Dr. Mei-Chu Chung recently joined Botanical Studies as the new Editor-in-Chief

We’re pleased to announce that Dr. Mei-Chu Chung recently joined Botanical Studies as the new Editor-in-Chief. I recently had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Chung by email, to learn more about what she hopes we can accomplish together with this journal.

Dr. MeiChu Chung
Dr. Mei-Chu Chung

Dr. Chung is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology (IPMB), Academia Sinica, Taiwan. Dr. Chung received her Ph.D in Agronomy at the National University of Taiwan in 1978. Dr. Chung’s research covers the embryogenesis of rice and orchids through ultrastructural investigations and the chromosome identification of Oryza and Lycoris by fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH). Currently, Dr. Chung’s lab is interested in the role of rDNAs variation played in karyotype evolution of Oryza and Lycoris plants.

What challenges and potential do you see ahead for Botanical Studies?

Botanical Studies (ISSN 1817-406X), formerly the Botanical Bulletin of Academia Sinica (ISSN 0006-8063 Bot. Bull. Acad. Sin.), is sponsored by the Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica (IPMB, ASIPMB, AS). Botanical Studies is a peer-reviewed journal and welcomes articles on all aspects of botany. Botanical Studies joined SpingerOpen since 2013, which means all published articles, each with a DOI number, are made freely available online without a subscription and are available on PubMed Central and indexed in PubMed at the time of publication. The submission, reviewing and the subsequent publication process are also online. Botanical Studies is a peer-reviewed journal and welcomes articles on all aspects of botany.

Dr. Yue-Ie Hsing, the former Editor-in-Chief elevated a high standard for published articles and promoted the visibility of Botanical Studies during her term. Dr. Hsing, who has completed her 6-year term, stepped down as editor on December 31, 2015. I have been appointed as the new Editors-in-Chief of Botanical Studies and begin my term in January 2016. It’s both scary and exciting at the same time. Over the past decades that I have been at IPMB, I have had the opportunity to review manuscripts and occasionally published articles and have had the privilege of serving on the Editorial Board of this journal for years. I am now faced with the challenging task of continuously fostering and building the reputation and visibility of Botanical Studies. I’m really looking forward to that challenge.

The scope of Botanical Studies extends from plant molecular biology through to classical botany to taxonomy and ecology. This journal is open for articles on all aspects of botany; contributions from research workers worldwide are welcome. Articles submitted to this journal must be original. Botanical Studies has an improved format and an enlarged editorial board of renowned, international scholars. The journal will offer efficient manuscript processing, fair and independent expert peer review for you to publish your valuable research findings.

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