International Journal of Dairy Technology

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Edited By: Acting Editor Dr John Tuohy

Impact Factor: 1.179

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 64/124 (Food Science & Technology)

Online ISSN: 1471-0307

Author Guidelines

The International Journal of Dairy Technology publishes original papers or review articles covering topics that are at the interface between current research in dairy science and the needs of technologists and others working in the food industry. Consequently it is read by laboratory-based scientists working in universities or research institutes, as well as those working within an industrial environment.

Manuscript submission
Submit your next manuscript online using the journal's web-based submission and peer-review system at ScholarOne Manuscripts at

Submitted papers are welcomed from all parts of the world and, after peer-reviewing, the Editors will pass the papers to well known reviewers in different countries. Every attempt is made to secure publication of an approved paper within 12 months. Topics addressed cover the many and diverse subjects that together comprise dairy technology. Some examples of papers with this specialist emphasis include the influence of temperature on the chemical components of milk, the gelation characteristics of concentrated milks, the microbiology of ultra-high-temperature (UHT) processes, leak detection in plate-heat exchangers and the microbiology of, and consumer reactions to, different varieties of cheese and fermented milk products. In addition, review articles are invited on a wide range of relevant subjects, such as the role of non-starter bacteria in cheese maturation, or the changing market for whey proteins in Greece. The journal also publishes 'Millennium Contributions', which are a series of short articles on any topical aspect of dairy science and technology, e.g. legal and labelling aspects, new analytical techniques or important commercial or marketing innovations.

As with many journals, reports on conferences or major commercial events are published on an occasional basis, as are book reviews. the Society’s symposia and conferences or major commercial events are published on an occasional basis, as are book reviews.

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Note to NIH Grantees
Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see here.

Manuscript Style
Authors should follow these guidelines very carefully and consult a current issue of the journal for further guidance. Manuscripts should be submitted as an editable file, e.g. in Word format. Manuscripts should be formatted with double spacing, leaving wide margins.

Line numbering should be included, with numbering to continue from the first line to the end of the text (reference list).  Line numbers should be continuous throughout the manuscript and NOT start over on each page. 

Research papers should be 3000-5000 words in length and reviews should be no more than 10,000 words. The following sections must be included as part of the word count: summary; introduction; results; discussion; experimental procedures; acknowledgements; table titles; and figure legends. The following sections are excluded from the word count: title page; any words that form part of a table or figure; references; and supporting information.

Manuscripts will not been reviewed unless the English is of publishable standard. Authors for whom English is a second language must have their manuscript professionally edited by an English speaking person before submission to make sure the English is of high quality. It is preferable that manuscripts are professionally edited. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication. Spelling should be that of the Shorter Oxford Dictionary. Underlining should only be used to indicate italics. The use of footnotes should be avoided if possible.  Trade names should have an initial capital letter, but otherwise capital letters should be avoided. Manufacturers or suppliers of materials and equipment, with their addresses, should be given. Statistics and measurements should always be given in figures, e.g. 10 min, except when the number begins a sentence. Numbers from one to ten should be spelt out, when the number does not refer to a unit of measurement. Abbreviations should be used sparingly, only when long or unwieldy names occur frequently and never in the title. They should be given at the first mention of the name.

Units, Symbols and Abbreviations
SI units must be used in scientific papers as explained in BS 5555: 1993 (Specifications for SI units and recommendations for the use of their multiples and of certain other units). Where appropriate the equivalent value in other units may be given in parenthesis. Symbols used are those of BS5775: Part O: 1993 Specifications for Quantities, units and symbols: General Principles).

Title Page and Biographical Detail
The title page should include: (a) the title; (b) name(s) of author(s) and affiliation(s); (c) an abbreviated running headline not exceeding 40 characters; (d) the name, complete mailing address, email address and telephone number of the author to whom all correspondence should be addressed to and who will check the proofs. The author to whom correspondence is to be addressed should be indicated with an asterisk.

The names, affiliations and e-mail address of all authors should be entered into the online submission site.

Abstract and Keywords
The abstract should be approximately 80–100 words. Up to six key words or key phrases should be listed after the abstract.

Main Text
Sections should be appropriately sub-headed. Sections should be differentiated by different font, not numbers.

Harvard style should be used, please refer to References - Harvard Style. Cite the author names followed by year of publication, e.g. (Jones 1997; Gregory 1999). For three or more authors et al. must be used when citing in the text, but given in full in the reference list e.g. (Williams et al. 1996). If there is more than one reference per year from an author then distinguish with a letter, e.g. 1997a, 1997b.  See examples below for reference styles:

Nursten H E (1997) The flavour of milk and milk products (I): Milk of different kinds, milk powder, butter and cream. International Journal of Dairy Technology  50 48–56.

