General policy

Plant Pathology & Quarantine is an international peer-reviewed journal with swift publication of high quality papers on plant pathology and quarantine. This includes reviews, research articles, methodology papers, taxonomic works such as monographs, and checklists. All manuscripts will undergo peer review before acceptance. Plant Pathology & Quarantine has a policy of Open Access publishing. Plant Pathology & Quarantine will publish each manuscript as quickly as possible following acceptance by the editors.

Manuscript preparation - General requirements

A proper and quick processing of your manuscript requires a clean manuscript regarding both its scientific content and its formatting. Detailed information on the layout/template can be found in 'Template_PPQ_2017' or download the most recently published papers. 

Download template here.

Generally, the main text in the manuscript, including legends to illustrations, should be written in Times New Roman, 12 pt, single-spaced throughout. Latin names of genera and species must be italicised. Hyphenation must be avoided throughout (switch off automatic hyphenation).

No special formatting options should be used. All pages should be numbered in the bottom right corner of each page. After the acceptance of a paper with new scientific names, authors must register the names in Index Fungorum and obtain Index Fungorum number for each new name (see and Faces of fungi numbers (for each taxa, see These are to be given immediately below the new name (see template)

Submission of manuscripts

Please submit your manuscript electronically as e-mail attachments. Manuscripts, which are not prepared according to our template, will be sent back for reformatting. See 'Template_PPQ_2017'.

Electronic submission guidelines

First submission

The following files are required:

  1. A word file of properly structured/formatted manuscript containing the full text including tables and figures/plates,
  2. A PDF file of properly structured/formatted manuscript containing the full text including tables and figures/plates for review purposes.
  3. Please send the names, affiliations and emails of three potential referees.

Important: The plates and tables should be placed in the text at the appropriate point where you would like to see them published

Submission of revised manuscripts

Accepted papers must be revised and submitted by carefully following the formatting instructions and submitted as a revised final version ready for publication with high quality figures and tables. If the manuscript has not been structured/formatted in the journal style it will be sent back for further formatting.

Figures in the revised version should be sent separately as JPEG files. Electronic figures must be captured at or above 300 dpi resolution. Single photographs that need mounting together are not acceptable.

Page charges

No charge is made by PPQ for publication even for colour plates.

Tables, Figures and Legends

Prepare tables with the table format feature of your word processor and ensure that each data entry is in its own cell; do not use tabs, spaces, graphics and boxes. Tables (and illustrations) must be referred to in the text.

Please note that all terms in the top-line and the left column must begin with a capital letter.
Do not use vertical lines in the table.

All entries should be left-aligned. For mere numerical data align the columns of numbers by their decimal points using word processor decimal tabs. Also, place a zero before the decimal point of numbers less than 1 (e.g. 0.1)


Please develop the format of references according to the Template_PPQ_2017
All citations should be listed alphabetically in the ‘References’ see the format of references in template. In the text, authors should be cited chronologically.

Review process

  1. Manuscripts will be sent to the Scientific Editor for discussion with the EIC to consider whether the manuscript is suitable for publication in Plant Pathology & Quarantine
  2. If the manuscript is deemed suitable it will be sent to a handling editor
  3. The handling editor will send the paper for peer review by at least two indepentent reviewers.
  4. The reviewers will send their recommendations to the handling editor
  5. The handling editor will recommend minor revisions, major revisions, acceptance, resubmission, or decline the manuscript and following improvements to the paper and possible further peer review, return the finalised manuscript and decision to the EIC
  6. The EIC will make the final decision over acceptance and if accepted forward the final revised manuscript to the managing editor to prepare the final proofs

Declaration of Conflicting Interests Policy

Manuscript submissions are sent to email of the journal at The submitted manuscripts are sent to Editor-in-Chief who will select the handling editor without potential conflicts of interests. The relationships of editorial board and authors will be examined and avoided. In case the handing editors realize there is a conflict of interest, the editor in chief will make a decision to appoint the handing editor for the manuscript who has the least conflict to review submitted manuscripts.


Proofs will be sent as PDF files to the author by email. They must be checked and returned within five working days. PPQ team cannot be held responsible for errors not pointed out within five days by the authors.


Authors are encouraged to deposit their papers online and make them freely downloadable. They can also use their data and publish it elsewhere without permission from Plant Pathology & Quarantine. We have adopted a Creative Commons Copyright License applicable to this site. 

Entire manuscripts should be submitted to

About Plant Pathology & Quarantine

Plant Pathology & Quarantine Online publishes reviews, research articles, methodology papers, and taxonomic works in the field of plant pathology. The official journal language is English.


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    Guizhou University
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    People’s Republic of China