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This special issue seeks to publish fundamental discoveries in plant photobiology and light signaling-based biotechnology. We welcome submissions of both research and review articles in the areas of photosynthesis, plant photoreceptors, light signaling, photomorphogenesis, circadian clock, crosstalk between light and other signaling pathways, and crop improvement based on light signaling.

Publishing schedule: March 2021

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2020


Special issue author benefits:

  • Free of charge for publication
  • All articles in the special issue will be Free Access (2020-2021)
  • Accepted manuscripts immediately available to readers on-line
  • Global promotions by both traditional channels and social media

General Information

aBIOTECH is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research articles and review papers in areas of biotechnology, agricultural sciences, plant biology, and other relevant biological sciences. We encourage submissions of technological advancements and fundamental findings that enable further innovations and discoveries.

Article types include research articles, reviews, letters to editor, technology breakthrough, and brief communications.


Manuscript Submission

Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.


Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

Online Submission

Please follow the hyperlink “Submit online” on the right and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen.

Please ensure you provide all relevant editable source files. Failing to submit these source files might cause unnecessary delays in the review and production process.

Manuscript structures

Regular Articles should be divided into the following sections:

– Abstract

– Keywords

– Introduction

– Materials and Methods

– Results

– Discussion

– Acknowledgements

– References



Contact the journal

Submission-related enquiries

Queries about submission issues, peer review process, or the status of your manuscript should be sent to Murugeswari Rangasamy ([email protected]).

Publication-related enquiries

Queries about accepted manuscripts in production or post-publication corrections should be sent to Amelie Jung ([email protected]).

Other editorial enquiries

Any other queries about the journal or presubmission enquiries should be sent to Yu Zhu ([email protected]).

Customer service enquiries

For queries about publishing costs, APC or technical problems, please visit Springer support portal.

If you have any questions about the special issue, please feel free to contact us. Guidelines for authors are available here.

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