Friday, 22 December 2017

New Journal of Botany: final issue now out!

Some of the plants found during a survey of Fair Isle
Images: C.V. Quinteros Penafiel
Today sees the end of an era - after seven years of BSBI's scientific journal New Journal of Botany, today we publish the final issue.

It's a bumper issue, with twelve papers, one short note, several pages of notable plant records and two book reviews.

If you're a BSBI member, head over to our members-only area (password required), click on the New Journal of Botany link, and you'll be able to start reading the issue in full.


Comparing Britain's Small-white Orchid
with its Icelandic counterpart
Images: R. Bateman
If you're not a BSBI member, you can still see abstracts here and you can read one of the papers in full, as it has been published under an open access agreement.

The open access paper gives the results of a floristic survey of Fair Isle by C. V. Quinteros Penafiel (from the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh) and colleagues.

There are also three papers on orchids, including two co-authored by orchid expert Prof Richard Bateman, who also published in the first issue of New Journal of Botany.

Richard's papers are, unsurprisingly, among the most frequently downloaded in the journal's history. 

Click here to read a review of one of Richard's previous papers on the iconic Military Orchid and its pollinators.


Taraxacum hibernicola, one of the Dandelions
described by Prof John Richards in his new paper
Image: Paul Green
You will also find a paper by Simon Smart and colleagues analysing changes in the abundance of common plants across Wales over decades; Keith Kirby and Rob Thomas investigate the impacts of a management plan to restore a broadleaved woodland in southern England; Scandinavian botanist Torbjorn Tyler looks at Hawkweeds, John Richards reports on new Dandelion records from Ireland and describes four new species; and alongside these familiar names, we were delighted to publish first-time author Margaret Harris's morphometric study of Knapweeds.

To find out about the other papers in this final issue, check out the Editorial here by Editor-in-Chief Ian Denholm.

All BSBI members have online access to all papers published in New Journal of Botany over the past seven years - that applies even if you join BSBI today. And plans are well advanced to put together a new platform for publishing botanical research so watch this space in the New Year!