Journal of Food Quality

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Edited By: Terri D. Boylston, Ph.D.

Impact Factor: 0.755

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 89/124 (Food Science & Technology)

Online ISSN: 1745-4557

Author Guidelines

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Manuscript Submission

The Journal of Food Quality operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface. Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then visit: IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.


All papers must be submitted via the online system.


File types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. LaTeX files may be submitted provided that an .eps or .pdf file is provided in addition to the source files. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format.


New Manuscript

Non-LaTeX users: Upload your manuscript files. At this stage, further source files do not need to be uploaded.
LaTeX users: For reviewing purposes you should upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box.


Revised Manuscript

Non-LaTeX users: Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.
LaTeX users: When submitting your revision you must still upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your revised source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box. In addition you must upload your TeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation "Supplemental Material not for review". Previous versions of uploaded documents must be deleted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow.


Copyright and Permissions

Publication in the journal is subject to the condition that the article (as a whole or in part) has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. In submitting the manuscript to the publisher, the author certifies that neither the author's contribution nor any text or figures procured and included by the author infringes upon the rights of a third party, and that the author alone is authorized to dispose of the existing right of utilization. The author will refrain from any other duplication and distribution or digital transfer and reproduction (e.g., on the Internet) during the period of the contract. In order for an article to be distributed as widely as possible in the journal, the author must assign to Wiley-Blackwell the copyright in and to the article, and all rights therein, including but not limited to the right to publish, republish, transmit, sell, distribute and otherwise use the article in whole or in part in electronic and print editions of the Journal and in derivative works throughout the world, in all languages and in all media of expression now known or later developed, and to license or permit others to do so. Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the final article in whole or in part in any medium by the author as permitted by this Agreement requires a citation to the Journal and an appropriate credit to Wiley-Blackwell as Publisher suitable in form and content as follows:


(Title of Article, Author, Journal Title and Volume/Issue, Copyright © [year], copyright owner as specified in the Journal). Links to the final article on Wiley-Blackwell’s website are encouraged where appropriate.

Permission grants. If the manuscript contains extracts, including illustrations, from other copyright works (including material from online or intranet sources) it is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission from the owners of the publishing rights to reproduce such extracts using the Wiley Permission Request Form.  


The Permissions Request Form should be uploaded as “Supplementary files not for review” with the online submission of your article.


If you do not have access to a scanner, further instructions will be given to you after acceptance of the manuscript.


Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time.

Ethics Guidelines: The Journal of Food Quality abides by Wiley's ethics guidelines produced by the Committee on Publication Ethics. Please contact the editorial office with any questions on ethics or authorship.


CC-BY for all OnlineOpen authors

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) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK 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


Manuscript Style

The language of the journal is English. 12-point type in one of the standard fonts: Times, Helvetica, or Courier is preferred. It is not necessary to double-line space your manuscript. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

  • During the submission process you must enter the full title, short title of up to 70 characters and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs. Also, include the names and email addresses of two potential reviewers of the manuscript.
  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).
  • Enter an abstract of not more than 150 words for all articles. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.
  • Include up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes.
  • Include a description of not more than 150 words of the practical uses--actual or potential--of the research presented in your manuscript. This text should be entitled "Practical Applications" and appear just below the abstract.


The main text should follow the arrangement described below:

  • Introduction: Be brief and state the reason for the work in relation to the field, indicating what new contribution is made by the work described.
  • Materials and Methods: Provide enough information to allow other investigators to repeat the work. Avoid repeating the details of procedures that have already been published elsewhere.
  • Results: Present results as concisely as possible. Do not use tables and figures to present of the same data.
  • Discussion: Interpret the results here. The results should not be repeated, though in some cases it might be desirable to combine results and discussion sections.
  • References: Responsibility for the accuracy of citations rests entirely with the author(s). In the text, give references by the surname of the authors and the year, using et al. when there are more than two authors. In the References section, list all authors, organizing the references alphabetically by the primary author’s surname.


Reference style. References to papers in press should indicate the name of the journal, following the abbreviation used in Chemical Abstracts, and should only be used for papers that have been accepted for publication. Refer to submitted papers by such terms as “unpublished observations” or “private communication,” though use such resources only when absolutely necessary.


Follow standard nomenclature as used in the scientific literature and avoid laboratory jargon. If abbreviations or trade names are used, define the material or compound the first time that it is mentioned.


Where possible the DOI* for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. Online citations should include date of access.


References should be listed in the following style:


DEWALD, B., DULANEY, J.T. and TOUSTER, O. 1974. Solubilization and polyacrylamide gel electro-phoresis of membrane enzymes with detergents. InMethods in Enzymology, Vol. xxxii, (S. Fleischer and L. Packer, eds.) pp. 82-91, Academic Press, New York.


HASSON, E.P. and LATIES, G.G. 1976. Separation and characterization of potato lipid acylhydrolases. Plant Physiol. 57, 142-147.


ZABORSKY, O. 1973. Immobilized Enzymes, pp. 28-46, CRC Press, Cleveland, Ohio.


*The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is an identification system for intellectual property in the digital environment. Developed by the International DOI Foundation on behalf of the publishing industry, its goals are to provide a framework for managing intellectual content, link customers with publishers, facilitate electronic commerce, and enable automated copyright management.


Illustrations. Should be intelligible without reference to the text, though each one should be referenced in the text. Number illustrations consecutively with Arabic numerals. The title of the illustration should appear as in the following example:




Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c should be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

  • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi
  • Graphs, drawings, etc - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum
  • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi


Acknowledgments. Where applicable, list acknowledgments on a separate page.


Short notes. Short notes will be published where the information is deemed sufficiently important to warrant rapid publication. The format for short papers may be similar to that for regular papers but more concisely written. Short notes may be of a less general nature and written principally for specialists in the particular area with which the manuscript is dealing. Manuscripts that do not meet the requirements of importance and necessity for rapid publication will, after notification of the author(s), be treated as regular papers. Regular papers may be very short in length.

Supporting Information
Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format.

For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission, please visit:

The Journal of Food Quality is covered by Wiley-Blackwell's Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

Referrals to the Open Access Journal Food Science & Nutrition: This journal works together with Wiley’s open access journal, Food Science & Nutrition, to enable rapid publication of good quality research that is unable to be accepted for publication by our journal. Authors will be offered the option of having the paper, along with any related peer reviews, automatically transferred for consideration by the Editor of Food Science & Nutrition. Authors will not need to reformat or rewrite their manuscript at this stage, and publication decisions will be made a short time after the transfer takes place. The Editor of Food Science & Nutrition will accept submissions that report well-conducted research which reaches the standard acceptable for publication. Accepted papers can be published rapidly, typically within 20 days of acceptance. Food Science & Nutrition is a Wiley Open Access journal and article publication fees apply. For more information, please go to

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Effective with the 2011 volume, this journal will be published in an online-only format.

Self-Archiving Policy: Authors of articles published in Wiley journals are permitted to self-archive the submitted (preprint) version of the article at any time, and may self-archive the accepted (peer-reviewed) version after an embargo period. Please visit our Self-Archiving Policy page for details or refer to your Copyright Transfer Agreement.