Plant Pathology

Cover image for Vol. 65 Issue 7

Edited By: Matt Dickinson

Impact Factor: 2.383

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 15/83 (Agronomy); 53/209 (Plant Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1365-3059

Associated Title(s): Molecular Plant Pathology

Author Guidelines

Plant Pathology publishes research papers and critical reviews on all aspects of plant pathology. There are nine printed issues each year. Letters to the Editor are welcome when these comment on matters relevant to plant pathology. The Senior Editor particularly welcomes papers that apply the scientific method, describing not only the collection and interpretation of data but also the critical testing of hypotheses.

Plant Pathology does not publish new disease reports, results of regional surveys, or efficacy tests of fungicides, biological control agents, plant extracts without some additional components of hypothesis testing. In addition, the Journal does not publish short communications.

Only papers written in English are accepted. They must not be under consideration, or accepted, for publication elsewhere. No charge is made for publication, except for colour plates in the printed version.

All authors must qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify must be listed. Authorship should be based only on (1) substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; and (2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and (3) final approval of the version to be published; and (4) agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. Acquisition of funding, the collection of data, or general supervision of the research group, by themselves, do not justify authorship.

Submitted manuscripts may be processed through software to detect plagiarism (the unreferenced copying of published and unpublished ideas, writing or illustration of others in the same or a different language). In submitting your manuscript you accept that it may be screened against previously published literature. Figures may be checked for image manipulation using image analysis software. Plagiarized manuscripts will be rejected immediately.

Plant Pathology follows the guidelines set out by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Further information is available at

Availability of scientific material

Submission to Plant Pathology is on the understanding that materials described will be made available upon request. Sequence data should be submitted to any of the 3 major databases DDJB/EMBL/GenBank, with accession numbers incorporated into the text. Authors are encouraged to deposit phylogenetic trees and date used to generate them in TreeBASE and cite the accession number(s). If there are any restrictions on the sharing of materials, these must be stated in both the covering letter and Materials and Methods. Any Intellectual Property restrictions must also be made clear.

Conflict of interest

Plant Pathology requires that all authors 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 (if applicable) to the Senior Editor, in the manuscript (in the Acknowledgments section), and in the online submission system ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.

Ethics of experimentation

In cases where animals or harmful substances have been used for the research, the Journal will only accept papers in which there is evidence that this work has been conducted ethically. The care and use of experimental animals must comply with all relevant local animal welfare laws, guidelines and policies, and a statement of such compliance should be provided to the Journal Editor. Where possible, alternative procedures that replace the use of animals, either partially or completely, for example in vitro biological systems, should be used. Where this is not possible, the minimum number of animals should be used and pain and suffering reduced, consistent with attaining the scientific objectives of the study. All reasonable steps must be taken to ensure the humane treatment of animals, so as to minimize discomfort, distress and pain. Animals in pain or moribund should be painlessly killed according to local euthanasia regulations. The journal encourages corresponding authors of manuscripts involving animal research to refer to the ARRIVE guidelines ( before submission of a manuscript.

Human investigations.

Manuscripts reporting data obtained from research conducted in human subjects must include assurance that informed consent was obtained from each patient. In addition, the manuscript must include assurance that the study protocol conformed to the ethical guidelines of the 1975 Declaration of Helsinki as reflected in approval by the institution's human research review committee. A statement to this effect must be provided within the Methods section.

Submission procedure

The Plant Pathology online submission site is located at The submission process can be saved at each stage. There are instructions online to guide you, or you can contact the Editorial Office ( in case of difficulties.

Authors are requested to submit their manuscript text, figures, tables and any supporting information as individual files.

• Accepted text file types: Word (.DOC or .DOCX), Rich Text Format (.RTF) or Postscript (.PS) only.

• Accepted figure file types: .TIF, .EPS or .PDF

• Times New Roman font, 12-point size

• Lines double-spaced

• Pages and lines numbered (continuous by preference)

• Maximum file size 60 Mb

Research article format

Title page

• Title informative and not more than 30 words

• Authors listed with first names as initials only (preceding the name)

• Addresses at which the work was carried out follow the names

• Author for correspondence indicated by an asterisk with an e-mail address provided (one author only)

• Running head – a short title of no more than 40 characters (including spaces)

• Key words – provide up to 6


• Indicate why and how the work was done, the result and conclusions

• 250 words or less

• Abstracts should not be unnecessarily descriptive and must, where appropriate, contain quantitative data.


