Shien Lu

Editorial Board Member

Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Mississippi State University, USA Read Interview session with Shien Lu

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Department / University Information


Dr. Shien Lu currently working as an Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology in Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University. He received his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology at Washington State University. Dr. Shein Lu currently teach three courses: Introductory Plant Pathology, Plant Disease Management, and Plant Bacteriology.

Research Interest

Research interest of Shien Lu include Bacterial genetics, Molecular plant-microbe interactions, Antagonistic bacteria, Biologically-based management of plant diseases.


1. What makes an article top quality? 

Response: Paper quality.

2. Do you think that journals determine research trends?

Response: Not really.

3. What makes a good position paper?

Response: Editing board and journal reputation.

4. What are the qualities you look for in an article?

Response: Novel, original and significant.

5. Can you give us a broad indication of the types of themes a scientific journal should cover?

Response: Genomics and plant-microbial interactions.

6. What sorts of research methods and frameworks do you expect people to use, and how will they balance conceptual and applied research?

Response: Both applied and basic research aspects are important as long as they are novel, original and significant.

7. How would you describe the journal’s mission and editorial objectives to our readers?

Response: As indicated by the name of the journal.

8. If you could be granted dream articles, what would they be on?

Response: High impacts and citations.

9. Are there any particular areas which you would like to see, or expect to see, collaborate?

Response: All subjects associated with plant pathology.

10. How does the research published percolate through to practitioners?

Response: No idea.

11. How can a publisher ensure the authors/readers a rigorous peer review and quality control?

Response: Designate appropriate editors and reviewers.

12. Your editorial policy is to be eclectic and welcome perspectives from other disciplines and schools. How does this translate into the types of contributions you encourage?

Response: No idea.

13. What do you see as the merits of journals, as opposed to book series, as a means of scholarly communications?

Response: Like journals a lot.

14. How do you differentiate Journal of Plant Physiology & Pathology with other journals in the field?

Response: The journal is at a very early developmental stage.

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