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Applied Phycology

Applied Phycology journal cover

Aims & Scope

Applied Phycology is an open access journal that publishes high quality papers on all aspects of applied phycology. It is published by Taylor & Francis on behalf of the British Phycological Society. Applied Phycology is a sister journal to the long-running European Journal of Phycology and aims to reach scientists working in the field of applied phycology, as well as other interested parties.

We cover all algal groups including cyanobacteria. Applied Phycology is a home for primary research papers and state-of-the art reviews. We also produce Special Issues devoted to a particular topic of applied phycology, and consider proposals for these.

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Society Information

The British Phycological Society, founded in 1952, aims to promote all aspects of the study of algae. The main activities at present sponsored by the society are:

(a) the organization of scientific meetings; (b) publication of the European Journal of Phycology; (c) publication of a new flora of the British marine algae, Seaweeds of the British Isles

The Society also circulates to members a newsletter, The Phycologist.

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Editor-in-Chief
John Beardall
Monash University, Australia

Managing Editors
Prof. Christine Maggs
Bournemouth University, UK

Prof. Juliet Brodie
Natural History Museum, London UK.

Editor Q&A

We sat down with our Managing Editors, Christine Maggs and Juliet Brodie, to ask them a few questions about Applied Phycology, their experience, what the journal can do for authors researching the subject of phycology, and more. Here is what they had to say.

What is the journal of Applied Phycology about?

Juliet Brodie: Applied Phycology is a new open access journal that provides a platform to publish high quality papers on all aspects of applied phycology. It will cover both primary research papers and the most up to date reviews for both all the algae, including cyanobacteria.  There is also scope for special issues. For example, a species issue might focus on applied ecology and environmental change or bioactives.

The new journal has come about to fill the need for high quality applied phycology journal. It will be a sister journal to the European Journal of Phycology which is a long-standing, well-respected academic publication.  We aspire to maintain that quality and standard of publication with Applied Phycology.

Christine Maggs: Phycology is the study of algae – plant-like organisms living in diverse habitats on land and in water that range from minute single cells to giant kelps growing up to a metre a day.  Algae, as well as being beautiful and fascinating, are also very valuable in contributing to human wellbeing.  The field of applied phycology and the new journal Applied Phycology cover all uses and exploitation of algae, from pharmaceutical bioactives to novel biofuels and algal carbon capture and storage (“blue carbon”).

What is the reason for publishing a journal that covers the broad scope of applied phycology?

Juliet Brodie: Algae have always had a role to play in the life of humans. Now, there is an increasing recognition of the value and application of these organisms in a huge variety of ways. We want to reflect that diversity, hence the breadth of scope of Applied Phycology.

Christine Maggs: Increasingly, new applications of algae are being explored and algal products are under development or coming to market.  In launching this journal, we believe that there is synergy in bringing together results from different approaches applied to different groups of algae.

This journal is run by British Phycological Society – what advantage does this bring to readers and members?

Juliet Brodie: The British Phycological Society was established in 1952 and the first journal of the society, The British Phycological Bulletin was established which ran until 1968.  This was the precursor to the British Phycological Journal that began in 1969.  The journal has been running continuously since then (changing its name in 1963 to the European Journal of Phycology). Over that time, quality has always been important, and that will continue for Applied Phycology. Readers can be assured that they will be getting a quality product and members are able to have access to papers free of charge through their membership.

Christine Maggs: The British Phycological Society is a charity that has worked since 1952 to improve knowledge and understanding of all algae, and to share this knowledge with the public and other potential beneficiaries.  The new journal Applied Phycology is firmly grounded on the Society’s broad base in the the study and exploitation of algae.

As a prospective author what are the benefits of this partnership with the society?

Juliet Brodie: The authors benefit in several ways. The society is able to support the new journal by committing to an Editorial Assistant which we feel is vital to ensure the smooth running of submissions and processing of manuscripts, particularly at the start of the process and once a manuscript has received acceptance for publication.  This will be key to maintaining the quality and turnaround time we expect with the new journal.  The authors also benefit because through the society we are able to use the Council networks and knowledge of the membership to help fill the Editorial team, including the Editorial Board and Associate Editors, with people who are respected in phycology.

