Original Articles (research papers) describing original research should address problems cited in the scope of the journal. They should contain a novel and well formulated hypothesis, a sound experimental approach, results that confirm or reject the hypothesis and they should offer novel insight into the existing body of knowledge. Research papers should not exceed twenty pages of printed text, including tables, figures and references (one page of printed text = approximately 600 words). Please use the following order: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowlegdements, References. Do not combine the Results and Discussion section.

Authors who wish to submit a Review should first contact the Editorial Office, since only reviews on topical issues will be considered for publication. Reviews should not exceed 12 pages of printed text, including tables, figures, and references.

The topic of your review must at least be:

  • interesting to you (ideally, you should have come across a series of recent papers related to your line of work that call for a critical summary),
  • an important aspect of the field (so that many readers will be interested in the review and there will be enough material to write it), and
  • a well-defined issue (otherwise you could potentially include thousands of publications, which would make the review unhelpful).

In your review you should discuss the approaches, limitations, and conclusions of past reviews, trying to find a new angle that has not been covered adequately in the previous reviews, and incorporate new material that has inevitably accumulated since their appearance.

Whether your plan is to write a mini- or a full review, you should keep it focused. The need to keep a review focused can be problematic for interdisciplinary reviews, where the aim is to bridge the gap between fields.

A good review does not just summarize the literature, but discusses it critically, identifies methodological problems, and points out research gaps. After having read a review of the literature, a reader should have a rough idea of:

  • the major achievements in the reviewed field,
  • the main areas of debate, and
  • the outstanding research questions.

If a reviewer is up to the job of producing a well-organized and methodical review, which flows well and provides a service to the readership, then it should be possible to be objective in reviewing one's own relevant findings. Be up-to-date, but do not forget older studies.

The Short communication format is intended for presentation of important observations that can be clearly described in an abbreviated format. For example, molecular data useful for typing pathogens or the first report of preliminary data would be suitable for this section.Short descriptions of upcoming pathogens and pest organisms, modes of action of plant protection actives in plant– pathogen interactions can also be presented in the Short communication format.Short communications should contain firm data, should clearly distinguish between Results and the Discussion section, and will be refereed. A Short communication should have an abstract and should not exceed four printed pages in total. There are no subheadings and a description of materials and methods should be integrated in the text.

It reports original and personal views on a given subject. Authors should outline and craft selected arguments by bringing original and groundbreaking ideas and imaginative research solutions.The proposed structure of an opinion paper is:• introduction to topic;• presentation of innovative and original hypotheses, and discussion of published data;• analysis of the impact of the proposed hypotheses and of the target audience.Opinion papers should be based on published data, and should not expand on opinions by others, and should be written in a logical, professionally sound and convincing way. The structure may vary slightly but each paragraph should develop a single item. The length of an opinion should not exceed 3 pages of printed text, including 1 figure, 1 table, and a maximum of 10 references to factual articles and reports.

A short contribution focusing on a controversially debated topic (or several closely related issues) that contrasts different perspectives on this specific theme. It should clearly define the target topic and should also point out possible actions and/or alternative approaches. Thus a perspectives paper can also be a conference report that summarizes different points of view on the target topic presented and debated at the conference and could outline potential syntheses and new prospects arising out of the discussion. It should include central literature references in regard to the topic.The length of the contribution should not exceed a maximum of 4 typed pages (Times New Roman 12 pt font, double spaced) plus 1 figure, 1 table, and a maximum of 10 references and information sources. Citation of official statistics, events (e.g., special symposia, conferences) and outcome from international organizations working in the field are highly welcome.

The proposed structure of a Perspectives paper is:

• the problem faced and its relevance• a brief state-of-the-art summary of the different perspectives including citations

• proposed solutions to the problem Individuals or representatives of organizations directly cited in Perspectives papers have the right to respond with an opinion paper or comment in order to rectify affirmations or to refute eventual misinterpretations of concepts.

The Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection

The Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection - JPDP is the official scientific communication organ of  the German Society for Plant Protection and Plant Health (DPG). Since 2016 it is published by Springer.

For further information and to submit new manuscripts to the Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection please go to our website at Springer Verlag.

DPG members have free access to the online edition of JPDP (included in the DPG membership fee).