Murphy P M, Lynch D and Kelly P M (1999) Growth of the thermophilic spore-forming bacilli in milk during the manufacture of low heat powders. International Journal of Dairy Technology  52 45–50.

References to books should be set out as follows:

Tamplin T C (1990) Spray cleaning of vessels. In CIP: Cleaning in Place, pp 122–152. Romney A J D, ed. Huntingdon: Society of Dairy Technology.

Harding F (1995) Milk Quality, pp 166. London: Blackie Academic and Professional.

Unpublished work must only be cited where necessary and only in the text. Copies of references in press in other journals must be supplied with submitted manuscripts. It is essential that all citations and references are carefully checked before submission, as mistakes or omissions will cause delays. References to material on the Internet can be given, but only if the hard information is available without charge to readers on an official site. The format for citations is:

Beckleheimer, J (1994). How do you cite URLs in a bibliography? [Internet document] URL  Accessed 11/11/2003.

We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.
EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:


Illustrations should appear at the end of the main text file, after the references, not dispersed within the text.

Illustrations should be referred to in the text as figures using Arabic numbers (e.g. Fig. 1) in order of appearance.

Each figure should have an appropriate number. Lettering should be no less than 4mm high to allow for a 50% reduction in size. Avoid using tints; but if they are essential to the understanding of the figure please try to make them coarse. Each figure should have a legend clearly describing it and the legends should be grouped together and supplied as seperate files. A guide to the appropriate position of each figure and table should be indicated in the text margin.

Colour photographs are welcome and their reproduction will be charged at cost.  It is the policy of the International Journal of Dairy Technology for authors to pay the full cost for the reproduction of their colour artwork. Therefore, please note that if there is colour artwork in your manuscript when it is accepted for publication, Wiley Blackwell requires you to complete and return a Colourwork Agreement Form before your paper can be published. This form can be downloaded as a PDF here.

In the event of that an author is not able to cover the costs of reproducing colour figures in colour in the printed version of the journal, the International Journal of Dairy Technology offers authors the opportunity to reproduced colour figures in colour for free in the online version of the article (but they will still appear in black and white in the print version). If an author wishes to take advantage of this free colour-on-the-web service, they should liaise with the Editorial Office to ensure that the appropriate documentation is completed for the Publisher. Any article received by Wiley Blackwell with colour work will not be published until the form has been returned.

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Short Communications
The Journal occasionally publishes Short Communications, which differ from full papers in terms of scope or completeness, rather than the quality of research. These may report significant new data and new findings arising from advances in research areas within a narrow, well-defined scope, or important findings that warrant dissemination before broader studies are complete. The text should not exceed 1500 words (approximately 6 pages of typescript) and need not be divided up into conventional sections.

Electronic Artwork
Please send an electronic version of your figures. Please save vector graphics (e.g. line artwork) in Encapsulated Postscript Format (EPS), and bitmap files (e.g. half-tones) in Tagged Image File Format (TIFF). Ideally, vector graphics that have been saved in metafile (.WMF) or pict (.PCT) format should be embedded within the body of the text file. Detailed information on digital illustrations is available from the following Wiley Blackwell website link:

Tables should appear at the end of the main text file, after the references and should include a clear title. Tables should be numbered in the same way as figures. Only horizontal lines should be used for tables, one above and one below the column headings and one at the table foot.

These should be brief and must include recognition of financial and logistical support. Authors must obtain copyright release of material reproduced from other sources and this should be acknowledged. A copy of any documentation granting permission to reproduce material should be enclosed with the final version of the manuscript. 

Peer Review
All original research and review articles will be peer reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. Authors are requested to recommend the names of two preferred reviewers; these reviewers must be independent of the authors and their institutions and should reflect the international nature of the journal.

Authors are those who actively contributed to conceiving and designing work; analyzed and interpreted data; contributed to the drafting and revision of the final article; and approval of the published work.  Participation in the acquisition of funding or data collection does not merit authorship.

You will be asked to give a short description of each author's contribution to the research and its publication at submission.

Page Proofs
A copy of the proofs will be sent to authors for checking and must be returned within 3 days. Proofs will be sent via e-mail as an Acrobat PDF (portable document format) file. The e-mail server must be able to accept attachments up to 4 MB in size. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following website:

This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen, and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available; in your absence, please arrange for a colleague to access your e-mail or post to retrieve the proofs.  Only typographical errors can be corrected at this stage.  Major alterations to the text cannot be accepted.

Author Services
Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley Blackwell's Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

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