Molecular Plant Pathology Online

Instructions to MPPOL authors

Authors are earnestly requested to follow these instructions closely, to avoid unnecessary delays in handling articles.

Types of article

All articles published in MPPOL are peer-reviewed. They include:

  • research reports, presenting the results of original research which have not been published elsewhere and are not currently being considered for publication elsewhere

  • short reports: again, these are original research reports; although they are briefer, they represent a significant scientific advance

  • technical reports, describing technical advances likely to be of interest to a broad range of molecular plant pathologists

  • invited reviews: the senior editors welcome suggestions from potential authors for reviews of currently important fields or topics, especially those where there is a lack of existing, up-to-date reviews. Please contact the Editor-in-Chief, Dr Gary Foster, in advance so that the appropriateness of the review for publication in MPPOL may be confirmed

If an article is accepted, the material (data, text, figures, etc) shall not be published elsewhere without the consent of the editors and publisher (BSPP) of Molecular Plant Pathology On-Line.

Submission of scripts

Scripts (drafts and final copies) may be submitted in either of two ways:

  1. Submission by e-mail ( is greatly preferred.
  2. If it is not possible to submit an article by e-mail, you may send it on an IBM-compatible (PC) diskette to:

Molecular Plant Pathology On-Line
Dr Gary D Foster,
Head of Plant Virology Group
School of Biological Sciences
University of Bristol
Bristol BS8 1UG, UK

Tel : 0117 928 7474
Fax : 0117 925 7374
E.mail :

As a last resort, figures may be mailed to the coordinating editor, who will arrange for them to be scanned to convert them into a suitable electronic format. Note that this is likely to delay the review or publication of your script. Hard copy text is not accepted.

Text should be in one of the following formats:

  • WordPerfect for DOS or Windows (up to version 6.1)
  • MS Word for Windows (up to version 7.0)
  • MS Word for PC (up to version 5.5)
  • Word for McIntosh
  • AmiPro (up to version 3.0)
  • Rich Text Format
  • Plain text
  • HTML files are welcome, provided that you are competent in writing in this format.

If you use a word-processor not listed above, please contact the coordinating editor in advance to check that we can handle your file.

Please do not use a large number of advanced word-processing features. They will not appear on web browsers and may make it difficult to convert your file to the HTML format which is used by the internet.

Tables should be in a separate file (one file with all the tables). They must be in a non-proportional font (e.g. Courier or Letter Gothic) with spaces, not tabs, used for the layout. Tables which are not in this format may have to be reconstructed, which is likely to cause a delay in your article being reviewed.

Graphics should be in either .jpg or .gif formats. Features should be clearly visible even on 640 x 800 VGA monitors. Provided that the content of the figure justifies it, files in Adobe's portable document format (.pdf) can also be accepted. Each figure should be in a separate file.

Choice of formats: The editors hope that the choice of formats given above will make it easy for authors to submit articles to MPPOL. To assist us, please give the name of the programme(s) used for your text & figures when you submit your article.

If you are in any doubt about the format, please contact the coordinating editor before you submit your script. Articles which are not submitted in an appropriate format may have to be returned to the authors, without being reviewed, so that they can be converted to a more suitable format.

Language: only articles written in English are accepted.

Copyright: if any figures, tables, data or text used have been published previously, written permission of the author and publisher of the previous work must be presented. This includes works by the authors of the current submission.

Organisation of articles


The title should be a concise description of the content of the article.


Please give the authors' names and complete addresses. The corresponding author should be clearly noted and his or her e-mail address and fax number be given.

Structure of article

The text of an article may be any length, but please be concise. A research article will normally have the following main sections:

  1. An Abstract summarising the main points of the article, including the principal conclusions.
  2. A concise Introduction, without subheadings.
  3. Materials and Methods.
  4. Results.
  5. Discussion, including the conclusions.
  6. Acknowledgements, including funding support.
  7. References

Main section headings should be in CAPITALS, sub-section headings in bold and third-order section headings in italics.

Short reports, either without sub-sections or with combined main sections (e.g. Results and Discussion) are acceptable and are subject to the same peer review as articles.

