Dr Stephen Johnson
Managing Editor, Plant Protection Quarterly
Cite this article as:
Johnson, S.B. (2012). Plant Protection Quarterly – publishing now and in the future. Plant Protection Quarterly 27(2), 46.
Plant Protection Quarterly is an Australian peer reviewed journal with an international circulation that publishes original basic and applied research, reviews and technical notes on all aspects of plant protection. In this issue, the Biology of Australian weeds series has reached a significant milestone with its 60th article reviewing Sagittaria platyphylla (Engelmann) J.G. Smith and S. calycina Engelmann (Adair et al. 2012).
We particularly welcome papers on the management of pathogens to protect economically important crops and products, for example the effect of fungicides in controlling coffee berry anthracnose caused by Colletotrichum acutatum Simmonds and C. gloeosporioides (Penz.) Penz. & Sacc. (Kenny et al. 2012), as well as papers that examine the protection of cropping (Walsh et al. 2012), horticulture (Dominiak and Nicol 2012), primary production or the environment from invertebrates.
The detection, correct identification and delimitation of new organisms is essential to timely and successful management. This issue reports the plant incursion Mesmembryanthemum guerichianum Pax (family Aizoaceae) in southern Australia (Chinnock et al. 2012). Timely management and eradication of this species is still possible in many areas. Eradication of more widespread species, for example alligator weed Alternanthera philoxeroides (Mart.) Griseb., one of the 32 Australian Weeds of National Significance (Weeds Australia 2012) may also possible throughout many areas of its invaded range. A crucial review of the management of alligator weed with herbicides outlines valuable research experience to achieve this (Dugdale and Champion 2012).
Finally, pesticide resistance is a continuing phenomena, particularly in tropical agriculture. This issue reports on the potential resistance of Clidemia hirta (soapbush, or in Australia, Koster’s curse – a National eradication target) to metsulfuron-methyl (Ramadzan et al. 2012). We do hope you enjoy reading these articles and that they become key research references.
Publishing into the future
The world is embracing electronic publishing and so too have the publishers of Plant Protection Quarterly. For those who wish to download issues of the journal back to Issue 20 (2005), visit the ProQuest internet site at http://search.proquest.com/ and/or visit the Informit e-Library internet site at http://search.informit.com.au/ for issues back to Issue 23 (2008).
Plant Protection Quarterly has an impact factor, an SJR (see SCImago 2007). Some subscribers and potential authors have expressed a desire that the journal obtain what was known for many years as an ISI(Institute for Scientific Information), now Thomson Reuters, impact factor.
There are many factors to consider when evaluating journals using an impact factor (e.g. Garfield 1994). Some of these factors will be discussed in future issues. In considering these, the current publishers of Plant Protection Quarterly will apply to Thomson Reuters to have the journal considered for an ISI impact factor. This process takes over two years and success in the application is not guaranteed. Should an impact factor be granted, and in keeping with previous publishing policy, the publishers anticipate that the impact factor of the journal will not be published in print or electronic versions, but will be available from the appropriate Thomson Reuters internet site.
Papers we consider
We will continue to consider all submitted papers for publishing, including those which examine the protection of economic, environmental and societal values from weeds/invasive plants, pathogens and disease, and pests including insects, nematodes and other predators. Papers on factors that affect plant production or protection (including conservation) including salinity, herbicides, biological control agents and the management of these factors will also be considered, as will those on extension methodology and practice to address these problems. The publishers welcome papers covering the protection and ecology of vegetation on public lands such as roadsides, railways, national parks, gardens and reserves. We also publish book reviews, conference reports, notices and letters to the editor.
Adair, R.J., Keener, B.R., Kwong, R.M., Sagliocco, J.L. and Flower, G.E. (2012). The Biology of Australian weeds 60. Sagittaria platyphylla (Engelmann) J.G. Smith and Sagittaria calycina Engelmann. Plant Protection Quarterly 27(2), 47-58.
Chinnock, R.J., Stajsic, V. and Brodie, C.J. (2012). Mesembryanthemum guerichianum Pax (Aizoaceae): A weedy alien species new to Australia. Plant Protection Quarterly 27(2), 83-8.
Dominiak, B.C. and Nicol, H.I. (2012). Chemical analysis of male annihilation blocks used in the control of Queensland fruit fly Bactrocera tryoni (Froggatt) in New South Wales. Plant Protection Quarterly 27(1), 31-5.
Dugdale, T.M. and Champion, P.D. (2012). Control of alligator weed with herbicides: A review. Plant Protection Quarterly 27(2), 70-82.
Garfield, E. (1994). The Thomson Reuters impact factor. http://thomsonreuters.com/products_services/science/free/essays/impact_factor/ (accessed 12 August 2012).
Kenny, M.K., Galea, V.J. and Price, T.V. (2012). Effect of fungicides in vitro and on detached berries on control of coffee berry anthracnose caused by Colletotrichum acutatum and C. gloeosporioides. Plant Protection Quarterly 27(2), 59-63.
Ramadzan, A.M.N., Ismail, B.S. and Chuah, T.S. (2012). A preliminary report on the potential resistance of a soapbush (Clidemia hirta (L.) D. Don) biotype to metsulfuron-methyl in an oil palm plantation in Jerantut, Malaysia. Plant Protection Quarterly 27(2), 64-9.
SCImago. (2007). SJR – SCImago Journal and Country Rank. Plant Protection Quarterly. http://www.scimagojr.com/journalsearch.php?q=5000153106&tip=sid (accessed 12 August 2012).
Walsh, B., Maltby, J.E., Nolan, B. and Kay, I. (2012). Seasonal abundance of thrips (Thysanoptera) in capsicum and chilli crops in south-east Queensland, Australia. Plant Protection Quarterly 27(1), 19-22.
Weeds Australia (2012). Weeds of National Significance. http:// http://www.weeds.org.au/WoNS/ (accessed 1 August 2012).