Aims and scope

The Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection (JPDP) is an international scientific journal that publishes original research articles, reviews, including meta-analyses, short communications, perspectives and opinion papers dealing with applied scientific aspects of plant pathology, plant health, plant protection and findings on newly occurring diseases and pests. "Special Issues" on coherent themes often arising from International Conferences are offered.

Scientists are encouraged to submit manuscripts on virtually all aspects of plant disorders, pathogenesis, biology and characterization of viruses, bacteria, phytoplasms, oomycota, fungi and herbivores, including nematodes, mites, insects, snails and rodents, their epidemiology and diagnosis. In addition, manuscripts on the interaction with the host plants are welcome. We accept manuscripts from all over the world, but the topics should have international relevance for plant health and protection.

The editors of JPDP have a significant interest in integrated plant protection, including plant protection in organic agriculture. The work should describe the mode(s) of action and efficacy of biorationals, semiochemicals, chemical-synthetic pesticides, microbial biostimulants, and aspects of pesticide resistance. Endophyte and microbiome research related to plant protection strategies are within the scope. Furthermore, monitoring, forecasting, modelling, decision support systems and application technologies will be included. Reports on new technologies like sensor technology or manuscripts on machine learning may be submitted. Although JPDP primarily focuses on plant diseases and protection, hence the name of the journal, it also considers manuscripts on legislative aspects.

Not within the scope are:

  • preliminary results of research topics (studies without independent biological repetitions, i.e. inconsecutive growing seasons, or in diverse environments, are excluded)
  • findings of local interest only including variety screenings with purely local relevance
  • descriptions of plant protection strategies involving active substances not relevant for the European Union
  • fundamental physiological research data not connected with applicable plant protection strategies