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Purpose and scope of journal

Journal of Integrated Pest Management (JIPM) is an open-access, peer-reviewed, extension-focused journal covering the field of integrated pest management. The Editors-in-Chief are Dr. Marlin E. Rice of DuPont Pioneer (formerly with Iowa State University) and Dr. Kevin L. Steffey (formerly with the University of Illinois).

The objective of JIPM is to target a non-technical audience with original, high-quality articles supported with published references. The intended readership for JIPM is anyone engaged in any aspect of integrated pest management, including, but not limited to farmers and ranchers, consultants, extension professionals, retailers, manufacturers and suppliers of pest management products, educators, foresters, animal and human health professionals, and pest control operators. The journal will not publish articles based on original, unpublished research. Data and results from original research are better suited for research-focused journals, such as the Journal of Economic Entomology (published by the ESA), Plant Disease (published by the American Phytopathological Society), or Weed Technology (published by the Weed Science Society of America).

The journal is multi-disciplinary in scope, including topics associated with entomology, nematology, plant pathology, weed science, and other subject areas. The editors request submissions of original, extension-focused articles in the broadest sense, including, but not limited to the management of pests that affect agronomic and horticultural crops, forage and grasslands, forests, urban landscapes, structures, schools and households, livestock and pets, and human health. Articles should be written for one of the five following categories:

(1) Profiles: These are biology and ecology profiles for pest species. Profiles will include, but are not limited to, the scientific name, description of life stages, biology, life history, hosts, potential for economic or aesthetic injury, sampling or scouting procedures, and management and control options. To see an example of a Profiles article, click here.

(2) Issues: These articles will focus on emerging integrated pest management issues. Articles will address the issue’s relevance, why the issue developed, balanced perspectives on the issue, and possible solutions. A limited amount of unpublished, applied research can be included to support statements associated with the issue, but the primary focus should be on the issue itself. To see an example of an Issues article, click here.

(3) Recommendations: These articles will contain consensus-based pest management recommendations. Recommendations will be based upon the principles of integrated pest management and supported by published research and validation data when available. To see an example of a Recommendations article, click here.

(4) Case Studies: These articles document and explain the implementation and results of a specific integrated pest management program. A limited amount of unpublished, applied research can be included to clarify results, but the primary focus should be on the implementation and recommendations from the case study. To see an example of a Case Studies article, click here.

(5) Surveys and Needs Assessments:These articles will focus on the results from unpublished surveys that address an issue, customer perceptions and opinions, needs assessments, or other related subject matter. The survey or needs assessment must be of sufficient breadth (e.g., reasonable percentage of a target population surveyed) and depth (e.g., number of substantive inquiries) to warrant attention and deliberation from the readership. The purpose of the survey and how the results will be used should be clearly articulated.

To see an example of a Surveys and Needs Assessments article, click here.

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