The entertainment industry has their awards handed out at gala events seen by millions. Likewise, each year at the Annual Meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists, we celebrate our award winners – the Most Cited from 2 years’ prior– at the Reviewers’ Reception. Think Oscars but on a smaller scale with less cosmetic surgery.

I jest in comparison with the entertainment industry, but must say in all seriousness that the following articles are the foundation of our journals. They are the ones that other scientists have used in their publications and are a critical element of the impact factor for our journals. So here we go!

The first category is: Journal of Food Science

For 2010, 390 out of 453 papers were cited at least once, the median paper had 2 citations, the mean was 3.54 citations, and the most-cited paper had 45 citations. Here are the most cited by section, in order of times cited according to Web of Science (data from April 2013).

Concise Reviews/Hypothesis

Huang QR; Yu HL, Ru QM. 2010. Bioavailability and Delivery of Nutraceuticals Using Nanotechnology. J Food Sci 75(1):R50-57. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2009.01457.x. January/February 2010. Cited 45 times.

Food Engineering and Physical Properties

Kong FB, Singh RP. 2010. A Human Gastric Simulator (HGS) to Study Food Digestion in Human Stomach. J Food Sci 75(9):E627-635. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2010.01856.x. November/December 2010. Cited 20 times.

Nanoscale Food Science, Engineering, and Technology

Azeredo HMC, Mattoso LHC, Avena-Bustillos RJ, Ceotto G, Munford ML, Wood D, McHugh TH. 2010. Nanocellulose Reinforced Chitosan Composite Films as Affected by Nanofiller Loading and Plasticizer Content. J Food Sci 75(1):N1-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2009.01386.x. January/February 2010. Cited 20 times.

Food Chemistry

Mustafa RA, Hamid AA, Mohamed S, Abu Bakar F. 2010. Total Phenolic Compounds, Flavonoids, and Radical Scavenging Activity of 21 Selected Tropical Plants. J Food Sci 75(1):C28-35. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2009.01401.x. January/February 2010. Cited 17 times.

Sensory and Food Quality

Sinesio F, Cammareri M, Moneta E, Navez B, Peparaio M, Causse M, Grandillo S. 2010. Sensory Quality of Fresh French and Dutch Market Tomatoes: A Preference Mapping Study with Italian Consumers. J Food Sci 75(1):S55-67. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2009.01424.x. January/February 2010. Cited 11 times.

Health, Nutrition and Food

Lee JH, Kim GH. 2010. Evaluation of Antioxidant and Inhibitory Activities for Different Subclasses Flavonoids on Enzymes for Rheumatoid Arthritis. J Food Sci 75(7):H212-217. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2010.01755.x. September 2010. Cited 10 times.

Food Microbiology and Safety

Two papers tied for most cited in Microbiology.

Nou XW, Luo YG. 2010. Whole-Leaf Wash Improves Chlorine Efficacy for Microbial Reduction and Prevents Pathogen Cross-Contamination during Fresh-Cut Lettuce. J Food Sci 75(5):M283-290. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2010.01630.x. Cited 10 times.

Fan C, Hu ZQ, Riley LK, Purdy GA, Mustapha A, Lin MS. 2010. Detecting Food- and Waterborne Viruses by Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy. J Food Sci 75(5):M302-307. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2010.01619.x. Cited 10 times.

Toxicology and Chemical Food Safety

Two papers tied for most cited in Toxicology.

Liu GM, Cheng H, Nesbit JB, Su WJ, Cao MJ, Maleki SJ. 2010. Effects of Boiling on the IgE-Binding Properties of Tropomyosin of Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei). J Food Sci 75(1):T1-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2009.01391.x. Cited 7 times.

Puangsombat K, Smith JS. 2010. Inhibition of Heterocyclic Amine Formation in Beef Patties by Ethanolic Extracts of Rosemary. J Food Sci 75(2):T40-47. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2009.01491.x. Cited 7 times.

As can be seen from the majority of our winners, there continues to be a great interest in how Food Science can be used to improve Health and Nutrition aspects of the food supply. This is seen in the top-cited article where the role of Nanotechnology in bioavailability and delivery of nutraceuticals is addressed.

The second category is: Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety.

For 2010, all 38 papers were cited at least once with a median citation of 9 and a mean of 10.97 citations. In this category we recognize the top three.

Granato D, Branco GF, Nazzaro F, Cruz AG, Faria JAF. 2010. Functional Foods and Nondairy Probiotic Food Development: Trends, Concepts, and Products. Comp Rev Food Sci Food Saf 9(3):292-302. doi: 10.1111/j.1541-4337.2010.00110.x. Cited 35 times.

Torres DPM, Goncalves MP, Teixeira JA, Rodrigues LR. 2010. Galacto-Oligosaccharides: Production, Properties, Applications, and Significance as Prebiotics. Comp Rev Food Sci Food Saf 9(5):438-454. doi: 10.1111/j.1541-4337.2010.00119.x. Cited 28 times.

Granato D, Branco GF, Cruz AG, Faria JDF, Shah NP. 2010. Probiotic Dairy Products as Functional Foods. Comp Rev Food Sci Food Saf 9(5):455-470. doi: 10.1111/j.1541-4337.2010.00120.x. Cited 26 times.

It looks like a clean sweep (pun intended) of the category by the good microorganisms in our digestive system.

The final category is the Journal of Food Science Education. This is where authors provide innovative approaches to education; so the true impact is not citations, but how extensively the information is being used in teaching. Since we have no way of directly measuring applications in the classroom, the best indicator is the number of times the manuscript is downloaded. Our top two are:

Rowat AC, Rosenberg D, Hollar KA, Stone HA. 2010. The Science of Pizza: The Molecular Origins of Cheese, Bread, and Digestion Using Interactive Activities for the General Public. J Food Sci Ed 9(4):106-112. doi: 10.1111/j.1541-4329.2010.00101.x. Downloaded 3,353 times.

Stein SE, Dirks BP, Quinlan JJ. 2010. Assessing and Addressing Safe Food Handling Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors of College Undergraduates. J Food Sci Ed 9(2):47-52. doi: 10.1111/j.1541-4329.2010.00092.x. Downloaded 1,601 times.

I would like to conclude by recognizing the people who made this possible. First, a major thank you to Amanda Ferguson (Associate Director, IFT Scientific Journals) and Tiffany McKerahan (Editor, Wiley Life Science Journals) for assembling the citation and download information. Second, congratulations to all the winners for their excellent publications. We greatly appreciate your choice of our journals for your work and hope we are the journals of choice for future publications. Finally, a major thank you goes out to all authors who have published in our journals. Who knows, it may be your 2011 publication that is next year's winner.



E. Allen Foegeding, Ph.D.

Editor in Chief,

IFT Scientific Journals