Molecular Plant Pathology

Cover image for Vol. 18 Issue 2

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

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Online submission of manuscripts is available at Please ensure that you follow the guidelines set out below before you submit your manuscript. Wiley also provide more general instructions on how to prepare a manuscript.

Molecular Plant Pathology has no printed page or manuscript handling charges. There are no colour charges. Average time from submission to first decision is 24 days.

Aims and Scope

Molecular Plant Pathology is published 9 times a year and welcomes submissions from all areas of molecular plant pathology including research on diseases caused by fungi, oomycetes, viruses, nematodes, bacteria, insects, parasitic plants and other organisms. Molecular Plant Pathology is especially interested in manuscripts emphasizing molecular analyses of pathogens, determinants affecting host response to plant pathogens or the interaction of both. Purely descriptive profiling studies, for example RNAseq or transcriptomics, are not encouraged. Manuscripts of this type should include functional studies and provide mechanistic or novel insights that advance our understanding. Manuscripts that fall outside the scope of the journal will be rejected.

In addition to the principal content of full length and short research papers, Molecular Plant Pathology publishes Technical Advances, Reviews and Microreviews, Pathogen Profiles and Opinion Pieces. The journal is dedicated to minimizing the time between submission, review and publication and to providing a high quality forum for original research in molecular plant pathology.

Editorial Policy

Manuscripts must be submitted exclusively to Molecular Plant Pathology and are accepted on the understanding that no substantial part has been, or will be, published elsewhere. Molecular Plant Pathology is a member of the Committee On Publication Ethics (COPE). For further information go to

Checks for text re-use All descriptions of previously published work, including the authors’ own work, must be referenced. Molecular Plant Pathology uses the iThenticate software to identify similarities between submitted manuscripts and previously published work. In submitting your manuscript you accept that it may be screened in this way. If there are concerns about text re-use COPE guidelines will be followed.

Checks for image manipulation Figures should accurately reflect the original image. Any alterations, for example brightness or colour balance, must be applied equally across the whole image. Figures may be checked for image manipulation using image analysis software. If there are concerns, authors may be required to provide the original image. COPE guidelines will be followed.

Authorship All authors must qualify for authorship and all those who qualify must be listed. Each author must have approved the final version of the submitted manuscript. Email addresses for all authors should be provided during submission. Authors must obtain permission from colleagues to include their work as a personal communication and letters to this effect should be included as supporting information during file upload.

Conflict of Interest All authors are required to disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise, that might be perceived as influencing an author’s objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or indirectly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include but are not limited to patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker’s fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication in this journal.

If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and to collectively list in the cover letter to the Editor-in-Chief, in the manuscript (in the Acknowledgments section), and in the online submission system ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.

Related papers If the author has a related paper currently in press or is citing a paper that has been accepted but not yet published, this must be included with the submission. A PDF of the paper should be submitted as supporting information during file upload.

Availability of scientific material Submission to Molecular Plant Pathology is on the understanding that materials described will be made available upon request. If there are any restrictions on the sharing of material these must be stated in both the covering letter and Experimental Procedures. Any IP restrictions must also be made clear.

Acknowledgment of funding All sources of funding should be listed in the Acknowledgements section.

Types of paper

Original Research Molecular Plant Pathology publishes full length or Short Communications of original research and Technical Advances. Full papers should not exceed 7000 words. They may contain up to 8 Figures and 4 Tables. Short Communications should contain a maximum of 3500 words and up to 4 Figures and 2 Tables. Technical Advances provide a forum for innovative techniques and resources. These can be submitted either as full papers or in Short Communication format.

Reviews In addition to the principal content of research papers, Molecular Plant Pathology publishes Reviews and Microreviews. Major reviews are invited from all authors and will cover, in depth, areas of particular interest and importance. They should not exceed 7000 words.They may contain up to 4 Figures and 2 Tables. Microreviews provide brief discussions of current research and should not exceed 4000 words and up to 2 Figures and 2 Tables. Authors wishing to submit a Review or Microreview should contact the Editor-in-Chief to discuss the format and content further.

Pathogen Profiles A unique feature of Molecular Plant Pathology are our Pathogen Profiles. These provide an overview of the latest research on a particular pathogen. Authors interested in submitting a Pathogen Profile should contact our Pathogen Profile Editor.

Opinion Pieces An Opinion Piece is a brief summary or overview of a topical issue within the scope of Molecular Plant Pathology. These purely personal pieces are intended to prompt discussion and debate within the scientific community. The manuscript can be up to 3000 words in length, with a maximum of 3500 words. The manuscript must be written in an unstructured format, with no Abstract, Introduction or subheadings. As it is a discussion piece, the use of Figures and Tables is discouraged. If a Figure is used it should be illustrative of a general point rather than relating to sourced data. We acknowledge that Opinion Pieces may cite other work, but these must be kept to a minimum, with no more than 10 references in total. Authors interested in submitting an Opinion Piece should contact the Editor-in-Chief.

