PESTICIDI I FITOMEDICINA / PESTICIDES & PHYTOMEDICINE
ISSN: 1820-3949 (until 2020)
eISSN: 2406-1026 (only format from 2021)
Publisher: Institute of Pesticides and Environmental Protection, Belgrade
Co-publisher: Plant Protection Society of Serbia, Belgrade
Editor-in-Chief: Dr Dejan Marčić, Principal Research Fellow
Institute of Pesticides and Environmental Protection, Belgrade
Journal manager and copyeditor: Dušica Marinkov-Jovanović
Institute of Pesticides and Environmental Protection, Belgrade
Pesticides: Prof. Dr Dušanka Inđić, Faculty of Agriculture, Novi Sad
Plant Diseases: Dr Radivoje Jevtić, Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops, Novi Sad
Plant Pests: Prof. Dr Olivera Petrović Obradović, Faculty of Agriculture, Belgrade
Weeds: Prof. Dr Sava Vrbničanin, Faculty of Agriculture, Belgrade
Catherine Baroffio (Switzerland)
Assunta Bertaccini (Italy)
Dragica Brkić (Serbia)
Ismail Döker (Turkey)
Bojan Duduk (Serbia)
Mark Gleason (USA)
Tanja Gotlin-Čuljak (Croatia)
Vili Harizanova (Bulgaria)
Snježana Hrnčić (Montenegro)
Jovana Hrustić (Serbia)
Nedžad Karić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Ismail Kasap (Turkey)
Nickolas Kavallieratos (Greece)
Petar Kljajić (Serbia)
Zlatko Korunić (Canada)
Ivana Majić (Croatia)
Irena Mavrič Pleško (Slovenia)
Milica Mihajlović (Serbia)
Slobodan Milenković (Serbia)
Svetlana Milijašević-Marčić (Serbia)
Siniša Mitrić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Mariana Nakova (Bulgaria)
Aleksa Obradović (Serbia)
Ivan Ostojić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Svetlana Paunović (Serbia)
Radmila Petanović (Serbia)
Ivana Potočnik (Serbia)
Ljiljana Radivojević (Serbia)
Emil Rekanović (Serbia)
Brankica Tanović (Serbia)
Stanislav Trdan (Slovenia)
Rostislav Zemek (Czech Republic)
As of 2021, Pesticides and Phytomedicine (Pesticidi i fitomedicina) will be published online only, and paper copies of future issues will no longer be available. The primary platforms for journal publication will continue to be: Scindeks (http://scindeks.ceon.rs/journaldetails.aspx?issn=1820-3949) and the official web site of the Institute as its publisher.
The journal is indexed in: Chemical Abstracts, CAB International; DOAJ, EBSCO, AGRIS, Scindeks.
In 2011, the journal converted to an electronic online journal management system on the SCIndeks Assistant portal at http://scindeks.ceon.rs/journaldetails.aspx?issn=1820-3949. The system enables easy article submission and communication among the editorial staff, reviewers and authors. It also includes several quality control services: CrossRef for DOI assignment, CrossChek for plagiarism prevention and KWASS for equipping articles with keywords extracted from a dictionary/thesaurus. Electronic editing is in compliance with the Journal Editing Act of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, and provides record-keeping stipulated in the Act.
Manuscripts submitted to Pesticidi i fitomedicina (Pesticides and Phytomedicine) are peer reviewed. The journal uses the double-blind type of review for all papers. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least one, but preferably two reviewers. The reviewers act independently and they are not aware of each other’s identities. The reviewers are selected solely according to whether they have the relevant expertise for evaluating a manuscript. No suggestions of individual reviewers by manuscript author(s) will be accepted.
The purpose of peer review is to assists the Editor-in-Chief or another Editor in making a decision on whether to accept or reject a paper. The purpose is also to assist the authors in improving their papers.
