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Aim and Scope

Plant Gene and Trait provides a new forum for research in plant, is committed to serving for plant gene discovery and trait mining in plant, particularly focusing on innovative research findings from the gene to trait as well as from the trait to gene within the fields of genetics, functional genomics, phenomics, biochemistry, physiology and morphology.

Plant Gene and Trait publishes research articles and reviews on the use of genetics to investigate the physiology of plant organisms. This includes reverse genetic approaches such as addition or removal of genes by transgenesis or gene targeting, and forward genetics by spontaneous or induced mutagenesis, particularly in the areas of chromatin, chromosomes, genomes, gene structure and its function, metabolic pathways, as well as heredity and variation in plants.

The authors permanently reserve the copyright for their publications and have granted the rights to any third party in advance for using, reproducing or disseminating the work under the terms of copyright and license of the GenBreed Publisher’s constitutions and adopted law and regulations.
Manuscripts Submission
Online submission
Manuscripts must be submitted to Plant Gene and Trait electronically by GenBreed Publisher's online Manuscript handling system. In cases that online submission system is not available; you can submit your manuscript to the submission email of Plant Gene and Trait: If both of the above ways do not work out, you can directly send your manuscripts to The editors will handle your submission within five working days.
Preferred file formats of manuscripts are Microsoft Word and Rich Text Format (RTF). Figures, tables, movies, and raw data can be submitted as supplementally files.
A cover letter must be submitted along with the manuscript during the submission, which should contain a brief explanation of what was previously known, the conceptual advance provided by the findings, and the importance of the findings to a broad readership, as well as how and why their major findings relate to the scope of the journal. Closely related papers submitted elsewhere or in press should be noted in the cover letter and uploaded as additional supplementally files in the online submission system. The cover letter is confidential to the editor and will not be seen by reviewers.
Corresponding Author
The full name, the contact information, and e-mail address of the corresponding author should be provided. We take the corresponding author as the responsible author, which means that the corresponding author takes the following responsibility:
The corresponding authors warrant, on behalf of themselves and their co-authors, that:
** The article is original, has not been formally published in any other peer-reviewed journal, and does not infringe any existing copyright;
** All the authors have agreed with the authorship of the manuscript and its submission to Plant Gene and Trait;
** All the authors has read and approved the content of the paper;
** The article contains nothing that is unlawful, libellous;
** All statements contained in it purporting to be facts are true, and any formula or instruction contained in the article will not, if followed accurately, cause any injury, illness or damage to the user.
** Official approval of all the original authors must be provided before any changes in authorship.
** Any reasonable demands for the necessary materials to justify the research results should be satisfied.
Please inform the Editorial Office of Plant Gene and Trait if the contact information of the corresponding author changes after submission.
Article processing
Scientists all over the world are invited to be as peer reviewers for this journal. All submission will be automatically transferred online to the reviewers by Manuscript Proceeding System in the GenBreed Publisher prior to CrossRef's plagiarism check. (see GenBreed Publisher peer review policy for further information)
Plant Gene and Trait offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review. Normally the publication period is two or four weeks depend on the speed of peer review. Using the recommended manuscript preparation formats will largely speed up the paper procedures and shorten the periods. Research articles will be published electronically in provisional PDF immediately upon acceptance. A fully structured web version and PDF download version will be uploaded within four weeks after acceptance.
Plant Gene and Trait is affiliated with other biology journals published by GenBreed Publisher, including Tree Genetics and Molecular Breeding and other journals. If referees judge that a manuscript is sound but not of special interest and therefore not appropriate for Plant Gene and Trait, the referee reports can be shared with other journals published by GenBreed Publisher. Transferring a manuscript from one journal to another will not incur delays. Conversely, if a manuscript submitted to a sister journal in the GenBreed Publisher series is judged to be of exceptional interest by the referees and editors. We may offer publication in Plant Gene and Trait.
Article-processing charges
All journals under GenBreed Publisher do not require article processing charges (APCs) and offer free publication and free access. However, Open access publications are not without costs. As a publisher, GenBreed Publisher needs to pay platform operation fees to publishing platform operators. These fees are used for server rentals, journal publishing systems, publishing databases, access space, software upgrades, and the daily operation and maintenance of the journal publishing system. In order to promote the prosperity and development of open access journals, we encourage research institutions, researchers, and authors publishing in GenBreed Publisher journals to make voluntary donations. We appreciate your support for the open access publishing model.