About the Journal

The Edinburgh Journal of Botany publishes articles relating to plant and fungal taxonomy and systematics and allied subjects including biodiversity, conservation science and phytogeography. The journal is a particularly valued forum for research on Southeast and Southwest Asian, Sino-Himalayan and Brazilian biodiversity but also publishes important work on European, Central American and African biodiversity.

Benefits to authors of publishing with the Edinburgh Journal of Botany

  • Diamond Open Access:
    • no article-processing or other publication charges.
    • published articles are free to access, allowing your work to reach the widest possible readership.
  • High-quality editorial and peer-review services coordinated by experts based at one of the world’s most highly respected scientific institutions.
  • A quality, internationally recognised, journal with over 120 years history.

Journal History

The journal has a 120-year history of publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed, international plant science research. It was established in 1900 as the Notes from the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, publishing reports of scientific investigations and points of interest relating to plant life. In 1990, its name was changed to the Edinburgh Journal of Botany to reflect the significance of the scientific papers being published. In  2021, the moved to a Diamond open access publishing model (free to publish and access) so that the valuable scientific information it publishes can be made available to as large a readership as possible.

Peer Review

All papers are peer reviewed. by at least two independent reviewers. Reviewers are recruited based on their knowledge of or affinity with the main subjects of the article. The reviewers are asked to rate each manuscript in terms of its value as a novel and significant contribution to scientific knowledge and its interest to the journal’s readership.

An international editorial board provides a body of expertise to reflect the wide range of work published and the geographical spread of contributors and readers.

Publication Frequency

Accepted papers, once copy-edited and typeset, are published online at the earliest opportunity. At the end of each calendar year, the published papers are collated as a single online volume.


The journal is indexed in the following databases: CABI, EBSCOhost, Elsevier BV, OCLC, Proquest, Clarivate Analytics BIOSIS, Viniti Ran.


A permanent archive of the journal is held by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh for purposes of preservation and restoration.

Journal Sponsorship

Publication of the Edinburgh Journal of Botany, as part of the work of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, is supported by the Scottish Government’s Environment and Forestry Directorate (ENFOR).