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Submitting your materials


We require all corresponding authors to identify themselves using ORCID when submitting a manuscript to this journal. ORCID provides a unique identifier for researchers and, through integration with key research workflows such as manuscript submission and grant applications, provides the following benefits:

  • Discoverability: ORCID increases the discoverability of your publications, by enabling smarter publisher systems and by helping readers to reliably find work that you have authored.
  • Convenience: As more organisations use ORCID, providing your iD or using it to register for services will automatically link activities to your ORCID record, and will enable you to share this information with other systems and platforms you use, saving you re-keying information multiple times.
  • Keeping track: Your ORCID record is a neat place to store and (if you choose) share validated information about your research activities and affiliations.

See our ORCID FAQs for more information.

If you don’t already have an iD, you will need to create one if you decide to submit a manuscript to this journal. You can register for one directly from your user account on Editorial Manager, or alternatively via

If you already have an iD, please use this when submitting your manuscript, either by linking it to your Editorial Manager account, or by supplying it during submission.

ORCIDs can also be used if authors wish to communicate to readers up-to-date information about how they wish to be addressed or referred to (for example, they wish to include pronouns, additional titles, honorifics, name variations, etc.) alongside their published articles. We encourage authors to make use of the ORCID profile’s “Published Name” field for this purpose. This is entirely optional for authors who wish to communicate such information in connection with their article. Please note that this method is not currently recommended for author name changes: see Cambridge’s author name change policy if you want to change your name on an already published article. See our ORCID FAQs for more information. 

Supplementary Material

The reader should be able to fully understand the author’s work through a reading of the article alone. However, the provision of Supplementary Material may be beneficial to readers if it supports reproducibility and transparency. Additional material too extensive for publication in a journal issue can be submitted as supplementary files to be made available online (e.g. figures, videos, 3-D structures/images, extensive datasets, etc).

Supplementary tables should be identified and referenced in the text as "Supplementary Table S1", "Supplementary Table S2" etc.; supplementary figures should be identified and referenced as "Supplementary Figure S1", "Supplementary Figure S2" etc. Any supplementary file that is not a table or figure should be referenced and identified as "Supplementary Appendix S1", "Supplementary Appendix S2" etc. All Supplementary Material should be uploaded in Editorial Manager at the time of parent article submission and clearly cited in a “Supplementary Materials” references list at the end of the body text. Supplementary Material will be made available for peer review for both relevance to the parent article and accuracy, but will be neither copyedited nor typeset.  

Manuscript Review

All manuscripts submitted to Weed Science are screened for plagiarized content using iThenticate software and are reviewed for suitability by the journal Editor before being assigned to an Associate Editor. The Associate Editor coordinates review of the manuscript for content and presentation by two or more anonymous reviewers and communicates with the corresponding author concerning manuscript revisions. Final acceptance or rejection is the prerogative of the Editor.

Licence to publish

Before Cambridge can publish your manuscript, we need a signed licence to publish agreement. Under the agreement, certain rights are granted to the journal owner which allow publication of the article. The original ownership of the copyright in the article remains unchanged. For full details see the publishing agreement page.