Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Food Safety (IJFS) is the official journal of the Italian Association of Veterinary Food Hygienists (AIVI). The Journal addresses veterinary food hygienists, specialists in the food industry and experts offering technical support and advice on food of animal origin.

The Journal of Food Safety publishes original research papers concerning food safety and hygiene, animal health, zoonoses and food safety, food safety economics. Reviews, editorials, technical reports, brief notes, conference proceedings, letters to the Editor, book reviews are also welcome. Every article published in the Journal will be peer-reviewed by experts in the field and selected by members of the editorial board.

The publication of manuscripts is subject to the approval of the Editor who has knowledge of the field discussed in the manuscript in accordance with the principles of Peer Review; referees will be selected from the Editorial Board or among qualified scientists of the international scientific community.

Articles must be written in Italian or English and must adhere to the guidelines and details contained in the Instructions to Authors.

 

Section Policies

Original Articles

Original Articles should normally be divided into an Abstract (written in English), Introduction/Introduzione, Materials and Methods/Materiali e Metodi, Results/Risultati, Discussion/Discussione, Conclusions/Conclusioni and References/Bibliografia. The Abstract should contain about 250 words. The text should contain a maximum of 4000 words (title, Authors' names and affiliations, abstract and references included). No more than 4 tables and/or figures are allowed. A maximum of 20 authors is permitted, and additional authors should be listed in an ad hoc Appendix.

 

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Reviews

They should be introduced by a general summary of content in the form of an Abstract (written in English and containing about 250 words). Following a short introduction, putting the study into context and defining the aim, Reviews will concentrate on the most recent developments in the field. A Review should clearly describe the search strategy followed (key words, inclusion, exclusion criteria, search engines, ...). Reviews may also include meta-analyses, guidelines and consensus papers by scientific societies or working groups. These studies must be conducted following proper, widely accepted ad hoc procedures. No particular format is required; headings should be used to designate the major divisions of the paper. The text should be of no more than 10,000 words (title, Authors' names and affiliations, abstract and references included). No more than 5 tables and/or figures are allowed.

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Short Communications

Short reports of results from original researches. They should be introduced by a general summary of content in the form of an Abstract (written in English) and should be further divided into Introduction/Introduzione, Materials and Methods/Materiali e Metodi, Results/Risultati, Discussion/Discussione, Conclusions/Conclusioni and References/Bibliografia. They must provide conclusive findings: preliminary observations or incomplete findings cannot be considered for publication. They should be signed by no more than 10 authors. Short Communications should have a short abstract of no more than 150 words, a text of no more than 2000 words (title, Authors' names and affiliations, abstract and references included). No more than 3 tables and/or figures are allowed.

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Letters to the Editor

These are written on invitation, short essays that express the authors’ viewpoint, may respond to published manuscripts in our journals, or deliver information or news regarding an issue related to the Journal scope. If the letter relates to a published manuscript, the authors of the original manuscript will be given the opportunity to provide a response. Authors of Letters to the Editor should provide a short title. The text should be of no more than 700 words (title, Authors' names and affiliations, abstract and references included).

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Applied Studies

Applied Studies comprise observations on specific cases, including adverse effects of drugs or outcomes of a specific treatment; studies on the application of a legistlation; and case studies. They should be divided into: Abstract (written in English), Introduction/Introduzione (optional), Case report(s), Discussion/Discussione, Conclusions/Conclusioni, and References/Bibliografia. The text should contain a maximum of 4000 words (title, Authors' names and affiliations, Abstract and References included). No more than 4 tables and/or figures are allowed.

 

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Risk Assessment Terminology

No particular format is required for these articles. They must provide explanations of terms related to risk assessment. Also, comparisons of words in different languages yet designating similar concepts are also welcome. Indeed, the ultimate goal of these papers is to try and create a glossary the most coherent possible, thus overcoming jargon and language barriers. These articles should be signed by no more than 10 authors. Brief reports should have a short abstract of no more than 150 words and a text of no more than 2000 words (title, Authors' names and affiliations, Abstract and references included). No more than 3 tables and/or figures are allowed.

