New Phytologist

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Edited By: Alistair M. Hetherington

Impact Factor: 7.672

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 6/204 (Plant Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1469-8137


You can search our complete database of reviews on the New Phytologist Trust website

New Phytologist publishes four types of review articles. These include our in-depth Tansley reviews and our shorter, focussed Tansley insights in addition to our mid-size Research reviews and Minireviews. With the exception of Research reviews, which may be submitted at any time, all other review types are by invitation-only. Enquiries or suggestions about reviews are of course welcome at any time (contact: Holly Slater, Senior Commissioning Editor

On this page you will find descriptions of each article type.

Tansley reviews

The Tansley review series in New Phytologist was initiated nearly 30 years ago to provide a service to the international community of plant scientists. Named in recognition of the founder of the journal, Sir Arthur Tansley, these specially invited in-depth reviews have proved to be both authoritative and accessible – all are written by scientists engaged in the most exciting, ground-breaking research and, in keeping with Tansley's philosophy, we encourage a personal perspective, with lively and thought provoking discussion. Another trademark of the Tansley review is that whilst we would expect relevant older work to be discussed, the review should be less of an exercise in literature documentation and more of a forum for the synthesis and presentation of ideas. A typical Tansley review is 6000–8000 words in length, with up to 150 references and 8 figures.

Tansley reviews

Tansley insights

Our latest addition to the Tansley brand, Tansley insights are short (c. 2000 words, with up to 40 references and 4 figures) and timely focussed reviews that highlight recent developments or discoveries within the plant sciences. These articles focus on one specific area of a field, rather than providing a full literature review, and in this way will generally concentrate on reviewing the most recent (past two years) articles. In keeping with Tansley’s philosophy, personal perspectives are encouraged, whilst maintaining a balanced outlook. Importantly, Tansley insights will be written in a clear and concise format that is accessible to our general readership.

Tansley insights

Research reviews

Research reviews, whilst still focusing on timely issues, are more wide-ranging in format and may contain up to 4000 words, 40 references and six figures. They should contain a short introduction that puts the area into context and provides a 'way in' for the non-specialist.

Tansley Medal


Minireviews are reserved for the Tansley Medal competition, which recognizes outstanding contributions to research in plant science by individuals in the early stages of their career. Short-listed candidates write a single-authored Minireview on the subject area to which their publications have contributed, providing a balanced view of the field. Minireviews are 3000 words max., and contain up to four figures and 30 references.

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