Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

International Journal of Phytopathology publishes original research articles and critical reviews on all aspects of plant pathology. Brief comments and letters to the editor contributing to the previously published articles are also welcomed. Articles submitted for publication in International Journal of Phytopathology are peer reviewed by the editors who act on advice from referees.

Top quality research manuscripts from around the world cover: diseases of temperate and tropical plants caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses, phytoplasmas and nematodes; physiological, biochemical, molecular, ecological, genetic and economic aspects of plant pathology; disease epidemiology and modelling; disease appraisal and crop loss assessment; and plant disease control and disease-related crop management are accepted for publication.

Section Policies

Research Articles

  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Checked Peer Reviewed

Disease Notes

  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Communications

  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Articles

  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

International Journal of Phytopathology is using online article submission, review and tracking system for quality and quick review processing. IJPP provides rapid review process of approx. 06-10 weeks followed by the publication of the research article.

Editorial board members of International Journal of Phytopathology in connection with Editor-In-Chief are bound with ethical and honest accountability to support the researchers and interested individuals. Journal provides a wide platform with humane support to newer researchers and creative individuals in the field of Plant Pathology.

Manuscripts submitted to International Journal of Phytopathology will be subjected to peer-review and are therefore expected to be of high quality. Manuscripts submitted for publication consideration must have the ability to make a contribution to the field of plant pathology. This contribution may be small but meaningful and forms the rubric of what our reviewers and editors look for during the review process. Journal applies a very vigorous review process in determining which articles are accepted and eventually being published. We strive for a rapid review and subsequent publication of high-quality manuscripts.

Submitted article is given up to the Editor-In-Chief after final checking, who examines the manuscript and decides its acceptance followed by a peer review by at least two subject experts. The corresponding author is informed through e-mail as early as possible about the editorial decision. The rejected article is always supported for a newer submission.

The revision should also be accompanied by a point-by-point response to referees explaining how the manuscript has been changed. The manuscript may then be sent back to the original referees or to new referees, at the Editorial Board Member's discretion.

When all editorial issues are resolved, the manuscript is formally accepted for publication. After acceptance, authors are sent proofs of their manuscript but only typo mistakes or scientific errors are permitted. All corrections are approved by the production team. Journal reserves the right to make the final decision about matters of style and the size of figures.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


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Editorial Policy

International Journal of Phytopathology is aimed to publish the most exciting researches in the subjects of Plant Pathology.

Material submitted to International Journal of Phytopathology must be original and not published or submitted for publication elsewhere. This rule applies to material submitted elsewhere while the International Journal of Phytopathology contribution is under consideration.

International Journal of Phytopathology does not require authors to assign copyright of their published original research papers to the journal. Authors publishing with International Journal of Phytopathology retain the copyright to their work allowing the articles to be re-used and re-distributed without restriction, as long as the original work is correctly cited. The responsibility to the contents and its authenticity rests solely with the authors and they will solely be responsible for originality of published work.

International Journal of Phytopathology supports the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing.

Articles are published under a CC-BY license (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License). The CC-BY license allows for maximum dissemination and re-use of open access materials and is preferred by many research funding bodies. Under this license, users are free to share (copy, distribute and transmit) and remix (adapt) the contribution including for commercial purposes, providing they attribute the contribution in the manner specified by the author or licensor

Manuscripts submitted for publication in International Journal of Phytopathology are peer reviewed by at least two subject reviewers. A decision of the editorial board member on the choice of reviewers is final.

International Journal of Phytopathology shall be published three times in a year. However, being an Online Journal, it allows for the publication of articles of urgency and critical importance to the researchers. Such articles of 'Current Interest' and relevant editorials may be published more frequently as 'Supplements', on the basis of the needs felt by the editorial board or on the requests/ suggestions of the readers of the journal.

International Journal of Phytopathology shall not take any responsibility for the contents of articles published and all such responsibility shall lie with the author/s. The opinions expressed in the articles are solely of the author/s and International Journal of Phytopathology may not agree with such opinions in part or in full.

Publication Ethics

It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, and the publisher.

Publication decisions
The editor of the International Journal of Phytopathology will be responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal will be published. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair play
Editor will evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

The editor and editorial staff of International Journal of Phytopathology will not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript will not be used in an editorial board or editor’s own research without the written consent of the author.

Duties of Reviewers
Contribution to Editorial Decisions
Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgment of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Corresponding Author’s Responsibilities
The corresponding (submitting) author is solely responsible for communicating with the International Journal of Phytopathology and for managing communication between co-authors. Before submission, the corresponding author ensures that all authors are included in the author list, its order has been agreed by all authors and that all authors are aware that the paper was submitted.
After acceptance, the proof is sent to the corresponding author, who deals with International Journal of Phytopathology on the behalf of all co-authors; International Journal of Phytopathology will not necessarily correct errors after publication if they result from errors that were present on a proof that was not shown to co-authors before publication. The corresponding author is responsible for the accuracy of all content in the proof, in particular, that names of co-authors are present and correctly spelled, and that addresses and affiliations are current.

Confidential Process
The submitted paper, as well as any correspondence with authors and referees, is treated as secret by the editorial office. Authors must also keep correspondence with the journal confidential: correspondence with the journal, referee reports, and other confidential material must not be posted on any website or otherwise publicized without prior permission from the editorial office, regardless of whether or not the submission is eventually published.

Reporting Standards
Research papers should accurately describe the work done and objectively analyze its importance. The article should appropriately portray the data. A document should include enough details and references to allow others to replicate it. False or incorrect claims are unethical, unprofessional and are not acceptable. 

Data Access and Retention
Authors are asked to provide raw data associated with a manuscript for editorial assessment and should be willing to make such data publicly available (in accordance with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if possible.

Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should guarantee that their work is entirely original and that any work or words of others are properly credited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
Authors should not submit similar findings twice in International Journal of Phytopathology or other journal. Submitting the same paper to many journals at the same time is unethical and is not acceptable.

Acknowledgment of Sources
Authors submitting to International Journal of Phytopathology should always give proper credit to others' work. The reference publications that influenced the claimed work's nature should be cited properly. 

Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who contributed significantly to the study's idea, design, implementation, or interpretation. Those who contributed significantly should be mentioned as co-authors. Others who contributed to the research effort should be thanked or identified as contributors.

The corresponding author should verify that all co-authors have viewed and approved the final version of the work before submitting it for publication.

Human or animal subjects
The author must explicitly disclose any exceptional dangers associated with the use of substances, processes, or equipment in the paper.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors must declare any financial or other substantial conflicts of interest that might skew the results or interpretation of their work. All funding sources for the project should be mentioned.

Fundamental Errors in Published Works
When an author discovers a serious error or inaccuracy in his or her own published work, it is the author's responsibility to contact the journal editor or publisher as soon as possible and to work with the editor to retract or make proper corrections in the manuscript.

Referee suggestions
Authors submitting to International Journal of Phytopathology are encouraged to recommend potential independent reviewers; however, these suggestions may not be adopted by the editorial office. Authors may also request that a few (typically no more than two) persons or laboratories not be contacted for review. The editorial office evaluates such exclusion requests compassionately and typically honours them, but the decision of the Editorial Board Member on the selection of referees is final.

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Correction and Retraction Policies
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More information on journal policies publication ethics can be found here: About the Journal.

Information on COPE Retraction Guidelines can be found here: Retraction Guidelines.