Instructions for Authors

(Updated on March 30, 2015)
Please upload a converged PDF document including main text, figures, tables and supporting information during the first submission. Each figure legend should follow the figure accordingly.

PLEASE NOTE: Authors whose articles contain Arabidopsis gene-related data must submit their data to the TAIR database:

Thank you for your interest in Journal of Integrative Plant Biology (JIPB), formerly Acta Botanica Sinica. For the quickest and most efficient manuscript processing, we ask you to carefully read the guidelines below before submitting your paper.

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The aim of JIPB is to report novel scientific discoveries related to any aspects of plant biology using integrative genetic, genomic, biochemical, molecular and systems biology approaches, and to foster communication and discussion among scientists in different areas of plant and agricultural sciences. Articles submitted to JIPB should fit into one of the following 7 themes: 1) Cell and Developmental Biology; 2) Functional Omics and Systems Biology; 3) Metabolism and Biochemistry; 4) Molecular Ecology and Evolution; 5) Molecular Physiology; 6) Plant-environmental Interactions and 7) Plant Reproduction Biology. Our primary focus is to provide the answers to significant plant biological questions and on the technologies essential for such studies. Preliminary observations, purely descriptive studies, omics-studies without functional validations, tissue culture and transformation fall beyond the scope of the journal.

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The journal publishes peer-reviewed papers in 6 categories:


• Commentaries
• Invited Expert Reviews
• Letters to the Editor
• New Resources
• New Technologies
• Research Articles

•  Commentaries

The commentary section gives authors an opportunity to exchange views, offers critical comments on certain topics, or on recently published articles in the plant community. Commentaries will appear at the beginning of the journal and will be published without abstract and keywords. Author information and references are presented after the text.

•  Invited Expert Reviews

Articles published in this section intend to bring our readers critical and comprehensive knowledge in a selected area of plant biology. Established researchers with an interest to write an Invited Expert Reviews (IER) may contact a Senior Editor or an Editor within the immediate expertise area directly for consensus. All IERs should be written in a engaging manner, and be focused on exciting new development or new concepts. Authors may cite their own work if related, but such article should not be viewed as a place to promote one’s own research. The use of figures and illustrations are encouraged as they add the readers’ understanding of the subject. Although invited, all IER articles must pass through the regular review and revision process without guarantee of acceptance for publication.

To highlight the "IER," a photograph of the corresponding author will be used on the first page of the paper. Although JIPB does not accept review articles by general submission, authors may consult the Editor of a particular research area if they are considering submitting a review article to JIPB.

•  Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor (LTEs) are rapid communications to publish short articles of original research with a high degree of novelty, representing a breakthrough in understanding important biological processes of interest to a wide plant science audience.

Format requirements:

1. All LTEs shall have a brief and easy-to-understand summary with less than 100 words, to state the rational and major findings of the study.

2. All LTEs shall have a brief and clear title with no more than 80 characters (including spaces).

3. All LTEs shall start with a brief paragraph to provide the rationale of the work, followed by results (including essential materials and methods) and discussions, and then funding and acknowledgement. Up to 3 print pages and 2 illustrations. No subtitles. Author information is listed before references.

4. The text including essential materials and methods, figure legends and maximum 15 references should be limited to 1,600 words. Supplemental information is allowed.

5. All LTEs will be pre-screened by the Editor-in-Chief, with the decision made within 48 hrs. Qualified articles will be handled by a Senior Editor and an Editor for peer review through a fast-track system.

6. All LTEs are FreeAccessed without additional costs.

•  New Resources

The New Resources category should describe major informational databases and genetic resources that are of value and interest to a wide plant science audience. Manuscripts reporting a major informational database should propose provocative new biological insights that can be derived from an analysis of the data set. New Resources articles follow the same format and length guidelines as Research Articles.

•  New Technologies

The new technologies category describes new and improved methods and research tools. Articles should provide a concise and comprehensive explanation of how novel technologies may be applied in plant research and should evaluate and compare older techniques and explain why the new method is more efficient, cheaper, simpler, etc. Manuscripts in this category should contain an abstract, keywords, and references like a standard article.

