Instructions for Authors
Thank you for your interest in the Journal of Integrative Plant Biology (JIPB), formerly Acta Botanica Sinica. For expedient manuscript processing, we hope you carefully read the guidelines below before the preparation and submission of your manuscript.
  • Scope

    The aim of JIPB is to report novel scientific discoveries related to any aspects of plant biology, using integrative genetic, genomic, biochemical, molecular, physiological 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 10 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) Photosynthesis and Crop Physiology; 7) Abiotic Stress Responses; 8) Plant Biotic Interactions; 9) Plant Reproductive Biology and 10) Global Change Biology.

    Our primary focus is to publish articles that are able to provide answers to significant questions in the general area of plant biology, and to report new technologies and resources essential for such studies. Preliminary observations, purely descriptive studies, omics-studies without functional validation, plant tissue culture and transformation fall beyond the scope of the journal.

  • Author Editing Services

    JIPB is continually working to improve the author experience so that researchers think of us first when deciding where to publish their excellent work. Well-written papers are important for journal quality.

    JIPB has arranged a discount for professional editing services at Plant Editors. Authors planning to submit to JIPB can access their discount via the following URL:

    The Plant Editors team of expert science editors provides professional editing for plant biologists. JIPB has no financial interest in Plant Editors. Please note that conditionally accepted submissions with language issues may not be officially accepted until the language has been edited by Plant Editors.

    We hope to see your work published soon in JIPB!

  • Fast-Track Review

    Manuscripts reporting extraordinary results that merit rapid publication can request Fast-Track Review. JIPB also accepts the high quality manuscripts that were previously submitted to similar high-profile journal. Authors can request a Fast-Track Review in the cover letter, and send the complete decision letter, all reviewers' comments of the previous journal and manuscript as PDF by e-mail initial decision on the manuscript will be returned to author within 3-5 days.

  • Quick Submission Guidelines

    Please see Full Submission Guidelines part for more detail.
    JIPB is now accepting author-created PDFs at FIRST SUBMISSION!
    For the first submission of a manuscript, authors may upload a compiled PDF document which includes the main text, references, figures and the legends, tables and supporting information.JIPB will review manuscripts that include data posted on preprint servers, such as ArXiv, bioRxiv, psyArXiv, SocArXiv, engrXiv, etc. If your paper has been posted on preprint servers, please list the corresponding links in the cover letter.
    Please note that figure legends should follow the appropriate figure. The PDF should be no larger than 6 MB (smaller is better), and please be certain to include line numbering in your author-created PDF.

  • Quick Guide for Submitting A Revision

    Before you submit a revision, please have ready:
    Response to reviewers with annotations to changes in manuscript;
    Revised text file with all changes highlighted;
    Figure files (1 figure per file with legends included);
    Funding information;
    Next-gen sequence or microarray data (if applicable).

  • Quick Guide for An Accepted Paper

    After your paper has been accepted, please pay attention with respect to the following in order to expedite the publication process:

    • Publication license agreement

      Within the next few days after an accepted paper is sent to the publisher for production, its corresponding author will receive an email from the Wiley Author Services system which will ask him to log in and will present the appropriate license for completion. The article cannot be published until the appropriate license agreement has been signed.

    • The corresponding author and the first author's photos needed

      According to the latest journal style, the first and corresponding authors' photos will be included in the article. The length and width of the photo should be 40 mm x 35 mm, and the resolution should be 300 dpi.

    • Manuscript in JIPB format

      Please ensure that your manuscript is in JIPB format (see Full Submission Guidelines).

    • Reference list requirements

      Please ensure that your references is in JIPB format (see Full Submission Guidelines). We highly recommend the use of a reference software such as EndNote ( for reference management and formatting.

