JIPB's International Board Meeting 2013 and 3rd Symposium on Integrative Plant Biology were recently held with great success. The event, which was hosted by JIPB in the scenic town of Lijiang, was attended by 46 editorial board members and scientific experts from 10 countries around the globe. The board meeting took place on July 4th, and the symposium began on July 5th and concluded on July 7th.
During the board meeting, it was decided that JIPB will go paper-free by 2014 and will become OpenAccess by 2015. Additionally, the journal will improve its feedback to rejected authors, include a new theme of "Functional omics and Systems Biology," update its design for better readability, and hold training courses 3¨C4 times per year. The possibility of instituting a mentorship program for students who aspire to publish quality papers in JIPB was also discussed. For detailed information on the topics discussed during the Board Meeting, please refer to the 2013 Editorial Board Meeting Report.
Professor Xu Zhihong, former President of Peking University, opened the talks by praising JIPB's progress and noting the importance of collaboration and community in the sciences. Traditionally, every individual plant science society would hold its own meeting, but it is important for them to get together and have everyone share their research, said Prof. Xu. In order to receive more support from the international science community, plant scientists in China need to "make people, the government and students understand how important plants are, and that we need them," he said.
Professor Ziyuan Duan, Vice Director of the Bureau of Science and Technology for Development at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, next spoke about the breakthroughs that JIPB has made under the guidance of its Editor-in-Chief Professor Chun-Ming Liu. The introduction of a "no page charge" policy, the building of a strong international board, and the focus on publishing special issues on hot topics have all been very beneficial to the development of the journal, he said. "JIPB has won the respect of international counterparts, and I congratulate you on your achievements," said Prof. Duan. "I¡¯m confident that CAS will provide more support to JIPB in the future," he said.
The symposium speakers were from nine different countries, and presented noteworthy research findings in different areas of the plant sciences throughout the meeting. Topics covered included phytochrome signaling and transcriptional networks, patterns of root growth, small RNAs in the battle between pathogens and hosts, the genetics of diversity in tropical plants, and many more. Each talk was followed by a round of questions and lively discussion.
Professor Chun-Ming Liu concluded the symposium by thanking all participants for their support of the journal, and for making the meeting a productive and enjoyable experience. JIPB has made the transition from a Chinese journal to an international journal, said Prof. Liu. Its impact factor for 2012 is 3.75, and it now ranks 12th out of the plant science research journals. Just like Lijiang, JIPB has become culturally diverse with an international team of editors. "There are 18,000 plant species in Yunnan, 56% of the total amount in China," said Prof. Liu. "I hope that our enjoyment of plants and natural beauty will last forever," he said.
The JIPB Editorial Office