New Phytologist has, throughout its history, been a forum for open debate – indeed, in his opening editorial
(1902), Tansley referred to ‘easy communication and discussion’ as being the main ideas for the journal
launch. The Internet now offers exciting new ways for sharing information, and this has challenged all
information providers to reassess what they offer. It is our intention that the new Forum section in the
journal should formalize our standing commitment, and encourage serious dialogue – through scientific
commentary, correspondence and opinion.
As the journal approaches its hundredth year, so the need for dialogue is stronger than ever. More and
more science is published, making it harder, year on year, to keep abreast of important developments.
Science is also global, making discussion confined to those within one country or economic bloc to be too
restrictive. And as the pressure to publish is as strong as it has ever been, so the free flow of original and
unorthodox ideas can too easily become stifled.
New Phytologist, as a high-impact, high-quality journal, with its international scope and fierce
independence – the Trust is not answerable to any society or commercial publisher – is a respected vehicle
for such material. We invite you to participate, and to join us in helping the Forum to develop.