Submission of Manuscripts

The Molecular Plant Pathology online submission site can be found at

Authors should address their covering letter to the Editor-in Chief. The Editor-in Chief will then choose a Senior Editor closest to the field of interest to handle the review process. Alternatively, authors can nominate a Senior Editor in which case the covering letter should be addressed to them. However, the Editor-in-Chief reserves the right not to use the suggested Senior Editor.

Authors are requested to submit their manuscript text and figures as individual files. No artwork should be incorporated into the text files.

Text and Tables as Microsoft Word (.doc), Rich Text Format (.rtf) or Postscript (.ps).

Figures should be uploaded individually as high resolution JPEG (.jpg), TIFF (.tif), or EPS (.eps) files.

Figures uploaded in these file formats will be automatically converted to small jpegs for reviewing. Please ensure that no large blank areas surround your figures. For optimal colour reproduction use RGB colour format. Figures should be no larger than 17cm X 22 cm. Figures larger than this may not convert properly and may be missing from the manuscript PDF/HTML during peer review. For more information on uploading files, go to However, please note that Molecular Plant Pathology does not encourage the submission of PDF figure files. For ease of reviewing, figures and figure legends should appear together on the same page. Figure legends should also be present within the main text of the manuscript.

The complete manuscript will be automatically converted to PDF or HTML for reviewing. Please check both the PDF and HTML proofs carefully before final submission to ensure that they include everything they should and that all figures display correctly.

Supporting Information

Supporting information may be uploaded with the manuscript. There are two types, that which is intended for online publication upon acceptance and that which is for reviewing purposes only. Please ensure you assign the correct file type to all supporting information. A brief title for each piece of supporting information intended for online publication should be provided at the end of the Reference section. There are no handling charges for supporting information published via the journal's site at Wiley Online Library.

Total file size

Molecular Plant Pathology has a total file size limit of 150MB per manuscript. If your figures are going to exceed this limit please save them as .TIF and compress them using LZW compression. This will reduce file size without affecting quality.

Presentation of Manuscripts

Papers should be submitted in English and should be as concise as possible. Please use standard fonts such as Times, Times New Roman or Arial for the text and Symbol font for Greek letters. This will help prevent inadvertent character substitutions that may make it difficult for editors and reviewers to read the manuscript.

Word count

Manuscripts must not exceed 7000 words. This includes Summary, Introduction, Results, Discussion, Experimental Procedures, Acknowledgements, Table and Figure Legends (but not content). Items excluded from the word count therefore include Title Page, Running Header, Table and Figure content, References and Supporting Information. Authors must provide a word count breakdown on their title page. Manuscripts exceeding the 7000 word limit may be returned without review.

Tables and Figures

Limits have been imposed on the number of Figures and Tables within a manuscript. Additional Figures and Tables can be submitted as Supplementary Files.

Original Article: 8 Figures and 4 Tables. Short Communication: 4 Figures and 2 Tables. Review/Pathogen Profile: 4 Figures and 2 Tables. Microreview: 2 Figures and 2 Tables. Opinion Piece: the use of Figures and Tables is discouraged.

In exceptional cases, limits may be relaxed at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

Authors for whom English is not their first language
may be advised to have their manuscript read by a native English speaker prior to submission. Alternatively, there are a range of professional English language editing services. A list of independent providers is available here: These services are paid for by the author and do not guarantee acceptance of the manuscript.

Manuscript layout

All sections of the manuscript should be typed double-spaced.

Title page should include: the full title of the paper; the full names of all the authors; the name(s) and address(es) of the institution(s) at which the work was carried out (the present addresses of the authors, if different from the above, should appear in a footnote); the name, address, telephone and fax numbers and email address of the author to whom all correspondence and proofs should be sent; a suggested running title of not more than 50 characters, including spaces; up to 7 keywords listed in order of importance, accession numbers.

Please ensure that your title and keywords accurately reflect the work described. This will enable others to find and cite your article.

Full length research papers should be divided into the following sections and appear in the order: (1) Summary, not exceeding 250 words, (2) Introduction, (3) Results, (4) Discussion, (5) Experimental Procedures, (6) Acknowledgements, (7) References, (8) Supporting information legends, (9) Tables, (10) Figure legends, (11) Figures. The Results and Discussion sections may be combined and may contain subheadings. Experimental Procedures should be sufficiently detailed to enable the experiments to be reproduced.

The preferred position of Tables and Figures may be indicated in the margin of the text.

Short Communications should contain a Summary not exceeding 200 words. The main body of the paper should not contain subheadings. Only complete studies will be published, preliminary observations will not be considered.

Système International (SI) units should be used, as given in Units, Symbols and Abbreviations, published by the Royal Society of Medicine Services Ltd, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1M 8AE, UK. Abbreviations of non-standard terms should follow, in parentheses, their first full usage.

Use scientific names as defined by the relevant organisation for each organism, e.g. plant viruses, latest ICTV nomenclature. Full scientific names must be given when organisms are first mentioned, with the generic name being subsequently abbreviated to the initial.

All gene names and loci should be in italic; proteins should be upright.


