Call for papers: Next generation sequencing for plant research

The first articles in this series have now been published at:

During 2013, Plant Methods welcomes submissions to a special thematic series on Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies. The idea for the series arose out of the recent joint GARNetGenetics Society meeting on “New Technologies to Advance Plant Research” held in November 2012 at Liverpool University.

Speakers at the meeting who will be contributing papers include Klaus Mayer (MIPS), Tom Hardcastle (University of Cambridge), Arthur Korte (Gregor Mendel Institute), Neil Hall (University of Liverpool) and Gordon Simpson (University of Dundee).

The thematic series will cover all aspects of the application of new sequencing technologies to plant research. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the application of NGS for:

  • Genome-wide association studiesImage provided by GarNET
  • Fine-mapping of complex loci
  • Mutagenesis studies
  • De novo and comparative genomics
  • Genome-wide analysis of alternative splicing
  • Mapping chromatin structure
  • Epigenetics
  • Gene expression profiling
  • Protein-DNA interactions
  • Metagenomics and metagenetics

We welcome submissions in any of the article types that Plant Methods publishes, particularly Methodology and Software articles.

If you have a proposal for a Review or Commentary article, or if you have a query about the suitability of a manuscript for consideration, please email a pre-submission enquiry to

Submission of original manuscripts will be encouraged until 31st December 2013 and they will be published as soon as they are accepted. To submit your manuscript, please use our online submission system and indicate in your covering letter that you would like the manuscript to be considered for the NGS thematic series.

Brian Forde,

Matt Landau,
Journal Development Editor

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Matthew Landau

Senior Journal Development Editor at BioMed Central
Matt looks after a portfolio of animal and plant science journals. Before joining BioMed Central in 2011, he worked at an NHS Primary Care Trust and as a freelance researcher for Katachi Magazine.
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