•  Research Articles

Full-length research articles should address fundamental plant biological questions through reproducible experimental design and integrative approaches. There is no page limit but references are limit to 50. Supplemental information is allowed. All valid manuscripts submitted to JIPB are handled by our editors. All research articles published in JIPB should fall under one of the journal's 7 research themes (see section 3 for details on the 7 themes). Full length articles should be divided into the following sections: (1) Title page, (2) Abstract, (3) Introduction, (4) Results, (5) Discussion, (6) Materials and Methods (7) Acknowledgements, (8) Funding, (9) Conflict of interest, (10) References, (11) Figure legends, (12) Appendices, (13) Tables, (14) Figures.

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Research articles are published under 7 themes:


• Cell and Developmental Biology
• Functional Omics and Systems Biology
• Metabolism and Biochemistry
• Molecular Ecology and Evolution
• Molecular Physiology
• Plant-environmental Interactions
• Plant Reproduction Biology

♦ Cell and Developmental Biology
Senior Editor: Liwen Jiang (Chinese University of Hong Kong, China)
Research topics in this theme include cell division, cell differentiation, organogenesis and pattern formation.

Tobias I. Baskin

(University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)

Philip W. Becraft

(Iowa State University, USA)

Wolfgang Busch

(Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austria)

Alice Y. Cheung

(University of Massachusetts, USA)

Jianping Hu

(Michigan State University, USA)

Lars Ostergaard

(John Innes Centre, UK)

Christopher J. Staiger (Purdue University, USA)
Frans E. Tax (University of Arizona, USA)
Stephan Wenkel (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Qi Xie

(Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS, China)

Jian Xu

(National University of Singapore, Singapore)


♦ Functional Omics and Systems Biology
Senior Editor: Zhizhong Gong (China Agricultural University, China)
Research topics in this theme include transcriptomics, proteomics, and mathematical metabolomics studies to answer fundamental plant science questions in systems.


Sanwen Huang (The Institute of Vegetable and Flowers, CAAS, China)

Jin-Sheng Lai

(China Agricultural University, China)

Zhongchi Liu

(University of Maryland, USA)

Robert J Schmitz

(University of Georgia, USA)

Jan Traas (University of Lyon, France)
Tomohiko Tsuge (Kyoto University, Japan)
Jianbing Yan (Huazhong Agricultural University, China)


♦ Metabolism and Biochemistry
Senior Editor: Uwe Sonnewald (Friedrich-Alexander University, Germany)
Research topics in this theme include primary and secondary metabolisms, metabolic pathways, molecular interaction, and protein structure.

Vincent Bulone

(AlbaNova University Centre, Sweden)

Katie Dehesh

(University of California, Davis, USA)

Shan Lu

(Nanjing University, China)

Steven M. Smith

(University of Tasmania, Australia)

Sacco de Vries

(Wageningen University, The Netherlands)


♦ Molecular Ecology and Evolution
Senior Editor: Ian Thomas Baldwin (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany)
Research topics in this theme include integrative approaches to study plant ecology and evolution at the chemical, molecular or genomic level.

Matthias Erb (University of Bern, Switzerland)
Ivan Galis (Okayama University, Japan)
Georg Jander (Cornell University, USA)
Yonggen Lou (Zhejiang University, China)
Jianqiang Wu (Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS, China)


♦ Molecular Physiology
Senior Editor: Leon V. Kochian (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
Research topics in this theme include complex interactions in plant systems using a systematic approach, and studies of physiological process in plant growth and development using an integrative approach.