The emphasis of a technical report is on the development of techniques, but it should include sufficient results to establish the utility of the techniques reported and state the major conclusions clearly.


Please note carefully and use the following styles for the reference list.


Standard journal article
Jones CS, 1980. A forecasting system for leaf blight of tomato. Phytopathologische Zeitschrift 49, 460-469

No author given
Anonymous, 1947. The measurement of potato blight. Transactions of the British Mycological Society 31, 140-141

Journal supplement
Grylls NE, Waterford CJ, 1976. Transmission of the causal agent of chloris mosaic disease by insect injection and membrane feeding. Australian Plant Pathological Society Newsletter 5 (Suppl. 1), 8-9

Books and other monographs

Personal author(s)
Sutton BC, 1980. The Coelomycetes. Kew, UK: Commonwealth Mycological Institute

Editor (or compiler or chairman) as author
Palti J, Kranz J, eds, 1980. Comparative Epidemiology: a Tool for Better Disease Management. Wageningen, The Netherlands: Centre for Agricultural Publishing and Documentation.

Chapter in a book
Jones CS, Smith N, Brown RS, 1979. Biology of diseases caused by Botrytis spp. In: Smith N, Brown RS, eds. Diseases of Vegetables. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Scientific Publications, 40-49

Published proceedings paper
McIntosh RA, 1992. Catalogue of gene symbols for wheat. In: Miller TE, Kochner RM, eds. Proceedings of the Seventh International Wheat Genetics Symposium, 1987. Cambridge, UK: IPSR, 1225-1323

Monograph in a series
Allen PJ, 1976. Control of spore germination and infection structure formation in the fungi. In: Heitefuss R, Williams PH, eds. Physiological Plant Pathology. Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag, 51-78. (Pirson A, Zimmermann MH, eds. Encyclopedia of Plant Physiology, New Series; vol. 4)

Agency publication
Harvey JM, Pentzer WT, 1960. Market Diseases of Grapes and Other Small Fruits. Washington, USA: United States Department of Agriculture; USDA publication no. 189. (Agriculture Handbook Series)

Dissertation or thesis
Lenne. JM, 1976. Studies of the Biology and Taxonomy of Colletotrichum Species. Melbourne, Australia: University of Melbourne, Ph.D. thesis

Electronic publications

Sondur SN, Manshardt RM, Stiles JI, 1995. Genetics of growth rate and flowering time in papaya (Carica papaya L.) Journal of Quantitative Trait Loci,

Gibbs MJ, Ziegler A, Robinson DJ, Waterhouse PM, Cooper JI, 1996. Carrot mottle mimic virus (CMoMV): A second umbravirus associated with carrot motley dwarf disease recognised by nucleic acid hybridisation. Molecular Plant Pathology On-Line,

(The editors will add HTML mark-up to citations of electronic publications to allow them to be retrieved using a web browser.)

Citation of references in the text

Please cite references in the text as Smith & Jones (1996), or in brackets (Patel, 1994; Dupont et al., 1995; Muller & Gomez, 1996a, 1996b).


Please note carefully the instructions for submitting tables; this will assist greatly in the conversion of your script to HTML. Tables should bear the names of the author(s). They should each have a caption/legend and be numbered in Arabic numerals according to the sequence of their appearance in text, where they are cited as "Table 1," "Table 2," etc.


Please also note carefully the instructions for submitting figures. Colour is encouraged. Figures should bear the names of the author(s). They should each have a caption/legend and be numbered in Arabic numerals according to the sequence of their appearance in text, where they are cited as "Fig. 1," "Fig. 2," etc. Micrographs should have a scale bar on the figure (not in the legend, because it is unlikely to be shown at the correct size by web browsers). Please consult the coordinating editor, before submission, if you wish to include video images.

Sequence data

should be in GCG format and quote the EMBL number whenever available.


Whilst the editors take all possible care to ensure that information contained in Molecular Plant Pathology On-Line is accurate, neither they nor the British Society for Plant Pathology can be held responsible for any loss or damage resulting from reliance upon material published in the journal.