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Challenge Test and Microbiological Characterisation of Local Products

No particular format is required for these articles. They must provide conclusive findings on microbiology of food products and shelf life tests. Data must play a pivotal role: they must be correctly selected and presented. Preliminary observations or incomplete findings cannot be considered for publication. These papers should be signed by no more than 10 authors, should have a short abstract of no more than 150 words, a text of no more than 2000 words (title, Authors' names and affiliations, abstract and references included). No more than 3 tables and/or figures are allowed.

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Food Safety Economics

No particular format is required for these articles. Subject matter areas include: contributing to setting the public health goal, integrating economics into farm-to-table risk assessment, measuring the value of food safety improvements, analysing food safety regulation from an economic perspective, estimating the economic burden of foodborne disease, contributing to designing policy innovation in the food safety area, assessing food safety regulation and transparency in international trade, managing and marketing food quality. These papers should be signed by no more than 10 authors, should have a short abstract of no more than 150 words, and a text of no more than 5000 words (title, Authors' names and affiliations, abstract and references included). International, cross-country comparative, and within-country studies are welcome.

Editors
  • Felice Adinolfi
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Book Reviews

They should be a short critical analysis and evaluation of the quality, meaning, and significance of a short book which addressed at least one of main topics of the Journal (the authors should contact the Editor-in-Chief of the journal for his/her approval before submitting a Book review).

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Peer Review Process

Our journal follow the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

The Editorial Board of each journal will immediately screen all articles submitted for publication in that journal. Those articles which fail to reach the scientific standards of the journal may be declined without further review. Those articles which satisfy the requirements of the Editorial Board will be sent to a maximum of three referees. These are experts in the field who have agreed to provide a rapid assessment of the article. Every effort will be made to provide an editorial decision as to acceptance for publication within 4-6 weeks of submission. Referees may request a revision of the article to be made. In this case, it is generally understood that only one revised version can be considered for a further appraisal under the peer-review system. The Editorial Board of our journal is responsible for the final selection of referees to conduct the peer-review process for that journal. The names of referees will not be made available to authors. However, referees will be informed as to the identity of the authors whose articles are subject to review. All members of the Editorial Board and referees are asked to declare any competing interests they may have in reviewing a manuscript. If on receiving the editorial decision concerning their manuscript authors are not satisfied they are invited to appeal to the Editorial Office. In cases in which this is considered appropriate a second opinion on the manuscript will be requested.

 

Publication Frequency

All papers are published as soon as they have been accepted, by adding them to the "current" volume's Table of Contents.

 

Open Access Policy

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.

Pre- and post-prints

PAGEPress allows and encourages authors to deposit both their pre- and post-prints in Open-Access institutional archives or repositories. The primary benefit of pre- and post-print self-archiving is reaching a larger audience which enhances the visibility and impact of your research.

 

 

Indexing

PAGEPress is currently working with the major databases and online resources, such as Pubmed/Medline, Pubmedcentral, Google Scholar, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), IndexCopernicus, Chemical Abstracts Service, OpenJ-Gate, Ulrich's Periodicals Directory, Sherpa/Romeo, Socolar, to track the Italian Journal of Food Safety articles. PAGEPress also have agreements with EBSCO Host, Elsevier Scopus, Bibliosan to track this Journal. PAGEPress is also working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in this Journal will be available as soon as possible.

 

Publication Ethics

Editorship

PAGEPress strongly support the mission of the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors; all individuals collaborating with PAGEPress are strongly invited to comply with this mission.

Ethics

All research articles published by PAGEPress journals are subject to a rigorous ethical standards. Our journals endorses the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), as well as the COPE International Standards for Editors and Authors Guidelines. The Editorial Board of each journal is responsible for the form the peer review process will take; therefore, all authors in the biomedical field must adhere to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. PAGEPress endorses the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) Policy Statement on Geopolitical Intrusion on Editorial Decisions, too.