The reviewers assess manuscripts for their compliance with the journal profile, the relevance of the investigated topic and applied methods, the originality and scientific relevance of information presented in the manuscript, the presentation style and scholarly apparatus.
Peer review process
The entire peer review process takes place under the supervision of the Editor-in-Chief in an online environment on the SCIndeks Assistant OJS platform. The system also allows authors to track the entire reviewing process of their manuscripts.
Manuscripts are sent for review only when they pass an initial evaluation regarding their form and thematic scope.
The choice of reviewers is at the Editor-in-Chief's discretion. The reviewers must be knowledgeable about the subject area of the manuscript.
Reviewers are selected so as not to hold a conflict of interest with the authors and/or the funding sources for their research.
Deadlines for reviews are generated within SCIndeks Assistant. Reviews are considered a contribution to respective research fields and no gratuity is to be expected.
All reviewers of a paper act independently. If the decisions of two reviewers are not the same (accept/reject), the Editor may assign additional reviewers.
The Editor-in-Chief attaches the summary of a manuscript to his review request, and potential reviewers are expected to either accept or reject the task. Those who accept it will receive a uniform questionnaire with questions to be answered, which are designed to guide reviewers into the aspects that decide whether a manuscript will be accepted or rejected. Reviewers are expected to present their comments and suggestions for improving the manuscript.
During the review process, the Editor may require authors to provide additional information (including raw data) if they are necessary for an evaluation of the scholarly merit of the manuscript. These materials shall be kept confidential and must not be used for personal gain.
Under normal circumstances, the review process takes up to four weeks, and only exceptionally up to three months. The total period from the submission of a manuscript until its publication takes an average of 90 days.
The Editorial Staff ensures a reasonable quality control of reviews. The Editor-in-Chief therefore evaluates the quality of contributed reviews.
In the case that authors have serious and reasonable objections to reviews, the Editor-in-Chief shall make an assessment of whether the review is objective and meets academic standards, and may assign additional reviewer(s).
Additional reviewers may also be assigned when reviewers’ decisions (accept or reject) are contrary to each other or otherwise substantially incompatible.
The final decision on the acceptance of a manuscript for publication rests solely with the Editor-in-Chief.
Authors submit their manuscripts to Pesticidi i fitomedicina (Pesticides and Phytomedicine) within the SCIndeks Assistant portal for online journal editing at http://aseestant.ceon.rs/index.php/pif/
Authors warrant that their manuscripts are their original works, that they have not been published before, and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Parallel submission of the same paper to another journal constitutes a misconduct and eliminates the manuscript from further consideration.
A submitted manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit reviewers and, subsequently, readers to verify the claims presented in it. Deliberate presentation of false claims is a violation of ethical standards.
Authors are exclusively responsible for the contents of their submissions. Authors affirm that their article contains no unfounded or unlawful statements and does not violate the rights of third parties. The Publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.
Authors must make sure that their author team listed in the manuscript includes all and only those authors who have significantly contributed to the submitted manuscript. The Editorial Staff will consider as correct the authorship and affiliation details provided in the textual file in case conflicting data appear on the Assistant metadata page.
If persons other than authors were involved in important aspects of the research project and manuscript preparation, their contribution should be acknowledged in the Acknowledgments section.
It is the responsibility of the authors to specify the title and code label of the research project within which the work was created, as well as the full title of the funding institution.
It is the responsibility of each author to ensure that the paper is written with ethical standards in mind (e.g. by observing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or requesting authorization from relevant ethical committees).
Authors are required to properly cite sources that have significantly influenced their research and their manuscript. Parts of the manuscript, including text, equations, graphics and tables that are taken verbatim from other works must be clearly marked and referenced.
Full references of each quotation (in-text citation) must be listed in the separate References section in a uniform manner, according to the APA citation style used by the journal. The References section should list only the cited, and not all sources used for the preparation of a manuscript.
Authors wishing to include figures, tables or other materials that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder(s). Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.
