Horticulture research journal impact factor

Horticulture research journal impact factor. *HortScience* 21(8): 860--863. DOI: [10.1088/1367-2630/aa34a1](http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1367-2630/aa34a1).

All articles published in the past two calendar years have undergone independent peer review and the journal quality policy.

After announcement of this major issue in February 2014, we have received 21 submissions to our editorial office. We received the first paper from two major publishers of global horticultural crops: [Rayonier Research]{.ul} and [AAFC]{.ul}, the last from [Ames]{.ul}. The average paper submission rate was significantly lower than last year, mainly due to the delays caused by the intensifying submission/peer review system with reduced author feedback. Four papers were accepted through this route, one of which was a potential publication from the review process.

There were only three papers accepted after peer review by the Editorial Board: a manuscript describing the development of greenhouse imaging techniques that was handled by J. Britto (department of plant sciences, Michigan State University, USA), a short note that dealt with new images of a golden filamentary toadflax and *Dahlia* hybrid (courtesy of J. Hopwood), and a manuscript on the metabolic modelling of photosynthesis for an engineering project at York University, Canada.

Two papers were accepted through the author-designated route, after discussion between Editor in Chief, Tom Ecklebe, and the managing Editor, Guy Hagerman. These two papers are on: 1) the development of the apple market in Australia, by C. David (CSIRO, Australia) and 2) a paper on gene isolation in the brown midrib of trees. The author indicated that the paper was submitted without review, based on the previous recognition of the paper in the Editorial Office for the publication of the systematic reviews.

Seven papers, six in the journal's Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology category and one in Horticulture Research, were accepted via the online submission system: these papers were submitted to us through D. Tan (Huazhong Agricultural University, China), A. Shimizu (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan), M. Winemiller (Cornell University, USA), M. Podio (Melbourne University, Australia), A. Batkin (Belarus State University, Belarus), A. Zietz (University of Georgia, USA), and A. Castan (University of Murcia, Spain). Two of these papers were published by us (one of these was a collaboration with Dr. M. Podio of the author's lab): a report on mass transfer in potted plants, as well as a paper on the development of a cucumber cultivar in Israel, by A. Zimmerman and A. Batkin. All the other accepted papers are published in this issue of *HortScience*. A summary of the papers that were accepted, their characteristics, as well as links to their publisher, country, and repository is presented in [Appendix ,1](#appsec1){ref-type="sec"}.

**Tom Ecklebe (Editor-in-Chief), and co-editors:**

My name is Tom Ecklebe, a professor in the Plant Breeding Division at Michigan State University (MSU) where I have been the Chair of the Department of Plant Sciences since 1998 and a research professor since 1981. I am also Professor of horticultural science at the Department of Plant Sciences and head of the agriculture and horticulture research laboratory (HORTLAB) at MSU. This lab has a mission of developing new genetic techniques and new plant products for agriculture and horticulture. My career has centered on developing genetically modified maize and soybean for resistance to insects and weeds, maize for tolerance to herbicides, and cotton for more fiber production. Research in all these areas has provided several firsts: the first transgenic product to be introduced into the U.S. market (1990), the first first commercially released insect-resistant maize hybrids (1993), the first herbicide-tolerant soybean (1996), and the first cotton varieties that provided a 10% increase in fiber production. In addition, I have received several patents for methods of producing transgenic soybean, corn and cotton, novel promoters, and vector components.

I have been very involved in the development of Horticulture Research, a new international, peer-reviewed, open access, *HortScience* journal and I was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the journal in April 2013. *HortScience* publishes manuscripts on the fundamental science of horticulture, plant genetics and breeding, plant physiology and the role of horticulture in agriculture and forestry. It covers all aspects of the science and practice of horticulture including plant nutrition, genetics, biotechnology,

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