Plant Production Science Special Issue Call for Papers

Plant Production Research for Rural Development: Effective use of agricultural machinery for optimising cropping systems

Plant Production Science

Plant Production Science, Official English Journal of Crop Science Society of Japan, is an open access journal published by Taylor & Francis. The journal wishes to call for papers for Special Issue.

In many parts of the world, agricultural machinery is used for crop production and this has contributed to rural development in recent time. In some areas traditional methods of manual operations are being replaced by machinery to improve labour productivity, and cropping systems may be modified. In other areas mechanised cropping has been conducted but further improvement in cropping systems is achieved by the introduction of innovative machinery.


In this special issue, we invite researchers to submit original plant production research and review papers that explore the effective use of agricultural machinery for optimising cropping systems for rural development. 

The special issue will consist of plant production research papers on adoption of agricultural machinery for efficient crop production. Topics may include plant production as affected by the use of machinery in the areas of;

  • Land preparation,
  • Planting,
  • In-crop operations,
  • Harvesting,
  • Postharvest operations,
  • Crop rotations

Papers on socioeconomic aspect of mechanised plant production in relation to impact on rural development will be considered. 

Submission Guidelines

Authors should read over the journal’s Instructions for authors carefully before submission. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal’s Paper Submission System.

Please kindly specify the “Special Issue” under your manuscript title. The research field “Special Issue - ” should be selected during your submission.

Closing date for submission of papers has been extended to 21st July 2018, and the special issue is expected to be published online in November 2018

For further questions or inquiries, please contact the Editorial Assistant via email.

Editorial information

  • Guest Editor: Shu Fukai, The University of Queensland
  • Guest Editor: Satoshi Yoshinaga, National Agricultural and Food Research Organization
  • Guest Editor: Toshihiro Hasegawa, National Agricultural and Food Research Organization