    • Important notes about the figures

      For an accepted article, authors are advised to upload .jpg, .tif or .ppt (PowerPoint) files as the final version of figures. The figures should be in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black), but not as RGB (red, green, blue).
      Each figure should be uploaded in its own file without the figure legend, which belongs to the manuscript text. The width of one column is 80 mm, and the two-column width is 170 mm. Please ensure that figures uploaded to the ScholarOne Manuscripts portal are of adequate quality and resolution for production.
      Detailed figure requirements are given below.
      Figure Font Requirements:
      Typeface: Arial
      Figure labels (A, B, C, etc.) font size: 11 pt, bold
      Figure caption font size: 7 pt (non-bold)
      X-axis, y-axis labels font size: 8 pt (non-bold)
      X-axis, y-axis units: 7 pt (non-bold)
      All other text inside figures: 7 pt (non-bold)

      Other Important Requirements:
      The first character of only the first word of all figure labels should be capitalized.
      Figures submitted by authors should be the following resolution:
      Color figures: 600 dpi at the actual size the figure is to print
      Black and white figures: 1,000 dpi

    • Icon and brief summary needed

      • Icons

        The author of an 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 online issue. The icon should be 625x625 pixels in size, and should illustrate or exemplify the topic of the paper. Here are some summary rules for icons:
        625x625 pixels in size
        GIF or JPG format (in RGB color mode)
        May be an animated GIF
        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 625 x 625 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.

      • Brief summary

        Authors of accepted articles 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 impact of the work presented in the paper, especially for readers from cross-disciplinary fields. This brief summary will be added into the Table of Contents for the online issue.

        The following examples may be helpful:

        We employed field and laboratory assays to determine the capacity of wild tobacco (Nicotiana attenuata) to detect and direct root growth towards localized nutrient patches. Our findings demonstrate that directed root growth underlies foraging behavior, and that chemotropism and micronutrient-guided root placement are important factors shaping root architecture in nature.

        Ferrieri, A.P., Machado, R.A.R., Arce, C.C.M., Kessler, D., Baldwin, I.T., Erb, M. (2017). Localized micronutrient patches induce lateral root foraging and chemotropism in Nicotiana attenuate. J. Integr. Plant Biol. 59: 759-771.

    • ORCID requirement

      JIPB requires all authors of accepted manuscripts to provide an ORCID digital identifier. An ORCID unequivocally distinguishes you from every other researcher and facilitates automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized. See for details and to register. Registration takes only 30 seconds. We encourage all researchers to obtain an ORCID; it is required for all accepted manuscripts before the article can be published.

  • Article Categories

    • Review articles

      Articles published in this section should provide our readers a critical and comprehensive assessment of knowledge in a selected area of plant biology. JIPB receives unsolicited and invited Review Articles and Minireviews. JIPB Editors routinely commission "Invited Reviews".

      All Review Articles should be written in an engaging manner, and be focused on exciting new developments. Authors may cite their own work, where appropriate, but Review Articles are not to be used as a vehicle for self-promotion. Supporting figures/illustrations/tabulation of related data is expected to enhance pedagogy. All Review Articles will undergo peer review. The number of references for RAs should not be less than 150, the words not less than 8,000.

      Please note that a list of the authors' own papers on the topic (or area of expertise) of the unsolicited review is required. Please add this list into the Cover Letter when you submit an unsolicited review.

      Minireview is mainly a summary of the important progress in a certain field in the past five years. This category describes 3-4 print page reviews that can be on all topics of plant sciences. The reviews may contain up to 2 figures, 3,000 words and 50 references. All minireviews should provide critical analyses or comments on defined areas, which are of interest to the general audience in plant biology. Minireviews can be written by one or more experts in the field, as well as post docs. Authors may cite their own work if it relates to the topic at hand, but these articles should not be viewed as a place to promote one's own research. Minireviews must pass through the regular reviewing and revision process before being accepted for publication.

    • Research articles

      Full-length research articles should address fundamental plant biological questions through reproducible experimental design and integrative approaches. Although there is no page limit, authors are encouraged to write a clear, concise and captivating story, leaving non-essential components to Supplementary Data; references are limit to 50. All research articles published in JIPB should fall under one of the journal's 10 research themes (see Scope for details).

      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 (including funding sources), (8) Authors contributions (9) Conflict of interest, (10) References, (11) Figure legends, (12) Appendices, (13) Tables, (14) Figures. Authors should adopt the formatting shown in recent issues when preparing their manuscript.

