Guidelines for Authors
Journal of Food Microbiology is an interdisciplinary research journal for publication of original research work in all major disciplines of Food Microbiology.
Manuscripts are received with the understanding that they have not been published or are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts are accepted based on the recommendations of the referees. Published papers become the sole property of Journal of Food Microbiology and will be copyrighted by the journal.
Open Access Policy
Research papers published in electronic versions of Journal of Food Microbiology may be freely viewed/ copied/ and printed by individual academicians and researchers.
Declaration of originality, authorship and competing interest on behalf of all authors of the manuscript
This manuscript is based on original work and had not been published in whole or part, in any print or electronic media or is under consideration of publication in any print or electronic media other than as abstract of conference proceedings.
Article Processing Charges (APC)
Journal of Food Microbiology is self-financed and does not receive funding from any institution/government. Hence, the journal operates solely through processing charges received from the authors and some academic/corporate sponsors. Being an Open Access Publisher, journal does not collect subscription charges from readers to enable free online access to the articles. Authors are hence required to pay a fair handling fee for processing their articles. Authors are required to make payment only after their manuscript is accepted for publication. Mentioned article processing charges are basic charges and these charges may vary based on the extensive editing, color effects, complex equations, extra elongation of no. of pages of the article and based on funding etc.
Author Withdrawal Policy
From time to time, an author may wish to withdraw a manuscript after submitting it. Changing one's mind is an author's prerogative, and an author is free to withdraw an article at no charge as long as it is withdrawn within 5 days of its initial submission after which 40% of actual APC as a withdrawal charges are applicable for all articles withdrawn. If you have concerns or questions about it, please contact us for further discussion. We welcome your input.
If you do not have funds to pay Article Processing Charges, you will have an opportunity to get time to time discounts on fee upon providing us with a valid reason for the same. We do not want fees to prevent the publication of worthy work.
Average Article Processing Time (APT) is 30-45 days.
Preparation of Manuscripts
Manuscripts should consist of the following sub-divisions: Title Page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results/Observations, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References, Tables, Figures and Legends. All manuscripts should be written in English and number all the pages consecutively beginning with the title page.
The title page should include the complete title of the manuscript, the author(s) name(s), address of the institute where the work was conducted, running title and the name and address of the author to whom the correspondence should be sent. 3-8 key words must be included.
The abstract should not exceed 250 words. It should be written in complete sentences and should give factual information.
The abbreviations and symbols should follow the recommendations on units, symbols and abbreviations: in “A guide for Biological and Medical Editors and Authors (The Royal Society of Medicine London 1977)”.
A list of all the references cited in the text should be given at the end of the manuscript. The references should be cited according to the Vancouver agreement. They should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in the text by Arabic numerals [in square brackets]. Authors must check and ensure the accuracy of all references cited. All authors should be cited. Abbreviations of titles of medical periodicals should conform to those used in the latest edition of Index Medicus. The volume of the periodical should be followed by the page number of each reference cited. Some examples are shown below:
Gendron F-P, Newbold NL, Vivas-Mejia PE, Wang M, Neary JT, Sun GY, Gonzalez FA, Weisman GA. Signal transduction pathways for P2Y2 and P2X7 nucleotide receptors that mediate neuroinflammatory responses in astrocytes and microglial cells. Biomed Res 2003; 14: 47-61.
Personal authors’ book
Carr KE, Toner PG. Cell structure: An introduction to electron microscopy. 3rd Ed Edinburgh Churchill Livingstone 1962.
Dauset J, Columbani J eds. Histocompatability 1972. Copenhagen Muksgaard 1973.
Chapter in a book
Fenichel GM. Hemipelgia: In: Clinical Neurology. 2nd ed W.B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia 1993; pp 246-260.
Do not submit tables as photographs or scanned documents. Number tables consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief title for each. The tables should be typed on separate sheets. Place explanatory details as footnotes. Give each column a short or abbreviated heading.
All figures should be listed together. Figures should not exceed 16.5 x 22.0 cm and should be numbered. For the reproduction of illustrations, only good quality drawings and original photographs can be accepted. When possible, group several illustrations on one page for reproduction. Photomicrographs should have internal scale markers. Symbols, arrows, or letters used in the photomicrographs should contrast with the background. Electronically submitted b/w half-tone and color illustrations must have a final resolution of 300 dpi after scaling, and 800-1200 dpi for line drawings.
