Phytopathogenomics and Disease Control

ISSN: 2957-5842 (Online)
ISSN: 2957-5834 (Print)
DOI: 10.22194

Guide for Authors

Ethics In Publishing

Authorship of the paper

Authorship Should Be Limited To Those Who Have Made A Significant Contribution To The Conception, Design, Execution, And Interpretation Of The Reported Study. All Those Who Have Made Significant Contributions Should Be Listed As Co-Authors. Where There Are Others Who Have Participated In Certain Substantive Aspects Of The Research Project, They Should Be Acknowledged Or Listed As Contributors.The Corresponding Author Should Ensure That All Appropriate Co-Authors And No Inappropriate Co-Authors Are Included On The Paper, And That All Co-Authors Have Seen And Approved The Final Version Of The Paper And Have Agreed To Its Submission For Publication. For Transparency, We Encourage Authors To Submit An Author Statement File Outlining Their Individual Contributions To The Paper Using The Relevant Credit Roles: Conceptualization; Data Curation; Formal Analysis; Funding Acquisition; Investigation; Methodology; Project Administration; Resources; Software; Supervision; Validation; Visualization; Roles/Writing - Original Draft; Writing - Review & Editing. Authorship Statements Should Be Formatted With The Names Of Authors First And Credit Role(S) Following.

Submission declaration and verification

Submission Of An Article Implies That The Work Described Has Not Been Published Previously, That It Is Not Under Consideration For Publication Elsewhere, That Its Publication Is Approved By All Authors, And That, If Accepted, It Will Not Be Published Elsewhere In The Same Form, In English Or In Any Other Language, Including Electronically Without The Written Consent Of The Copyright-Holder. To Verify Originality, Your Article May Be Checked By The Originality Detection Service Turnitin.

Declaration of competing interest

All Authors Must Disclose Any Financial And Personal Relationships With Other People Or Organizations That Could Inappropriately Influence (Bias) Their Work. Examples Of Potential Conflicts Of Interest Include Employment, Consultancies, Honoraria, Patent Applications/Registrations, And Grants Or Other Funding.

Journal Publishing Schedule

Phytopathogenomics And Disease Control (PDC), The Official Phytopathogenomics And Disease Control (SIA), Is An International Journal, Published In English, Quarterly During Second Month Of Each Quarter.

Open Access / Copyright

Articles Published In Phytopathogenomics And Disease Control (PDC) Will Be Open-Access Articles Distributed Under The Terms And Conditions Of The Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The Copyright Is Retained By The Author(S). Copyright To The Design, Format, Logo And Other Aspects Of This Publication Is Claimed By The Journal

Editorial Procedures And Peer-Review

Initial Checks

All Submitted Manuscripts Received By The Editorial Office Are Checked By A Professional In-House Managing Editor To Determine Whether They Are Properly Prepared And Whether They Follow The Ethical Policies Of The Journal. Manuscripts That Do Not Fit The Journal's Scope Or Do Not Meet The Standards Of The Journal Will Be Rejected Before Peer-Review. Manuscripts That Are Not Properly Prepared Will Be Returned To The Authors For Revision And Resubmission. After These Checks, The Managing Editor Will Consult The Journals’ Editor-In-Chief To Determine Whether The Manuscript Fits The Scope Of The Journal And Whether It Is Scientifically Sound.


Once A Manuscript Passes The Initial Checks, It Is Assigned To At Least Two Independent Experts For Peer-Review. These Experts May Also Include Editorial Board Members Of The Journal. Potential Reviewers Suggested By The Authors May Also Be Considered. Reviewers Should Not Have Published With Any Of The Co-Authors During The Past Five Years And Should Not Currently Work Or Collaborate With Any Of The Institutions Of The Co-Authors Of The Submitted Manuscript.
Peer Review Comments Are Confidential And Will Only Be Disclosed With The Express Agreement Of The Reviewer

Editorial Decision and Revision

All The Articles, Reviews And Communications Published In PDC Go Through The Peer-Review Process And Receive At Least Two Reviews. The Managing Editor Will Communicate The Decision, Which Will Be One Of The Following:

  • Accept after Minor Revisions:
    The paper is in principle accepted after revision based on the reviewer’s comments. Authors are given five days for minor revisions.
  • Reconsider after Major Revisions:
    The acceptance of the manuscript would depend on the revisions. The author needs to provide a point by point response of the reviewer’s comments. Usually, only one round of major revisions is allowed. Authors are asked to resubmit the revised paper within a suitable time frame, and the revised version is returned to the reviewer for further comments.
  • Reject:
    The article has serious flaws, and/or makes no original significant contribution. No offer of resubmission to the journal is provided. All reviewer comments should be responded to in a point-by-point fashion. Where the authors disagree with a reviewer, they must provide a clear response.