    • Brief Communications

      Brief Communications highlight recently emerging topics and provide new research advances in plant science. Brief Communications should be no more than 1,500 words in length, no abstract, only one figure/table with legend, and no more than 10 references. The title should be clear and up to 10 words. The Materials and Methods, to be described in detail, are to be presented as Supplemental Information. Qualified manuscripts will be sent for peer review.

    • New technologies

      The New Technologies category describes new and improved methods and/or 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, simpler, cost-effective, etc. Manuscripts in this category should contain an abstract, keywords, and references as with a standard Research Article.

    • New resources

      New Resources allow authors to present major informational databases and/or genetic resources that are of broad value and interest to the plant sciences community. New Resources manuscripts should follow either the format of a Research Article, or Breakthrough Report, if it is appropriate, and must include a critical analysis of the database(s)/genetic resource(s).

    • News and Views

      JIPB regularly includes short insights to accompany articles of special interest to readers, providing additional background for the non-specialist. News and Views may be solicited by the Editors, but unsolicited submissions will also be considered. We strongly encourage authors of unsolicited submissions contact the Editorial Office ( before submission.

      News is intended to provide the readers with concise summaries and viewpoints on important events and meetings that have recently occurred in the plant science community and beyond. They will be shorter than usual, and not exceed 1,000 words, with 1 figure and/or table.

      Views provide a bridge between a research article and a review. They should be forward-looking and offer a novel view on a field of study. Views that put forward a new research agenda are particularly encouraged. They should usually be in the region of 1,500 words in length with a 200-word summary. In exceptional circumstances, Views submissions up to 6,500 words in length with up to six figures and 40 references will be considered.

    • Commentaries

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

  • Research Themes, Senior Editors & Editors

    Research articles are published under 10 themes:

    • Cell and developmental biology

      Senior Editor: Liwen Jiang (Chinese University of Hong Kong, China)

      Wolfgang Busch (Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA)
      Xu Chen (Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China)
      Alice Y. Cheung (University of Massachusetts, USA)
      Juan Dong (Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, USA)
      Jianping Hu (Michigan State University, USA)
      Fanjiang Kong (Guangzhou University, China)
      Jigang Li (China Agricultural University, China)
      Rongcheng Lin (Institute of Botany, CAS, China)
      Hongtao Liu (Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences, Institute of Plant
      Physiology and Ecology, CAS , China)
      Fei Lu (Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS, China)
      Haiyun Ren (Beijing Normal University, China)
      Young Hun Song (Seoul National University, Korea)
      Christopher J. Staiger (Purdue University, USA)
      Frans E. Tax (University of Arizona, USA)
      Ning Ning Wang (Nankai University, China)
      Stephan Wenkel (Umeå University, Sweden)
      Qi Xie (Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS, China)
      Jian Xu (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
      Cao Xu (Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS, China)
      Hong-Quan Yang (Shanghai Normal University , China)
      Zhong Zhao (University of Science and Technology of China , China)

    • Functional omics and systems biology

      Senior Editor: Zhaobo Lang (Southern University of Science and Technology, China)

      Huilong Du (Hebei University , China)
      Chaoying He (Institute of Botany, CAS, China)
      Hongzhi Kong (Institute of Botany, CAS, China)
      Sanwen Huang (The Institute of Vegetable and Flowers, CAAS, China)
      Xuehui Huang (Shanghai Normal University, China)
      Jin-Sheng Lai (China Agricultural University, China)
      Jie Luo (Hainan University, China)
      Baohui Liu (Guangzhou University , China)
      Long Mao (Institute of Crop Sciences, CAAS, China)
      Feng Tian (China Agricultural University, China)
      Zhixi Tian (Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS , China)
      Jun Wu (Nanjing Agricultural University, China)
      Yongrui Wu (Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences, Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, CAS, China)
      Jianbing Yan (Huazhong Agricultural University, China)
      Yingyin Yao (China Agricultural University, China)
      Qing-Yin Zeng (State Key Laboratory of Tree Genetics and Breeding, CAF, China)
      Zhonghua Zhang (Qingdao Agricultural University, China)

    • Global change biology

      Senior Editor: Yuanhe Yang (Institute of Botany, CAS, China)

      Jianguo Huang (Zhejiang University, China)
      Shaopeng Wang (Peking University, China)