Please just login here and follow the links to JPDP.

If you should have forgotten your membership number or password please ask your DPG bureau here.


The Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection (JPDP) is an international scientific journal that publishes original research articles, reviews, short communications, position 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 molecular biology 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 not only relevance for local plant health and protection.

JPDP has significant interest in integrated plant protection, including work describing the mode of action and efficacy of pesticides,  plant strengthening agents, and aspects of pesticide resistance. Furthermore, monitoring, forecasting and application technologies will be included. Although JPDP primarily focuses on plant diseases and protection, hence the name of the journal, it also considers manuscripts on legislative aspects.

In any case the specific research topic should be discussed in the context of Integrated Plant Management strategies.

Not within the scope are

  • preliminary results of research topics (including in vitro screenings of active substances)
  • findings of local interest only (if not EU and surrounding regions)
  • variety screenings with local relevance only 
  • discriptions of plant protection strategies including active substances not registered in the EU
  • purely physiological basic research data if not connected with applicable plant protection strategies or diagnosis

The reviewing process

  1. Technical check and assignment of Editor-in Chief within 5 days
  2. Scoping by Editors-in Chief within 4 days. 75% submissions receive the final decision within this time period. 70% are offered to be transferred to other Springer journals
  3. Associate Editors assign reviewers within 14 days
  4. Reviewers react within 3 days and revise within 21 days in average. If the associate editor reviews by himself a second reviewer is often deemed to be sufficient. Up to four revisions have been necessary in some cases in 2018.

In the first half of 2018, 277 manuscripts have been submitted. In average the final decision was delivered 36 (28-120 days) days after submission. The better your manuscripts are, the shorter the revision process!

Büttner, Carmen
Berlin (Germany)

Virology/Viroids, Characterization, Diagnostics and  Disease Effects of Viruses of trees; Functional genomics of virus; phytosanitary treatments of irrigation water

Caram de Souza Dias, José Alberto
Campinas (Brazil)

plant virology, seed-potato production, insect-transmitted viruses, virus-epidemiology, virus-diagnoses, virus-control, integrated-virus-management, virus-free-propagating material, viruses of Solanaceae, seed-potato viruses

Hasiów-Jaroszewska, Beata
Poznan (Poland)

plant viruses, diagnostics, molecular evolution of pathogenes, plant-virus interactions, gene Expression, phylogenesis

Jelkmann, Wilhelm
Dossenheim (Germany)

Virology/Viroids, Characterization, Diagnostics and  Disease Effects of Viruses of Fruit Crops and Grapevine

Winter, Stephan
Braunschweig (Germany)

diagnostics, molecular biology of viruses,  plant-virus-vector interactions, phytosanitary aspects, plant production systems

Höfte, Monica
Gent (Belgium)

Bacteriology, beneficial bacteria, biological control, plant defense, plant physiology,biosuractants, plant hormones

Machado, Marcos
Campinas (Brasil)

fungi and bacterial diversity, plant-pathogen interaction, functional genetics of fungal and bacterial infections,

Nechwatal, Jan
Freising, Germany

root diseases, soilborne diseases, potato diseases, forest pathology, qPCR/ PCR detection, taxonomy/ new species, biological disease control

Stefani, Emilio
Modena (Italy)

Bacterial diseases, Plant-bacteria interactions,  Bacteria detection and identification, Antagonistic bacteria, Biological control, Pest Risk Analysis, Phytosanitary policy, Rural development

Beyer, Marco
Belvaux (Luxemburg)

mycology, environmental microbiology, epidemiology of plant pathogenic fungi, Fusarium species, Fusarium mycotoxins, integrated pest Management, forecast models               Zymoseptoria tritici, fungicide resistance, biostatistical modelling

Cai, Daguang
Kiel (Germany)

Plant disease resistance,  Resistance gene and response, genome and functional genome analysis, Plant-fungus interaction (oilseed rape-Verticillium, Sclerotinia), Genetic engineering, nonconding RNAs

Deising, Holger B.
Halle (Germany)

plant-fungus interactions, pathogenicity/virulence genes, functional genetics of fungal infections,  fungal cell walls,  infection structures, epigenetics, fungicides,  fungicide resistance

