July 2020: I’ll begin with impact factors...
Instructions for preparing manuscripts
The New Zealand Plant Protection Society publishes original research papers on all aspects of biology, ecology and control of weeds, vertebrate and invertebrate pests, and pathogens and beneficial micro-organisms in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and natural ecosystems. Papers should report complete work or substantial interim results. Short reviews may be published as long as these are critical in nature and add significantly to plant protection science.
It is a requirement that at least one of the contributing authors must be a current member of the New Zealand Plant Protection Society.
Article Processing Fee
The New Zealand Plant Protection Society is a 'not-for-profit' organisation so it needs to recover the costs of operating the Journal by charging an article processing fee. This fee covers not only layout and publication costs but also the important work of the Journal's editors in upholding the high standards expected for publication in this long-standing and respected publication.
In 2020, authors will be required to pay a fee of NZ$420 + GST if their manuscript is accepted. Where the first author is a student currently enrolled at a New Zealand tertiary education institution, the fee will be $350 + GST.
Additional files containing supplemental information (such as data that would otherwise be referred to as 'data not shown') can be uploaded with the online version of each published paper at no extra charge. Additional files will need to be cited at the appropriate place in the paper.
Preparation of manuscripts
Five types of manuscript will be considered:
Research article: Original research (traditional format).
Research note: Original research presented in a succinct format. This may include insightful preliminary work with limited data that does not warrant extensive coverage in a Research Article.
Applied practices: A practical demonstration of published science that is illustrated by the situation before and after application of a new approach.
Literature Review: Comprehensive review of published literature plus an analysis of findings and summary of knowledge gaps.
Perspective: Qualitative and balanced overview of a topic supported by published literature.
Further details of each manuscript type are available here.
Submission and review of manuscriptsPlease download the appropriate template and use this to prepare your manuscript. Instructions regarding each section are included in the template. Do not change the font style or size. Submit all manuscripts in single spacing without line numbers.
All manuscripts must be read by all the co-authors and approved by the corresponding author's organisation before submission to the editor. Please note, authors may experience submission issues if using Internet Explorer as their browser. Please use Google Chrome, Firefox or another modern browser for uploading your submission.
Submissions that pass initial quality screening will be reviewed by at least one referee, a section editor and the editor. Submissions may be rejected following review or the authors may be asked to revise their manuscript.
The review process is dependent on the availability of referees but the Journal aims to send an initial decision to the authors within 10 weeks of submission. Authors are welcome to suggest the names of possible referees in the Comments for Editor box available at the end of the submission process.
Proofs of accepted papers will be emailed as electronic files for checking by the corresponding author. Subsequent to publication of the journal, alterations to the .pdf files that are loaded on the website can be made. Error due to author oversight will cost $100 plus GST per paper.
Rejection of papers
Your paper will be rejected if:
Your paper may be rejected if, in the opinion of the section editor and the editor, the paper needs major revision in any of the following areas:
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.