    • Metabolism and biochemistry

      Amit Rai (Chiba University, Japan)
      Barbara Ann Halkier (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
      Deyu Xie (North Carolina State University, USA)
      Liang Guo (Huazhong Agricultural University, China)
      Hongning Tong (Institute of Crop Sciences, CAAS, China)
      Guodong Wang (Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS, China)
      Jianbin Yan (Agricultural Genomics Institute at Shenzhen, CAAS, China)
      Ziyin Yang (South China Botanical Garden, CAS, China)
      Yang Zhang (Sichuan University, China)

    • Molecular ecology and evolution

      Senior Editor: Ian Thomas Baldwin (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany)Editors:

      Ya-Long Guo (Institute of Botany, CAS, China)
      Georg Jander (Cornell University, USA)
      Bao Liu (Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China)
      Jianquan Liu (Lanzhou University, China)
      Qingxin Song (Nanjing Agricultural University, China)
      Jianqiang Wu (Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS, China)
      Bojian Zhong (Nanjing Normal University, China)

    • Molecular physiology


      Zhaojun Ding (Shandong University, China)
      Congming Lu (Shandong Agricultural University, China)
      Miguel A. Piñeros (USDA-ARS, Cornell University, USA)
      Qian Qian (China National Rice Research Institute, China)
      Yijun Qi (Tsinghua University, China)
      Guozheng Qin (Institute of Botany, CAS, China)
      Shi Xiao (Sun Yat-sen University, China)
      Chun-Peng Song (Henan University, China)
      Xiaodong Xu (Henan University, China)
      Chengwei Yang (South China Normal University, China)
      Keke Yi (Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, CAAS, China)

    • Photosynthesis and crop physiology

      Senior Editor: Martin AJ Parry (Lancaster University, UK)

      Wenqiang Yang (Institute of Botany, CAS, China)
      Fei Yu (Northwest A&F University, China)

    • Abiotic Stress Responses

      Senior Editor: Jian-Kang Zhu (Southern University of Science and Technology, China)

      Chengcai Chu (South China Agricultural University , China)
      Yan Guo (China Agricultural University , China)
      Jörg Kudla (Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology,
      WWU Muenster)
      Jia Li (Lanzhou University, China)
      Honghui Lin (Sichuan University, China)
      Legong Li (Capital Normal University, China)
      Jian Feng Ma (Okayama University, Japan)
      Huazhong Shi (Texas Tech University, USA)
      Pengcheng Wang (Southern University of Science and Technology, China)
      Yi Wang (China Agricultural University, China)
      Guangmin Xia (Shandong University, China)
      Shuhua Yang (China Agricultural University, China)
      Diqiu Yu (Yunnan University, China)
      Dae-Jin Yun (Konkuk University, South Korea)
      Jin-Song Zhang (Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS,
      Shao Jian Zheng (Zhejiang University, China)
      Jianhua Zhu (University of Maryland, USA)

    • Plant biotic interactions

      Senior Editor: Hailing Jin (University of California, USA)

      Yang Bai (Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology,
      CAS, China)
      Xuewei Chen (Sichuan Agricultural University, China)
      Suomeng Dong (Nanjing Agricultural University, China)
      Matthieu H.A.J. Joosten (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
      Pradeep Kachroo (University of Kentucky, USA)
      Isgouhi Kaloshian (University of California, Riverside, USA)
      Xia Li (Huazhong Agricultural University, China)
      Xin Li (University of British Columbia, Canada)
      Yi Li (Peking University, China)
      Rosa Lozano-Duran (Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology, CAS, China)
      Kerry Mauck (University of California, Riverside, USA)
      Ertao Wang (Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences, Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, CAS, China)
      Xiaojie Wang (Northwest A&F University, China)
      Lanqin Xia (Institute of Crop Sciences, CAAS, China)
      Daoxin Xie (Tsinghua University, China)
      Xiufang Xin (Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences, Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, CAS, China)
      Longfu Zhu (Huazhong Agriculture University, China)

    • Plant reproductive biology

      Senior Editor:

      Letian Chen (South China Agricultural University , China)
      Jiamu Du (Southern University of Science and Technology , China)
      Qiaohong Duan (Shandong Agricultural University, China)
      John Harada (University of California, Davis, USA)
      Xingliang Hou (South China Botanical Garden, CAS, China)
      Kejian Wang (China National Rice Research Institute, China)
      Zhongfu Ni (China Agricultural University, China)
      Yidan Ouyang (Huazhong Agricultural University, China)
      Thorsten Schnurbusch (Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK),
      Meng-Xiang Sun (Wuhan University, China)
      Bao-Cai Tan (Shandong University, China)
      James L. Weller (University of Tasmania, Australia)
      Rui Xia (South China Agricultural University, China)
      Binglian Zheng (Fudan University, China)
      Sheng Zhong (Peking University, China)

  • Full Submission Guidelines

    • Submission of manuscripts

      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 by contacting JIPB's Editorial Office (+86 10 6283 6133,
      Uploaded files may be converted to PDF format by the system automatically. 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 6 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.

    • Manuscript preparation

      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).

      The text should not contain footnotes. Original manuscripts must be prepared using a standard word processing program (such as Microsoft Word), with 1.5-line spacing and 11 point font using Times New Roman, Helvetica or Arial. Please add page and line numbers consecutively throughout the manuscript. Although JIPB has no page limit, we advise all authors to prepare their manuscripts to be as short and concise as possible.

      Authors who think their manuscripts would benefit from professional editing are encouraged to use the language-editing service provided by companies such as Plant Editors (

      Plant Editors was founded in 2009 by three PhD plant biologists. Plant Editors is a high-quality scientific writing and editing service that specifically addresses the needs of plant biologists. Please see Plant Editors at for more details and to get a quote for editing your article.

      • 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.

        In a separate paragraph, the authors should provide a brief explanation of the importance of the work presented and describe how it 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 authors wish to request exclusion of any reviewers, specific reasons must be provided.

        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.

      • Research article organization

        Please organize your manuscripts in the following order:

        • Title page

          The title page should contain: (i) the title of the paper, (ii) a running title of no more than 50 characters, including spaces, (iii) full names and 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 address(es) of any author(s), if different from where the work was carried out, should be given in a footnote.

          If an article has 2 or more corresponding authors, a statement is required, signed by all corresponding authors, indicating who will be responsible for material distributions.

          The title, with no more than 15 words (comprised of 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.

        • Abstract

          All articles should have a brief abstract (no more than 300 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 nor abbreviations.

        • Text

          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 into subheadings to give the manuscript more clarity. The discussion should not repeat the RESULTS; instead, it 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 not permitted in JIPB.

        • Acknowledgements

          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 should 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, specifically, those who designed the research, performed experiments, analyzed data, and/or wrote the paper. Persons with minor contributions or who provided technical support are not qualified as authors and should be recognized in the acknowledgements section.

      • References

        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:

        For review articles, there is no limitation on the number of references cited, although we strongly suggest citing only publications in which original knowledge was presented. For other types of articles, the maximum number of cited references is 50.

        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). In such cases where manuscripts include a “personal communication,” a letter from the cited individual(s) must be attached to the cover letter. 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.

        Dellero, Y., Jossier, M., Glab, N., Oury, C., Tcherkez, G., and Hodges, M. (2016b). Decreased glycolate oxidase activity leads to altered carbon allocation and leaf senescence after a transfer from high CO2 to ambient air in Arabidopsis thaliana. J. Exp. Bot. 67: 3149-3163.

        Goff, S.A., and Zhang, Q. (2013). Heterosis in elite hybrid rice: Speculation on the genetic and biochemical mechanisms. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 16: 221-227.

        Duvick, D.N. (2001). Biotechnology in the 1930s: The development of hybrid maize. Nat. Rev. Genet. 2: 69-74.

        Sneath, P.H.A., and Sokal, R.R. (1973). Numerical Taxonomy. 2nd eds. Freeman, San Francisco, CA.

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

        Chapter in a book:
        van Went, J.H., and Willemse, M.T.M. (1984). Fertilization. In: Johri, B.M., ed. Embryology of Angiosperms.Springer-Verlag, Berlin. pp. 273-317.