Randy Todd Clark (DuPont Pioneer, USA)
Hong Liao (Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China)
Jiping Liu (USDA-ARS, Cornell University, USA)
Cong-Ming Lu (Institute of Botany, CAS, China)
Miguel A. Piñeros (USDA-ARS, Cornell University, USA)
Qian Qian (China National Rice Research Institute, China)
Jianmin Wan (Institute of Crop Science, CAAS, China)
Jianhua Zhang (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China )
Li-Xin Zhang (Institute of Botany, CAS, China)


♦ Plant-environmental Interactions
Senior Editor: William J. Lucas (University of California, Davis, USA)
Research topics in this theme include inter- and intra-cellular communication, biotic and abiotic stresses, and environmental response in plants.

Kurt Fagerstedt

(University of Helsinki , Finland)
Toru Fujiwara (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Matthieu H.A.J. Joosten (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
Pradeep Kachroo (University of Kentucky, USA)
Jia Li (Lanzhou University, China)

Giovanna Serino

(Università La Sapienza, Italy)

Jianhua Zhu (University of Maryland, USA)


♦ Plant Reproduction Biology
Senior Editor: Dabing Zhang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
Research topics in this theme include integrative approaches to study gamete development, pollination and fertilization, self-incapability, embryo and endosperm development.

John Harada (University of California, Davis, USA)
Anna M.G. Koltunow (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia)
Hong Ma (Fudan University, China)
Li-Jia Qu (Peking University, China)
Thorsten Schnurbusch (Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Germany)
Meng-Xiang Sun (Wuhan University, China)
Bao-Cai Tan (Shandong University, China)
James L. Weller (University of Tasmania, Australia)
Wei-Cai Yang (Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS, China)

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JIPB strives to publish papers of the highest quality and originality with the quickest possible turnaround time. All manuscripts received are subjected to a preliminary scope/quality examination by our Manuscript Manager and Senior Editors. Papers beyond the journal's scope or which do not follow the format of the Journal will be returned to the authors without being reviewed. Experts will review manuscripts that meet the journal's initial requirements and a preliminary decision will be made in two to three weeks. The final decision of acceptance or rejection rests with the Board Members. Papers are usually published in chronological order of acceptance.

Manuscripts should be written in a clear, concise, direct style so that they are intelligible to the professional reader who is not a specialist in the particular field. Manuscripts with poor English will not be considered for peer-review.

Non-native English speaking authors who think their manuscript would benefit from professional editing are encouraged to use a language-editing service. JIPB collaborates with three editing services:


Plant Editors was founded in 2009 by three PhD-level plant biologists who are Science Editors at The Plant Cell. Plant Editors is a high-quality service that specifically addresses the editing and writing needs of plant biologists.


Please see Plant Editors for more details.


Go Write Ahead is a highly personalized, strictly confidential, and efficient scientific editing service offered at competitive rates.  With over twenty years of research experience in leading research institutes in Asia and Australia, the editor has personally published in fields of plant developmental genetics, cell biology, and plant signal transduction.


Editorial services for manuscripts (including two revisions) are as follows:

 • 2500 RMB up to 5,000 words

 • 3000 RMB between 5,0018,000 words

 • 3500 RMB between 8,00112,000 words


Please see Go Write Ahead for more details.


Bioedit Ltd is an online English editing service that offers high-quality language editing of papers in bioscience research. JIPB papers submitted to Bioedit for language editing benefit from a fixed low price: 3000 RMB/330 EUR/450 USD per paper for the comprehensive editing service (7-day turnaround). Revised manuscripts are edited free-of-charge. Please see conditions on the Bioedit website.


Submit your paper to Plant Editors, Go Write Ahead, and Bioedit Ltd for English editing today.

When contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of scientific content, the Editor and the Publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to avoid ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between authors and readers. If extensive alterations are required, the manuscript will be returned to the author for revision.

All editors and reviewers are required to follow the general policy regarding "conflicts of interest." Authors may request reviewers, but should not request people who have a conflict of interest as defined by the policy (see clause 5). Editors are permitted to use any reviewer reasonably believed to be an appropriate scientific expert, except reviewers who would be excluded by the conflict of interest policy. If authors wish to request the exclusion of certain reviewers for other reasons, specific justification must be provided in the cover letter; such requests may be considered at the discretion of the Editor.