Finckh, Maria R
Kassel/Witzenhausen (Germany)

plant-fungus interactions, resistance gene management, population genetics, population biology, suppressive soils, biologcal systems management, diversification strategies, legume diseases, organic farming

Heß, Michael
Freising (Germany)

epidemiology, fungal diseases, disease control, cereals, field trials, Integrated Pest Management, fungicides, monitoring/surveys, diagnostics

Hückelhoven, Ralph
Freising (Germany)

Plant-Microbe Interaction (Resistance, Physiology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology); Plant Biotic Stress Physiology; Interaction of Biotic and Abiotic Stress; Biotrophic pathogens; Fusarium spp.,  Ramularia collo-cygni. breeding against diseases.

Kogel, Karl-Heinz
Gießen (Germany)

plant-fungus interactions, epigenetics, plant -microbe symbiosis, fungicides, noncoding RNAs, endobacteria

Liljeroth, Erland
Alnarp (Sweden)

Phytophthora, Colletotrichum, Alternaria, plant protection biology, induced resistance, potato resistance

Lindner, Kerstin
Braunschweig (Germany)

potatoe diseases; phytophthora infestans; threats from viruses PVY and PLRV

Matic, Slavica
Torino (Italy)

Plant-fungus interactions, Fungicide resistance, Biological control, Real-time PCR, Plant viruses, Genetic diversity, Infectivity assays, Pathogenesis-related protein, Protein modelling

Nechwatal, Jan
Freising, Germany

root diseases, soilborne diseases, potato diseases, forest pathology, qPCR/ PCR detection, taxonomy/ new species, biological disease control, oomycetes (Pythium/ Phytophthora)

Pertot, Ilaria
San Michele (Italy)

Applied microbiology, phytopathology in horticulture, sustainability of agro-ecosystems, bioressources

Stadnik, Marciel J
Florianopolis (Brasil)

General mycology (mainly focusing on Fusarium, Colletotrichum and powdery mildews), Etiology,  Induced resistance, Plant genetic resistance, Physiological and molecular plant pathology,  Alternative control methods,  Fungal diseases of apple, banana, bean, onion, rice and wheat

Steinkellner, Siegrid
Vienna (Austria)

soil fungi; root endophytes; root exudation; phytopathogenic fungi in catch and cover crops; mycorrhizal fungi

Tiedemann, Andreas von
Göttingen (Germany)

fungal diseases; arable crops; Sclerotinia; Verticillium; resistance to fungal pathogens; oilseed rape

Wirsel, Stefan
Halle (Germany)

molecular biology, fungal genetics, plant-fungus interactions, pathogenicity/virulence genes, fungicide resistance, Colletotrichum spp.,  Fusarium graminearum

Athanassiou, Christos
Volos (Greece)

stored product protection

Böckmann, Elias
Braunschweig (Germany)

Effiicacy of insecticides in vegetables and ornamentals, Side effects of Insecticides on natural enemies, Applied Entomology in vegetables and ornamentals, Decision Support Systems for arthropods

Glavendekic, Milka
Belgrade (Serbia)

Applied entomology in urban horticulture, Invasive arthropods

Gross, Jürgen
Dossenheim (Germany)

multitrophic interactions, chemical ecology, Insect-plant interactions, plant volatiles, attractants and repellents, mating disruption, semiochemicals, pheromones

Meyhöfer, Rainer
Hannover (Germany)

Applied entomology,  biological control, insect-plant interaction,  functional biodiversity, parasitoid-host interaction,  predator-prey interaction, behavioral ecology,  sensory ecology,   decision support system

Reineke, Annette
Geisenheim (Germany)

Insect-plant interactions, entomopathogenic fungi, biological control of insect pests, viticulture and horticulture, insect population genetics

Tedeschi, Rosemarie
Grugliasco (Italy)

Insect-plant interactions, biological control of insect pests, insect population genetics

Daub, Matthias
Elsdorf (Germany)|

plant parasitic nematiodes (PPN), resistance/tolerance towards ppn, virulence/pathotypes of ppn, integrated nematode management and IPM, nematicides and biologicals, population dynamics of ppn, soil supressiveness

