Guide for authors

Aims and scope

Annals. Food Science and Technology is an international scientific electronic journal which publishes papers from all areas related to Food, Environmental and Industrial Engineering, Biotechnology and Agricultural Science, Food Microbiology and Safety.

Short communications and mini-reviews are also welcomed. All contributions should be concise and written in English. Authors must assure that no part of the article has been published nor submitted for publication elsewhere.

Open Access Policy

The Annals. Food Science and Technology is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in the Annals. Food Science and Technology without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access.

Copyright / Open Access

Articles published in Annals. Food Science and Technology will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).

Editors’ Ethics Code

Annals. Food Science and Technology adheres to a Code of Ethics:

  • All manuscripts are received by the editor and are considered as a confidential document.
  • All manuscripts, including those of the editor or members of the Editorial Board, will be subjected to the same review process. All of them will be handled anonymously and submitted to peer review omitting authors’ names and affiliations.
  • The editor or members of the editorial board are not to be involved in their own manuscript evaluation or in the evaluation of manuscripts emanating from their own department.
  • Under no circumstances the editor should contact the authors to discuss matters related with the manuscript.
  • Under no circumstances the editor and the referees must refer, in conversation or in print, to the work that the manuscript describes before it has been published. Neither should the information it contains be used for advancement of the own work.

Article Processing Charges

All articles published in our journals are open access and freely available online, immediately upon publication. 
There is no article-processing charge (APC) from the authors for publishing services we provide.

Instructions for Authors

All manuscripts should be prepared with Microsoft Word and sent to the Editor by e-mail as “attachment” to the electronic address For tables, figures, photographs and abbreviations, see instructions.

A galley proof is provided to author(s) before the article is available for all audiences.

Cover letter. All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter that includes a brief overview of the manuscript and the corresponding and contacting author contact information including full name, e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address (corresponding author and contacting author). It should also specify the number of display items (figures and tables), the number of attachments (manuscript, figures, supplementary information if any), and their formats.

The cover letter must include a statement indicating that the article has not been published in another publication and is not being submitted simultaneously to another journal.

Format of Papers

Use the following template.

Evaluation Process

Receipt of each article is acknowledged by e-mail to the contacting author within three working days. The manuscript is read and examined for conformity to the Instructions for Authors by the editor. Failure to meet the criteria outlined may result in return of the manuscript for correction before evaluation.

The editor selects two or three referees who are invited, in confidence, to evaluate the manuscript according to the following aspects:

  • Originality of the work.
  • Relevance to scientific knowledge in Food Science and Environment.
  • Background: adequate theoretical background. Hypothesis, objectives and clear contribution to Food Science and Environment. Updated and quality references.
  • Methodology: appropriate and adequately described materials and methods, respectively experimental design
  • Results: concise and sufficient data. Statistics analysis when appropriate. Efficiency measurements. Clear and correct figures; only essential data should be included in figures.
  • Discussion: In-depth discussion, correct interpretation.
  • Formal aspectscorrect language, references properly cited. High quality figures. Adherence to usual and consistent nomenclature. Title and summary sufficiently informative.

All the above items will be evaluated as outstanding, good, fair, mediocre or poor by an assessment form given to evaluators.

The article could be: accepted with no further revision; accepted after minor revision (no further review required); accepted only after major revisions, inappropriate for the journal; rejected.

If the paper is accepted after major revisions, it must be sent again for peer review to the same evaluators.

Short Communications

A Short Communication (less than four letter printed pages) is for a concise, but independent report representing a significant contribution to Biotechnology.

Short Communication is not intended to publish preliminary results. Only if these results are of exceptional interest and are particularly topical and relevant will be considered for publication.

The required format is that of the standard scientific research paper, consisting of a title page, abstract, keywords, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion, acknowledgments and references.

It should be no more than 1500 words, and could include two figures or tables. It should not have more than 10 references. Short Communications are also sending to peer review.