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The International Journal of Food Studies is mainly directed to scientists, technologists, researchers, teachers and students working in the food sector. 

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The International Journal of Food Studies is published twice per year, since October 2011. All articles are assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and citeable.


Submission of papers to IJFS must be performed online at https://www.iseki-food-ejournal.com/ojs/index.php/e-journal/login. After registering, please follow the instructions of the five-step submission process. In “Step 1. Starting the submission” authors must provide three suggestions of possible reviewers. Please see the Submission Circuitfor more details.

The uploaded document will be used in the peer-review process. Please avoid characters like “?*+$” when naming the manuscript file. 

The review process will be conducted entirely online and the authors will be notified, whenever their intervention is required. 

The manuscripts considered for publication will be published on the IJFS website in the summarized content of each Journal issue (title, authors) with a pdf version which can be downloaded. The Editors reserve the right to adjust the style to certain standards of uniformity. 


The International Journal of Food Studies is an open access journal, offering authors the possibility to have their paper freely available to everyone, including those who do not subscribe. To cover part of the costs of this service, authors are required to pay an article publication charge (APC) of 400 Euros. A special APC price of 350 euros is available to ISEKI_Food Association members. 

Every attempt is made to secure the publication of an approved paper within 12 months.


Once submitted and manuscripts are received by the Editorial Office, authors will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of their manuscripts.

All submitted manuscripts considered to be within the scope of the journal will be firstly checked to determine whether they are properly written, absence of plagiarism, and whether they follow the journal guidelines. Manuscripts outside the scope of the Journal or that do not meet the standards of the journal will be rejected before peer-review. Manuscripts that are not properly prepared will be returned to the authors for revision and resubmission. Decisions at this stage will be verified by the Editor-in-Chief.

After passing the initial check, the manuscripts are assigned to associate editors according to their area of expertise. Then, firstly all manuscripts are initially assessed by the selected editor for journal appropriateness and if deemed suitable, the editor will apply a single blind review process, where the papers are sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. Based on reviewers’ reports, the editor elaborates a recommendation regarding the manuscripts’ acceptance or rejection and send this information to the corresponding author. If revisions are requested to the authors, they need to provide a detailed response to all reviewers’ queries together with the revised version of the manuscript. Authors will be asked to resubmit both files within a suitable time frame, and they will be returned to the reviewers for further comments, if the editor finds it necessary. Please visit the Guide for Editors.

When manuscripts are accepted for publication, they will undergo professional copy-editing. Language editing will be done by a native English speaker and references citation will also be checked. The final version proofs will be sent to the corresponding author for final review, and any corrections should be returned within a week. No new material may be inserted into the text at this stage.


Microsoft Word 97-2007 is preferred. The text should be in single-column format and formating codes should be used only when necessary. Please avoid the hyphenation of words using the options of the word processor. You can download a template (compatible with Mac and Windows Word 97/98/2000/2003/2007) for your article at Manuscript Template.

The full length of the article, including text, figures, tables and references should not exceed 6,000 words. 


All articles should be written in good English - American or British spelling is accepted, as long as consistency is observed. To avoid unnecessary errors, authors are strongly recommended to use the “spelling and grammar check” tools of the word processor employed. Non-English speaking authors who do not have a good command of English are advised to seek assistance from someone who does. 

Please follow the internationally accepted rules and conventions and use the international system of units (SI). Please use L for litres, leave a space between units and use superscripts (e.g.:  use mg mL-1 instead of mg/ml). Avoid the use of ppm or ppb to indicate solid/liquid concentrations.


Whenever possible, simple mathematical formulae should form part of sentences. Please use / instead of a horizontal line for small fractions (e.g.: X/Y). Variables should be indicated in italics. Exponential factors should be denoted by exp for equations and E for numbers (e.g.: 10E-05).  

Mathematical formulae and expressions that have to be displayed separately from the text should be numbered consecutively in parentheses to facilitate their citation in the text. Math Type software or the Microsoft Equation Editor should be used to write these expressions, which should be centred alone, with the respective equation number.  The equation numbers should be entered from the keyboard instead of using Math Type software or the Microsoft Equation Editor.


