Guide to authors


Plant Protection Quarterly

AUTHORS!! Please download, print, fill-in, sign and send a copy of this form with every paper you submit to Plant Protection Quarterly. Papers cannot be published without this form being completed.



Plant Protection Quarterly is primarily for the publication of material relevant to all aspects of plant protection. Papers dealing with basic science, especially those with clear implications for practical plant scientists are also acceptable, as are papers on the economics and environmental aspects of plant problems caused by weeds disease, insects, nematodes, salinity and others.



Contributions may be in the form of original research reports, technical notes (short communications), or reviews of current practice. Research reports and other major articles should have a maximum of 6000 words and short communications a maximum of 2000 words.


Letters to the Editor, descriptions and assessments of field and laboratory techniques, comments on previously published papers, news items and book reviews on all aspects of plant protection will also be appreciated.


Submission of a paper implies that its content has not been published or submitted elsewhere, nor has it been rejected by another journal for reasons concerning its scientific merit.



Submission of a paper to Plant Protection Quarterly for publication implies the transfer of copyright to Plant Protection Quarterly which includes the right for Plant Protection Quarterly to reprint the paper and to publish it electronically on the World Wide Web. (See Agreement to Publish, above)


Submission does not remove the authors right to use the substance of the work in future works, provided that acknowledgment is made of its prior publication in Plant Protection Quarterly. The author also retains the right to archive the paper on his/his organisations web server.


Submission of material

1. Please send one copy to the Editor, Plant Protection Quarterly, S. and A. Johnson, PO Box 9305, Orange East, NSW 2800, Australia.

2. Also send one electronic copy by email to Polymeria Publishing. If you cannot send an electronic copy please send three hardcopies.


Retain one copy for your own records. After your paper has been refereed please send an electronic version by email to Polymeria Publishing.



All major contributions submitted for publication in Plant Protection Quarterly are refereed by appropriately qualified specialists appointed by the Editor or Assistant Editors.


Layout and style

All contributions should be in clear concise English. For guidance on general points of style, grammar and spelling refer to 'The concise Oxford dictionary', 'Style manual for authors, editors and printers of Australian government publications' or a recent issue of this journal.



All contributions should be typed or printed on one side of A4 paper. Please use single column and type in double spacing and leave 3 cm margins on all sides.



This should be as short as is practical while still clearly indicating the content. Capitalize the first word and proper nouns only.


Authors' names

After title include all authors' names and current addresses (usually place of employment).



Research papers should follow the general pattern of Summary (150-200 words), Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, References and Appendices.



These contribute much to the clarity of the paper. Where possible, restrict these to two orders and clearly indicate which is the more important. Capitalize the first word and proper nouns only.



Tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals, keyed to the text, and given a title or caption which clearly describes its contents without further reference to the text. Separate columns with tab marks rather than spaces, or if using a table editor within your word processor ensure that there is only one item per cell. Avoid the use of vertical lines and keep horizontal lines to a minimum. Results should be analysed statistically and significance of difference clearly shown.



Figures should be numbered in Arabic numerals, keyed to the text and given a title or caption that clearly describes its contents without further reference to the text. Please ensure figures are saved in a vector graphics format (.eps, .wmf, .ai etc) rather than bitmapped (.tif, .jpg, .jpeg etc). Figures should be embedded in the main document (to assist in reviewing the paper) and supplied as separate original files (to assist in typesetting). For example, figures prepared in Excel should be supplied as .xls or .xlsx files(note:- these are vector graphics files).


Photographs should be black and white images of good contrast. Images must have a resolution of 300 dpi and be approximately A5 in size. Colour will not be generally used.


Styles of text



Cite references in the text as Rowe (1982), Rowe and Finn (1983), or as (Rowe 1982) or (Rowe 1982, Rowe and Finn 1983). Where there are more than two authors use Rowe et al. (1984) and where there is more than one paper by the same author(s) in the same year put a, b, c, etc. after the year Rowe (1985a).


List all references (except personal communications) in alphabetical order by author then year, at the end of the article. Unpublished papers may be included only if accepted for publication and they should be cited 'in press'. Please use the full title of publication referred to as abbreviations are often misleading.


For journal articles use the following style (issue numbers are only included if necessary):


Diatloff, G., Lee, A.N. and Anderson, T.M. (1976). A new approach to Salvinia control. Australasian Journal of Pest Management 9(2), 65-7.


For books use the full title in single quotes, volume number, edition number, publisher and publishers location and pages of the section referred to:


Parsons, W.T. (1973). 'Noxious weeds of Victoria', p. 137-9. (Inkata Press, Melbourne).


and in multi author works use:


Chancellor, R.J. (1970). Herbicides and our changing weeds. In 'The flora of a changing Britain', ed. A.S. Parkes, 2nd edition, p. 82-97. (Thames and Hudson, London).


For conference proceedings use the journal style although the proceedings title is not italicized. If italics are not available then use underline.



Use Arabic numerals for all percentages (e.g. 2%), numbers of 10 and above (65 234) and numbers followed by a unit (e.g. 6 ha). Spell out numbers less than 10 and do not start a sentence with a numeral.


Metric Units

Use metric units and their standard SI abbreviations. If in doubt use the full word. Abbreviations should follow the form L ha-1 for expressing litres per hectare


Common and scientific names

Use the full scientific name and authority (e.g. Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms) at the first mention followed by the standard common name (if common names are to be used) (e.g. water hyacinth), and without the author thereafter. In subsequent uses the genus can be abbreviated (e.g. E. crassipes). Use italics or underline for genus and species. Common names are in lower case except in the case of proper nouns.


Chemical and tradenames

At the first mention use the common chemical name of the active ingredients and then tradename, or refer to the active ingredient only. Use a standardized list of common names. If possible base all concentrations on the active ingredient (e.g. 4 kg ha-1 a.i. dalapon (74% w/v 2,2-DPA)).



Galley proofs must be checked carefully and returned promptly. Only errors in type setting can be corrected at this stage. Extensive alterations or additional material will be accepted only at the discretion of the Editors and a charge may be made. Proofs will only be sent to one author of a multi-author paper and it will be his/her responsibility to consolidate corrections from all other authors.



Reprints may be ordered on the form supplied when proofs are returned. Free reprints are not available.