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New article types for New Zealand Plant Protection

Recently, New Zealand Plant Protection introduced new article types. This change is in line with the separation of the journal from the Society’s conference that was formalised at the 2019 AGM. The purpose of additional article types is to encourage a broader range of submissions from across the diversity of plant protection practitioners in New Zealand. Having a variety of article types conforms to the style of most national and international science journals and will hopefully stimulate more interest in the journal. In addition to the standard Research Articles (original research in the traditional format, no word limit) and Literature Reviews (comprehensive review of published literature plus an analysis of findings and summary of knowledge gaps), the Journal will now consider:

Research Notes: New science, succinctly presented (<2500 words), e.g. preliminary findings, small experiments, improved methodologies.

Applied Practices papers: Comparisons of methods or technologies applied to pest management, biosecurity surveillance, or pest eradication, and

Perspectives: Qualitative and balanced overview of a topic in <3000 words supported by published literature.

Go to the Journal’s website for further information on the scope and requirements for each article type. To assist authors, article templates are also available for each article type and can be downloaded from the website.

Traditionally, the Society’s conference is proceeded by a symposium on a specialised topic. This often resulted in a published symposium proceedings. It’s my hope, that in the future, symposium organisers will take on the role of guest editors, and produce special issues of the journal. Special issues are not limited to the Society’s symposia. In fact, a special issue is currently in progress, based on the 4th International Workshop on European canker, guest edited by Reiny Scheper and Monika Walter. If you are organising a conference or symposium on a plant protection related topic, and interested in producing a special of New Zealand Plant Protection, please contact the editor (Ruth Falshaw). The success of the journal depends on article submissions by the membership. As mentioned in previous communications, submissions can be made at any time. I hope that members of the Society will consider New Zealand Plant Protection as venue to publish their research.

Mike Cripps, President

What’s in a name?

Did you know that our very own journal editor, Ruth Falshaw, has had a species of seaweed named after her? 

The seaweed was previously known as Gigartina ‘sp. 164’ and occurs on exposed, rocky coasts in the south and west of the South Island and other southern islands of New Zealand. 

Last year, D’Archino et al.1 named this species Gigartina falshawiae: “In honour of Ruth Falshaw for her contribution to the study of the chemistry of macroalgae and particularly New Zealand Gigartinaceae.” Ruth says she is very humbled to receive such an honour. 

1 D’Archino R, Nelson WA, Sutherland JE 2019. Unnamed for over 30 years: Gigartina falshawiae sp. nov. (Gigartinaceae, Rhodophyta) and its confusion with Iridaea tuberculosa in New Zealand. Phycologia https://doi.org/10.1080/00318884.2019.1667187

From the Editor – Use it or Lose it

Dr Ruth Falshaw, NZPP Editor

Historically, the NZPPS published an annual proceedings of the papers to be presented at its conference. Twenty years ago, the word ‘Proceedings’ was removed from the title to highlight that contributions were peer-reviewed papers not just a collection of presentations. However, publication was still a pre-requisite to presentation at the annual conference. The declining number of papers has threatened the viability of the annual conference for a number of years. The situation reached a critical point in 2019 with just 33 papers accepted/oral presentations. The scope of conferences has also been restricted to the topics of published papers, which may not reflect current trends nor include cutting-edge research. These issues led to members agreeing at the 2019 AGM that presenters at the conference are no longer required to publish their work in New Zealand Plant Protection

It was heartening to have almost 70 abstracts pledged for oral presentations at the 2020 NZPPS conference (now sadly postponed until 2021). In contrast, there have been just six submissions to New Zealand Plant Protection so far this year (of which four are still active). One paper (which was submitted in 2019) has been published to date in Volume 73. The relative numbers of conference and manuscript submissions support the view that members are keen to share their work with a face-to-face audience by presenting it at the annual conference but not to publish papers in the Journal.

New Zealand Plant Protection is a journal that belongs to its members and is an important freely accessible repository for local and applied studies that may not be within the scope of other journals. Truly open-access journals allow free access to, and therefore much greater coverage of, published work without the need for a subscription or payment to view papers online. However, the Journal will survive only if members continue to support it. To do this they must submit manuscripts describing high-quality research. 

