The New Phytologist Trust is an independent, non-profit-making organization dedicated to the promotion of plant science.



What does the not-for-profit remit of the Trust mean in practice?

The Trust’s main activity is the publication of the journals New Phytologist, an international, online-only journal, which publishes original research on all aspects of plant science and Plants, People, Planet, a new, open access interdisciplinary journal focusing on the interface between plant science and society. Any excess revenue from the publication of the journals is put straight back into supporting plant science. This is achieved by funding a wide range of activities, for example: the organisation and sponsorship of symposia, workshops and meetings; numerous grant schemes; sponsorship of various awards for early-stage career scientists, including the Tansley Medal named after New Phytologist’s founder Sir Arthur Tansley; and ensuring that research published in the journals is as widely and openly available as possible, as such, all of our New Phytologist Tansley reviews and insights and Forum articles are immediately available to access free of charge upon publication, and all other content is made freely available one year after publication and Plants, People, Planet is fully open access. All of these actions have a common goal to promote emerging areas of plant science and to encourage continued progress and innovation in the field. 


Why support the journals New Phytologist and Plants, People, Planet?

The production of the journals, New Phytologist and Plants, People, Planet, is at the core of the Trust’s work, and the success of the journals allows the Trust to fulfil its overarching aim of promoting plant science. Therefore, the Trust’s key objectives are: to continue to publish the highest-quality science; to provide an excellent service to authors, readers and reviewers at all stages of publication; and to enhance the functionality of the journals to ensure that New Phytologist Trust continues to be a leader in the field of innovative plant science publishing.

We invite you to support New Phytologist and Plants, People, Planet, and in doing so to support the New Phytologist Trust, but we also invite you to question our practices if you believe that we could be doing better. 


On what basis is the relationship with the publisher Wiley founded?

The Trust has contracted Wiley to publish the journals, which is, in the view of the Trustees, a responsible publisher. Wiley’s business is intimately connected to the publishing operations of some 500 scientific societies, and the success of those societies is central to the success of Wiley. The Trust’s relationship with Wiley began in January 2001, after very careful consideration of the operations of a number of publishers. Nevertheless, the Trust retains full independence, in all aspects of its operations, and regularly reviews its publishing partnerships.



The Trust is overseen by a group of Trustees who are active Editors, have served as Editors, or have extensive experience of scholarly publishing or business and academic expertise relevant to the aims of the Trust.

An Ethical Investment Policy has been adopted by the Trust. Full details are available upon request. Please feel free to contact the Executive Editor (s.lennon@lancaster.ac.uk) to request a copy.


The New Phytologist Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (Company number 08789102; Charity number 1154867).


Shaping Ecology: The Life of Arthur Tansley by Peter Ayres

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Please visit our section on Sir Arthur Tansley for information on Tansley's life, work and publications or read the book Shaping Ecology: The Life of Arthur Tansley by Peter Ayres, former Editor-in-Chief of New Phytologist.