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Why the Horticultural World Needs the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) and Acta Horticulturae: A 150-Year Celebration!


Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva

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Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva,
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Received: July 10, 2014,   Accepted: July 28, 2014,   Published:


Abstract:

There are many challenges in science publishing, many of these in plant science. The International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) has over 7500 members with at least 50 member states. The ISHS claims "...to promote and encourage research and education in all branches of horticultural science and to facilitate cooperation and knowledge transfer on a global scale through its symposia and congresses, publications and scientific structure." Indeed, the ISHS is based in an economically sound part of the world Belgium (Leuven), which is also home to the de facto capital of the European Union, in Brussels. With an extremely high profile Executive Board, the ISHS lends its success to its leading publication, Acta Horticulturae®, which is based on approximately 40 annual specialized meetings a year in all fields of horticultural science. Acta Horticulturae (ISSN 0567-7572) is in fact a peer reviewed journal, or a hybrid conference and symposium series, that has assigned both an ISSN and an ISBN to each volume, and to date (June, 2014), the ISHS has published 1040 volumes, with over 56,000 papers having been published, with 5 new volumes in preparation and another 92 symposia scheduled for 2014-2017. Prof. Yves Desjardins, the ISHS Board Member Responsible for Publications, has also pledged the allegiance of the ISHS to the Declaration of Research Assessment (DORA), and has stood firmly against Thomson Reuter’s impact factor. These new measures have guaranteed the quality of publications published in Acta Horticulturae, which the ISHS adamantly claims is a peer reviewed journal that meets international publishing and ethical standards. The first International Horticultural Congress was organized in 1864 in Brussels, which makes 2014 a historical year for the ISHS, i.e., a 150 year celebration. This small review summarizes, in a celebratory note, the ISHS and its key publication, Acta Horticulturae, as bastions of quality and excellence for horticultural scientists, and thus a role model for publishing in the plant sciences.


Keywords: DORA, peer review, quality control, Scopus


Citation:

Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva, (2014) Why the Horticultural World Needs the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) and Acta Horticulturae: A 150-Year Celebration!. V1I4. DOI: 10.15297/JAET.V1I4.03


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© 2014 Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


      
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