Guides to Plant Production Science

Revised on 3 September 2013

Basic Guideline:Plant Production Science (PPS) is an international research journal published four times a year by the Crop Science Society of Japan (CSSJ). Submitted papers must be written in English and their essential contents must not have been previously or simultaneously submitted to, or published in other scientific journals. At least the first-named author of a paper must be an individual subscriber of PPS before acceptance of manuscript. For subscription rates, refer to “Subscription”.

Scope:PPS publishes original research reports on field crops and resource plants, their production and related subjects, covering a wide range of sciences; physiology, biotechnology, morphology, ecology, cropping system, production technology and post harvest management. Studies on plant production with special attention to resource management and the environment are also welcome. Field surveys on cropping or farming system are also accepted. Articles with a background in other research areas such as soil science, meteorology, biometry, product process and plant protection will be accepted as long as they are significantly related to plant production.

Type of Papers:Regular papers and short reports will be accepted for publication after critical review. A regular paper is a full-length article of original research findings and a short report is published about apparatus, experimental techniques and observations of unique phenomena, etc. Review articles by invited or volunteer authors will also be published.

Publication charges:(1) No page charge will be required for pages one through six, four and eight for a regular paper, short report and review article, respectively. Extra charge will be needed beyond this limit. (2) No charge will be required for one color page in each article. Extra charge will be needed for additional color pages. (3) All accepted manuscripts will be sent to the English Technical Editor for PPS editorial corrections, and the cost depending on the quality of English writing will be charged to the authors.

Submission:Manuscripts should be submitted as electronic files via website. Go to and log in as a user. Enter the necessary information and upload your manuscript according to “Manuscript Arrangement For Contributors” described at “Instructions for Authors”. If you are unable to complete the submission, contact to the editorial office by E-mail:, or by postal service: THE CROP SCIENCE SOCIETY OF JAPAN, c/o Kyoritsu Publishing Co. Ltd., Shinkawa 2-22-4, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0033, Japan (fax:+81-3-3553-2047).

Review Procedures:The submitted manuscript will be sent to a handling editor for peer review. The manuscript will be returned to the corresponding author with the evaluation approximately two or three months after submission. When a revision of the manuscript is required by the editor, the author must respond within three months, or the manuscript may be considered withdrawn. The revised manuscript may be reviewed several times. The final decision will be made by the Editor-in-Chief based on the report from the editor.

Copyright: Copyright of papers will be transferred to CSSJ after publication. When requesting permission for use of materials published in Plant Production Science, applicants should request that the copyright holder grants the following rights: all editions, all formats, use in derivative works (book, CD-ROM and DVD, the Internet, and anything else that may come in the future), all languages, all over the world. For more information, please contact the Secretariat Office.

More Information to Contributors: For more information on manuscript preparation before submission and after acceptance, see our website ( CSSJ site (