HortScience publishes horticultural information of interest to a broad array of horticulturists. Its goals are to apprise horticultural scientists and others interested in horticulture of scientific and industry developments and of significant research, education, or extension findings or methods.

HortScience publishes horticultural information of interest to a broad array of horticulturists. Its goals are to apprise horticultural scientists and others interested in horticulture of scientific and industry developments and of significant research, education, or extension findings or methods.

HortScience is included in the following indexing and abstracting services:


BIOBASE: Plant Science

BIOSIS: Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Previews, Basic BIOSIS

CABI: CAB Abstracts, CAB Direct, Horticultural Abstracts, Hort CD, Ornamental Horticulture, Postharvest News and Information, Review of Aromatic & Medicinal Plants,Review of Plant Pathology

Chemical Abstracts Service: CA Plus

ISI: Current Contents (Agriculture, Biology, and Environmental Science), Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, Sci Search, ISI Alerting Service, Reference Update

ISSN: 0018-5345 (print)

ISSN: 2327-9834 (online)

HortScience is published monthly (12 issues per year).

Editorial Board

Editorial Board

David Bryla
Jianjun Chen
Penelope Perkins-Veazie
Clinton Shock
Paul W. Bosland (Editor in Chief)

M. LeRon Robbins, Chair (ex officio)


Editor in Chief:
Paul W. Bosland


Michael W. Neff


Consulting Editors:


Breeding, Cultivars, Rootstocks, and Germplasm Resources


Ornamentals - Lisa Alexander


Conservation and Restoration - Thomas E. Marler

Crop Production

Floriculture - Youbin Zheng

Grapes and Berries - David Bryla

Herbs, Spices, Medicinal, and Aromatic Plants - Valtcho Jeliazkov (Zheljazkov)

Nursery and Landscape Plants

Subtropical and Tropical Fruit - Thomas E. Marler

Temperate Fruit and Tree Nuts - Robert Ebel

Vegetables - Juan Carlos Diaz-Perez and Clinton Shock

General Horticulture - Robert L. Morris

Growth Regulators (applications)

Marketing and Economics - Robin G. Brumfield

Postharvest Biology and Technology


Temperate Fruit - Penelope Perkins-Veazie

Vegetables - Penelope Perkins-Veazie

Propagation and Tissue Culture - Wenhao David Dai

Soil Management, Fertilization, and Irrigation - Valtcho Jeliazkov (Zheljazkov) and Clinton Shock

Statistics - Matthew H. Kramer and Margaret A. Nemeth

Turf Management

Colloquia, Workshops, and Feature Articles - Robert L. Morris

Book Reviews - Allen V. Barker

Register of New Fruit and Nut Varieties - Ksenija Gasic and John E. Preece

Vegetable Cultivar Descriptions for North America - Beiquan Mou

HortScience is a monthly journal of interest to a broad array of horticultural scientists and others interested in horticulture. Its goals are to provide information on significant research, education, extension findings and methods, and developments and trends that affect the profession.

Subjects appropriate for submission to HortScience include original research results on various scientific and cultural aspects of horticulture and closely related subjects, such as:

  • Breeding, cultivars, rootstocks, and germplasm resources
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Cropping efficiency
  • Crop production - including: floricultural plants; grapes and berries; nursery and landscape plants; subtropical and tropical plants; temperate tree fruits and nuts; and vegetables
  • Growth regulator applications
  • Marketing and economics
  • New cultivar and germplasm releases
  • Pest management
  • Plant pathology
  • Postharvest biology and technology
  • Propagation and tissue culture
  • Seed technology
  • Soil management, fertilization, and irrigation
  • Turf management

Publishing Fees for Papers in HortScience

We are pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2020, HortScience will become an online only, open access publication.

As of October 1, 2019, all manuscripts submitted to HortScience will be published online when the article receives final approval and is paid in full. This fee includes unlimited page count articles, free color, and unlimited images/graphs/tables.

The fees below will apply to all HortScience manuscripts submitted on or after October 1, 2019.

Member Rate: $2,000*
Consulting Editors Rate: $1,500
Non-member Rate: $3,000

“Short Paper” Pricing (1-2 Published Pages)
Member Rate: $750
Consulting Editors Rate: $400
Non-member Rate: $1,000

*Papers must have at least one ASHS member as an author in order to qualify for the member rate.

Please Note. All open access articles published in the ASHS journals (Journal of ASHS, HortScience, and HortTechnology) are distributed under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). This license permits noncommercial copying and redistribution of articles with proper attribution, and prohibits distribution of derivative content.

Prior Publication.

