Original Articles

Original Articles (research papers) describing original research should address problems cited in the scope of the journal. They should contain a novel and well formulated hypothesis, a sound experimental approach, results that confirm or reject the hypothesis and they should offer novel insight into the existing body of knowledge. Research papers should not exceed twenty pages of printed text, including tables, figures and references (one page of printed text = approximately 600 words).

Short communications

The Short communication format is intended for presentation of important observations that can be clearly described in an abbreviated format. For example, molecular data for typing pests and pathogens or the first reports would be suitable for this section.
Short descriptions of upcoming pathogens and pest organisms, modes of action of  plant protection active substances can also be presented in the short communication format.
Short communications should contain firm data and will be refereed. A short communication should have an abstract and should not exceed four printed pages in total. There are no subheadings and materials and methods should be integrated in the text.

Reviews

Authors who wish to submit a Review should first contact the Editorial Office, since only reviews on topical issues will be considered for publication. Reviews should not exceed 12 pages of printed text, including tables, figures, and references.

Position and Opinion Papers: two new types of papers in the journal

This editorial announces two new types of publications that can be submitted to the Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection: position paper and opinion paper. The intention is to promote: i) hypothesis-driven research by considering the state-of-the art of a target topic in a scientific age dominated by technology-driven research; ii) the revision of topics studied in phytomedicine, i.e. plant diseases and plant protection, decades ago, or which have been studied for decades; iii) the reconsideration of some neglected keystone concepts in phytomedicine. Indeed the ignorance of publications and bibliographies published before the arrival of the electronic age has led to the negligence of important concepts developed by scientists in the field of phytomedicine.

Position paper

It is a short contribution focusing on topics needing or calling for discussion or reconsideration of forgotten topics. It should report a clear position on the target topic and should also suggest a proposal or actions regarding the target topic. It should stimulate imaginative and hypothesis-driven research. A position paper is written by one or two internationally reputed scientists proposing views and possible solutions on the target topic.

The length of the contribution is a maximum of 4 typed pages (Times New Roman 12 pt font, double spaced) plus 1 figure, 1 table, and a maximum of 10 references and information sources. Citation of official statistics, events (e.g., special symposia, conferences) and outcome from international organizations working in the field are highly welcome.

The proposed structure of a position paper is

  • the problem faced and its relevance;

  • a brief state-of-the-art (also considering the often neglected publications and bibliographies that existed before the arrival of electronic searches), so as to interpret today’s challenges, with citations and solutions to the problem and authors’ outlook on the future work.

The structure may slightly vary but each paragraph should develop a single item. Individuals or representatives of organizations directly cited in position papers have the right to respond with a position paper in order to rectify affirmations or to refute eventual concept misinterpretations.

Opinion Paper

It reports original and personal views on a given subject. Authors should outline and craft selected arguments by bringing original and groundbreaking ideas and imaginative research solutions.

The proposed structure of an opinion paper is:

  • introduction to the topic;
  • presentation of innovative and original hypotheses, and discussion of published data;
  • analysis of the impact of the proposed hypotheses and of the target audience.

Opinion papers should be based on published data, and should not expand on opinions by others, and should be written in a logical, professionally sound and convincing way. The structure may slightly vary but each paragraph should develop a single item. The length of an opinion should not exceed 3 pages of printed text, including 1 figure, 1 table, and a maximum of 10 references to factual articles and reports.