If revision is required, authors should carefully read the comments from the reviewers and revise the manuscript accordingly and give clear explanation of what has been changed and what has not and why. Failure to do so may lead to direct rejection. The Editor will evaluate revised manuscripts and determine whether external review is required. The board will normally consider only one round of revision, and the revised manuscript must be submitted within one month unless an extension is granted. In the case that extensive revision including additional experimentation is required; the general policy is to decline the manuscript, in which case editors may choose to encourage resubmission. The author may include the original manuscript ID in the cover letter, which may allow the board to choose the same Editor to deal the manuscript. Resubmissions are subject to the full review process.

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Journal of Integrative Plant Biology (JIPB) requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise, that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or indirectly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include but are not limited to patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication in this journal.

If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at the time of submission.

It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and to collectively list in the cover letter to the Editor-in-Chief, in the manuscript (in the footnotes, Conflict of Interest or Acknowledgments section), and in the online submission system ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.

Do you or any of your co-authors have a conflict of interest to declare? (required)

If yes, confirm that you have stated this conflict of interest in the footnotes, Conflict of Interest or Acknowledgments section of your manuscript as required by the Journal (see the Instructions to Authors). (required)

Provide details and include this information in your cover letter to the Editor.

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Authors must state that the protocol for the research project has been approved by a suitably constituted Ethics Committee of the institution within which the work was undertaken and that, where appropriate, it conforms to the provisions of the Declaration of Helsinki in 1995 (as revised in Seoul 2008), available at:

For more specific information on JIPB's ethics in publishing, please visit our website,

In taxonomic papers, type specimens and type depositories must be clearly designated and indicated. Authors are required to deposit the name-bearing type material in internationally recognized institutions (not private collections).

For articles in which humans formed part of the experiment, the authors should provide a published statement of informed consent.

Research carried out in areas for which research permits are required (e.g. nature reserves), or when it deals with organisms for which collection or import/export permits are required (e.g. protected species), the authors must clearly detail obtaining these permits in the Acknowledgements section.

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All authors should submit their manuscripts online at The ScholarOne Manuscripts submission system will guide authors through the process. Additional help is available from or from the Manuscript Manager in JIPB's Editorial Office (+86 10 6283 6133, Our online submission system will ensure a rapid handling of your paper. For peer-review, word processing files are preferred and will be converted to PDF format by the publisher. Although there are no file size limitations, note that large files will take longer to upload and convert to PDF depending on the Internet connection. Please try to keep the maximum combined file size under 5 MB. If you are not satisfied with the final conversion results when the submission is proofed, the complete manuscript may be reloaded. Note that Chinese, Japanese, and Korean fonts must be embedded in a PDF document file when submitted; otherwise the editorial office will not be able to view the submitted manuscript.

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Papers accepted for publication in JIPB become copyright of the Publisher, and Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In signing the license agreement, it is assumed that authors have obtained permission to use any copyrighted or previously published material. Articles cannot be published until authors have signed the appropriate license agreement. Within several days after submitting your paper, you will receive an email from Wiley’s Author Services system which will ask you to log in and will present you with the appropriate licence for completion.

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All manuscripts should be prepared using concise and proper English in a manner and at a level that will be accessible to the broad readership of the Journal. Authors are advised to follow the JIPB style carefully (see the sample copy for format, organization, figures and legends, tables, and references), Manuscripts that do not meet these standards will be returned to authors without reviewing. For the first submission, it is preferred to upload a converged PDF document including text, tables and figures (supplemental materials are uploaded in separate files). Figure legends should be attached to related figures. Authors who think their manuscripts would benefit from professional editing are encouraged to use the language-editing service provided by companies such as Bioedit Ltd.

Although JIPB has no page limit, we advice all authors prepare their manuscripts as short and concise as possible. In particular, long introduction and discussion, and loose figures and illustrations, are not advised. The text should not contain any footnotes.

