Journal of Phytopathology

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Edited By: Editor-in-Chief: Andreas von Tiedemann; Associate Editors: Brigitte Mauch-Mani, Dale Walters, Mark Varrelmann, Robert C. Seem

Impact Factor: 0.945

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 139/209 (Plant Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1439-0434

Author Guidelines

Kindly read the publication ethics guidelines from Committee on Publication Ethics before submitting your manuscript.

Online Manuscript Submission
Please submit your manuscript to Journal of Phytopathology online via our manuscript submission website.

1. General Scope
The Journal of Phytopathology publishes original and review articles on all scientific aspects of applied phytopathology. Preference is given to contributions improving our understanding of the biotic and abiotic determinants of plant diseases, their epidemics and damage potential, as a basis for innovative disease management. Studies on the population, organism, physiological, biochemical and molecular genetic level are welcome. The journal scope comprises the pathology and epidemiology of plant diseases caused by microbial pathogens, viruses and nematodes. Accepted papers should advance the conceptual knowledge about plant diseases, rather than presenting descriptive or screening data unrelated to phytopathological mechanisms or functions. Manuscripts presenting results from unrepeated experiments or data with no or inappopriate statistical processing will not be accepted. Authors are encouraged to look into past issues of the Journal of Phytopathology to adjust their papers to the actual standards of the journal.

2. Submission and Acceptance of Manuscripts

2.1. English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at

All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Important note: Eligibility of manuscripts for the review process requires English language quality according to the international scientific standards.

2.2. Online Submission
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the online submission site ScholarOne Manuscripts. For assistance, contact:

Dr. Magdalena Siebold
Journal of Phytopathology
Editorial Office

The names and e-mail addresses of all co-authors should be added to the form in ScholarOne Manuscripts.

For the review process the names and email addresses of four potential reviewers should be proposed. The requirements for potential preferred reviewers are that they should:
- be familiar with the scientific topic of the submitted manuscript
- be internationally recognized scientists
- operate in a different institution and/or country than the authors

When using ScholarOne Manuscripts, please, note the following:
- With your personal password you can access the 'Author Center' in ScholarOne Manuscripts any time to check the status of your manuscript
- Revised manuscripts must be uploaded within 2 months of authors being notified of conditional acceptance.

3. Requirements for Manuscripts

3.1. Manuscript Format and Organization

Manuscripts should be uploaded as Word or Rich Text Format files. In addition, high-resolution figure files (see below) are requested to be submitted as separate files. Times New Roman or Arial font size 12 and double spacing should be used. Lines must be numbered throughout the main document.

Original Articles must include Heading, Keywords, Abstract, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion and References. Legends of figures and tables should be added to the main document. Review Articles comprise an abstract followed by Introduction and a running text structured in a suitable way according to the subject treated. A final section with conclusions may be added. Before preparing and submitting a review article authors should contact the Editor-in-Chief or the Associate Editors. Short communications are not accepted.

The heading of an article includes a short title (running head), followed by the name of the institution where the research work was mainly carried out (italicized), the title, the authors' names and the authors' addresses including the e-mail address of the corresponding author. Please provide given names in full for all authors.

Manuscript length (including tables and figure captions) for different types of articles is limited as follows: Original Article - 8,000 (equals about 25 manuscript pages), Review Article - on personal arrangement with the editor, Short Title (Running Head) - 60 characters.

Manuscripts must conform to the journal style. Manuscripts not complying with the submission format will be unsubmitted and returned to the author.

3.2. Units, Abbreviations and Nomenclature
All measurement specifications must follow the S.I. system. Other abbreviations should only be employed if they are recognised internationally. All biological and chemical terms used should be according to the current international nomenclature. Substances or reagents obtained commercially, when first mentioned in the text, must include the name and address of the manufacturer or supplier. Only botanical and zoological terms in Latin are printed in italics. The full name must be provided when first used in the article.