• Describe, succinctly, the current state of work in the relevant field

• Describe the reasons for carrying out the experiments

• Give a clear statement of the objectives and hypotheses being tested

Materials and methods

• Sufficient information must be given in this section to allow the reader to understand the experimental design and statistical methods used in the data analysis. All experiments should have adequate replication and, where relevant, should have been repeated for confirmation.

• Système International (SI) units are preferred. Others should be related to SI units at the first mention.

• Commercial equipment and products used in experiments should name the product and company, but addresses should be omitted.

• State the methods used e.g. analysis of variance (ANOVA) and ensure that the analysis method chosen is appropriate for the data. Data tables presenting, for example, mean values should include the appropriate standard errors (SE) and degrees of freedom (DF) relevant to the SE. Where comparisons are made between data values care should be taken to ensure that the SE values quoted are suitable for the comparisons. Indiscriminate use of multiple range tests should be avoided.

• Molecular marker data need to be properly replicated using appropriate positive and negative controls and provide an assessment of error rates based on independent DNA extractions.


• Results should be presented in an orderly fashion

• Make use of tables and figures where necessary and without duplication


• Discussion normally should be presented separately from the Results

• Focus on the work presented and its relationship with other relevant published work

• It should not digress widely into general discussion of a research area, or into excessive speculation, and should not normally exceed 5 pages in length


• Sources of funding should be listed

• All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed (e.g. technical help, data analysis, writing assistance or general support)


• Only papers accepted for publication or published may be cited

• Normally maximum of 35

• In the text, cite by author and date in chronological order. Use '&' between names of 2 authors; use 'et al.' for 3 or more authors

• At the end of the paper, give full details as per the examples below

• Personal communications in the text should be cited as: initials, name, brief address, personal communication. Authors must have permission from colleagues to include their work as a personal communication.

• Papers “in press” which are cited but not yet available as a DOI or in print should be submitted (as a .PDF file) as “Supporting Information not for publication” to be available to the editor.

• Use of a tool such as EndNote ( or Reference Manager ( is recommended

Journal (article) Elmer PAG, Reglinski T, 2006. Biosuppression of Botrytis cinerea in grapes. Plant Pathology 55, 155–77.

Journal (online) Gibbs MJ, Ziegler A, Robinson DJ, Waterhouse PM, Cooper JI, 1996. Carrot mottle mimic virus (CMoMV): a second umbravirus associated with carrot motley dwarf disease recognized by nucleic acid hybridization. Molecular Plant Pathology Online [] 1996/1111gibbs.

Book (whole) Sutton BC, 1980. The Coelomycetes. Kew, UK: Commonwealth Mycological Institute.

Book (part) Jones CS, Smith N, Brown RS, 1979. Biology of diseases caused by Botrytis spp. In: Smith N, Brown RS, eds. Diseases of Vegetables. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Scientific Publications, 40–9.

Conference proceedings (published) McIntosh RA, 1992. Catalogues of gene symbols for wheat. In: Miller TE, Koebner RM, eds. Proceedings of the Seventh International Wheat Genetics Symposium, 1987.Cambridge, UK: IPSR, 1225–323.

Agency publication Harvey JM, Pentzer WT, 1960. Market Diseases of Grapes and Other Small Fruits. Washington, USA: United States Department of Agriculture: USDA publication no. 189. (Agriculture Handbook Series.)

Dissertation or thesis Lenné JM, 1978. Studies of the Biology and Taxonomy of Colletotrichum Species. Melbourne, Australia: University of Melbourne, PhD thesis.

Online material Lu HJ, Kottke R, Martin J, Bai G, Haley S, Rudd J, 2011. Identification and validation of molecular markers for marker assisted selection of Wsm2 in wheat. In: Plant and Animal Genomes XIX Conference, abstract W433. []. Accessed 20 April 2012.


• Self-explanatory with an appropriate legend without abbreviations

• Identify tables using a number, e.g. Table 2

• Mention tables in the text in numerical order (Table 1, then Table 2, etc)

• Use superscript lower-case letters, e.g. a, b and c, for footnotes

• Individual file for each table

• Save file in an editable format, e.g. .DOC or .DOCX

Not embedded as an image

• If the table is very large, make it a Supporting Information file.


