Calls For Participation

Call for Creative Submissions Editor

Published by The White Horse Press, Plant Perspectives is a new forum, grounded in interdisciplinary plant studies, that explores plant–human interactions in all spatial, temporal and cultural contexts. Plants are the central actors here, and the journal encourages new directions in the study of sensory, instrumental and affective entanglements between human and vegetal spheres. We welcome submissions across a range of formats other than conventional academic research papers.

The journal is seeking a Creative Submissions Editor (CSE) to manage diverse contributions including audio and video works, photography, hybrid/experimental works, poetry, short fiction, narrative non-fiction, and reflections on artistic/creative practice. Applicants should feel comfortable handling multiple creative genres and, ideally, should have practical experience publishing in one or more areas covered by the journal. The journal uses the OJS (Open Journal System) to manage contributions, from submission to publication. Prior knowledge of OJS is not required.  

The Creative Submissions Editor will be responsible for the following:

This is a two-year voluntary role with the option to extend further. The time commitment will likely be 2–4 hours per week on average. Although the role is unpaid, there will be ample opportunities for professional networking and development especially in the burgeoning field of interdisciplinary plant studies. To apply for the Creative Submissions Editor role with Plant Perspectives, please send a one-page letter of interest and short CV by 1 May 2024 to Dr John C. Ryan and Dr Isis Brook. A selection will be made by 15 May 2024.


Open Call: Plant Perspectives: An Interdisciplinary Journal

The Editorial Board of Plant Perspectives is pleased to make an open call for article submissions. The journal, whose first issue is scheduled for March 2024, is a new peer-reviewed, open-access forum, grounded in interdisciplinary plant studies, that explores plant–human interactions in all spatial, temporal and cultural contexts. Plant Perspectivesencourages new directions and innovative approaches in the study of the sensory, instrumental and affective entanglements between human, vegetal and ecological spheres.

Published by The White Horse Press, Plant Perspectives will be a place where the paths of different discourses cross and their branches intertwine, where scholars and practitioners with an interest in plants can develop and hone new thinking and where – crucially – plants always take centre stage.

We warmly welcome contributions from those working in diverse academic disciplines concerned with plants including anthropology; Black, Latinx and Ethnic studies; gender studies; geography; history; literary studies; philosophy; and social sciences; from those whose work transcends traditional disciplinary classifications or extends towards the natural sciences; and from those outside the academy, for example, garden and forest practitioners, artists, creative writers and activists.

Contributions can address a wide variety of subjects within plant studies, including but not limited to:

         art and literature

         capitalism, imperialism and economic botany

         colonialism, postcolonialism and other power asymmetries

         conservation, biodiversity and environmental change

         culture, race, and indigeneity

         film, media and popular culture

         gender and sexuality

         governance, rights and ethics

         heritage, tourism and leisure

         horticulture, agriculture, forestry and arboriculture

         medicine, health and care

         paleoclimate, climate change, and climate crisis

         scientific knowledge and communication

         speculative botany

         technology and the digital age

         the globalisation of plants

         theology, religions and spiritualities

         traditional botanical knowledge


Articles should be original, unpublished, and not under consideration by another journal. The editors do encourage the submission of translations of articles previously published in languages other than English. Article submissions should be between 6,000–10,000 words in length, including references. A summary of 100–150 words along with a list of 4–5 key words should be provided. Creative submissions are welcomed but should be discussed in advance with the Editors.

For more information or to discuss submission ideas, please contact the Editor, Dr John C. Ryan, <> and Deputy Editor, Dr Isis Brook, <>. Full details are available for download here.

Submissions guidelines: here

Editorial Board: here