Manuscripts should be typewritten using Calibri (11 pt) font, 1.5 point-spaced paragraphs, unless stated otherwise. Use margins of 2.5 cm (top, bottom, left and right) and lines must be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript. Insert running page numbers. Align text to both the left and right margins, unless stated otherwise.

Headings should be typewritten in Calibri (12 pt) bold font and sub-headings in Calibri (11 pt) bold font; align headings and sub-headings to the left.

Between the Introduction and the Conclusions, divide the manuscript into numbered sections (1., 2., 3., ...). Subsections should also be numbered: 1.1., 1.2., ... (then 1.1.1., 1.1.2., ...).  All sections and subsections must be followed by a brief title. 

Whenever possible, the paper should follow the traditional layout. You can download a template (compatible with Mac and Windows Word 97/98/2000/2003/2007) for your article at Manuscript Template. For further instructions, see below: 

Title of manuscript

It should be informative and accurate and at the same time, trigger the interest of the reader. Title must be typewritten using Calibri (14 pt) bold font and centred.


For name(s) of author(s), use first and last names in full, with initials for the middle names. The name of institutions with full postal addresses should be added. If authors from several institutions are involved, indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter after the name of the author and also before the appropriate address. The corresponding author should be identified with an asterisk, and the e-mail address, the respective telephone number with country and area code must be provided. Use Calibri (11 pt) font, and align text to the left.


A concise summary of the article clearly describing content, significance, objectives, short methodology, findings and conclusions, preferably without references or abbreviations should be provided (up to 250 words maximum). 

Keywords: must be provided after the abstract (6 keywords maximum).

Short title: please provide a short version of the title.

Abbreviations and/or nomenclature

For manuscripts with a large number of abbreviations, these should be listed and defined after the abstract. All abbreviations must be defined at their first mention in the main text. Consistency of the abbreviations should be maintained throughout the manuscript.

Whenever necessary, the author may add a nomenclature list before the Introduction section. 

1. Introduction 

State the main objectives of the work, and provide the motivation, problem identification, and a short adequate literature review. Please avoid presenting a summary of the results in this section.

2. Material and methods

All the materials and techniques used throughout the work must be described in sufficient detail to allow the reproduction of the work by readers. Methods already published elsewhere should be briefly described, and the original reference must be cited.

This section is not mandatory for papers on “Critical reviews” or “Exchange of views and opinions“. In this case, the authors must indicate the desired name of the corresponding section.

3. Results and discussion 

The results must be clear, concise and relevant. The repetition of the results presented in figures or tables in the main text should be avoided.  Present a well structured discussion with a proper analysis of the data. Avoid extensive discussion of published literature.

This section is not mandatory for papers on “Critical reviews” or “Exchange of views and opinions“. In this case, the authors must indicate the desired name of the corresponding section.

4. Conclusions

In this section, the authors should state clearly the main conclusions and novelties of the work and give a clear explanation of their importance and relevance. Please avoid the repetitive presentation of results in this section.


This section should be brief. All organizations or individuals that provided any kind of support to the elaboration of the work should be listed here.


The references should follow the APA (American Psychological Association) Style. They should be listed alphabetically by the authors´ name, followed by chronological order, if necessary. The authors must ensure that each listed reference is cited in the text, and each text citation is listed in the References section. Please avoid excessive referencing. 

Please follow the examples listed below. 

a) In the text and citations:

- When citing published works, the author's name and the year of publication should be given.

Single author - (Author, year of publication)

Two authors: (Author 1 & Author 2, year of publication)

Three to five authors: (Author 1, Author 2,… , & Author 5, year of publication). Subsequent citations should list only the last name of the first author along with the publication date: Author 1 (1989) or (Author 1 et al., 1989).

Six or more authors: (Author 1 et al., 2001) or Author 1 et al., (2001). 