Original manuscripts must be prepared using a standard word processing program (such as Microsoft Word), with 1.5-line spacing and 11 points using Times New Roman, Helvetica or Arial. Please add page and line numbers consecutively across the whole manuscript.

Please organize your manuscripts in the following order:

• Title page
• Introduction
• Results
• Materials and methods
• Acknowledgments
Author contributions
• References
• Tables
• Figures and figure legends

Additional notes:

1) “Letter to Editor” is organized differently, please follow the instruction
2) For accepted article, authors are advised to upload .tif or .ppt (PowerPoint) files as the final version of figures (figure legends shall be included in the text).

Title page

The title page should contain (i) the title of the paper, with no more than 15 words, (ii) a running title of no more than 50 characters including spaces, (iii) full names and addresses (including postal and email addresses) of authors, (iv) the postal and email address and telephone numbers of the author who is responsible for correspondence and material distributions. The present addresses of any authors, if different from where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote.

If an article has 2 or more corresponding authors, it is needed to provide a statement, signed by all corresponding authors, to indicate a single corresponding author who is responsible for material distributions.

The title, with no more than 100 characters including spaces, should be concise and informative to state the major content and discovery of the manuscript. Do not use abbreviations in the title.


All articles should have a brief abstract (no more than 200 words) that summarizes the questions being addressed, the approaches taken, the major findings, and the significance of the results. It should be concise, complete, and clearly communicate the importance of the work for a broad audience. The abstract should not contain references and the use of abbreviations, which should be defined at first use, and should be kept to a minimum.

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Authors should divide their manuscripts into the following sections: Introduction, Results, Discussion, and Materials and Methods. The Introduction should provide the necessary background information for the average reader; it should be both complete and concise. Previous publications that form a basis for the work presented must be cited. Citation of reviews is not a substitute for citing primary research articles. Citation of recent research articles is not a substitute for citing original discoveries. An author's own work should not be cited preferentially over equally relevant work of others. Authors' previously published data that are presented along with new data must be identified clearly and cited appropriately; duplicate publication of data (including data previously published as supplemental material) is not allowed without citation. The Results and Discussion can be subdivided if subheadings give the manuscript more clarity. The Discussion should not repeat the Results; instead, the Discussion should explore the implications of the Results, citing relevant published research, and should also be as concise as possible. A Conclusions section is generally not permitted. Statements of "first finding" are generally not permitted in JIPB.


Authors are allowed to give a brief acknowledgement of colleagues who have provided supports to the work, but not to anonymous reviewers, nor to secretarial and language services. The authors may also acknowledge the financial support.

Conflict of interest
A declaration of conflict of interest is needed for all manuscript.

Author contributions

Each article must include an Author Contributions section, to define the contributions of individual authors, in particular, who have designed the research, performed research, analyzed data, or wrote the paper, etc. Persons with minor contributions or technical supports are not qualified as authors. They should be acknowledged in the Acknowledgments section.


We highly recommend the use of a reference software such as EndNote  ( for reference management and formatting. The JIPB Endnote reference style can be downloaded here:, or you can download the current reference style for Journal of Integrative Plant Biology from EndNote's website ( The JIPB Endnote Template also can be downloaded here:

For invited expert reviews, there is no limitation on the number of references cited, although we strongly suggest citing only publications in which original knowledge was generated. For other types of articles, the maximum number of cited references is 80.

The Harvard (author, date) system of referencing is used (examples are given below). In the text give the author's name followed by the year in parentheses: Smith (2000). If there are two authors use 'and': Smith and Jones (2001); if cited within parentheses also use 'and': (Smith and Jones 2001). When reference is made to a work by three or more authors, the first name followed by et al. should be used: MacDonald et al. (2002). If more than one work is cited within parentheses, separate citations using a semi-colon (Friedman 1994; Wang et al. 1997), except in the case where the author of the works is the same, in which case the author's name should not be repeated, but the years should be divided with a comma (Smith 2000, 2002).