3.3. Tables and Figures
Number and size of tables and figures should be kept to a minimum. Each table and figure must have a reference in the text. Numbering of tables and figures must follow their order of appearance in the paper. Captions of figures and table headlines should give a precise description of the content and be self-explanatory. Tables and figure captions are added in the same file at the end of the main document.

The width of tables is limited to 120 characters including blanks. Tables should be created using the table function. Graphs with x and y axes should not be enclosed in frames or have background stain or grids (only 2-dimensional representations should be used).

Line drawings should only be contour drawings without halftones (shades of grey). Rough hatching is possible, patterns are not suited.

Figures should be loaded as EPS (lineart), JPEG or TIFF (halftone/colour graphs) files only to the online submission system. MS PowerPoint and Word Graphics are unsuitable. Figures (and scans) should have a minimum resolution of 400 dpi (halftone) or 600 to 1200 dpi (line drawings).

Detailed information on digital illustration standards is available at:

Electronic artwork should be checked before submitting it:

Figures will generally be reduced in size to fit within the column-width or the print area. Numbering, labeling and scale bars on figures, photographs or micrographs must still be readable at reduced size.

Colour figures are charged at £150 plus VAT for the first figure. All subsequent figures are charged at £50 each plus VAT. Colour figures can be reproduced in black and white (with possible loss of contrast). Colour figures only published in the online version of the article are free of charge.Manuscripts including colour figures require submission of the Colour Work Agreement Form. To avoid any confusion a Colour Work Agreement Form indicates how the colour figures should be processed online and in print is requested. Should you wish for the figures to be printed in colour, please post or courier all pages of your completed form to the production editor. Note that electronic or faxed copies cannot be accepted. For queries, please contact the production editor of the journal. Contact details has been provided below.

3.4. References
References in the text should be cited by author and date (Harvard system), e.g. (Johnston and Jones 1997). More than two authors are referred to as follows (Boerema et al. 1986).

Reference to unpublished research work is referred to in the text as e.g. (T. Adams, personal communication). Reference to accepted publications or to papers in press may require the author(s) to provide the manuscripts or the link to access the paper if pre-published online.

At the end of the paper, references should be listed alphabetically according to the first named author. The following formats should be used:

For journal references:
Author. (Year) Title. International Abbreviation of the Journal Issue:Page Range.
Dubuis PH, Marazzi C, Stadler E, Mauch F. (2005) Sulphur deficiency causes a reduction in antimicrobial potential and leads to increased disease susceptibility of oilseed rape. J Phytopathol 154:27-36

For book references:
Author. (Year) Title. Town, State, Country, Publishing House.
Erwin DC, Ribeiro OK. (1996) Phytophthora Diseases Worldwide. St Paul, MN, USA, APS Press.

For edited book references:
Author. (Year) Title of Chapter. In: Editors (eds) Book Title. Town, Publishing House, Page Range.
Okami Y, Hotta K. (1988) Search and discovery of new antibiotics. In: Good-fellow MS, Williams T, Mordarski M. (eds) Actinomycetes in Biotechnology. London/NewYork, Academic Press, pp 33–67.

For thesis references:
Author. (Year) Title. Town, State, Country, University, Thesis.
Al-Kiyumi KS. (2006) Greenhouse cucumber production systems in Oman: A study on the effect of cultivation practices on crop diseases and crop yields. Reading, UK, University of Reading, PhD Thesis.

For references to proceedings of conferences:
Author. (Year) Title of the contribution. Title of the proceedings. Town, State, Country, Page Range.
Zielenski D, Sadowski CA. (1995) Preliminary study on Verticillium dahliae Kleb in winter oilseed rape in Poland. In: Murphy D. (ed) Proc 9th Intern Rapeseed Conference, 4–7 July 1995. Cambridge, UK, GciRC, pp 649-651.

For website references:
Author. (Year) Title of the contribution. Title of the proceedings. Internet Page (date of verification).
Clear R, Patrick S. (2007) Fusarium head blight in western Canada: The distribution of F. graminearum and soil zones on the prairies. Internet Resource: (verified Aug 10, 2007).