Author Appeals

Authors May Appeal A Rejection By Sending An E-Mail To The Editorial Office Of The Journal. The Appeal Must Provide A Detailed Justification, Including Point-By-Point Responses To The Reviewer’s Comments. The Managing Editor Of The Journal Will Forward The Manuscript And Related Information (Including The Identities Of The Referees) To The Editor-In-Chief Or Editorial Board Member To Give An Advisory Recommendation On The Manuscript And May Recommend Acceptance, Further Peer-Review, Or Uphold The Original Rejection Decision. A Reject Decision At This Stage Is Final And Cannot Be Reversed.

Production and Publication

Once Accepted, The Manuscript Will Undergo Professional Copy-Editing, English Editing, Proofreading By The Authors, Final Corrections, Pagination, And, Publication On The Journal Website.

Types Of Papers / Articles

Original Articles: Original Articles Must Present Scientific Results That Are Essentially New And Should Be Structured According To The Guidelines Given Below.
Review Papers: Review Papers Should Be Comprehensive, Fully Referenced Expositions Of Subjects Of General Interest, Including Background Information And Detailed Critical Analyses Of Current Work In The Field And Its Significance, Often With Figures And Drawings. They Should Be Designed To Serve As Source Materials.
Perspectives Articles: Perspectives Articles Provide A Brief Perspective On Recent Developments Relevant In The Field Of Plant Breeding. Note That These Should Not Be Full Reviews, Which Should Instead Be Submitted As Review Papers.
Methods Papers: We Welcome Papers Describing New Or Improved Methods That Are Of Relevance To The Broader Field Of Plant Breeding. Please Note That Methods That Are Highly Specialized And Useful Only For A Relatively Small Crop Or Group Of Researchers Will Not Be Considered With Priority. We Aim For Papers That Are Of Broader Interest. The Paper Can Be Presented In A Protocol-Style Or Narrative Method-Style.
Opinion Papers: This Category Allows Researchers To Present A New Synthesis Of The Field, Future Projections, Or Discussions And Speculations That Go Beyond The Level Of A Standard Review Paper. By Definition, These Are Opinionated Narratives That Help The Research Field Forward.

Manuscript Prepration

The Responsibility For The Preparation Of A Paper According To The Layout And Style Of The Journal Lies With The Author(S). The Research Papers, Not According To The Format Of The Journal, Will Not Be Accepted.Sample Paper
Main Section Headings (Introduction, Materials And Methods, Results, Discussion (Results And Discussion) Acknowledgement(S), References) Are Printed In Capitals Throughout And Placed By The Left Margin.

Title & Author’s Affiliations: Title Of The Paper Is In Lower Case. Author Names Are In Lower Case With Initial Capitals And Their Complete Postal Addresses In Italics Including E-Mail.
Short Title & Keywords: All Manuscripts Must Have A Short Title, Up To Six Key Words.
Line Numbers: Typing - Times New Roman, 12 Font Size With Double Space
Abstract: The Abstract (Without Writing The Heading “Abstract” On It) Should Consist Of No More Than 200 Words, Be Complete In Itself And Understandable Without Reference To The Paper. It Will Be Printed At The Beginning Of The Paper In One Continuous Paragraph.
Introduction: State The Purpose, Give Only Strictly Pertinent References And Do Not Review The Subject Extensively.
Materials And Methods: These Should Be Concise But Allow Confirmation Of Observations And Repetition Of The Study.
Results: Present Your Results In A Logical Sequence In The Text, Tables And Figures. Do Not Repeat In The Text All The Data Given In The Tables And Figures Emphasize Or Summarize Only Important Observations.
Discussion: Summarize The Findings Without Repeating In Detail The Data In Results Section. Relate Your Observations To Important Relevant Studies; Point Out The Implications Of The Results And Their Limitations.
References: All The References Included In The Text Should Be Listed In The Section “References”. Text Citations Should Quote The Surnames Of The Authors In One Of The Two Ways: With The Year In Parentheses: “Baqar (997) Has Shown…….”. With The Name And Year In Parentheses: “According To Recent Findings (Baqar, 1997)…….”. Multiple References Should Be As Follows: Baqar Et Al., 1997 And 1998; Baqar Et Al., 1997a And B; Et Al. As Italics. References Are Listed Alphabetically By Surname. Secondly, Use Chronological Order For Papers With Identical Authorship. The Sequence Of Names Of Authors (Invert Name Of First Author Only), Year Of Publication, Title {Lower Case Letters Except For Books, Proceedings Of International Seminars/Workshops And Important Research Reports Where Capitals Are Used For First Letters Of Various Words), Abbreviated Name Of Periodicals, Volume And Number Of First And Last Pages Of The Article. All Reference Entries Must Be Cited In The Body Of The Paper. Do Not Include Unpublished Material, Except Theses, In The References. Some Examples Are:

1. Article In Journal, Magazine And Serial Publication:

Iqrar, M., M. Ismat, R.H. Qureshi, S. Nawaz And I.A. Mehmood. 1994. Paddy Yield Affected By Planting Techniques In A Salt-Affected Soil. Phytopathogenomics And Disease Control 31:401-405.

2. Books (Including Bulletins, Reports, Multivolume Works, Series):

Steel, R.G.D. And J.H. Torrie. 1980. Principles And Procedures Of Statistics: A Biometrical Approach, 2nd Ed. McGraw Hill Book Co., New York.

3. Chapter In A Book:

Wiseman, J. 1990. Variability In The Nutritive Value Of Fats And Non-Ruminants, Pp. 232-234. In: J. Wiseman And J.A. Cole (Ed.), Feedstuffs Evaluation. Butterworths, London.

4. Conference, Symposium Or Workshop Proceedings:

Muhammad, S. And A. Ghafoor. 1986. Reclamation Of Two Saline-Sodic Soil Series Through Subsoiling And Gypsum Application Using Marginal Water For Leaching, Pp. 221-223. In: R. Ahmad And A.S. Pietro (Eds.), Prospects For Biosaline Research. Proc. US-Pak. Biosaline Res. Workshop, 22-26 Sept. 1985. University Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan.

5. Dissertation Or Thesis:

Kirkegaard, J.A. 1990. Effect Of Compaction On The Growth Of Pigeon Pea On Clay Soils. Ph.D. Diss., Dept. Soil Sci., Univ. Queensland, Australia.

6. Software And Websites:

National Agricultural Statistics Service. 1997. Crops County Data. Available Online At Http://Usda.Mannlib.Comell.Edu/Data-Sets/Crops/9X100

