Plant Root

ISSN 1881-6754


Plant Root publishes original papers that provide novel insights into plant roots and rhizosphere in the aspect of biology (e.g. physiology, ecology etc.). The Journal’s subjects are, for example, anatomy and morphology, cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology of plant roots, and their interactions with soil resources (water and nutrients), symbionts and pathogens. Work at any scale, from molecular to community level, is welcome. This Journal is published by the Japanese Society for Root Research (JSRR).


Plant Root is intended as an electronic online journal that is accessible at no cost from all over the world. Plant Root does not have issue numbers, and each volume corresponds to a calendar year. This style allows us prompt publication of the papers after the acceptance. Each paper will be published as a PDF file with layout in virtual A4 size pages, and assigned both page numbers and a DOI name.

All manuscripts are peer-reviewed by two referees. We try to complete the review within two months, but it depends on situations of the Editors and reviewers.

Plant Root is managed and supported by volunteer works of plant root scientists. The publication of papers submitted in 2007-2022 is free of charge. Plant Root is sponsored by the Japanese Society for Root Research (JSRR) and partially suppoted by the J-Stage, but the authors are not required any membership. The Editorial Board consists of the expert scientists working in various countries.