For references the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting is recommended.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

3.5. Supporting Information
Supporting information, such as data sets or additional figures or tables, that will not be published in the print edition of the journal, but which will be viewable in the online edition, can be submitted separately.

The presentation of Supporting Information should be indicated in the main manuscript by a paragraph, to appear after the References, headed 'Supporting Information' and providing titles of figures, tables, etc. The Supplementary Information is an integral part of the article and will be included in the review process accordingly.

If you have previously provided Supporting Information with your article, please note it will not be edited or altered from its original format during the Production process. Although a proof of your Supporting Information is not available, it will appear online when your article is published.

4. Author Services
Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

5. After Acceptance of the Manuscript

5.1. Copyright Transfer Agreement and Colour Work Agreement Forms

5.1.1. CTA Submission
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 License 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 self-archiving policy please visit:

5.1.2. CWA Submission
Please return the signed CWA form (hard copy with original signature) to Customer Services via regular mail to the address below:

Customer Services (OPI), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, European Distribution Centre, New Era Estate, Oldlands Way, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO22 9NQ, UK.

Manuscripts received with colour files WILL NOT be reproduced in colour unless a CWAF has been received.

For queries, please contact the production editor of the journal at

5.2. Proof Reception and Correction
Once a copy-edited and typeset proof of the accepted manuscript is available from the typesetter’s e-proofing site, an email will be sent to the author and will feature instructions on how to check the proof and return corrections.

6. Publication

6.1. Early View

Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. For copyright purposes, the PDF version mounted online is considered the definitive version rather than the full-text HTML.

The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. For more information on DOI, please click here.

Early View differs from other advance-of-print systems because it features fully complete articles, with full colour figures, all tables and active reference linking through PubMed and Crossref.

6.2. Reprints and Offprints
Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for author services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers.

Additional paper offprints may be ordered online. Please click on the following link, fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields:

If you have queries about paper offprints please e-mail

6.3. OnlineOpen
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

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete both the online payment form AND the CTA form available from our website at: (Please note this online form is for OnlineOpen use ONLY) (CTA form; please send this to the Production Editor)

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

7. Author Material Archive Policy
Please note that unless specifically requested Wiley-Blackwell will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted two months after publication. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office or Production Editor as soon as possible if you have not yet done so. 

Checklist for submission of papers to the Journal of Phytopathology

  • Provide names and e-mail addresses of all co-authors
  • Provide four potential preferred reviewers (familiar with the scientific topic, internationally recognized, operating in a different institution and/or country than the authors)

Manuscript Format

  • Load manuscripts as Word or Rich Text Format files, no PDF
  • Use Times New Roman or Arial font size 12, double spacing
  • Number lines throughout the main document
  • Organize manuscripts (original contributions) with Heading, Keywords, Abstract, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, References respectively legends of figures and tables
  • Provide heading including short title (running head), the name of the institution where the research work was mainly carried out (italicized), the title, the authors' names (given names in full) and the authors' addresses including the e-mail address of the corresponding author
  • Note maximum length of manuscripts (including tables and captions of figures): Original Article - 8,000 words, Review Article - on personal arrangement with the editor, Short Title (Running Head) - 60 characters.
  • Adjust format of reference list according to the journal’s guidelines
  • Follow the S.I. system for all measurement specifications

Tables and Figures

  • Keep number and size of tables and figures to a minimum
  • Provide self-explanatory captions of figures and table headlines
  • Limit width of tables to 120 characters including blanks
  • No frames, background stain or grids in graphs
  • Load figures as separate files, no PDF
  • Load graphs as EPS files for lineart (minimum resolution of 600 to 1200 dpi), JPEG or TIFF for halftone/colour graphs (minimum resolution of 400 dpi)
  • Provide clear print information about colour figures

After Acceptance of the Manuscript

Send the completed Colour Work Agreement forms to the following mailing address:

Customer Services (OPI) John Wiley & Sons Ltd, European Distribution Centre
New Era Estate
Oldlands Way
Bognor Regis
West Sussex
PO22 9NQ

Last updated: 12 April 2013