Plant Production Science Special Issue Call for Papers

Field Experimental Evaluation of Crop Response to Climate Change

Plant Production Science

Plant Production Science, Official English Journal of Crop Science Society of Japan, is an open access journal published by Taylor & Francis. The journal wishes to call for papers for this special issue on: Field Experimental Evaluation of Crop Response to Climate Change.

The need for accurately predicting the impacts of climate change is growing. Crop models play a pivotal role, but recent model intercomparisons studies suggest that models still have large uncertainty in predicting yield under changing climate. To understand the impacts of climate change and develop countermeasures, we need better understandings of mechanisms by which crop production is affected by climate. To this end, we need high-quality experimental results that examine the effects of climate change on yield and quality of crops.

Amongst different types of experimentation, open-field experiments under multiple environments using environmental manipulation experiments such as free-air CO2 enrichment (FACE) and ecosystem warming, multi-locational or long-term field trials are particularly important for understanding crop response to climate change. Many publications are already available through these experiments, but there are much more data that are not published, not because experiments were conducted poorly, but because results did not have significant impacts or surprises. Experiments with such ‘negative’ results are often neglected or not considered for publication or submission.

Disclosing these negative results can benefit our scientific community in two ways:

  1. Negative results can be passed on to next generations: They will have to repeat the same experiments without knowing the previous results.
  2. Published results can be less-biased toward positive effects, because negative data are also evaluated.

The unbiased data collected in a sound scientific manner can be a very important basis of our science. In this special issue, we invite researchers to submit original field experimental research that examine the environmental response of crops. We particularly welcome experimenters from FACE, ecosystem warming, multi-locational or long-term field trials, which datasets can also be used for crop modelling studies. No significant impacts of the results are needed, but please describe clearly the environmental conditions under which experimentation was conducted. We also invite review papers describing summary of long-term projects of the crop FACE.

Submission Guidelines

Authors should read the journal’s Instructions for authors carefully before submission. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal’s Paper Submission System.

Please kindly specify the “Special Issue” under your manuscript title. The research field “-Special Issue-” should be selected during your submission.

Closing date for submission of papers has been extended to 30 September 2018, and the special issue is expected to be published online in February 2019.

For further questions or inquiries, please contact the Editorial Assistant via email.

Editorial information

  • Guest Editor: Saman Seneweera, University of Southern Queensland
  • Guest Editor: Toshihiro Hasegawa, National Agricultural and Food Research Organization