifested in the editorial board, peer review policies and the Diamond Open Access model, which involves no fees to either readers or contributors. The White Horse Press is committed to the fair treatment of all authors, editors and reviewers, and particularly concerned to support Early Career Researchers. Our goal is to forge lasting relationships, based on mutual respect. Plant Perspectives adheres to the publication standards and ethics shared by all White Horse Press publications. The submission process will request multi-authored papers to attach a statement of how the work was divided between the authors and how the order of authors has been decided. It is important to foster communication between academic communities in different regions and working in different languages. The journal will welcome contributions first published in languages other than English and WHP will offer support in honing the English.

Amitabha Ghosh via PG Click, Village children playing

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