Journal Plantarum

Journal Policy

This journal is an official publication of Department of Botany, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Pakistan. It is an open access biannual journal of plant sciences. For any inquiry about publication process, email at info@plantarum.pk OR journalplantarumlcwul@gmail.com

Journal Plantarum publishes

  • 1. Original papers
  • 2. Short Communications
  • 3. Quality reviews and
  • 4. Letters of Botanical interest to Editors
  • 5. Research briefs
  • 1. Preparing the Article
    Papers must be prepared and submitted according to the instruction to authors given on website of “Journal Plantarum”.


    Official language for journal is English.

    Conflict of Interest

    All the authors of a manuscript have to declare conflict of interest if there is any. The journal requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication. If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and collectively to disclose with the submission ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships

    Publication Ethics

    Articles must be submitted with the understanding that there is not any prior publication of any part of submitted article/data in form of article, abstract or published lecture. It should not be a duplicated or plagiarized submission. Data should be accessible. All sources should be acknowledged. When animals are used in the research of submitted manuscript, approval from the ethics committee of the institute or organization should be submitted along with the submission. It should also be stated that all efforts were taken to minimize pain and discomfort to the animal while conducting these experiments. Article may be retraced in case of any ethical issue found in the publications later on even after publication.


    Authorship is a mean to assign responsibility and giving credit of intellectual and research work. Corresponding author should consider the authorship in terms of their substantial role but not simply on good will. The list of authors should be based on facts that who contributed to the work and how. Any change in authorship will not be considered after acceptance of article in J. Plantarum. All those listed as authors should qualify for authorship according to the following criteria:
    1. Have made substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; and
    2. Been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
    3. Given final approval of the version to be published. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content; and
    4. Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

    Plagiarism policy

    Journal strictly follows the antiplagiarism policy of HEC, Pakistan. Similarity index should not exceed 15%.

    Peer review policy

    Journal Plantarum is open access and a peer-reviewed journal that uses a double-blind peer-review process. Under our double-blind policy, reviewers’ names are not disclosed to the authors and vice versa. To increase transparency, reviewers may choose to sign their reports. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible to maintain high-quality peer-review of papers submitted to the journal and works together with Managing Editors and an Editorial Board to ensure a thorough and fair peer-review and the highest scientific publishing standards. All submissions undergo preliminary assessment by the Editor-in-Chief, who may reject a paper before peer review when it is outside the journal’s scope or is of insufficient quality. Associate Editors select reviewers and after at least two review reports are received, they make the decision whether to accept/reject or send a manuscript for revision. The final decision is made by the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor/s of J. Plantarum have the right to decline peer review of manuscript when it
    a. does not lie in the scope of journal
    b. results reported are not novel
    c. is not sound technically
    d. reports only routine work

    Article Processing Fee

    There is no article processing fee and no charges on acceptance but if authors want to have colored printing of their article, they have to pay colored pages charges as 1000/- PKR per color page.


    Copyrights of articles will be with Lahore College for Women University, Lahore Pakistan.

    Retraction of articles

    If any stage of article processing, any discrepancy is found, paper will be rejected at once. If an article is published and editorial board finds discrepancy related to that article, then journal has complete authority and rights to retract the article. Its retraction will also be mentioned online with authors name and title of article.

    Journal Policy will be revised every year by editorial team to maintain scientific and technical standards of Journal.

    Dated: 01-01-2022 Editor in Chief