The American Journal of Botany (AJB) publishes peer-reviewed, innovative, significant research of interest to a wide audience of plant scientists in all areas of plant biology (structure, function, development, diversity, genetics, evolution, systematics), all levels of organization (molecular to ecosystem), and all plant groups and allied organisms (cyanobacteria, algae, fungi, and lichens). AJB requires authors to frame their research questions and discuss their results in terms of major questions of plant biology. In general, papers that are too narrowly focused, purely descriptive, natural history, broad surveys, or that contain only preliminary data will not be considered.

As of December 2009, AJB also includes AJB Primer Notes & Protocols in the Plant Sciences,, an online-only section for papers intended to promote rapid dissemination of protocols used in genetic analyses of plants. Subjects appropriate for this section include: (1) marker notes providing primer sequences for microsatellite or other markers in particular taxa, and (2) protocol notes describing new methods for isolating, visualizing, or scoring genetic markers. For complete instructions for this section, see


The AMERICAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY (print ISSN 0002-9122, electronic ISSN 1537-2197) is an internationally recognized journal accepting refereed research papers on all aspects of plant biology, published monthly since 1914.

In addition to reports of original research in all areas of plant science, the Journal contains Brief Communications, and Special Papers, which include reviews, critiques and analyses of controversial subjects. Members wishing to publish in the American Journal of Botany are entitled to significant benefits. Each BSA member is entitled to a set number of free pages per year dependent upon length of membership: 12 pages for members of 1–4 years, 16 for members of 5–9 years, and 20 for members longer than 10 years. If more than one author is a member, up to 14 free pages may be used per paper. Each printed page in excess of the free pages is assessed a mandatory page charge of $135 per page. Authors are asked to pay voluntary publication costs if they have funds. There is a mandatory charge for more than five changes made on proofs resulting from mistakes made by the author(s). Non-members will be charged $250 per page.

Color plates are free for members of more than 10 years, $100 per plate (maximum charge of $250) for members of 5–9 years, and $150 per plate (maximum charge of $300) for members of 1–4 years.


Starting in January 2010 AJB authors have the option to make their accepted paper freely available online immediately upon publication. The fee for Open Access is $1500 (discounted to $500 if the author’s institution subscribes to the Journal). Contact the Editorial Office at for more information.