- Use a, b, c, .... following the year to distinguish papers written by the same author during one year:


b) In the list of bibliographic references:

Author. (Year). Title. Journal, Volume (Issue), Pages.

e.g.: Janssen, M., Geeraerd, A.H., Cappuyns, A., Garcia-Gonzalez, L., Schockaert, G., Van Houteghem, N., Vereecken, K.M., Debevere, J., Devlieghere, F. & Van Impe, J.F. (2007). Individual and combined effects of pH and lactic acid concentration on Listeria innocua inactivation: development of a predictive model and assessment of experimental variability. Applied and Environmental Microbiology73 (5), 1601–1611.doi:10.1128/AEM.02198-06

Author. (Year). Title. Journal, Volume (Suppl.x), Pages.

e.g.: Galloway, J.N. (1998). The global nitrogen cycle: changes and consequences. Environmental Pollution, 102 (Suppl. 1), 15-24. doi:10.1016/S0269-7491(98)80010-9

Author. (Year). Title. Periodical Title, Volume (Issue), Pages. Retrieved from URL. doi:


Article with doi: Sanchez, D., & King-Toler, E. (2007). Addressing disparities consultation and outreach strategies for university settings. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 59 (4), 286-295. doi:10.1037/1065 -9293.59.4.286

Article without doi: Colvin, G. (2008). Information worth billions. Fortune, 158 (2), 73-79. Retrieved fromhttp://search.ebscohost.com/.

Author(s). (date of publication). Article title. Journal title, volume number, issue number (if applicable), Pages.

Magazine article, in print

e.g.: Kluger, J. (2008, January 28). Why we love. Time, 171(4), 54-60.

 Newspaper article, no author, in print

e.g.: As prices surge, Thailand pitches OPEC-style rice cartel. (2008, May 5). The Wall Street Journal, p. A9.

 Newspaper article, multiple authors, discontinuous pages, in print 

e.g.: Delaney, K. J., Karnitschnig, M., & Guth, R. A. (2008, May 5). Microsoft ends pursuit of Yahoo, reassesses its online options. The Wall Street Journal, pp. A1, A12. 

Conference paper as part of a book of proceedings

Author. (Year). Title. In (Eds). Book Title. Paper presented at Name of Conference, held at place, city, date (Pages). City: Publisher.

e.g.: Wilkinson, R. (1999). Sociology as a marketing feast. In M. Collis, L. Munro, & S. Russell (Eds.), Sociology for the New Millennium. Papers presented at The Australian Sociological Association, held at Monash University, Melbourne, 7-10 December (pp. 281-289). Churchill, Victoria: Celts.

Contribution to Conference or Symposium not formally published - electronic version

Author. (Year, Month). Title. Paper presented at Name of Conference. Retrieved from URL.

e.g.: Bochner, S. (1996, November). Mentoring in higher education: Issues to be addressed in developing a mentoring program. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference. Retrieved from http://www.aare.edu.au/96pap/bochs96018.txt. 

Conference Papers: Unpublished 

Author. (Year, Month). Title. Unpublished paper presented at Name of Conference, City.

e.g.: Portman, J. (2000, January). Creating bike lanes in big cities. Unpublished paper presented at The Energy Saving Initiative, Miami, Florida.  

Author. (Year). Chapter Title. In (Eds). BookTitle (Pages). City: Publisher.

e.g.: Vagenas, G., Drouzas, A., Marinos-Kouris, D., & Saravacos, G. (1990). Predictive equations for thermophysical properties of plant foods. In W. E. L. Spiess & H. Schubert (Eds.). Engineering and food (pp. 399-407). London: Elsevier.

Author. (Year). Title. City: Publisher.

e.g.: Box, G.E.P., Hunter,W.G., & Hunter, J.S. (1978). Statistics for Experiments: An Introduction to Design, Data Analysis and Model Building. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Author (date of publication). Title. Institution (if you accessed the manuscript copy from the university collections). If there is a UMI number or a database accession number, include it at the end of the citation.

e.g.: Young, R. F. (2007). Crossing boundaries in urban ecology: Pathways to sustainable cities (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database. (UMI No. 327681).

Author. (Year, Last Update Date). Title. Series Title. Retrieved Date, from URL

e.g.: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. (2008). Biofuels. Retrieved May 6, 2008, from


Name and function of the primary contributors (e.g., producer, director). (date). Title, (medium). City of production: name of the distributor. 