References should be listed in alphabetical order. Always cite the names of all authors in the reference list. References to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g. A Smith, pers. comm.; RW Wang, unpubl. data). All citations mentioned in the text, tables or figures must be listed in the reference list.

Names of journals should be abbreviated according to the Serial Sources for the Biosis Data Base, available in most libraries or from Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references.


Briggs WR, Tseng TS, Cho HY, Swartz TE, Sullivan S, Bogomolni RA (2007) Phototropins and their LOV domains: Versatile plant blue-light receptors. J Integr Plant Biol 49: 410

Kwon SY, Choi SM, Ahn YO, Lee HS, Lee HB, Park YM, Kwak SS (2003) Enhanced stress-tolerance of transgenic tobacco plants expressing a human dehydroascorbate reductase gene. J Plant Physiol 160: 347353

Sveshnikova IN (1963) Atlas and key for the identification of the living and fossil Sciadopityaceae and Taxodiaceae based on the structure of the leaf epidermis. Acta Sci USSR Paleobot 4: 207237 (in Russian with an English abstract)

Jiang MY, Zhang JH (2004) Abscisic acid and antioxidant defense in plant cells. Acta Bot Sin 46: 19


Sneath PHA, Sokal RR (1973) Numerical Taxonomy. 2nd eds. Freeman, San Francisco, CA

Nikitin VP (1969) Palaeocarpological Method. Publishing House of Tomsk University, Tomsk (in Russian)

Chapter in a book:

van Went JH, Willemse MTM (1984) Fertilization. In: Johri BM, ed. Embryology of Angiosperms.Springer-Verlag, Berlin. pp. 273317

Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP (1995) Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brener BM, eds. Hypertension: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Management. 2nd edn. Raven Press, New York. pp. 465 478

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Appendices should be placed at the end of the paper, numbered in Roman numerals and referred to in the text. If written by a person other than the author of the main text, the author's name should be included below the title.


Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate information in the text. All tables should have three horizontal lines, with the upper and the lower lines in bold. No vertical lines are allowed. Number tables consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. Type tables on separate Word pages, with the title on top and the footnote at the bottom, that should be concise and understandable without referring the text. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses. *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Methods of statistical analyses and sample numbers should be described clearly. Please see the following PDF example


Cover letter

A cover letter must be submitted along with the manuscript, stating that neither the manuscript nor any part of its content has been published or submitted for publication elsewhere, except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium. Any closely related papers that are in press or that have been submitted elsewhere should be noted in the cover letter and cited in the submitted manuscript if appropriate. If any new gene symbols are introduced, the authors should state that they have conducted a search of the literature and of community databases and whether each new symbol has been registered in the appropriate community database. If authors wish to request exclusion of any reviewers, specific reasons must be provided. We recommend that authors also explain briefly how their work meets the Journal's scope.

The cover letter must also contain a declaration that all authors have contributed significantly to the work and that all authors are in agreement with the content of the manuscript.

If tables or figures have been reproduced from another source, a letter from the copyright holder (usually the Publisher) stating authorization to reproduce the material must be attached to the cover letter.

Availability of materials

Publication in JIPB implies that the authors agree to provide all materials that are integral to the results presented in the article, including constructs, antibodies, seeds, protocols and whatever would be necessary for a skilled investigator to verify or replicate the claims. Authors are generally expected to take advantage of public repositories or commercial vendors to the extent possible.

Author material archive policy

Authors who require the return of any submitted material that is accepted for publication should inform the Editorial Office at the time of submission. If no indication is given, all hardcopy and electronic material will be disposed of two months after publication.

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The Journal uses US spelling and authors should therefore follow the latest edition of the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.


All measurements must be given in SI or SI-derived units. 


No abbreviations are allowed in the title, and abbreviations are allowed in the abstract only when it is really necessary (when it will be used multiple times in the abstract). All abbreviations need to be defined in the text when used for the first time, and afterwards only abbreviations are allowed to be used (including figure legends and tables).