Plagiarism
The Editorial Board of our journals will immediately screen all articles submitted for publication in that journal. All submissions we receive are checked for plagiarism by using online available tools as Helioblast or iThenticate®. Any suspected misconduct ends up with a quick rejection and is then reported to the European Science Foundation and to the US Office of Research Integrity.

The European Science Foundation released a Code of Conduct on Research Integrity, which is fully supported by our journals. All authors submitting papers to our journals are required to adopt these policies.

Below some online resource to help you in understanding plagiarism:

Roig, M. Avoiding plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and other questionable writing practices: A guide to ethical writing. St Johns University.

Long TC, Errami M, George AC, et al. Responding to Possible Plagiarism. Science 2009; 323:1293-1294.

Lewis J, Ossowski S, Hicks J, Errami M, and Garner HR. Text similarity: an alternative way to search MEDLINE. Bioinformatics 2006; 22:2298-2304.

Conflict of Interests

Conflict of interest exists when an author (or the author's institution), reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions (such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties). These relationships vary from negligible to great potential for influencing judgment. Not all relationships represent true conflict of interest. On the other hand, the potential for conflict of interest can exist regardless of whether an individual believes that the relationship affects his or her scientific judgment. Financial relationships (such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, and paid expert testimony) are the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest and the most likely to undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors, and of science itself. However, conflicts can occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships, academic competition, and intellectual passion.

All participants in the peer-review and publication process must disclose all relationships that could be viewed as potential conflicts of interest. Disclosure of such relationships is also important in connection with editorials and review articles, because it can be more difficult to detect bias in these types of publications than in reports of original research. Editors may use information disclosed in conflict-of-interest and financial-interest statements as a basis for editorial decisions.

When authors submit a manuscript, whether an article or a letter, they are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might bias their work. To prevent ambiguity, authors must state explicitly whether potential conflicts do or do not exist. Authors should do so in the manuscript on a conflict-of-interest notification page, providing additional detail, if necessary, in a cover letter that accompanies the manuscript. Increasingly, individual studies receive funding from commercial firms, private foundations, and government. The conditions of this funding have the potential to bias and otherwise discredit the research.

Scientists have an ethical obligation to submit creditable research results for publication. Moreover, as the persons directly responsible for their work, researchers should not enter into agreements that interfere with their access to the data and their ability to analyze them independently, and to prepare and publish manuscripts. Authors should describe the role of the study sponsor, if any, in study design; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; writing the report; and the decision to submit the report for publication. If the supporting source had no such involvement, the authors should so state. Biases potentially introduced when sponsors are directly involved in research are analogous to methodological biases.

Editors may request that authors of a study funded by an agency with a proprietary or financial interest in the outcome sign a statement, such as "I had full access to all of the data in this study and I take complete responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis." Editors should be encouraged to review copies of the protocol and/or contracts associated with project-specific studies before accepting such studies for publication. Editors may choose not to consider an article if a sponsor has asserted control over the authors' right to publish.

Reviewers must disclose to editors any conflicts of interest that could bias their opinions of the manuscript, and they should recuse themselves from reviewing specific manuscripts if the potential for bias exists. As in the case of authors, silence on the part of reviewers concerning potential conflicts may mean either that conflicts exist and the reviewer has failed to disclose them or conflicts do not exist. Reviewers must therefore also be asked to state explicitly whether conflicts do or do not exist. Reviewers must not use knowledge of the work, before its publication, to further their own interests.

Editors who make final decisions about manuscripts must have no personal, professional, or financial involvement in any of the issues they might judge. Other members of the editorial staff, if they participate in editorial decisions, must provide editors with a current description of their financial interests (as they might relate to editorial judgments) and recuse themselves from any decisions in which a conflict of interest exists.

Protection of Human Subjects and Animals in Research

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

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