Pest management: trends and challengesInternational Journal of Pest Management


Juan C. Corley
Agronomy and Crop Science / Insect Science



Pest management: trends and challenges

The International Journal of Pest Management publishes high quality papers, short comments, and reviews concerned with pest control in the broad sense and as such remains a leading international outlet for a substantial amount of research in the area of pest and weed management.

Since the sad demise of Mark Jervis in March 2014 (see Obituary in Vol. 60: 2), and after nearly eight years as Mark’s Assistant Editor, I have become Editor-in-Chief of the journal. This has been a major personal and academic challenge, and still remains a daunting task to attempt to sustain Mark’s two-decade-long outstanding stewardship. With this spirit in mind, I wish to describe some of the changes that have occurred during the past year, and outline the aims of the Editorial Office, which will likely shape the journal’s profile for the coming years.

Several world-renowned researchers have been invited  and accepted - to join our Editorial Board. They represent a variety of research fields and different countries. In contrast with our past board, the new members are now more actively involved in the handling of manuscripts through our website, and providing their always valuable opinion on the submitted work. It is likely they will contribute even more during the next years, helping improve the quality of published papers. Together, we have updated our Aims & Scope section, which I remind prospective authors to read carefully. Still, I briefly outline recent trends and our current interests in the light of what I believe are the oncoming challenges in pest and weed management.

The International Journal of Pest Management devotes special attention to innovative pest and weed control strategies. In the past years, we have seen an increase in studies analyzing the ecology and behavior of pests, especially invasive species, as well as on the application of phytochemicals, botanical pesticides and other natural products in pest management. Other works have dealt with farmers’ perceptions of pest management constraints, technologies or cultural management and with pest problems and control in horticultural systems, all of which I find of special interest. Fields of growing significance are represented by a number of published papers reporting findings on household and urban pest management, and of traditionally less studied vertebrate pests such as snakes and feral cats. There is clearly still much to learn in these areas. Excitingly, much work we have seen published deals with pest and weed problems in rarer - yet of very significant regional importance - crops, such as those carried out by small-scale farmers and in tropical and subtropical regions. Presumably the latter relates to a past name- the journal was called “Tropical Pest Management” from 1980 to 1992, although

I’m glad to see that the International Journal of Pest Management remains a prime outlet for such research.

While I’m happy to see all the above topics firmly established, I’d also like to encourage submissions on other aspects of pest and weed management that remain challenging issues. The application of pheromones and chemical disruption techniques is clearly a growing topic that attracts increasing attention worldwide. Also, classical and conservation biological control with parasitoids and pathogens, particularly centering on population ecological aspects of both pests and natural enemies deserves still more consideration from our Journal. The impact of pesticides (especially non-traditional pesticides and nano formulations) on pests in the field, on non-target species and on the environment as well as on their mode of action are emerging subjects that will still likely demand much research effort. Naturally, in the present global change scenario, the consequences of increasing temperature and extreme weather events on pest and weed management are of paramount interest. Finally, I’d like to see more submissions of manuscripts dealing with weed management in the broad sense, decision making (including monitoring techniques, sampling protocols and damage evaluations) and modelling in integrated pest management. Despite many past efforts here, and considering recent advances in computing facilities, these latter subjects remain still in need of much quality work.

Of course, I need to note that all submitted manuscripts should be based on strong working hypothesis and appropriate statistically analysis. It is vital that authors consider the comprehensive and international readership of the International Journal of Pest Management and hence develop throughout their papers the broader subject area explored and explain in the appropriate sections the general implications of their findings and the practical repercussions on pest and weed management. We are less excited by manuscripts that study novel pesticides but lack proper field-testing  unless unexpected hard data are shown, or by those papers that apply modern laboratory techniques with little practical significance. Preliminary work, using small sample sizes as well as work of only very local importance and lacking the basic language standards will not be sent out for review.

I’d like to invite prospective authors to propose ideas for reviews and special issues. I find these are always useful to managers and researchers alike, as they can appropriately sum up the state-of-the-art of different aspects of pest management. This is also true for papers submitted to our Forum section. Here, new thoughts, trends and ground-breaking ideas are likely to entice future research and set trends in pest and weed control.  2015 Taylor & Francis

International Journal of Pest Management, 2015

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In 2015 it is our aim to reduce the time from submission to publication as much as possible, as we know authors (and readers) value this enormously. We still handle a large number of manuscripts per year (in 2014 we received nearly 350 new submissions) of which only a small number reach final publication. This process requires a significant amount of work from authors, editors, reviewers, and our publisher Taylor and Francis. I believe that the International Journal of Pest Management will sustain in the coming years its long-standing legacy of publishing high quality papers of a truly international nature (during 2014 we’ve had submissions from 58 countries!). All my efforts are devoted to this aim. I feel I also owe this to Mark.