Molecular Plant Pathology

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Edited By: Marty Dickman

Impact Factor: 4.335

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 16/209 (Plant Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1364-3703

Associated Title(s): Plant Pathology

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Applications are invited for the post of Editor in Chief

Molecular Plant Pathology is looking for a new Editor in Chief

Marty Dickman has announced his intention to retire from his position as MPP Editor in Chief (EiC) at the end of 2017. Therefore applications are invited for the post of Editor in Chief of Molecular Plant Pathology, to commence on 1 January 2018.

The selection process will be informal, but confidential. All interested candidates are encouraged to submit their formal CV together with half a page (approx. 250 words) statement describing why they think they are suitable for the job, and a similar length aspirational statement outlining their plans and ambitions for the journal. Potential candidates will be selected and ranked by senior members of BSPP and Wiley.

MPP uses online manuscript submission and peer review, and currently publishes nine issues per year. The EiC assesses all manuscript submissions and assigns suitable material to the team of ten senior editors, including him/herself as appropriate.

The successful candidate will take up the post of Editor EiC on 1 January 2018 and there will be a transition period during 2017 when the candidate can shadow the current EiC.

The term of office is five years, with the possibility of an extension by mutual agreement.

The successful candidate will receive an honorarium during their tenure, receive free BSPP membership and attend board meetings of the society. The new EiC will be assisted by a new Editorial Assistant and the new EiC will lead the search to fill this post.

Candidates can discuss the post informally with the current Editor in Chief, Marty Dickman or the BSPP President Richard Oliver via

Applications/nominations should be submitted to Diane Hird at the MPP Editorial Office ( The closing date for applications and/or nominations is January 31st.

Opinion Pieces

Molecular Plant Pathology is now publishing Opinion Piece articles. These new pieces are intended to serve as a forum for healthy discussion and debate on molecular plant science, both within the journal's scope, and on broader topics beyond the research described in Molecular Plant Pathology.

Read the Editorial by Marty Dickman (Editor in Chief) on the new article format, and see here a list of all Opinion Piece articles from the journal, all free to read.

Key Journal Features

  • No page charges
  • No colour charges
  • See your papers online within 2 days of receipt as Accepted Articles! Submit your paper to Molecular Plant Pathology today!
  • Average time from submission to first decision is 24 days!
  • In 2015, Molecular Plant Pathology will move to online only publication
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News and Announcements

Challenges in Bacterial Molecular Plant Pathology

Molecular Plant Pathology is pleased to announce the addition of a new series of review articles to the journal: Challenges in Bacterial Molecular Plant Pathology.

Written by leading scientists, these review articles will cover a broad range of topics spanning ecology and evolution, genetics, metabolomics and genomics, and novel approaches to disease control.

Through these articles, authors are encouraged to set out the current challenges facing them in their research and in turn provide new perspectives.

Read the background to this new series in Senior Editor, Robert Jackson’s Editorial:

Throwing down the gauntlet for molecular plant pathology in the 21st Century – what are the new challenges for bacterial research?

The following review articles are now available and FREE to read:

Frontiers for research on the ecology of plant-pathogenic bacteria: fundamentals for sustainability

Bacterial pathogenesis of plants: future challenges from a microbial perspective

Bacterial disease management: challenges, experience, innovation and future prospects

Evolution, genomics and epidemiology of Pseudomonas syringae

Profiling the extended phenotype of plant pathogens

Top 10 Reviews

Our Top 10 series of Reviews have combined into a virtual issue. All of them are free to download. Each Review has also been converted into free A0-size (ANSI size E) poster, ideal for the office or laboratory wall.

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