New Zealand Plant Protection provides an online submission system and quality control through peer review by at least two referees plus the editor. All submissions are checked for plagiarism/duplicate publication. Advantages of publishing in this journal include:

–    immediate free open access for published papers on the Journal’s website (no pay-per-view);

–    capacity to include colour images and supplemental data/additional files at no extra cost;

–    a very competitive publication fee (to cover essential production costs incurred by the Society) compared with other open-access journals;

–    a set fee rather than page charges to encourage publication of longer, more substantial pieces of work. 

Additional information for authors is available at: https://journal.nzpps.org/index.php/nzpp/about/submissions

The advent of the digital age has had a disruptive and transformational effect on scientific publishing internationally so, from next month, I’ll be writing a blog on the Journal’s website about key issues such as: impact factors; plagiarism; predatory publishers; fraud; and open-access publishing. Sign up to the NZPPS via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to receive links to these posts.

Changes to the Journal and Conference 2020

At the August 2019 AGM, NZPPS members voted to make substantial changes to the way in which the annual conference and journal are operated. Presenters at the conference are not required to publish their work in the Journal and authors of papers published in the Journal are not required to present their work at the Society’s annual conference.

What you need to do:

  1. If you want to present a talk or a poster at the 2020 NZPPS conference in Napier then please write a 300-word abstract and submit it at https://nzpps.org/abstracts by 15 March 2020.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Executive Committee and successful candidates will be informed by 8 May.  Abstracts will be collated into an Abstract booklet. Printed copies will be available at the conference and an online version will be published after the conference.  Authors of papers accepted by New Zealand Plant Protection will be automatically eligible for a presentation at the conference if they wish.

2. If you want to publish your work in New Zealand Plant Protection then download the manuscript template here, write your paper and submit it to the Journal as soon as it is ready as submissions can be made at any time.

Note that at least one author must be a member of the NZPPS and poster abstracts will no longer be published in the Journal. There are no longer any page charges. Instead, in 2020, authors will be required to pay an article-processing fee of NZ$420 + GST if their manuscript is accepted. Where the first author is a student currently enrolled at a New Zealand tertiary education institution, the fee will be NZ$350 +GST. Each paper will be published online at https://journal.nzpps.org  with page numbers and a unique doi once it is ready but there will be no printed copies. See the submission criteria for more details.

Changes to Journal and Conference

At the August 2019 AGM, members voted to make substantial changes to the way in which the annual conference and journal are operated, with the following three motions being carried:

1.  Authors of papers published in the journal are not required to present their work at the Society’s annual conference, and presenters at the conference are not required to publish their work in the journal.

2.  The journal will be published in freely accessible online format only.

3.  At least one author must be a member of the NZPPS and authors of accepted papers will be required to pay a publication fee to cover cost of layout & publication.

So what does this mean in reality?

Conference:

  • People wanting to present a talk or a poster at the conference will need to submit an abstract using the online form which will be available at https://nzpps.org/abstracts. The deadline for abstracts in 2020 is 15 March.
  • Abstracts will be reviewed by the Executive Committee and successful candidates will be informed by 8 May.
  • Abstracts will be collated into an Abstract booklet. Printed copies of this booklet will be available at the conference and an online version will be published after the conference.
  • Authors of papers accepted by New Zealand Plant Protection will be automatically eligible for a presentation at the conference if they wish.

Journal:

  • At least one author must be a member of the NZPPS.
  • Authors no longer need to submit an abstract to the journal ahead of their manuscript.
  • Authors can submit manuscripts at any time of the year.
  • Poster abstracts will no longer be published in the journal.
  • There are no longer any page charges. Instead, in 2020, authors will be required to pay an article processing fee of NZ$420 +GST if their manuscript is accepted. Where the first author is a student currently enrolled at a New Zealand tertiary education institution, the fee will be NZ$350 +GST.
  • Papers will not be published until the correct fee has been paid.
  • Each paper will be published online at https://journal.nzpps.org with page numbers and a unique doi once it is ready.

What you need to do:

  1. Write your 300-word abstract and submit it at https://nzpps.org/abstracts by 15 March 2020
  2. Download the New Zealand Plant Protection manuscript template, write your paper and submit it to the Journal as soon as it is ready.

Also, please remember to:

  • cite all relevant NZPP papers in any manuscript you write for any journal; and
  • share the link or doi (not the pdf) of each of your NZPP papers with colleagues, on ResearchGate and on other websites.

Feel free to contact NZPPS Secretary Jenny Taylor at secretary@nzpps.org if you have any questions.

Dr Eirian Jones & Dr Ruth Falshaw

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