Trade names 

Chemical substances should be referred to by their generic name only. Trade names should not be used when it is not essential or when it is ambiguous. If trade names are used, the name and location of the manufacturer must be given.

Scientific names

Upon its first use in the title, abstract, text, and materials and methods, the common name of a species should be followed by the scientific name (genus, species and authority) in parentheses. However, for well-known species, the scientific name may be omitted from the article title. If no common name exists in English, the scientific name should be used only.

Botanical nomenclature

All papers must conform to the latest edition of the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. Upon its first use in the title, abstract and text, the common name of a species should be followed by the scientific name (genus, species and authority) in parentheses.

Genetic nomenclature

Standard genetic nomenclature should be used. For further information, including relevant websites, authors should refer to the genetic nomenclature guide in Trends in Genetics (Elsevier Science, 1998).

Nucleotide sequence data can be submitted in electronic form to any of the three major collaborative databases: DDBJ, EMBL or GenBank. It is only necessary to submit to one database as data are exchanged between DDBJ, EMBL and GenBank on a daily basis. The suggested wording for referring to accession number information is: "These sequence data have been submitted to the DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank databases under accession number U12345".

Addresses are as follows:

DNA Data Bank of Japan (DDBJ):;

EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Submissions:;


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JIPB has started to publish all contents in JIPB with full color in print version without any extra fee from January 1st, 2017! Authors are strongly encouraged to submit all their figures and graphs in color. However, a charge of 700 RMB (US$ 100) for each printed page will be levied on accepted manuscripts after January 2017(see Section 17).

For reviewing process, all figures should be provided in pdf version, which should be combined with the text. They shall be cited in consecutive order in the text. Each figure should be labeled at the top of the page, indicating the name of the first author and figure number.

For accepted articles, the final version of the figures should be created using Photoshop, PowerPoint (PPT) or similar software, in TIFF, JPEG or PPT formats. A resolution of at least 300 dpi is required for photos, 1000 dpi for line art, and all line drawing shall be 0.5 points or above. Color figures should be set up as CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) and not as RGB (red, green, blue). If you use PPT, please send the original files. For illustrations, use color or pattern fills that could be read clearly, no matter printed in color or in black-white. Images imported into PPT should have at least 600 dpi resolution. The width of one column is 80 mm, and the two-column width is 170 mm. Magnifications should be indicated using a scale bar on the illustration. All figures must be supplied in camera-ready format.

Line figures should be supplied as sharp, preferably color graphs or diagrams, either professionally drawn or created by computer graphics package. The width of line should be 1pt Bar charts should be colored according to journal style as follows, from left to right: purple (filled), white with blue diagonal lines (45-degree right sloping lines), lime-green (filled), white with yellow diagonal lines (45-degree left sloping lines). For more info on bar chart colors, please see the following PDF example. The column diagram should contain border line. The border line should be black and the width is 1pt. Note that colored charts will only appear in the journal's online version. The hard-copy version will still be printed black-and-white unless the authors request otherwise. It is not required to add the frame for the figures. However, it needs to ensure it is still readable and recognizable even the figures were printed in black and white.

Photographs should be supplied as sharp, glossy, preferably color photographic prints and must be un-mounted. Individual photographs forming a composite figure should be of equal contrast to facilitate printing, and should be accurately squared. It is preferred that photos are grouped together into one or more plates. Please see the following PDF example

Detailed figure requirements follow:
Figure Font Requirements
      Typeface: Arial
      Figure labels (A, B, C, etc.) font size: 11 pt, bold
      Figure caption font size: 7 pt, no bold
      X-axis, y-axis labels font size: 8 pt, no bold
      X-axis, y-axis units: 7 pt, no bold
      All other text inside figures: 7 pt, no bold

Lettering must be included and should be sized to 8 point size (Arial + overstrike) for line figures and photographs; figure numbers should be sized to be 9 point size (Arial + overstrike). Magnifications should be indicated using a scale bar on the illustration. All figures must be supplied in camera-ready format.


