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  INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS

   

Manuscripts published in JPPR are free of charge. Only colour figures and photos are payed 61,5 € per one colour page

 

JOURNAL POLICIES

The Journal of Plant Protection Research accepts only papers covering the fundamental and applied studies of pests, pathogens and weeds noxious to agricultural crops. JPPR is published quarterly. Papers are submitted with an understanding that they have not been published elsewhere and are not being considered for publication elsewhere (exception: abstracts published in connection with conferences). The Journal of Plant Protection Research publishes original research articles, reviews and short communications.

 It is assumed that all people listed as authors of submitted papers meet both basic authorship criteria:
(1) they contributed substantially to study planning, data collection or interpretation of results;
(2) wrote or critically revised the paper.

It is also assumed that all people listed as authors are aware of it and have agreed to be listed. On the other hand, it is assumed that no person who meets the authorship criteria has been omitted. Moreover, all people who are not listed as authors but contributed substantially to the study reported in submitted paper or assisted in its writing (e.g. language professionals) should be mentioned in the acknowledgements, with their agreement. Finally, all sources of funding for the study reported in the submitted papers should be revealed.

Acting against the above rules, especially every discovered case of scientific misconduct (ghostwriting, guest authorship, etc.), will be treated seriously by Editors. They will inform scientific bodies and/or employers of dishonest authors about it.

All submitted papers are initially evaluated by Editors according to the following criteria: compatibility of paper topic with journal policy, paper originality, importance and timeliness. The papers with insufficient priority are rejected. The other papers are sent to at least two expert referees for peer review. The existence of a paper under review is not revealed to anyone other than peer referees and editorial staff. Final decision is made by Editors after receiving all referee opinions. The authors are informed about paper acceptance or rejection within two-three months.

Manuscripts that do not strictly follow the instructions will be declined at the submission stage. An Advisory Board evaluates articles before sending them for in-depth review. About 70% of submitted articles are declined at this stage, notably because instructions are not applied strictly.

 

DOUBLE-BLIND PEER REVIEW

This Journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed form the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.
To facilitate this, authors need to ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in a way that does not give away their identity. To help with this preparation please ensure the following when submitting to Journal of Plant Protection Research:
•Submit the Title Page containing the Authors detailed and Blinded Manuscript with no author details as two separate files

Information to help prepare the Title Page

This should include a concise and informative title, name of authors with an asterisk "*" highlighting the corresponding author, the affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s), the e-mail address of the corresponding author.

The Title Page submit as an Companion Files - not with submitted manuscript as PDF.

 

REVIEW PROCEDURE

Reviewer get on e-mail invitation for review an article, with title and abstract of the article, and have 7 days for accept or decline the invitation.
If reviewer did not respond during 7 days Managing Editor can un-invite him and invite another reviewer.
For review the reviewer has 21 days. If after that time reviewer did not resend the review, Managing Editor send him a reminder letter.
After acceptance of invitation reviewer download full manuscript, and perform the descriptive review, clearly writing their own decision about the manuscript.
Reviewer must select one of four possibilities:
- Accept
- Minor Revision
- Major Revision
- Reject.
 
Descriptive review should include answers  to the following issues:
- Does the subject addressed in the article is worthy of investigation,
- Does the presented information is new,
- Does the conclusion were supported by the data,
- Does the materials and methods were used adequate (for the problem under investigation) and sufficiently well documented, such that work could be repeated.

Because the Journal practice Double Blind review, the reviewer cannot sign a review. In the event of reviewer answer (minor or major revision) Managing Editor send reviews with decision letter to author. Author must have answer to review point by point and resend revised manuscript to Editorial Office. Author should assign two version of revised manuscript: one with changes marked in red color and one with changes without any color. Managing Editor, on that stage, has following options: accept, send to review once again, reject. At the end Managing Editor after consultation with Editor-in-Chief take a final decision. Reviewing procedure in force in the Journal of Plant Protection Research is consistent with the guidelines of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education on reviewing publications in research journals.


GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PREPARING MANUSCRIPT

Original article
Original article meeting the scientific criteria. Each manuscript should present the result of an independent, cohesive study. The original research articles should contain the following sections:
  • Title - the title should focused on the main scientific discovery
  • Abstract - less than 300 words
  • Keywords - maximum 6
  • Introduction
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Acknowledgements
  • References

The text length is limited to 15 pages, including figures, tables and references. The number of literature references is limited to 30, except for review articles. All text should be written in a concise and integrated way, by focusing on major points, findings, breakthrough or discoveries, and their broad significance. All running text should be in Times New Roman 12, 1.5 spacing with all margins 2.5 cm on all sides. Lines, as well as every page of the manuscript, references, tables, etc. should be numbered.

