One new APS Feature Article is prominently presented each month on the home page of APS. The Feature Articles are thus the "first impression" of APS, and their monthly character encourages visitors to return periodically to the website. Past Feature Articles are permanently archived in the Publications section of APS. The Feature Articles are assigned doi numbers that should be used when reference is made. A recommended citation format and doi designation is included in the beginning section of an article. A report is generated every six months with web traffic statistics for feature articles. This report is available to an author on request. APS Feature Articles summarize a topic related to plant pathology for those who are not specialists in the article's subject matter. The editor of APS Feature Articles seeks articles on a broad spectrum of topics involving plant pathology research as well as related societal, ethical, and economic issues. Because APS Features are often read by teachers, journalists, and others outside of plant pathology, they should be as free as possible of specialized jargon. The authors should have considerable experience with the subject, and be willing to share insights and impressions wherever appropriate. Feature Articles also typically provide in a sidebar supplementary material such as links to other resources on the world wide web and PDF or other files containing additional information. Authors will be asked to transfer to APS the copyrights for the Feature Articles.Authors now have the option of choosing to have their APS Feature Articles peer-reviewed before publication. The review process can be overseen by the editorial board of either the APS-published Plant Health Progress or the APS Education Center. If the Feature will be peer-reviewed, authors should closely follow the detailed submission guidelines to be found at Plant Health Progress or the Education Center. Authors should take into consideration the time required for peer-review when planning the submission of a Feature Articles manuscript. Authors contemplating submission of an APS Feature Articles should contact the Feature Articles Editor prior to beginning preparation of the article.
Robert M. HarvesonPlant PathologistUniversity of NebraskaPanhandle Res & Ext Center4502 Ave IScottsbluff, NE 69361-4907USAPhone: (308) 632-1239Fax: (308) 632-1365E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a preliminary step in development of an APS Feature Articles, the preparation of a summary of the article’s content (approximately one page or 300-words) is encouraged. The summary can be in the form of email inquiry. The summary allows the Feature Articles Editor to comment on the author's approach and make suggestions at an early stage in manuscript development.If the feature will not be peer-reviewed, please consult the Guidelines for Authors of Non-Peer-Reviewed APS Feature Articles.