We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote ( or Reference Manager ( for reference management and formatting. EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Authors should use the system illustrated below. Only full articles which have been published or are in press may be included in the reference list. In the text, unpublished studies should be referred to as such (e.g. J.M. Smith, unpublished), or as a personal communication.

Manuscript text - references should be cited by author and date, e.g. Steeves and Sussex (1989). Joint authors should be referred to by et al. if there are more than two, e.g. Dangl et al. (1989). More than one paper from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters a, b, c, etc. placed after the year of publication. Listings of references in the text should be alphabetical, e.g. (Dangl et al., 1989; Steeves and Sussex, 1989).

Reference section - references should be listed alphabetically according to the first named author. All author names should be given for each paper. The full titles of papers, chapters and books should be given, the abbreviated names of journals, with the first and last page numbers.


Jefferson, R.A.
(1987) Assaying chimeric genes in plants: the GUS gene fusion system. Plant Mol. Biol. Rep. 5, 387-405.
Steeves, T.A. and Sussex, I.M. (1989) Patterns in Plant Development. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Dangl, J.L., Hahlbrock, K. and Schell, J. (1989) Regulation and structure of chalcone synthase genes. In Plant Nuclear Genes and their Expression Volume 6 (Vasil, I.K. and Schell, J., eds), pp. 155-173. New York: Academic Press.

There is no charge for colour figures in Molecular Plant Pathology. Figures reviewed in colour must be published in colour. All figures should be supplied in the size that they will appear in the journal. With the exception of composite photographs suitable for full-page reproduction (maximum width, including lettering, 17 cm), all other figures should be set to a maximum width of 8 cm (including all lettering). Labelling on the figures should be in 8pt Helvetica if possible. Figure sections should be designated with lower case letters. Magnification bars should be given on microscope images. Please ensure that electronic artwork is prepared such that, after reduction, all lettering will be clear and easy to read, i.e. no labels should be too large or too small. Avoid using tints on diagrams if possible; if they are essential to the figure then ensure they are coarse as this aids their clear reproduction. Full details on how to submit figures are available at

Figure legends should contain sufficient information to be understood without reference to the text, but should not contain methods. Each should begin with a short title for the figure. All symbols and abbreviations used in the figures should be explained.


Tables should be provided as separate files. They should have a brief title and be self-explanatory. Please ensure that Tables are provided in an editable format, for example as a Word file rather than an embedded image or a PDF file.

Registration of Sequences

All papers containing original nucleotide sequences must provide accession numbers. Sequence data may be submitted to any of the 3 major databases DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank. Papers containing original amino acid sequences must supply UniProt/Swiss-Prot accession numbers. All accession numbers should be incorporated into the manuscript after the reference section.

Microarray data should comply with the MIAME reporting recommendations

Cover Photograph

High quality images, suitable for the cover of Molecular Plant Pathology, are welcomed by the Editor-in-Chief. Any prospective front cover images should be uploaded with the initial manuscript submission, accompanied by a short description. All front cover images should be 10 cm high X 15 cm wide, high resolution TIFF or EPS files.

Revised manuscripts

Authors should submit the revised version of their manuscript via the website following the instructions provided in their editorial correspondence. Authors should highlight any text changes made upon revision and also provide a letter detailing their responses to the reviewers' comments. Any changes in authorship must be clearly noted and explained. Agreement from all authors will be sought for any changes in authorship. Unless otherwise agreed with the Editor-in-Chief, revised manuscripts must be received within two months of authors being notified of conditional acceptance pending satisfactory revision. Manuscripts received after this date will be treated as new submissions.

Online Open

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

If you would like your article to be open access please choose the appropriate licence agreement when you log in to Wiley’s Author Services system. Prior to acceptance, there is no requirement to inform the editorial office of the intention to publish via OnlineOpen.

RCUK/WT/FWT Funder mandate authors

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

Author services - production tracking

Molecular Plant Pathology provides Author Services online production tracking. Once a paper is accepted for publication the author will receive an e-mail inviting them to register for Author Services. Authors can then follow their paper through the production process to publication. Visit for further information.

Online Publication in Accepted Articles

M olecular Plant Pathology publishes accepted articles prior to editing and typesetting. These Accepted Articles have a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number and can be cited. For more information on DOIs, please see


Authors will be notified via email when the proofs are ready to download as a PDF. The corresponding author must therefore provide an email address during manuscript submission. Authors should correct and return their proofs by email within 2 days. If this is not possible please use express (special delivery) post or fax. Major alterations to the text will be charged to the author and may delay publication.


To receive a free PDF offprint, the author must sign up to Author Services. Visit for further information. Additional printed offprints may be ordered online

Online publication in Early View

Articles are published in Early View in advance of their appearance in a specific online issue of the journal. Early View articles are fully peer reviewed, edited and complete - they just lack page numbers and volume/issue details - and are considered fully published from the date they first appear online. Therefore no changes can be made to a paper following its publication on Early View. Articles are available as full text HTML or PDF and can be cited as references using their Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number. The article will be removed from Early View upon publication in an online issue. No other changes will be made. The DOI will remain valid.

For guidelines on how to receive an alert about the publication of your article online, see

Last updated June 2016