Achbar, M. (Director/Producer), Abbott, J. (Director), Bakan, J. (Writer), & Simpson, B. (Producer) (2004). The corporation [DVD]. Canada: Big Picture Media Corporation.

 Audio recording 

Nhat Hanh, T. (Speaker). (1998). Mindful living: a collection of teachings on love, mindfulness, and meditation [Cassette Recording]. Boulder, CO: Sounds True Audio.

 Motion picture 

Gilbert, B. (Producer), & Higgins, C. (Screenwriter/Director). (1980). Nine to five [Motion Picture]. United States: Twentieth Century Fox.

 Television broadcast 

Anderson, R., & Morgan, C. (Producers). (2008, June 20). 60 Minutes [Television broadcast]. Washington, DC: CBS News.

 Television show from a series 

Whedon, J. (Director/Writer). (1999, December 14). Hush [Television series episode]. In Whedon, J., Berman, G., Gallin, S., Kuzui, F., & Kuzui, K. (Executive Producers), Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Burbank, CA: Warner Bros..

Tables and Figures

Tables and Figures should be provided individually in the main text of the submitted manuscript, after the reference section. 

All Figures and Tables must be numbered, with sufficiently detailed titles to permit clarity without reference to the text. These titles must be typewritten using Calibri (10 pt) font and they must bring some clear additional information to the text. 

For each figure, the following information should be provided: Figure number (in sequence, using Arabic numerals - i.e. Fig. 1., 2., 3. etc); short title of figure or detailed legend (if necessary), placed at the end of  the illustration. Permission to publish illustrations from other sources, if required, must be obtained by the author before submission and any acknowledgments should be included in the caption. Keep text in the illustrations to a minimum, using the legend to define all symbols and abbreviations used. Do not include titles or captions within your illustrations. Both black and white and colour are acceptable. However, the author should consider the possibility of printing in black and white. After acceptance for publication, the authors should send the Figures in a high quality format, preferentially, using .EPS, .PNG or .TIFF format, if required by the layout editor. Regarding figure dimensions, all illustrations should be designed such that all information is legible at the expected final dimension. It is the author's responsibility to ensure that figures are provided at a sufficiently high resolution to ensure high quality reproduction in the final article.

For each table, the following information should be provided: table number (in sequence, using Arabic numerals - i.e. Table 1., 2., 3. etc); short title of table or detailed legend (if necessary), placed at the beginning of the table. In the preparation of tables, use one table grid for each individual table. Please avoid the use of vertical rules. Whenever necessary, place footnotes below the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters.


ETHICS IN ANIMAL AND CLINICAL INVESTIGATIONS - Investigations using experimental animals must state in the Methods section that the research adhered to the “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” (NIH publication #85-23, revised in 1985). Investigation with human subjects must state in the Methods section that the research followed the tenets of the Declaration of Helsinki promulgated in 1964 and was approved by the institutional human experimentation committee or equivalent, and that informed consent was obtained.


The International Journal of Food Studies (IJFS) expects the submission of manuscripts that follow the authorship issue. 

According to the Editorial Board and the Scientific Committee, authorship provides credit for a researcher’s contribution to a scientific publication, and it can be claimed by a list of authors that must adhere to the following criteria:

  1. Every author is expected to have made a significant contribution to the design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data of the work;
  2. Every author should have critically reviewed the drafts of the work and approved the final submitted version. 
  3. Every author should have participated sufficiently in writing the work to defend and take public responsibility for the paper’s content.

Furthermore, authors should fully meet the conditions above, and all contributions from those who do not meet these points should be listed in the Acknowledgment section


This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. To cover part of the costs of this service, authors are required to pay an article publication charge (APC) of 400 Euros. A special APC price of 350 euros is available to ISEKI_Food Association members.


On making a submission to the journal, authors are first asked to check each item on the Submission Preparation Checklist as completed, before proceeding. The checklist also appears in the Author Guidelines, under About the Journal. The list can be found below, but all items on the list will require a checkmark before authors can proceed with their submission.

1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.

2. The submission file is Microsoft Word document file format.

3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

4. The text is single column 1.5 point-spaced and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the text following the references.