2nd Call for Papers

13th International Turfgrass Research Conference

New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

16-21 July 2017

The International Turfgrass Society announces the second call for papers to be presented at the 13th International Turfgrass Research Conference (ITRC) in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, 16-21 July 2017. Title-summaries are needed to assist the Scientific Program Planning Committee with determining a conference program as well as to initiate the process for publishing papers from the conference. The deadline for online submission of title summaries is 1 February 2016.


During the online submission process, authors should be prepared with the following information about each paper:

Information Needed for Each Submission
(approximate order of entry)


Discipline / Subject Area

see table below

Presentation Style

Oral or Poster

Title of Paper


Author (submitter) email address

Corresponding author

Enter into Graduate Student Competition

Yes or No

Preference of Journal for Publishing

Please review standards for Journal of interest

Paper Type

Research, Review, Issue, Case Study, etc. Visit guidelines URLs below for the specifics of each journal


Before adding a new name, search the database to see if that name and contact information have already been entered.

All papers presented at the ITRC require at least one ITS member among the authors. See www.turfsociety.com for membership form.

Abstract Text

Provide at least a one or two sentence summary of the paper to help with placing paper in topical sessions.

Receipt of title-summary forms will be acknowledged along with further instructions to authors about manuscript submission. If necessary, you can make changes to your submission between now and the deadline of Monday, February 1, 2016.



Papers in the discipline areas listed below are requested by the Scientific Program Planning Committee for the conference, Meeting the Challenges of a Changing Environment.

  • Conservation & Environmental Quality
  • Insect & Nematode Pests
  • Diseases (Plant Pathology)
  • Physiology and Stress Physiology
  • Ecosystem Services  Biodiversity
  • Soil Biology, Chemistry and Plant Nutrition
  • Establishment and Maintenance
  • Soil Physics and Rootzone Construction
  • Genetics and Breeding
  • Weed Science
  • Information Technology & Education



The Scientific Program Planning Committee will inform authors regarding time for oral presentations and make final decisions on presentation style (oral versus poster); you will be notified if presentation style is changed. Check the International Turfgrass Society website (http://www.turfsociety.com/itrc2017) for more program and conference details as these become available.

Journal Options for Publishing. The ITS Board approved new publishing options for the 2017 ITRC at the 2015 mid-term Board meeting. Papers at the 2017 ITRC will be published in one of three peer-reviewed journals based on subject matter and successful review: International Turfgrass Research Journal (ITSRJ), Crop Science or Agronomy Journal. Please review the standards of each journal (see URLs listed below) to determine the appropriate selection for your paper.

ITSRJ  (http://www.turfsociety.com/2015/20151020Standards-for-Publishing-ITSRJ.pdf)

Crop Science  (https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/files/publications/cs/cs-instructions-to-authors.pdf)

Agronomy Journal  (https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/aj/instructions-to-authors)

Please note that the standards for Crop Science and the Agronomy Journal are more rigorous than the ITSRJ but also realize that both Crop Science and the Agronomy Journal have an impact factor whereas the ITSRJ does not. Additionally, if a paper submitted to Crop Science or Agronomy Journal is not accepted, authors may have it considered for publication in the ITSRJ.

Page charges to authors will be as low as $0 for articles that do not exceed the page length specific to the journal. Charges for the ITSRJ will be $0 for 5 pages plus $100 per page for 6+ pages. Charges for Crop Science will be $0 for 7 pages plus $50 per page for 8+ pages. And charges for Agronomy Journal will be $0 for 7 pages plus $100 per page for 8+ pages for ASA members or $200 per page for 8+ pages for non-members of ASA. All papers published in the ITSRJ, Crop Science and Agronomy Journal will be included on an electronic (flash drive) proceedings provided to delegates at the conference. The electronic proceedings will also be available through members-only section of the ITS website.

Delegates interested in presenting a paper(s) at the conference can submit a title-summary online by clicking on the hyperlink text or visiting the 2017 ITRC website at http://www.turfsociety.com/itrc2017.

Timeline for the submission, review, and publication of papers presented at the 2017 International Turfgrass Research Conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.


Paper Type


Research, Review, Issue and Case Study

Short Communications and Notes




1 Nov.

1st Call for Papers

1st Call for Papers

31 Dec.

Preliminary deadline for title-summaries; sets conference program; declaration of oral/poster/graduate student competition





1 Feb.

Last date for receipt of title-summaries
Submit at


1 May

Manuscript submission due


1 July

Manuscript reviews due back to authors


1 Sep.

Revised manuscript (if necessary) due

Short Communication submission closes. Abstract 2 page length

1 Nov.

Revised manuscript reviews due back to authors

Short communication reviews due back to authors




1 Feb.

Final manuscript versions due

Final version due

1 July

ITRC registration confirmed before
papers published

ITRC registration confirmed before
papers published

16 July

Published on USB drive and handed out to delegates at conference

Papers Published