It is an excellent opportunity to bring in young scientists to the Editorial team.  We also aim to have representative from different parts of the world and to do our best to ensure a gender balance. 

Christine Maggs: Authors can be assured that the quality of publication in Applied Phycology is underwritten by an established society, benefitting from 65 years of experience in this field.

What subject areas are you most excited to cover in the journal?

Juliet Brodie: I have an open mind on this and I’m keen to see macro- and micro-algal topics both for marine and freshwater.  As a marine macroalgal person, I’m very keen to see areas such as diversity and population genetics developed more in relation to marine management and policy. It is always exciting to find out more about algae as bioactives and how this area of science is developing in relation to the potential for new drugs and related applications.  Understanding the holobiomes (all the epiphytic and endophytic eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms associated with an alga) of algae is an up and coming topic, so it will be interesting to see how new knowledge begins to be applied more.  For example, will it be possible to use combinations of microorganisms to improve disease resistance of algal crops. There is plenty to get excited about!

Christine Maggs: Personally, I have a strong interest in marine bioactives, as well as a commitment to sustainable exploitation, in line with the Convention on Biological Diversity.  So I’m interested in a wide range of potential submissions to the journal and I want to support publication of these items.

How do you see open access publication shaping phycological research?

Juliet Brodie: I’m optimistic that this will be very good for phycology.  My hope is that open access will have the potential to reach a wider audience beyond the phycological community. There are questions in relation to how this might affect society membership but this could be where societies might actively help to fund the costs of open access for their members. The society would also be a place where support for special issues might be sought. And revenue from the journal can be put into grants and awards for the members that might be specifically focused on applied topics.  We already support young scientists for travel to conferences and workshops and related activities,

Christine Maggs: Open access publication is the future – as funders increasingly demand that the work they fund is fully open to users.  What is exciting here is that an open access journal is being launched by a well-established learned body, which will benefit from the new funding model.

How is Applied Phycology going to address problems in a new and innovative way?

Juliet Brodie: I think it can be as innovative as the people who are both submitting to the journal and those running it. The scope of publishing original research or reviews is often standard for many journals but we will have the capacity to develop subject areas and even create new subject areas through special issues. We are also open to new ideas and special issues from authors.  We have the potential to both lead and respond to subject areas which means we can make things happen and provide up- to-date information on well-established topics.

What is the benefit of publishing in Applied Phycology rather than in another related journal?

Juliet Brodie: I think the benefits are huge. The market is swamped these days with new journals run through very different models to ours. We can guarantee a well-established peer-review system, Associate Editors with specialist phycological knowledge in their subject areas, an Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editors all with many years of experience. Publishing charges will be very competitive once the journal is established and always with the potential for a proportion of free papers published each year. 

What support can you give authors and researchers who are hoping to publish in your journal?

Christine Maggs: We provide extensive feedback on all submissions, helping authors to improve their manuscripts.  We can also offer bespoke translation and other services through our publishers.

Juliet Brodie: We can also guide people and suggest what might be valuable to publish.

How can someone who would like to publish in Applied Phycology go about doing so?

Christine Maggs: Prospective authors should have a look at the journal website, which hosts detailed instructions and advice for intending authors.  They can also look at a range of published papers, as these are open access.  The best way to target a manuscript at a journal is to find a suitable model article and aim to emulate that article.

Juliet Brodie: If you want to publish in Applied Phycology, then all the details are available on the website. If you would like to discuss a possible manuscript or idea before submission, then it is possible to contact anyone from the Editorial team. 

Why publish open access?

Open Access (OA) means your research is free to access online as soon as it is published, meaning anyone can read (and cite) your work. Increase readership, impact beyond your field, and retain the copyright to your article.

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Submission guidelines

All submitted manuscripts are initially assessed by the Editors, and, if considered appropriate for potential publication in the journal, are peer reviewed by independent, anonymous expert referees. All peer review is single blind and submission is online via ScholarOne Manuscripts.

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