 

Rapid communication  
Rapid communication should present brief observations which do not warrant the length of a full paper. However, they have to present completed studies and to follow the same scientific standards as original article.
Rapid communication  should contain the following sections:
  • Title
  • Abstract - less than 300 words
  • Keywords - maximum 6
  • Text body
  • Acknowledgements
  • References

The length of such submissions is limited to 1500 words for the text, one table, and one figure.

Review
Review articles are invited by the editors. Unsolicited reviews are also considered. The length is limited to 5000 words with no limitations on figures and tables and a maximum of 150 references.
Mini-Review articles should be dedicated to "hot" topics and limited to 3000 words and a maximum of two figures, two tables and 20 references.

 

ENGLISH

All manuscripts should be written in high-quality English. Non-English native authors should seek appropriate help from English-writing professionals before submission.

 

ABSTRACT

The abstract should be informative, concise, and in a form that is fully intelligible in conjunction with the title. It should not include citation of references or reference to figures and tables in the text. Abstract should contain 400-500 words. 

 

TABLES, FIGURES, PHOTHOS, DRAWING

Tables and figures should be uploaded as separated files at the submission stage. Their place in the manuscript should be clearly indicated by authors. Color figures are accepted at no charge for the electronic version. In the hardcopy version of the journal, color figures are payed (65 Euro per one color page). Attaching files please write if you want only color in online version or both online and hardcopy.

Photographs and RGB bitmaps should be provided in JPG or TIFF file format. They must have no less than 300 dpi resolution, so if they should occupy text column width (8 cm) they must have at least 1000 pixels width. Please send original (not resized) photograph(s), straight from a digital camera, without any text descriptions on the photo.

Bitmaps combined with text objects descriptions should be provided in MS Word or MS Powerpoint format. Text objects using Arial font-face should be editable (changing font-face or font size).

Drawings should be provided in MS Word, MS Powerpoint, CorelDRAW or EPS file format and stored with original data file. Text objects using Arial font-face should be editable (changing font-face or font size).

Charts (MS Excel graphs) should be provided in MS Excel file format, and stored with original MS Excel data file without captions but with number of the figure attached. Please don't use bitmap fills for bar charts. Use color fills only if necessary.

Captions and legends should be added at the end of the text, referred to as "Fig." and numbered consecutively throughout the paper.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 

In Acknowledgements should be included information about financial support for research presented in the paper - please give the research funder and the grant number.
Authors must provide a short description of the contributions made by each listed author (please use initials). This will be published in the Acknowledgments.

For example: AM and DB conceived and designed research. AM and BB conducted experiments. GR contributed new reagents or analytical tools. AM and GR analyzed data. AM wrote the manuscript. All authors read and approved the manuscript.

 

LICENSE TO PUBLISH

In order to transfer copyright please download, fill in and sign the form and then send it via post or after scanning via email to JPPR office. License to publish form can be downloaded from here: http://www.plantprotection.pl/pdf/license_to_publish_jppr.pdf

 

REFERENCES

We strongly recommend that authors cite papers written by other authors published in previous issues of Journal of Plant Protection Research.

Please use Chicago style for references. References should be listed alphabetically.
Cite references in text by name and year in parentheses (from oldest one). Some examples:
  1. Negotiation research spans many disciplines (Thompson 1990).
  2. This result was later contradicted by Becker and Seligman (1996).
  3. This effect has been widely studied (Abbott 1991; Barakat et al. 1995a; Kelso and Smith 1998; Medvec et al. 1999).

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list. Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work. The DOI should be indicated when available.

Full journals names must be written, not abbreviations.

Journal article 

Jorjani M., Heydari A., Zamanizadeh H.R., Rezaee S., Naraghi L., Zamzami P. 2012. Controlling sugar beet mortality disease by application of new bioformulations. Journal of Plant Protection Research 52 (3): 303-307. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10045-012-0049-9 

Online article 

Turner E., Jacobson D.J., Taylor J.W. 2011. Genetic architecture of a reinforced, postmating, reproductive isolation barrier between Neurospora species indicates evolution via natural selection. PLoS Genetics 7 (8): e1002204. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1002204

Book

Bancrof J.D., Stevens A. 1996. Theory and Practice of Histological Techniques. 4th ed. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, UK, 776 pp. 

Book chapter 

Pradhan S.K. 2000. Integrated pest management. p. 463-469. In: "IPM System in Agriculture. Cash Crop" (R.K. Upadhyaya, K.G. Mukerji, O.P. Dubey, eds.). Aditya Books Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi, India, 710 pp.

Online document

Cartwright J. 2007. Big stars have weather too. IOP Publishing PhysicsWeb. Available on: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1002204  

Dissertation 

Trent J.W. 1975. Experimental acute renal failure. Dissertation, University of California, USA, 76 pp.

 
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