Unless indicated otherwise, galley proofs will be sent to the corresponding author and should be returned within 48 hours of receipt.
Reprints may be purchased. Order for supply of reprints may be sent while returning the galley proofs after corrections. No reprint/s will be supplied free of charge. Reprint Order Form and Price List will be sent with the galley proofs.
Generally, submitted manuscripts are sent to one experienced referee from our panel. The contributors may submit names of three qualified reviewers who have had experience in the subject of the submitted manuscript, but are not associated with the same institution(s) as the contributors nor have published manuscripts with the contributors in the past 10 years.
When reporting experiments on human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/). Do not use patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate whether the institution’s or a national research council's guide for, or any national law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.
When possible, quantify findings and present them with appropriate indicators of measurement error or uncertainty (such as confidence intervals). Report losses to observation (such as dropouts from a clinical trial). Put a general description of methods in the Methods section. When data are summarized in the Results section, specify the statistical methods used to analyse them. Avoid non-technical uses of technical terms in statistics, such as 'random' (which implies a randomising device), 'normal', 'significant', 'correlations', and 'sample'. Define statistical terms, abbreviations, and most symbols.
After approving premium Individual/Institutional membership, there is a benefit to authors who are willing to publish their valuable manuscripts into this Journal, that is they can publish their articles for free untill the end of membership period (1Year/3Years/5Years). Membership is now available for the universities/institutes/individuals/students/scientific societies.
Individual Annual Membership Benefits
Institutional Membership Benefits
Registered University/Institute can submit N number of articles to any of the Allied Academies Journals.
Registered University/Institute (for two representatives) will get waiver on registration for any one Allied Academies conference.
Registered University/Institute will get a prestigious certificate of membership from Allied Academies.
Journals that become discontinued for any reason will remain archived on the Journal's website indefinitely. These discontinued journals will be open to the general public and continue to be available in various indexes and repositories.
Retractions and Corrections
Should any paper need to be removed from a Journal that has already been published, that paper will be removed from the PDF version of the Journal in such a way that it does not change the page/pdf numbers of other papers published in that issue of the Journal. The authors of the removed manuscript may be subject to republication fees (if applicable). Corrected versions of the Journal will be made available on the Journal website, as well as all applicable indexes.
Corrections that need to be made to an already published Journal will be handled in such a way that it does not affect any of the other papers published in that issue. If the correction stems from author error, a republication fee may apply. Corrections due to publisher error will be handled without charge. Corrected versions of the Journal will be made available on the Journal website, as well as all applicable indexes.
Decisions regarding advertising in a Journal are made by the Executive Director. Advertising that may be suitable include, but are not limited to: Higher education institutions, research organizations, publishing companies, academic organizations, writing assistance and translation services, journal indexing companies, conference organizers, event coordinators and the like. Types of advertising currently accepted include image and text ads placed on the Journal website, as well as image and text ads included in the body of the Journal itself.
Fast Editorial Execution and Review Process (FEE-Review Process):
Journal of Food Microbiology is participating in the Fast Editorial Execution and Review Process (FEE-Review Process) with an additional prepayment of $99 apart from the regular article processing fee. Fast Editorial Execution and Review Process is a special service for the article that enables it to get a faster response in the pre-review stage from the handling editor as well as a review from the reviewer. An author can get a faster response of pre-review maximum in 3 days since submission, and a review process by the reviewer maximum in 5 days, followed by revision/publication in 2 days. If the article gets notified for revision by the handling editor, then it will take another 5 days for external review by the previous reviewer or alternative reviewer.
Acceptance of manuscripts is driven entirely by handling editorial team considerations and independent peer-review, ensuring the highest standards are maintained no matter the route to regular peer-reviewed publication or a fast editorial review process. The handling editor and the article contributor are responsible for adhering to scientific standards. The article FEE-Review process of $99 will not be refunded even if the article is rejected or withdrawn for publication.
The corresponding author or institution/organization is responsible for making the manuscript FEE-Review Process payment. The additional FEE-Review Process payment covers the fast review processing and quick editorial decisions, and regular article publication covers the preparation in various formats for online publication, securing full-text inclusion in a number of permanent archives like HTML, XML, and PDF, and feeding to different indexing agencies.