When authors discover a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, it is their obligation to promptly notify the Editor-in-Chief (or publisher) and cooperate with him/her to retract or correct the paper.
Authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might have influenced the presented results or their interpretation.
The corresponding author must make sure that all involved parties have given permission to make the data public.
By submitting a manuscript the authors agree to abide by the Editorial Policy of Pesticidi i fitomedicina (Pesticides and Phytomedicine).
The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to Pesticidi i fitomedicina (Pesticides and Phytomedicine) will be published. The decisions are based exclusively on the manuscript's merit. They must be free from any racial, gender, sexual, religious, ethnic, or political bias. When making decisions the Editor-in-Chief is also guided by the editorial policy and legal provisions relating to libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to decide not to publish submitted manuscripts if they do not meet relevant standards concerning the content and formal aspects. The Editorial Staff will inform the corresponding author whether the manuscript is accepted for publication within a reasonable time period after the end of a peer review procedure.
The Editor-in-Chief, as well as Section Editors, must hold no conflict of interest with regard to the articles they consider for publication. If an Editor feels that there is likely to be a perception of a conflict of interest in relation to his/her handling of a submission, the selection of reviewers and all decisions on the manuscript shall be made by another editor or a member of the Editorial Board holding no such conflict.
The information and ideas presented in submitted manuscripts shall be kept confidential. Information and ideas contained in unpublished materials must not be used for personal research or gain without written consent of the authors.
The Editors and the Editorial Staff shall take all reasonable measures to ensure that the reviewers remain anonymous to the authors before, during and after the evaluation process and the authors remain anonymous to reviewers until the end of the review procedure.
The Editors are obliged to assist reviewers with additional information on the manuscript, including the results of checking manuscript for plagiarism.
Reviewers are required to provide written, competent and unbiased assessment of the scholarly merits and scientific value of manuscripts. The reviewers assess manuscripts for their compliance with the journal profile, the relevance of the investigated topic and applied methods, the originality and scientific relevance of information presented in the manuscript, the presentation style and scholarly apparatus.The review must be fully objective, clear and substantiated with arguments.
The reviewer must not be in a conflict of interest with the authors or funders of research. If such a conflict should come to the knowledge of a reviewer, he/she would be obliged to promptly notify the Editor-in-Chief.
The reviewer shall not accept for reviewing papers beyond the field of his/her full competence.
Reviewers should alert the Editor-in-Chief to any well-founded suspicion or knowledge of possible violations of ethical standards by authors.
Reviewers should recognize relevant published works that have not been considered in the manuscript. They may recommend specific references for citation, but shall not require citation of papers published in Pesticidi i fitomedicina (Pesticides and Phytomedicine), or their own papers, unless it is fully justified. They should alert the Editor to substantial similarities between a reviewed manuscript and any manuscript published or under consideration for publication elsewhere, in the event they are aware of such. Reviewers should also alert the Editor to a parallel submission of the same paper to another journal, in the event they are aware of such.
The reviewers are expected to improve the quality of manuscripts by making suggestions to the authors. If they recommend corrections of the manuscript prior to publication, they are obliged to specify the manner in which this can be achieved.
All manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Reviewers must not use unpublished materials disclosed in submitted manuscripts for their own research without express written consent of the authors. The information and ideas presented in submitted manuscripts shall be kept confidential and must not be used for personal gain.
Any selected reviewer who feels unqualified to evaluate the research reported in a manuscript, or knows that its prompt review will be impossible, should notify the Editor without delay.
Reviews must be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
The review has a standard format. It is submitted through the online journal management system where it is stored permanently.
Dealing with unethical behaviour
Anyone may inform the Editor-in-Chief at any time of suspected unethical behaviour or any type of misconduct by giving the necessary credible information/evidence to start an investigation.
