The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) has launched Invasive Plant Science and Management (IPSM), a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal that will focus on fundamental and applied research about invasive plant biology, ecology, management and restoration of invaded noncrop areas and educational, sociopolitical and technical aspects of invasive plant management.



The initial concept of a journal devoted solely to invasive plants began more than three years ago when WSSA established a committee to determine the national interest in a peer-reviewed journal focused on all aspects of invasive plants. The committee conducted a survey of several professional ecological and plant-oriented societies, Exotic Pest Plant or Invasive Plant Councils, The Nature Conservancy, and federal, state and local agencies. Of the 793 responses to the survey, more than 90 percent indicated an interest in the journal, with 62 percent expressing a strong interest.



Invasive Plant Science and Management will be available in print as well as online and is a benefit of membership in WSSA. Types of articles that will regularly appear in the journal are research and education, case studies, reviews, symposium papers and notes and commentaries.



The following topics are being solicited for upcoming issues:



The biology and ecology of invasive plants in any noncrop setting; genetics of invasive plants; social, ecological and economic impacts of invasive plants; design, efficacy and integration of control tools; land restoration and rehabilitation; effects of management on soil, air, water and wildlife; scholarship in education, Extension and outreach methods and resources; technology and product reports, mapping and remote sensing, inventory and monitoring; technology transfer tools; and regulatory issues. Those interested in submitting an article may visit http://ipsm.allentrack.net for contributor instructions.