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 New Phytologist, an international, online-only journal, which publishes original research on all aspects of plant science. The Trust receives income through subscriptions to New Phytologist and any excess revenue from the publication of the journal 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 the journal’s founder Sir Arthur Tansley; and ensuring that research published in the journal is as widely and openly available as possible, as such, all of our reviews 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. 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 journal New Phytologist?
The production of the journal, New Phytologist, is at the core of the Trust’s work, and the success of the journal allows the Trust to fulfil its overarching aim of promoting plant science. Therefore, the Trust’s key objectives are: to continue to improve the standing of New Phytologist by publishing 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 journal to ensure that New Phytologist continues to be a leader in the field of innovative plant science publishing.
We invite you to support New Phytologist, 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 of New Phytologist, Wiley-Blackwell, founded?
The Trust has contracted Wiley-Blackwell to publish the journal, which is, in the view of the Trustees, a responsible publisher. Wiley-Blackwell’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-Blackwell. The Trust’s relationship with Wiley-Blackwell 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.
The New Phytologist Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (Company number 08789102; Charity number 1154867).
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.