About the Journal

Journal History

LANKESTERIANA, the International Journal on Orchidology, has been dedicated to publishing articles focused mainly (today exclusively) on orchid science, spanning a wide variety of topics, including anatomy, ecology, evolution, history, physiology, phylogenetics, and systematics. Founded in 2001, LANKESTERIANA is hosted by the University of Costa Rica. The first issue published on the 15th of May, 2001, with the support of Jorge Warner, former Director of Lankester Botanical Garden, and Franco Pupulin, its inaugural Editor in Chief, was funded by Brian Holley from Cleveland Botanical Garden. The journal's early years were marked by enthusiasm and rapid growth despite initial challenges in distinguishing itself from other botanical journals. However, it quickly gained recognition within the scientific community, largely due to contributions from prominent figures in orchid science, including James Ackerman, Germán Carnevali, Phillip Cribb, Stig Dälstrom, Mark Chase, Calaway H. Dodson, Robert L. Dressler, Eric Hágsater, Günter Gerlach, Alec Pridgeon, Gerardo Salazar, and Norris H. Williams.

Initially not exclusively focused on orchids, LANKESTERIANA shifted its scope to solely cover orchid-related research in 2007, filling a gap in orchidology left by the discontinuation of other recognized journals in the field, such as Lindleyana, Orquídea, Orquideología, and Selbyana. With the continuous support of the Vice Rectorate for Research at the University of Costa Rica and the incorporation of Diego Bogarín, Adam P. Karremans, and Melissa Díaz as Associate and Managing Editors and Noelia Belfort-Oconitrillo as Technical Editor, the journal maintained a steady flow of high-quality publications. Today, LANKESTERIANA is the only scientific journal dedicated exclusively to publishing original research articles on orchid science, along with correspondence, comments, corrigendum, opinions, obituaries, special issue contributions, conference proceedings, checklists, and reviews.

The journal continues to assert its influence within the field of orchidology, evidenced by its high citation in orchid-related literature worldwide and its inclusion in well-recognized indexes such as Scimago and Scopus. LANKESTERIANA is a peer-reviewed, electronic, open-access journal that still distributes printed copies to over 50 institutions worldwide.

Aims and scope

LANKESTERIANA, the International Journal on Orchidology, is an international scientific journal published by the Lankester Botanical Garden Research Center – University of Costa Rica. The journal is globally recognized for its specialization and contributions to the knowledge of the orchid family. In addition to research articles, LANKESTERIANA is dedicated to facilitating scholarly communication and exchange by publishing a comprehensive array of content, including book reviews, checklists, comments, conference proceedings, correspondence, corrigendum, obituaries, opinions, reviews, and special issue contributions.

LANKESTERIANA maintains rigorous academic standards as a peer-reviewed journal, ensuring that only the highest quality research articles are published. Through this rigorous review process, the journal upholds its reputation for excellence and reliability, providing readers with access to credible and authoritative scientific information on orchids.

Furthermore, LANKESTERIANA values the contributions of authors worldwide, with English being the official language of the journal.

Mission statement

The mission of LANKESTERIANA, the International Journal on Orchidology, is multi-faceted, reflecting its dedication to advancing knowledge within all fields of orchidology. As a global platform, LANKESTERIANA disseminates high-quality, authoritative research articles covering a broad spectrum of topics related to orchids, thus contributing significantly to the scientific understanding of the orchid family.

Research areas of LANKESTERIANA include, but are not limited to:

  • Anatomy and Morphology
  • Climate Change and Plant Responses
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Ethnobotany and Medicinal Botany
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Floral Biology and Reproductive Strategies
  • Floristics, Taxonomy, and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • Genomics and Phylogenetics
  • History of Orchidology
  • Micropropagation and Conservation Biotechnology
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Nomenclature
  • Physiology


At LANKESTERIANA, editorial decisions for new submissions are typically reached within two weeks. Following this, the review process usually takes about one month. Once a manuscript is accepted, it will be published within an additional two weeks. Authors can conveniently check the status of their submissions via the LANKESTERIANA website under 'Submission Status' or by contacting us via email at lankesteriana@ucr.ac.cr


Anatomy, Biodiversity, Biogeography, Botany, Conservation, Ecology, Endangered species, Ethnobotany, Evolution, Floral biology, Floristics, Genomics, History of orchids, International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants, Medicinal botany, Micropropagation, Mycorrhizal associations, New species, Orchids, Orchidaceae, Physiology, Phylogenetics, Pollination, Reproductive biology, Seed dispersal, Seed germination, Systematics, Taxonomy, Tropical plants, Typification.

Open access policy

This journal follows the principle of open access, providing free and immediate access to its content to encourage global knowledge exchange. All articles published in LANKESTERIANA are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivs 3.0 Costa Rica license unless indicated otherwise. Authors are not charged for page fees, and their articles are available as open access at no cost. Before publication in LANKESTERIANA, authors assign the distribution rights of their materials to the Lankester Botanical Garden, University of Costa Rica.

Digital preservation policy

The LANKESTERIANA collection is available online through the Portal of the Scientific Journals of the University of Costa Rica and on LANKESTERIANA’s website. The printed journal is preserved in over 50 institutions and libraries worldwide. Furthermore, the Journal's computer system ensures the safety of published articles, editable files, and unpublished documents backed up on various external hardware and through OneDrive to ensure redundancy and continuity.

Publishing Entity

University of Costa Rica
"Rodrigo Facio Brenes" Campus, Montes de Oca, San José, Costa Rica
Zip code: 11501-2060 San José.
Contact: (506) 2511-4000 Fax: (506) 2224-8214
Email address: jardinbotanico.lankester@ucr.ac.cr

Source of funding

Vice Rectorate for Research, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica.
Lankester Botanical Garden Research Center, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica.

Interoperability protocols

LANKESTERIANA uses the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting protocol (OAI-PMH), which can be accessed at the following link: https://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/lankesteriana/oai

Abstracting, Metrics, and Indexing Information

LANKESTERIANA is indexed by:

LANKESTERIANA is also included in the following digital databases, catalogues, and repositories:

LANKESTERIANA has officially endorsed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), reinforcing its commitment to reducing the overemphasis on journal impact factors in research evaluation. DORA advocates for a broader range of indicators, including the two-year median citation score, immediacy index, eigenfactor score, and article-influence score, to gauge researchers' contributions accurately. Despite recognizing impact factors' limitations, they remain significant for some institutions and researchers.

Journal Metrics (2024)

Subject area: Plant Science

SJR: 0.430
SNIP: 0.950 
CiteScore: 1.4 
CiteScore percentile: 29%
CiteScore rank: 342 out of 487
H-Index: 19
Plant Science 2020 Q3
Plant Science 2021 Q2
Plant Science 2022 Q2
Plant Science 2023 Q2
Plant Science 2024 Q2


Requests to reproduce materials published in Lankesteriana are welcome and free of charge. However, authors wishing to reproduce iconographic material published in LANKESTERIANA in other sources must contact the journal directly (lankesteriana@ucr.ac.cr) for permission. Proper acknowledgment of the original LANKESTERIANA publication and the journal is required in such instances.