Focus and Scope
Plant Ecology and Evolution is an international journal devoted to ecology, phylogenetics, and systematics of all "plant" groups in the traditional sense (including algae, cyanobacteria, fungi, and myxomycetes), also covering related fields such as comparative and developmental morphology, conservation biology, evolution, phytogeography, pollen and spores, population biology, and vegetation studies. Submissions concerning (sub)tropical Africa are particularly welcome. The journal is supported by Meise Botanic Garden and the Royal Botanical Society of Belgium and publishes regular papers, checklists, short communications, and reviews.
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To ensure the publication of high-quality academic content, the editorial team of Plant Ecology and Evolution, the authors, and the external reviewers are expected to fully adhere to the peer review process policy, the journal's publication ethics, and the policy on copyright and open access for the journal's content. The journal is diamond open access, meaning that authors do not have to pay any fees and that papers are open access.
Plant Ecology and Evolution publishes three issues per year in one volume. These are published both online and in print. For a list of the libraries that receive printed copies, please contact the editorial office.
Subscription to the print version and purchase of back issues
A personal subscription to the print version can be obtained through membership of the Royal Botanical Society of Belgium.
For institutional subscriptions and the purchase of back issues, see the webshop of Meise Botanic Garden.
The publication of Plant Ecology and Evolution is supported by two non-profit organisations dedicated to the understanding and conservation of plant biodiversity: Meise Botanic Garden and the Royal Botanical Society of Belgium.
Meise Botanic Garden
The history of Meise Botanic Garden dates back to 1796 and it is therefore older than the Kingdom of Belgium. The Garden has a collection of more than 18,000 living plants and has a huge herbarium with approximately 4 million specimens. The Garden also has a botanical library with more than 200,000 books from the 15th century till today. As a research institute, it maps and studies the diversity of plants, mushrooms, and algae covering the whole world, from Antarctica to the rainforests of Congo. The Garden started publishing its own journal from 1902 onwards, the Bulletin du Jardin botanique de l’État, which became Systematics and Geography of Plants in 1999. This journal merged with Belgian Journal of Botany in 2010 and became Plant Ecology and Evolution. The Garden also produces floras, such as the Flore d’Afrique centrale, the Flore du Gabon and the Fungus Flora of tropical Africa, and two book series, Opera Botanica Belgica (a series of botanical monographs) and Scripta Botanica Belgica (a series of miscellaneous botanical documentation). The Garden has always had a strong link with the Royal Botanical Society of Belgium and together they also publish Dumortiera, an online journal devoted to Belgian floristics.
Royal Botanical Society of Belgium
The Royal Botanical Society of Belgium was founded in 1862 and promotes botany through scientific research, publications, and conferences. It also organises excursions and awards several prizes for botanical research. From its inception, the Society has published its own journal, Bulletin de la Société Royale de Botanique de Belgique, which became Belgian Journal of Botany in 1990. This journal merged with Systematics and Geography of Plants in 2010 and became Plant Ecology and Evolution. The Society has always had a strong link with Meise Botanic Garden and together they also publish Dumortiera, an online journal devoted to Belgian floristics. The extensive library of the Society is merged with the library of the Garden. The Belgian and foreign members of the Society are teachers, students, researchers, naturalists, nature reserve managers, etc. and the Society encourages anyone interested in botany to join.
Plant Ecology and Evolution was established in 2010 as a merger of Belgian Journal of Botany and Systematics and Geography of Plants. The two publishers of these journals, the Royal Botanical Society of Belgium and Meise Botanic Garden, have decided to publish Plant Ecology and Evolution together as co-publishers, therefore ensuring its independence from commercial publishers. This merger was prompted by the fact that both journals started to attract a more international audience and because their scope started to largely overlap. Both journals had a focus on tropical African botany and Belgian Journal of Botany gradually changed from a journal of general botany to a journal of field botany. The first editor in chief of Plant Ecology and Evolution was Elmar Robbrecht (2010–2020), who was also editor in chief of Systematics and Geography of Plants.
Belgian Journal of Botany and former titles (published by the Royal Botanical Society of Belgium)
The journal started as Bulletins de la Société royale de Botanique de Belgique in 1862, the same year as the foundation of the Royal Botanical Society of Belgium, and was meant as a publication for the members of the society. It originally published a mix of matters related to the society (bylaws, member lists, minutes of meetings, etc.) and scientific contributions, mainly from Belgian members. The international reach of the journal gradually grew during the 20th century, leading to the decision to change the title to Belgian Journal of Botany in 1990. For the first decades of the Bulletin’s existence, it was not always clear who was responsible for the editorial work. The first clearly mentioned editors (“secrétaire des publications”) were François Crépin (vols 6–13, 1867–1874) and Alfred Cogniaux (vol. 14, 1875 & vols 51–53, 1910–1914). The special volume 50 (1909) was published by Jean Chalon. Editorship is fully clear from 1949 onwards, when the journal was managed by André Lawalrée (1949–1969), Pierre Compère (1970–2002), and Olivier Raspé (2003–2009).
Volumes 1–5 (1862–1866): Bulletins de la Société royale de Botanique de Belgique
Volumes 6–113 (1867–1980): Bulletin de la Société royale de Botanique de Belgique
Volumes 114–122 (1981–1989): Bulletin de la Société royale de Botanique de Belgique / Bulletin van de Koninklijke Belgische Botanische Vereniging
Volumes 123–142 (1990–2009): Belgian Journal of Botany
Volumes 143– (2010–): Plant Ecology and Evolution
Systematics and Geography of Plants and former titles (published by the National Botanic Garden of Belgium, now Meise Botanic Garden)
In 1902, on the initiative of Théophile Durand, the Jardin botanique de l’État in Brussels started publishing a bulletin containing miscellaneous information about the research at garden. The Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de l’État à Bruxelles was continued by Émile De Wildeman, Walter Robyns, Fernand Demaret, Roland Tournay (1967–1972), André Robyns (1973–1998), and Elmar Robbrecht (1999–2009). During the course of the 20th century, it developed into an international journal devoted to the systematics of all plants and fungi, but also covering related fields such as phytogeography, evolution, comparative morphology, pollen and spores, and vegetation studies. A complete overview of the history of the journal was published in the 100 year anniversary issue (Robbrecht 2002).
Volumes 1–5 (1902–1919): Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de l’État à Bruxelles
Volumes 6–14 (1919–1937): Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de l’État (Bruxelles)
Volumes 15–36 (1938–1966): Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de l’État (Bruxelles) / Bulletin van de Rijksplantentuin (Brussel)
Volumes 37–67 (1967–1998): Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique / Bulletin van de Nationale Plantentuin van België
Volumes 68–79 (1999–2009): Systematics and Geography of Plants