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South African Journal of Plant and Soil breaks new ground with a Taylor & Francis–NISC publishing partnership
16 August 2012
Taylor & Francis
Taylor & Francis with its global reach and local editorial base, together with specialist South African co-publisher NISC, have been appointed to publish South African Journal of Plant and Soil from 2012.
This new partnership brings some exciting changes, including the creation of a new site for South African Journal of Plant and Soil on Taylor & Francis’ leading platform (www.tandfonline.com/TJPS), where manuscripts are submitted online and articles published in both PDF and HTML formats in advance of printed issues. The first issue of volume 29 (2012) is now live on the site and more content, including back issues and new articles, will be available online shortly. Readers will benefit from sophisticated tools such as RSS content feeds and social bookmarks to enable easy linking to blogs and reference management platforms, and will be able to access the journal readily through mobile devices. Back issues will be loaded to this site and content older than four years will be available on an open access basis. Authors will benefit from Taylor & Francis and NISC’s subject expertise in the areas of plant and soil science with high-quality production services, local editorial support, and dedicated marketing.
By way of the well-established co-publishing agreement between Taylor & Francis and NISC, the journal will offer preferential, discounted regional rates, local and global customer service, and dedicated publishing and author services in South Africa and abroad, boosting the dissemination of the research regionally and internationally. The South African Journal of Plant and Soil is poised to fulfil its role as an African journal publishing research on fundamental and applied soil and plant science. With greater publishing, editing, and technological resources at its disposal through the new publishing arrangements, the journal will be further enhanced to make an essential contribution to the dissemination of scientific research and its application.
According to Editor-in-Chief Dr Vicki Tolmay, “The African perspective of South African Journal of Plant and Soil combined with greater international exposure and the latest online publishing technology and expertise gives the journal and its authors a distinct advantage in applying scientific research for the benefit of humanity and the environment.” Supported by four dedicated societies, the Southern African Weed Science Society, Southern African Society for Horticultural Sciences, South African Society for Crop Production and Soil Science Society of South Africa, this new publishing arrangement means that South African Journal of Plant and Soil is now uniquely positioned to contribute to the dialogue between agricultural science on the African continent and the rest of the world. Delighted to be working with the South African Journal of Plant and Soil, Janet Remmington of Taylor & Francis and Mike Schramm of NISC “look forward to a productive, creative partnership that takes local and global factors, a dynamic publishing landscape, and a commitment to outstanding research fully into account”.