Minor misconduct (with no influence on the integrity of the paper and the journal, e.g. when it comes to misunderstanding or wrong application of publishing standards) will be dealt directly with authors and reviewers without involving any other parties. Outcomes include:
In the case of major misconduct, the Editor-in-Chief, in consultation with Section Editors, may adopt different measures:
The above actions may be taken separately or jointly. If necessary, in the process of resolving the case relevant expert organizations, bodies, or individuals may be consulted.
When dealing with unethical behaviour, the Editorial Staff will rely on the guidelines and recommendations provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Pesticidi i fitomedicina (Pesticides and Phytomedicine) does not publish plagiarised papers. The Editorial Staff has adopted the stance that plagiarism, where someone assumes another's ideas, words, or other creative expression as one's own, is a clear violation of scientific ethics. Plagiarism may also involve a violation of copyright law, punishable by legal action.
Plagiarism includes the following:
Any manuscript which shows obvious signs of plagiarism will be automatically rejected. In case plagiarism is discovered in a paper that has already been published by the journal, it will be retracted in accordance with the procedure described under Retraction policy.
To prevent plagiarism the manuscripts are submitted to a plagiarism detection process using iThenticate/CrossRef within SCIndeks Assistant. The results obtained are verified by the Editor-in-Chief in accordance with the guidelines and recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Legal limitations of the publisher, copyright holder or author(s), infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submissions, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or any major misconduct require retraction of an article.
Occasionally a retraction can be used to correct numerous serious errors unconnected with misconduct which cannot be covered by publishing corrections.
A retraction may be published by the Editor-in-Chief with or without author(s) consent.
Retraction takes the form of a separate item listed in the contents and labeled as "Retraction". In SCIndeks, as the journals' primary full-text database, a two-way communication (HTML link) between the original work and the retraction is established. The original article is retained unchanged, except for a watermark on the PDF indicating on each page that it is “retracted”.
Retractions are published according to the requirements of COPE operationalized by CEON/CEES as the journal indexer and aggregator.
Open access policy
The journal Pesticidi i fitomedicina (Pesticides and Phytomedicine) is published under an Open Access licence. All its content is available free of charge. Users can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search the full text of articles, and establish HTML links to them without having to seek the consent of the author or publisher.
The right to use journal contents without consent does not release the users from the obligation to give the credit to the journal and its content in a manner described under Licensing.
Archiving digital version
In accordance with law, digital copies of all published volumes are archived in the legal deposit library of the National Library of Serbia, and concurrently in the Repository of SCIndeks - The Serbian Citation Index as the primary full text database.
Article processing charge
The journal Pesticidi i fitomedicina (Pesticides and Phytomedicine) does not charge authors or any third party for publication. Both manuscript submission and processing services, and article publishing services are free of charge. There are no hidden costs whatsoever.
Authors retain copyright of the published papers and grant to the publisher the non-exclusive right to publish the article, to be cited as its original publisher in case of reuse, and to distribute it in all forms and media.
The published articles will be distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0 International license (CC BY-SA). It is allowed to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and remix, transform, and build upon it for any purpose, even commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given to the original author(s), a link to the license is provided, it is indicated if changes were made and the new work is distributed under the same license as the original.
Users are required to provide full bibliographic description of the original publication (authors, article title, journal title, volume, issue, pages), as well as its DOI code. In electronic publishing, users are also required to link the content with both the original article published in Pesticidi i fitomedicina (Pesticides and Phytomedicine) and the licence used.
Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
Authors are permitted to deposit the publisher's final version (PDF) of their work in an institutional repository, subject-based repository, author's personal website (including social networking sites, such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu, etc.), and/or departmental website at any time after publication.
Full bibliographic information (authors, article title, journal title, volume, issue, pages) about the original publication must be provided and links must be made to the article's DOI and the license.
The views expressed in the published works do not express the views of the Editors and the Editorial Staff. The authors take legal and moral responsibility for the ideas expressed in the articles. The Publisher shall have no liability in the event of issuance of any claims for damages.