In this post, important issues related to modernization of the Polish Botanical Society publishing practices are being emphasized, which aims to further improve the standard of the editorial process, having regard also to Plan S. This process will take place in several stages, and subsequent updates will be presented in this post (beginning from the latest updates).
Starting from 2021, the journals Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae (beginning with Vol. 90), Acta Agrobotanica (beginning with Vol. 74), and Acta Mycologica (beginning with Vol. 56) transform into annuals – there won’t be issues within a volume, but the volume numbering remains intact and will be continued. The articles will be published continuously, which means that an article will be published in its final and complete version of record as soon as all editorial works have been finalized. Wiadomości Botaniczne journal has already been publishing in this mode (beginning with Vol. 61).
Some changes could not be finalized in 2020 (e.g., introduction of a new editorial management system or updating of the publication policy) and these works will be continued in 2021.
At the Managing Board meeting on November 21, 2020, a resolution was adopted increasing article processing charge for Acta Agrobotanica and Acta Mycologica. The new fees concern manuscripts submitted on and after 2021-01-01, and are as follows: for domestic authors: 1,400 zł (1,000 zł for PBS members), for foreign authors: 400 Euro (360 Euro for PBS members).
A deposit policy has been updated so that authors can now post early versions of a manuscript, i.e., preprint and postprint, online (in digital repositories and personal websites), with the exception that the preprint shouldn’t be available during the review process in any of the Society’s publication to comply with double-blind review requirements.
Details available in the copyright notice on the PBS editorial platform.
The new issues of Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae and Acta Agrobotanica have been published on the PBS editorial platform. They are already available in the XML JATS format (see below).
Updated instructions for authors have been just published on the PBS editorial platform. They are valid until the change of the editorial management system, but the key requirements such as in-text citations and reference list format will remain afterwards. We ask authors to prepare the manuscripts according to the new guidelines.