7. Organization/ Govt. Department Documents:

Ministry Of Finance. 2009. Economic Survey Of Pakistan 2008-09. Finance And Economic Affairs Division, Ministry Of Finance, Govt. Of Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Abbreviations And Units: Use Of Abbreviations Should Be Minimized. Abbreviations Are Not Allowed In The Title, Running Head, Or Key Words. Do Not Begin A Sentence With An Abbreviation. Do Not Abbreviate Units Of Measures That Are Not Preceded By A Number (E.G., 8 Kg). The International Systems Of Units (SI) And Metric Units Should Be Used. In Decimals, Use The Decimal Point, Not The Comma.
Tables And Illustrations: Number Of Tables And Figures Consecutively With Arabic Numerals Following Their Order In The Text. Indicate The Approximate Location Desired In The Text. Give Due Regard To The Proportions Of The Printed Page. The Tables And Figures Should Be As Simple And As Few As Possible. The Same Material Should Not Be Presented In Tabular And Graphical Form. Colored Plates Are Unlikely To Be Accepted Unless Authors Bear The Cost.
Disclaimer: Disclaimer Is A Statement Denying Responsibility Intended To Prevent Civil Liability Arising For Particular Acts Or Omissions. If There Is No Disclaimer, Then Write “None”.
Conflict Of Interest: This Relates To Situations In Which The Personal Interest Of An Individual Researcher, Organization Or Funding Agency Might Adversely Affect The Results Of The Study And Those Results May Be Used To Make Decision For The Benefit Of A Third Party/Funding Agency/Researcher. If There Is No Conflict Of Interest, Then Write “None”.
Source Of Funding: Author Should Clearly Mention The Funding Source For Their Study. If No Funding Got From Anywhere, Then Write “None”.
Author Contribution Statement: CRediT Http://Credit.Niso.Org/ (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) Statements Should Be Provided During The Submission Process And Will Appear Above The Acknowledgement Section Of The Published Paper As Shown Further Below.
Conceptualization: Ideas; Formulation Or Evolution Of Overarching Research Goals And Aims.
Methodology: Development Or Design Of Methodology; Creation Of Models.
Software: Programming, Software Development; Designing Computer Programs; Implementation Of The Computer Code And Supporting Algorithms; Testing Of Existing Code Components.
Validation: Verification, Whether As A Part Of The Activity Or Separate, Of The Overall Replication/Reproducibility Of Results/Experiments And Other Research Outputs.
Formal Analysis: Application Of Statistical, Mathematical, Computational, Or Other Formal Techniques To Analyze Or Synthesize Study Data.
Investigation: Conducting A Research And Investigation Process, Specifically Performing The Experiments, Or Data/Evidence Collection.
Resources: Provision Of Study Materials, Reagents, Materials, Patients, Laboratory Samples, Animals, Instrumentation, Computing Resources, Or Other Analysis Tools.
Data Curation: Management Activities To Annotate (Produce Metadata), Scrub Data And Maintain Research Data (Including Software Code, Where It Is Necessary For Interpreting The Data Itself) For Initial Use And Later Reuse.
Writing – Original Draft: Preparation, Creation And/Or Presentation Of The Published Work, Specifically Writing The Initial Draft (Including Substantive Translation).
Writing – Review & Editing: Preparation, Creation And/Or Presentation Of The Published Work By Those From The Original Research Group, Specifically Critical Review, Commentary Or Revision – Including Pre-Or Post-Publication Stages.
Visualization: Preparation, Creation And/Or Presentation Of The Published Work, Specifically Visualization/ Data Presentation.
Supervision: Oversight And Leadership Responsibility For The Research Activity Planning And Execution, Including Mentorship External To The Core Team.
Project Administration: Management And Coordination Responsibility For The Research Activity Planning And Execution.
Funding Acquisition: Acquisition Of The Financial Support For The Project Leading To This Publication.
Reproduced From Brand Et Al. (2015), Learned Publishing 28(2), With Permission Of The Authors.

Sample CRediT Author Statement
Qasim M: Conceived The Idea, Designed The Study, Supervised Research Project And Wrote The Article; Li W: Co-Supervised Research Study And Performed Data Analysis; Ghorab AA: Assisted In Field Data Collection And Layout Of Experiment; Kumar A: Contributed In The Framing And Executing The Research Idea, Assisted In Design Layout And Proofreading; Naqvi SA: Assisted In Data Collection And Laboratory Work; John Q: Reviewing And Editing
Funding: This Research Was Supported, In Part, By Plant Research Laboratories, Warsaw, Poland For The Micropropagation Experiment And Sharing The Production Costs.
Acknowledgments: The Authors Wish To Acknowledge Plant Research Laboratories, Warsaw, Poland For Sharing The Laboratory And Essential Data For Cost Analysis.
Conflicts Of Interest: The Authors Declare No Conflict Of Interest.

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All Articles Published In Phytopathogenomics And Disease Control (PDC) Are Published In Full Open Access. There Are No Processing Charges For Submitted Articles. In Order To Provide Free Access To Readers, And To Cover The Costs Of Peer Review, Copyediting, Typesetting, Long-Term Archiving, And Journal Management, An Article Processing Charge Of PKR 20,000 / US$ 200 Applies To Papers Accepted After Peer Review. The Article Printing Charges Are Based On Reduced Rates For Authors Of Low And Middle Income Countries.
We Consider Individual Waiver Requests For Articles On A Case-By-Case Basis And They May Be Granted In Cases Of Lack Of Funds. To Apply For A Waiver Please Request One During The Submission Process. A Decision On The Waiver Will Normally Be Made Within Three Working Days. Requests Made During The Review Process Or After Acceptance Will Not Be Considered. PDC Will Always Be Willing To Publish Corrections, Clarifications, Retractions And Apologies When Needed.

Revenue Sources

Phytopathogenomics And Disease Control (PDC) Is A Self-Financed Open Access Journal Not Supported By Any Agency Or Government. Article Processing Charges Are The Only Sources Of Income. These Resources Support Operating Expense, Including Copyediting, Typesetting, Long-Term Archiving, And Journal Management.


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