        Phillips, S.J., and Whisnant, J.P. (1995) Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh, J.H., Brener, B.M., eds. Hypertension: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Management. 2nd edn. Raven Press, New York. pp. 465-478.

      • Appendices

        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

        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 footnotes at the bottom, in a clear, concise and stand-alone format. 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.

      • 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 required to make information available through public repositories, or commercial vendors, where appropriate.Large scale data sets need to be deposited to a public data repository at the publication time. Authors can select the permanent public repository with open access usually used in plant community, such as: GEO, Array-Express, NCBI's Short Read Archive sequence database; the microRNA database, and ScienceDB.

      • 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.

      • Figures and figure legends

        • Figures

          JIPB publishes all contents in full color in print version without extra fees. Authors are strongly encouraged to submit all figures and graphical materials in color. A page charge of 700 RMB (US$ 100) will be levied on accepted manuscripts.

          For reviewing process, all figures should be provided in pdf version, which should be combined with the text. Figures must 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 format. A resolution of at least 300 dpi is required for photographic images, 1000 dpi for line art, and all line drawings must be 0.5 point or above. Color figures should be in 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 can be read clearly when printed in color. 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. Some readers of the Journal may have some form of color-deficient vision. To ensure that all readers will be able to comprehend your data, please do not use the combination of red and green; use magenta and green instead (please see the following PDF example).

          Line figures should be supplied as sharp, preferably color graphs or diagrams, either professionally drawn or created by a computer graphics package. The line width should be 1 point. 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 information on bar chart colors, please see the following PDF example. The column diagram should contain a border line which should be black with a width of 1 point. It is not required to add a frame for the figures.

          Lettering must be included and should be sized to 8 point (Arial + overstrike) for line figures and photographs; figure numbers should be sized to be 7 point size (Arial + overstrike). Magnifications should be indicated using a scale bar on the illustration. All figures must be supplied in camera-ready format. Detailed figure requirements should be see “Important notes about the figures” part in Quick Guide for An Accepted Paper.

        • 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.

    • Manuscript style

      • Spelling

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

      • Units

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

      • Abbreviations

        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 subsequently the abbreviated form is 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, or 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, only the scientific name should be used.

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

    • JIPB cover picture selection

      Each cover of JIPB will have an illustration related to one of the articles published. Authors who would like to have a color photograph considered should submit a high resolution image online via ScholarOne Manuscripts when submitting a manuscript, or email the photograph to the manuscript tracking office at

  • Supplementary Material

    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. Please see the following PDF example.

  • The Process: What To Expect

    • Peer-review

      JIPB will consider for review manuscripts previously posted as preprints on non-commercial servers such as ArXiv, bioRxiv, psyArXiv, SocArXiv, engrXiv, etc. Authors may also post the submitted version of their manuscript to non-commercial servers at any time. However, authors are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article.

      JIPB strives to publish papers of the highest quality and originality with the shortest possible turnaround time. All manuscripts received are subjected to a preliminary scope/quality examination by our Manuscript Manager and Co-Editors-in-Chief. Papers beyond the journal's scope will be returned to the authors without review. 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 the editing services: Plant Editors (JIPB has no financial interests with the company). Please see Plant Editors at for more details and to get a quote for editing your article.

      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. 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 evaluate 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 further 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.

      In submission of a revised manuscript, the original manuscript ID may be included in the cover letter, which may allow the board to choose the same Editor to handle the manuscript. Resubmissions are subjected to a full review process.

      Manuscript handling workflow

    • Manuscript processing

      All manuscripts received will be subjected to an initial validity check, including the quality and the format, by the Manuscript Manager. Those that pass this checkpoint will be evaluated by Co-Editor-in-Chief who will assess the scientific content as well as the language to ensure that the manuscript is written in clear and concise English.

      If Co-Editor-in-Chief finds the manuscript acceptable it will then be assigned to an Editor, who will further evaluate the manuscript. 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 conclusions. All manuscripts tentatively accepted will be forwarded to the Co-Editor-in-Chief for a final decision. It is important to note that Co-Editors-in-Chief of JIPB reserves the right to change the final decision at any stage of submission.

