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JPP instructions for Authors

Scope of the Journal

The aim of the Journal of Plant Pathology (JPP), an international journal of the Italian Society for Plant Pathology, is to publish results of research on fundamental and applied aspects of plant pathology. Contributions in the field of mycology, bacteriology, phytoplasmatology, virology, physiological plant pathology, plant-parasite interactions, post-harvest diseases, non-infectious diseases, and plant protection are welcome. Articles on screening for pesticide and for resistance to pathogens are generally not accepted. Surveys for diseases or pathogens should be submitted as “Short communications”

Editorial Policy

JPP is open to publication of papers by members and non-members of the Italian Society for Plant Pathology. Manuscript submitted for publication will be considered on the assumption that the same or similar work has not been or will not be published elsewhere. Accepted papers become copyright of the Journal. There is no page charge (except for colour plates).

Submission of papers

JPP encourages authors to submit manuscript on-line to: Our system allows for easy author registration procedures and submission of papers and will speed up the review and acceptance time. No printed or CD versions of papers will be required anymore. Submission of hard-copy manuscripts will not be handled, as well as papers sent by e-mail to the Editorial Office. Papers should be submitted as single PDF files not exceeding 1 MB, with double line spacing and continuous line numbering. Figures and tables must be placed at the end of the file, not within the text. The authors must carefully read the Conditions of Use and the Istructions for Authors before submitting their paper. The Instructions for Authors are also available on the JPP web site, together with the Instructions for on-line submission.

Types of papers

The JPP welcomes:
Standard “full-length” papers (Research papers). As a rule, they should not exceed 6000 words (not including references and tables) and contain no more than ten tables and figures combined. Standard papers are divided into the following sections: Summary (not exceeding 250 words), and Key words (not exceeding five and not appearing in the title); Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results; Discussion; Acknowledgements; References. Some flexibility in layout is allowed for papers that cannot be presented in conventional form. For instance, a combined Results and Discussion section is permitted.
Short communications. These are intended for reporting brief complete pieces of work, and not for preliminary results. Short communications should not exceed 2500 words and contain no more than six figures and tables combined. The text is not divided into sections, except for a short Summary, not exceeding 200 words, and Key words, Acknowledgements and References.
Disease notes. They are intended for new or unusual records in abstract forms, with one or two references. Their length should not exceed 250 words.
Review papers. As a rule, review articles on specific subjects are invited. Offered reviews may be considered, but the authors should contact the Editor-in-Chief in advance.


All papers must be written in English. We strongly suggest to ensure that the language is corrected before submission.
The International System of units (SI) must be adopted for all numerical data. Whenever abbreviations are to be used, the names should be given initially in full with the abbreviation in parentheses, e.g. polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE), Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV). The CBE manual Scientific Style and Format (6th edition, Cambridge University Press) is recommended as a reference for style and conventions.
Double spacing and continuous line numbering should be used throughout the text and in the figure legends.
Title page.
This page should contain:
TITLE OF THE PAPER (capital letters, bold. Preferred font, Times New Roman 14);
Author(s) name (initials and family name, low case, bold, Times New Roman 12);
[Affiliation(s) and full address(es) of all author(s), italics, Times New Roman 11];

Running title: A meaningful, 5-6 word-long short title (Times New Roman 12)

Corresponding author: name (Times New Roman 12)
fax number :
e-mail address:
The Summary (max 250 words) should be concise so as to describe briefly the scope of the study, the major results and conclusions. It should not contain references.
This section should give background information on the extant study in a concise form. Extended review of the subject should be avoided as well as any anticipation of results.
Materials and Methods.
The Materials and Methods section is divided into subsections. It should give enough information to allow other investigators to repeat the experiments. For standard procedures a reference is sufficient. Only major modifications or novel methods should be detailed. Suppliers of reagents or equipments should be indicated in parentheses. The source of bioreagents (e.g., bacterial strains, virus isolates, antibodies, ecc.) should also be specified.
This section may be divided into subsections. The rationale for the experiments and the results should be clear and concise. The interpretation of data should be presented in the Discussion section.
The Discussion should give an interpretation of the results, related to previous work. It should not be a mere repetition of the results. Results and Discussion sections may be combined.
Optional. Beside personal recognitions, it may contain the source of financial support obtained for the study.
Literature citations in the text should be in parentheses, giving the author’s name and date, and using et al., when the number of authors exceeds two [e.g. (Smith, 1994); (Smith and Pearson, 1991); (Smith et al., 1995)]. Citations of personal communications and unpublished data are allowed, but only when strictly necessary. References must be listed in alphabetical order by first author and written in the following formats according to where they are from:

Elad I., Volpin H., 1991. Heat treatment for the control of rose and carnation grey mould. Plant Pathology 40: 278-286.

Abel F.B., Morgan P.W., Saltveit M.F., 1992. Ethylene in Plant Biology. 2nd Ed. Academic Press Inc., San Diego, USA.

Book chapter
Alleweldt G., 1987. The contribution of grapevine breeding to integrated pest control. In: Cavalloro R. (ed.). Integrated Pest Control in Viticulture, pp. 369-377. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Thesis or Dissertation
Hammer P., 1992. Mechanisms of resistance to infection by Botrytis cinerea in rose flowers. Ph.D. Thesis. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA.

Mortensen K., Makowsky R.M.D., 1989. Field efficacy of different concentrations of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides f.sp. malvae as a herbicide for round-leaved mallow (Malva pusilla). In: Delfosse E.S. (ed.). Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds, Rome 1988: 523-530.

Tables should have a concise title and, if necessary, a footnote. A single grid is preferred for each table. If grids are not used, tabs and not spaces should be used to align columns. The preferred format for tables is MS Word.
Figures should be sized to fit in the column(s) of the Journal and should be submitted at their intended publication size. They are provided as PDF files only when submitted for reviewing to minimize file size. When the paper is accepted, quality digital files must be provided. The minimal resolution should be 300 dpi. TIFF or PowerPoint formats are preferred. In some cases a printed copy of the figures may be requested. To avoid font problems, a single font should be used throughout. Fonts as Arial, Helvetica, Symbol, Times New Roman are preferred.
Photographs should be well contrasted, with non essential areas removed. For micrographs, a magnification bar must be included. There is a charge for colour photographs. Please contact the Editorial Office for rates.
Line drawings.
These should be submitted as high-quality computer-generated figures. However, in some cases a printed copy of the figures may be requested. Symbols and line thickness should be clear. Shading should be avoided, as it may be difficult to reproduce.
Figure legends.
These should give enough information to make the figure understandable and should be concise and self-explanatory. Detailed experimental procedures must be described in the Materials and Methods section and not in a legend. All symbols reported in the figure must be defined, together with abbreviations not reported in the text.
Sequence data.
Manuscripts containing sequence data should include the relative accession number from a recognized nucleotide database. Diagrams of nucleotide and amino acid sequences should fit in the column(s) of the Journal. Characters should be 6-8 points.
Virus nomenclature.
Virus names should be given accordingly to the standard rules set by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. Names of established species, genera, families and orders must be written in italics with capital initials. Tentative and unassigned species are written in roman type with capital initial.

Processing of papers.

All papers will be peer reviewed by two or more referees. In the online submission, authors can select the Senior Editor who will be in charge of handling their manuscript in the Category field. A reference number will be assigned to the paper. After preliminary examination by the Senior Editor to ascertain if the paper is in line within the scope of the Journal, submitted papers will be assigned to Associated Editors for further processing. Papers will be accepted by Senior Editors acting upon the advice of Associated Editors. After processing and acceptance, papers are taken in charge by the Editorial Office to check their conformity to the JPP standards. Proofs are sent by e-mail as PDF files. Corrections of proofs will be restricted to publisher’s errors only. Substantial alterations will be charged to the authors. The PDF file should be printed and corrections marked on the printed copy. Corrected proof should be mailed or sent by fax (+39 080 5442911) within three days to the Editorial Office. Minor corrections can be communicated by e-mail ([email protected]).

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