I am pleased to be part of a new open-access journal published by the Botanical Society of America. As Theresa Culley says in the lead editorial from Volume 1, Number 1:
Authors and readers can expect the same high level of scientific and editorial expertise in APPS as they have consistently seen in the American Journal of Botany, which celebrates 100 years of publication in 2014. Like the American Journal of Botany, APPS is a publication of the Botanical Society of America, a not-for-profit membership society that is driven by the mission of promoting botany. APPS will help further that mission by fostering communication within the botanical community, and by encouraging the forward movement of the plant sciences through the sharing of newly developed tools and protocols. For example, this issue includes articles by Samarakoon et al. (2013) featuring a new method for PCR amplification of recalcitrant DNA, a paper by Morawetz (2013) that presents a technique to effectively clear plant tissue for subsequent examination, and an article by Roschanski et al. (2013) that introduces a protocol for the annotation of transcriptome sequence data and the identification of candidate genes. We anticipate the research in this new journal to have great influence over the current and future direction of the field.I'm especially pleased to be part of this journal not only because it is open access, but also because it involves two of my favorite organizations, the Botanical Society of America and BioOne. Please head over to the APPS site and check it out. And while you're there, please check out some of the other great journals from not-for-profit publishers for which BioOne provides on-line access.