Guide for Authors


Philosophy of Poisonous Plant Research (PPR)

For more information, please see Poisonous Plant Research (PPR) Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Poisonous Plant Research (PPR) provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Poisonous Plant Research (PPR), the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Poisonous Plant Research (PPR). If you have concerns about the submission terms for Poisonous Plant Research (PPR), please contact the editors.

All authors submitting to Poisonous Plant Research (PPR) must certify in their submission letter that any research conducted with animals has followed established standards for the humane care and use of animals and must specify the standards that were used. The manuscript must include in the first sentence of the Materials and Methods section a statement of institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC), or equivalent, approval of all animal procedures conducted during the study.

Authors must also provide in their submission letter names and address of at least two potential preferred reviewers and, if any, a list of non-preferred reviewers.

Authors should disclose potential or actual conflicts of interest related to the research presented in the manuscript in a footnote before the acknowledgements section.

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Formatting Requirements

Poisonous Plant Research (PPR) has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and DigitalCommons@USU

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to DigitalCommons@USU all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of DigitalCommons@USU, requires credit to DigitalCommons@USU as copyright holder (e.g., DigitalCommons@USU © 2022).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from DigitalCommons@USU provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the DigitalCommons@USU website and/or software agree not to misuse the DigitalCommons@USU service or software in any way.

The failure of DigitalCommons@USU to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between DigitalCommons@USU and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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Case Study Guidelines

The following are general guidelines for information that is beneficial to include for case studies. None of the information is required but should be included if possible.

  • scientific and common name of the plant(s) suspected to have caused the poisoning incident
  • chemical analyses of the plant(s), including toxin identification
  • location of poisoning (county, state, country, GPS coordinates)
  • type of plant community
  • elevation
  • animal species poisoned
  • clinical signs of poisoning observed
  • necropsy report - gross and/or microscopic findings
  • time to onset of clinical signs, and/or duration of poisoning incident
  • number of animals poisoned out of how many animals
  • time of year
  • weather conditions
  • condition of other available forages (senesced, overgrazed, abundant)
  • pictures of plants and poisoned animals