Any information that is already in the public domain in a scientific context will be considered published and will not be published again by the Society. Submission of a manuscript to ASHS implies no concurrent submission elsewhere. Manuscripts submitted to the Journal and HortScience should be substantially different from industry-oriented publications and locally published progress or extension reports. For HortTechnology, if a question exists about previous publication, send copies of the previously published material to the Editor. If industry-oriented publications will appear before the scientific article, make sure the industry report describes the take-home lesson and does not place the supporting data and graphs in a scientific context, as is customary in scientific articles. ASHS expects, but does not require, “first right” for publication of research reports presented at ASHS annual conferences.

To download a pdf copy of the ASHS Style Manual and
additional instructions for submitting papers to any ASHS journal, Click here


To submit papers to HortScience online, go to hortsci.msubmit.net

If you have previously submitted a paper to HortScience, you will be required to log in with your log in name and password.

First-time users of the online submission system must register for an account.
Instructions on how to register for an account are accessed at the bottom of the login page.

After you have registered and logged in, you may submit a manuscript and check its progress through the system.

If you need additional help, you can click on the help signs spread throughout the system.

Before submitting a manuscript, please gather the following information:

  • First and last names for all authors
  • ASHS membership status for all authors
  • Postal address (for corresponding author only)
  • Work telephone number (for corresponding author only)
  • E-mail addresses
  • Title and running title (you can copy and paste this from your manuscript)
  • Abstract (you can copy and paste this from your manuscript)
  • Manuscript files in PDF, Word (Please make sure the "Language" is "English (U.S.)" via Tools->Language->Set Language), WordPerfect, EPS, text, Postscript, or RTF format.
    If your paper is accepted for publication, the publisher will NOT be able to use PDF text files. PDF is acceptable for figure files for production but not for text. PDF is acceptable for the initial submission and review process.
  • Names of two colleagues who reviewed the paper before submission. They may not be co-authors or potential reviewers of the paper. Insert their names in the "Manuscript Comment" text box online.
  • Names, email addresses, and institutions of five potential reviewers for the paper. They may not be co-authors and may not be affiliated with the authors' universities or organizations.

Turn on the line number feature in your word processing program. Line numbers are used as reference points during the review process.

Provide contact information (e-mail address and institution) for any potential peer reviewers for your article.

Please do not confuse the cover letter with the cover page. The cover letter is an optional letter that accompanies the manuscript at submission. The cover page contains the title, and author names and affiliations.

Browser Settings

  • When you run the setup program for your browser, take the defaults to insure common utilities are available.
  • Make sure your browser allows JavaScript. You will not be able to venture past the initial page without JavaScript enabled.
  • You must also allow Cookies.
    The program writes a cookie to your system that is active until you log out. This cookie lets the system know you are a registered user and it is a security feature for the data contained in the system. The cookie is deactivated once you log out and you will receive a new one the next time you log in.

The manuscript submission process is broken into a series of four (4) screens that gather detailed information about your manuscript and allow you to upload the pertinent files. The sequence of screens is as follows:

  • Screen 1: A long form asking for author, title, abstract, and file quantities.
    At the bottom of this screen is a button that allows you to save what you have done and come back later. It is recommended, though, that you try to submit your paper in one session whenever possible.
  • Screen 2: A screen asking for the actual file locations (via an open file dialog). After completing this screen, your files will be uploaded to our server.
  • Screen 3: A completion screen that will provide you with a specific manuscript number for your manuscript.
  • Screen 4: An approval screen that will allow you to verify your manuscript has been uploaded and converted to PDF correctly.

Figures, Images, Tables

Figures/Images may be embedded in the manuscript file or sent as separate files in TIFF, JPG, PDF, Postscript, or EPS format.PDF is acceptable for figure files for production but not for text.  Include a figure caption page with just the captions on it, double-spaced. Label the figures as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc.

Please note that for initial figure/image submission, you should submit the lowest resolution possible at this time that will still allow for a quality representation of your images.

You will have another chance to resubmit your images at a higher resolution that will be acceptable for print at a later date, once your paper has been accepted for publication.

Review Your Submission

After the manuscript is submitted, you will be taken to a page that will allow you to review your manuscript that has been converted to PDF. If the conversion is not correct, you can replace or delete your manuscript files as necessary.

After you have reviewed the converted files, you will need to click on "Approve Manuscript". This link will have a red arrow next to it. Throughout the system, red arrows reflect pending action items that you should address.

After you approve your manuscript, you are finished.

After a review by HortScience staff, you will receive an e-mail confirmation of successful completion of your submission.

Manuscript Tracking

To track the status of your manuscript through the review and publication process:

  • Log into the system with your password.
  • Click on the link represented by your manuscript tracking number and abbreviated title.
  • Click on the "Check Status" link at the bottom of the displayed page.
  • This procedure will display detailed tracking information about where your manuscript is in the submission/peer review process.

If you have additional questions about online submissions to HortScience, please e-mail the ASHS Publications Dept. at hortscience@ashs.org.

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