Fourie, Driekie
Potchefstroom (South Africa)

nematology, nematode identification, biological control of nematodes, sustainable nematode control,  plant-nematode interactions, nematode resistant cultivars| <link

Hallmann, Johannes
Münster (Germany)

nematology, nematode identification,  biological control of nematodes, nematode problems on vegtables, nematode problems in organic farming, sustainable nematode control,          plant-nematode interactions, nematode resistant cultivars, Nematode population Dynamics

Urek, Gregor
Ljubljana (Slovenia)

plant-nematode interactions, plant parasitic nematodes, root knot nematodes, nematode borne viruses

Lehmhus, Jörn
Braunschweig (Germany)

malacology, agricultural entomology, pest insect biology, insect taxonomy, insect behaviour, wireworms, weevils, insecticides

Jacob, Jens
Münster (Germany)

vertebrates, mammals, rodent management, rodenticides, rodenticide resistance, bird management, non-target effects

Andert, Sabine
Rostock (Germany)

weed biology, weed management, pesticide use in arable farming, statistical analyses, herbicide use

Cirujeda Ranzenberger, Alicia
Zaragoza (Spain)

weed science, integrated weed management, invasive weeds, weed biology, non-chemical weed control, mechanical weed control, herbicide resistance

Dehnen-Schmutz, Katharina
Coventry (United Kingdom)

biological invasions,  horticultural trade, weed ecology, risk assessment, agroecology

Pannacci, Euro
Perugia, (Italy)

Weed biology, Weed ecology, Weed seed-bank, Chemical weed control, Optimization of herbicides doses, Mechanical weed control, Integrated weed management, Allelopathy for weed management, Wheat, Maize and Vegetables, Biomass crops

Jakobs-Schönwandt, Desiree
Bielefeld (Germany)

endophytes, formulation of active ingredients, drying and shelf life, biocontrol with entomopathogens, molecular biology, plant growth promotion, biocontrol of plant pathogens, nano-particles

Koch, Eckard
Darmstadt (Germany)

phytopathology, mycology, biocontrol of plant diseases, non-chemical disease control, fungal endophytes, seed-borne pathogens, soil-borne pathogens, formulation of biocontrol agents

Sarrocco, Sabrina
Pisa (Italy)

Biological control, Fungal ecology, Beneficial fungi, Fungal secondary metabolites, Antagonist-plant pathogen interaction, Biopesticides,  Mycotoxin, Fungal diagnostics

Ordon, Frank
Quedlinburg (Germany)

molecular plant breeding, resistance research, stress tolerance

Balder, Hartmut
Berlin (Germany)

tree-care, urban stress factors, nursery production, IPM in urban environments, tree diseases

Kuska, Matheus
Mannheim (Germany)

precision agriculture, plant phenotyping, plant disease detection, optical sensors hyperspectral imaging, epidemiology, sugar beet

Mahlein, Anne-Katrin
Göttingen (Germany)

precision agriculture, plant phenotyping, plant disease detection, optical sensors hyperspectral imaging, epidemiology, sugar beet

Rossi, Vittorio
Piacenza (Italy)

botanical epidemiology, plant disease modelling, disease control, decision support systems

Kappes, Ewald
Basel (Switzerland)

fungicides, viticulture, plant physiology, field trials, crop protection, abiotic stress

Stammler, Gerd
Limburgerhof (Germany)

fungicide resistance, fungicides,  fungicide efficacy, sensitivity,  Monitoring, resistance mechanisms, field efficacy, field trials

Glienke, Chirlei
Curitiba (Brazil)

Phylogeny, Phylogenic analysis, species identification, DNA sequences, Multilocus analysis , molecular markers, biological control, endophytes, molecular diagnostic

Wagner, Stefan
Braunschweig (Germany)

Diagnosis, molecular biology, mycology

Makowski, David
Versailles-Grignon (France)

Meta-analysis, risk assessment, sensitivity and uncertainty analysis, time series

Feldmann, Falko
Braunschweig (Germany)

registration affairs, plant protection policies, agro-ethical standards, applied microbiology, agro-ecology,

Matyjaszczyk, Ewa
Poznan (Poland)

registration of plant protection products, plant protection law, market placement of borderline products,  products used in organic agriculture, minor crops protection, economical and safety issues in plant protection