The Journal of Plant Pathology (JPP or JPPY) is one of the world’s oldest international journals covering fundamental and applied aspects of Plant Pathology. The JPP publishes original contributions written in English, in the form of full-length papers, short communications, disease notes, and review articles on mycology, bacteriology, virology, phytoplasmatology, physiological plant pathology, plant-pathogen interactions, post-harvest diseases, non-infectious diseases, and plant protection. In vivo results are required for plant protection submissions. Varietal trials for disease resistance and gene mapping are not published in the journal unless such findings are already employed in the context of strategic approaches for disease management. Studies identifying actual genes involved in virulence are pertinent to the scope of the Journal and may be submitted. All contributions are peer reviewed under the supervision of an international Editorial Board. The journal highlights particularly timely or novel contributions in its Editors’ choice section, to appear at the beginning of each volume.

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  • M. Garbelotto
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1.729 (2020)
Impact factor
1.681 (2020)
Five year impact factor
70 days
Submission to first decision
193 days
Submission to acceptance
118,304 (2020)

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  • Reviewer Acknowledgements

    A scientific journal’s greatest responsibility is to ensure that all contributions accepted for publication are rigorously but fairly reviewed.
    We gratefully acknowledge the valued support of the scientists who have reviewed papers throughout 2020.

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    Call for Papers

    Blast from the past: an historical perspective on plant diseases through the molecular and the data analytics looking glass

    The study of plant disease agents discovered in the past may have been originally hindered by the lack of modern analytical approaches and/or by confusing taxonomies. Such agents may have initiated diseases that are still relevant, may have caused diseases that were significant at first but waned later, or may have only caused marginal plant diseases of little economic importance. No matter the impact, we believe that any historical information gained about plant diseases and disease agents from the past is valuable to the scientific community. Data provided on neglected plant pathogens and associated diseases of the past, or historical data on well-known pathogens and associated plant diseases are welcome in this special issue of the Journal of Plant Pathology. Contributions may include, but are not limited to: genomic or DNA-barcoding sequences of infectious agents from collections and herbaria; pathogen and/or microbial identification from preserved specimens or collections using molecular assays; morphological descriptions of microbial isolates or of macro fungi from depositories; correct identifications of disease agents based on novel information and technology; diagnostic data from novel or historical disease outbreaks from botanical gardens and germplasm collections; identification (from old culture collections or herbarium samples) of agents still included in Quarantine lists by various countries, but for which no agent has ever previously been identified – the so-called ‘phantom diseases’ with no (known) reference material; species-level identification of infectious agents in planta or of isolates of organisms once belonging to broad species complexes; correct identification of infectious agents vectored by insects from insect collections or directly from insects or plants in  historical outbreaks of insect-borne plant diseases. Contributions can be in the form of short communications or of full length research articles as per the guidelines of the JPP, available on the Journal’s website.

    Deadline for submission: March 1st 2022

    Papers accepted will be dated based on actual submission and online publishing dates

    Guest Editors:
    Jean Ristaino       
    John Hammond 
    Jaap Janse          

    General inquiries:
    Matteo Garbelotto
    Editor in Chief
    Journal of Plant Pathology


  • Resources for Editors

    1.      Specific Guidelines for JPPY provided by the Editor in Chief and the Editors Information Guide by SpringerNature

    2.      Springer Nature Reviewer Finder

    3.      SharedIt Springer Nature provides its authors and readers with shareable links to view-only versions of peer-reviewed research papers

    4.      Recording of the Editorial meeting for Senior Editors and Guiding Board (this link will expire on November 25, 2020). A sound only .mp3 file (85mb) can be found here.

    5.      Presentations shown during the Editorial Board Meeting: 

  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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