• Number in a separate series from the tables

• Identify figures using a number, e.g. Figure 2

• Mention figures in the text in numerical order (Figure 1, then Figure 2, etc)

• Subdivisions within figures should be labelled with lower-case letters, e.g. (a), (b) and (c)

• Photographs as .TIF format, at least 300 dpi at final size

• Graphs, charts and line art as .EPS or .PDF format

• Combinations of photos and text labels as .EPS or .PDF with the photo image at least 300 dpi, or in .TIF format at 600 dpi

• Individual file for each figure

No figures in the main text file

• Magnification in photographic figures should be shown by a scale or bar

• Avoid using tints if possible; if shading is essential to the understanding of the figure, try to make it coarse

• Colour figures should be used when details cannot be adequately observed on black and white photographs

• Please consider colour-blind readers (avoid use of red/green shading if possible)

• Authors pay the full cost for the reproduction of their colour artwork in the print issue

• Figures that are black-and-white in the print issue but colour in the online version are free of charge

• Legends should be included at the end of the main document, self-explanatory and without abbreviations

• First 100 characters of the legend should describe key aspects of the figure, for the abbreviated links used in the online version

• For detailed information on our digital illustration standards, please go to

Supporting Information for online publication

• Supporting Information gives the opportunity to present data in different formats than traditional print media, e.g. video

• Useful format for large datasets

• Electronic files for online publication must be submitted for the review process, uploaded as separate files and given the file designation "Supporting Information for online publication only"

• Please try to restrict individual files sizes to 5 Mb maximum (zipped or unzipped)

• Provide a brief title for each item intended for online publication at the end of the main manuscript

• For more information on preparing Supporting Information, please see

Supporting Information not for publication

• Articles cited as “in press” but not yet available for public access should be uploaded as .PDF files for the reviewers

Pre-submission English-language editing

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are arranged and paid for by the author. Use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Review process

Plant Pathology uses single-blind peer review.

Submissions that are out of scope may be rejected without external peer review.

The Senior Editor will appoint a member of the Editorial Board to manage each new submission. The Editor will generally appoint two anonymous reviewers to report on the suitability for publication. Authors may suggest the names of potential reviewers - these should not be recent collaborators. If there are people that authors would prefer not to be used as reviewers, please provide your (confidential) reasons in the cover letter to the Senior Editor.

The Senior Editor will make a final decision based upon their own judgement and the recommendations of the reviewers and Editor. The process from submission to first decision currently takes 32 days on average.

Following acceptance

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 want your article to be open access please choose the appropriate licence agreement when you log in to Wiley’s Author Services system. Click on ‘Make my article OnlineOpen’ and choose the appropriate license by clicking on ‘Sign license agreement now’ when you log in to Wiley’s Author Services system.

RCUK/WT Funder mandate authors only

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:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant selfarchiving policy please visit:

For RCUK and Wellcome Trust authors click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this license:

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

Colour Work

If there are colour figures in your manuscript, we require you to complete and return a colour work agreement (CWA) form before your paper can be published. This form allows authors to state whether to publish in colour online only or in both the print and online versions of the journal. Payment options are also given. The CWA will be sent to authors on acceptance of their paper, and is also available to download from here.

Please return the signed CWA to the Editorial Office by e-mail to

In addition, for authors paying for colour figures, please post the original signed hard copies to:

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This extra requirement is needed to comply with UK Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) legal requirements.

Cover image

High quality images, suitable for the cover of Plant Pathology, are welcomed by the Senior Editor. Any prospective front cover images should be sent to the Plant Pathology Editorial Office ( following acceptance of the manuscript.

Online production tracking

Author Services enables authors to track their article through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The corresponding author will receive an e-mail with a unique link inviting them to register for Author Services. Visit for more details.


Authors will be notified by e-mail when the proofs are ready to download as a .PDF. Authors should correct their proofs promptly (preferably within 3 days), and return them by e-mail to the Editorial Office ( Major alterations to the text will be charged to the author and may delay publication.


Early View

Plant Pathology is covered by Wiley-Blackwell's EarlyView service. EarlyView articles are complete full-text articles published online as soon as they are ready, not waiting for the next print issue. EarlyView articles are in final form; no changes can be made after publication. EarlyView articles are “published” and are citable immediately using a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. More information about DOIs can be found at


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 at Printed offprints are posted to the correspondence address given for the paper unless a different address is specified when ordered. Note that it is not uncommon for the printed offprints to take up to 8 weeks.