      A decision letter will be emailed to the corresponding author once Co-Editors-in-Chief have made a final decision. The corresponding author can view the comments provided by the reviewers, online at If the manuscript is accepted without revision, the editorial office will contact the corresponding author if additional files/documents are needed.

      If the manuscript needs revision, the corresponding author will have to read the comments carefully and make appropriate changes, and explain point-by-point what has been changed, and why if the reviewer's recommendation has not been followed. Revised manuscript files should be uploaded using the manuscript handling system.

      A manuscript that contains good scientific content but requires extensive revision will, as a matter of JIPB policy, be declined. If the manuscript is declined with encouragement from the Editor to resubmit, the resubmission must be done online within the indicated time-frame. A note should be included indicating that it is a resubmission, with its previous tracking number clearly stated.

      If at any time during the review process the corresponding author has a question regarding the status of a manuscript or the nature of the peer review process, the Manuscript Manager should be contacted at:

    • Proofs

      The editorial office will notify the corresponding author via e-mail to electronically retrieve page proofs. The corresponding author will have access to one PDF file, which will contain: (a) PDF pages (includes figures and tables) and (b) a reprint order form. The corresponding author then returns: (a) The proofread and corrected original proof, (b) Original figures, if applicable, and (c) A completed reprint order form. Although the editorial staff may change the wording based on their understanding, the corresponding author has ultimate responsibility for the final content of the manuscript. The proof is the last opportunity to correct errors or omissions. With the exception of typographical or minor clerical errors, no changes will be made in the manuscript at the proof stage.

  • Policy

    • Copyright

      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 to the publisher, 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 license for completion.

    • Free Access policy

      JIPB is devoted to reaching a broad readership through the following Free Access (FA) policies:
      All newly published articles are Free Access for the first month after publication
      All papers in our Special Issues are Free Access
      All Invited Expert Reviews, Editorials and Commentary are Free Access
      The first issue of the year is Free Access
      Free Access allows you to read and download the article for free, regardless of whether or not you have a subscription to JIPB.

    • Offprints

      Thirty offprints will be supplied to the corresponding author, if required. A charge of 500 RMB (US $80) will be levied for each article. For more than 30 offprints, an extra charge will be levied (150 RMB for every 10 additional copies).

    • Corrections and retractions

      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, and will 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. US $200/RMB ¥1,400 will be charged if authors need to make a correction for their article after it has been published.

    • Conflicts of interests

      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, which 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 Co-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.

    • Ethical considerations

      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:

      In the case where manuscripts include a "personal communication," a letter from the cited individual(s) must be attached to the cover letter.

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

      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).

      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.

  • Publication Fees

    Authors may choose whether their accepted articles are published in OpenAccess, or by subscription publications.

    • OpenAccess

      If authors choose OpenAccess, a US $2730 (19,800 RMB) APC fee will be applied, which allows the article to be available online to readers world-wide without any charge.

      Please note that Wiley publisher shall be responsible for collecting the APC fee (US $2730 or 19,800 RMB) of contributors from China and other countries.

    • Subscription publications

      If the authors decide to publish via the subscription model, a page charge of US $100 (700 RMB) will be levied for each printed page for research/resource/review/ technology article. The publication fee will be $1,500 (10,500 RMB) for each short paper, such as Breakthrough Report.

      Note: Some articles might require additional editing or proofreading services from the editorial office, mainly based on the comments from reviewers and editors. The additional fee will be included in the publication fee and collected by JIPB editorial office. Additional editing costs will depend on the extra work on the article and will not exceed $2,000 at most.

      All international authors and all Chinese authors are encouraged to pay by bank transfer or by check to:

      West Haidian District Subbranch, Beijing Branch, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)
      Account No: 0200004509088100989
      Address: 65 West Road, Beisihuan, Haidian District, Beijing, 100083
      Swift code: ICBKCNBJBJM

      If authors have difficulties in paying their publication costs, please contact the Editorial Office. The Editorial Board may waive page charges under special circumstances.

  • Editorial Office Contact Details

    The Editorial Office of Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
    Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    No. 20 Nanxincun, Xiangshan, Beijing 100093, China
    Tel: +86 10 6283 6133; Fax: +86 10 8259 2636

Updated: 8 November 2022
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