The author of accepted article should submit a representative icon with the final production version of the manuscript. The graphic icon will represent the paper on the Table of Contents for each issue online. The icon should be 150x150 pixels in size, and should illustrate or exemplify the topic of the paper. Here are some summary rules for icons:

1. 150x150 pixels in size
2. GIF format (in RGB color mode)
3. May be an animated GIF
4. If using type, ensure it is legible in the final icon

For making an icon from a figure. Unessential text and graphic elements should be removed. Reduce the figure to its strongest, most important graphic elements, leaving out any unnecessary borders or margins. We recommend that icons are created using Adobe Photoshop or similar software.

For animated icons. Animated icons should have the animated GIF format. As with static icons, animated icons must be 90 x 90 pixels in size. Make sure that the file size is as small as possible, lest the icon load slowly and diminish the reader's experience.

The ICON should be uploaded to the SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL area of the article.

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Figure legends

Legends should be concise and comprehensive: the figure and its legend must be self-sufficient, understandable without reference to the text including definitions of any symbols used, and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.


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Supplementary material is not essential to the article but provides greater depth and background and may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. This material can be submitted with your manuscript and will appear online, without editing or typesetting. There is no page limit for supplementary materials. Guidelines on how to prepare this material and which formats and file sizes to use can be found at:

Brief summary

The author of accepted article should provide a brief summary (50 words in total) about the major findings using layman language. The summary is mainly for non-specialized readers to understand the novelty and the impact of the paper, especially for the readers from cross research field. The brief summary will be added into Table of Contents for the online issue accordingly.

The following examples may be helpful:

Inside pollen tubes there is continuous lengthwise movement with specific structure. All organelles move tip-wards along the cell boundary, but starch grains and vacuole turn back before reaching the tip, adding to a reverse flow of mitochondria, internal membranes and vesicles back down the center, creating a “clear zone.”
Hepler PK, Winship LJ (2015) The pollen tube clear zone: Clues to the mechanism of polarized growth. J Integr Plant Biol. 57:79-92

In 1908 Gustav Senn published a famous book on the photic movement of chloroplasts. He concluded that chloroplasts accumulate in the region where optimally irradiated. Here I provide a brief biography of Gustav Senn and review his achievements, including a diagram explaining the ten types of chloroplast arrangement he documented.
Kataoka H (2015) Gustav Senn (1875–1945): The pioneer of chloroplast movement research. J Integr Plant Biol 57: 4–13

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If the Senior Editor finds the manuscript acceptable he will assign an Editor from his theme, who will evaluate the manuscript in detail. The Editor assigns three or more peer reviewers for each manuscript. The reviewers evaluate the manuscript in terms of the importance of research questions, the rigor of the experimental evidence and protocols, and the significance of the conclusion. All manuscripts tentatively accepted will be forwarded to the Senior Editor for a final decision. It is important to note that the Editor-in-Chief of JIPB reserves the right to change the final decision on any submission at any stage.

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From 2015, JIPB has started to offer OpenAccess option that allows authors to have their online articles available for free to all users in the world. Authors may choose whether accepted articles are OpenAccess or subscription publications. If the authors decide to publish via the subscription model, a charge of 700 RMB (US$ 100) for each printed page. From January, 2017, JIPB has started to publish all contents in JIPB with full color, both in print and online versions. If the authors choose to publish their accepted articles OpenAccess, they only need to pay APC US$2500 per manuscript.

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If necessary, corrections of significant errors in published articles will be published in a later issue of the Journal. A correction published in the print journal will also be published as a correction in the online journal and will be linked to the original article. Articles may be retracted by their authors, academic or institutional sponsor, editor, or publisher because of pervasive errors or unsubstantiated or irreproducible data. A correction or retraction, so labeled, will appear in a prominent section of the Journal, and will be listed in the content page It will also include the title of the original article. The text of a retraction will explain why the article is being retracted and will include a bibliographic reference.

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Journal of Integrative Plant Biology

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Chinese Academy of Sciences
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