All papers submitted to Food Technology and Biotechnology are handled according to the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers. Before submission, authors should read the Journal's Instructions to authors.
Authors are encouraged to read the European Association of Science Editors guidelines.
For the research on humans or animals, the authors are advised to follow the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
All contributions are evaluated according to the criteria of originality and quality of their scientific content. All manuscripts are first assessed by the Editor-in-Chief and can be rejected without reviewing if not considered of sufficient interest or novelty, too preliminary or out of scope of the Journal. If the manuscript is considered suitable for further evaluation, it is first sent to the Field editor. Based on his/her opinion the paper is then sent to at least two reviewers.
The revised version is evaluated by the Field editor and/or reviewers and the Editor-in-Chief brings a decision about final acceptance based on their suggestions. If necessary, further revision can be asked for to fulfil all the requirements of the reviewers. Before acceptance for publication, each manuscript is run through iThenticate plagiarism detection software to verify the originality and ensure the quality of the written work.
Before printing, a linguistic, metrological and technical revision is made, at which stage the authors are asked to make the final corrections. The final version is then sent to the printer's office and the authors receive the galley proof for final check before printing. After printing, all manuscripts are posted online as pdf files in the final form, indexed in databases and deposited in CrossRef with the assigned doi numbers.
Editors handle all papers submitted to Food Technology and Biotechnology in strict confidence. With the exception of reviewers, they do not disclose any information regarding the submissions to third parties, unless in case of a suspected misconduct, where COPE recommendations are followed.
The reviewers are also required to treat the submitted papers confidentially and not to share or distribute the results presented in the papers which they receive for evaluation to third parties. They are encouraged to point out a case of suspected misconduct, but they should act in a confidential manner. The reviewers can also recommend a particular course of action in their confidential comments to the editor, who will then make a decision based on their recommendations, following Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers.
Food Technology and Biotechnology conducts a single blind review, i.e. the names of the reviewers are confidential to ensure the critical evaluation of the work. The reviewers are asked not to disclose their names or contact details in the comments intended for authors.
The individual contribution of each author can be stated in the cover letter or written in a footnote on the title page of the submitted manuscript. An author can be someone who substantially contributed to the idea or design of the research, acquisition of data, analysis or interpretation of data, was involved in drafting, writing or revising the paper critically for important intellectual content. Other contributors should be mentioned in the Acknowledgements and cannot be considered as authors of the work.
Correct and full names of all authors should be written (with underlined surnames) both in the cover letter and on the title page of the manuscript. Names of authors must be supplemented with their affiliations (preferably in English) and the present address of an author for correspondence. E-mail addresses of all authors should be provided in the cover letter, so that they can be contacted easily, and contact details (i.e. phone/fax and e-mail address) of the corresponding author only should be written as a footnote on the first page of the manuscript. It is highly advisable to also include the ORCID iD of the corresponding author. Authors who do not have an ORCID iD can obtain it for free at https://orcid.org.
All authors should approve the final version of the paper before submitting the paper to Food Technology and Biotechnology. They should agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work and they should state and verify with their signatures in the cover letter that all data is authentic and correct. After the acceptance of paper for publication all authors are obliged to sign the Declaration of Authorship and Statement of Conflict of Interest forms.
Details of all funding sources for the research should be written in the Acknowledgements. The authors should provide the full official funding agency name(s) and grant number(s). If needed, the relevant agency and grant number could be stated for each author, in which case only authors' initials should be written.
Changes in authorship
Changes in authorship after the submission of the paper to Food Technology and Biotechnology can be justified only by the additional work required during the revision. It is not possible after the acceptance of the manuscript for publication. The change in authorship should be indicated in the cover letter and in the reply to the reviewers, and should be accepted by all authors. All authors should also agree to the change in the order of authors. The corresponding author is responsible for all the changes in the revised version of the paper, including the change in authorship or orders of authors, and should verify it with his/her signature.
Correction of data
All authors should be accounted for the accuracy of the published data. Correction of data should be done before the final printing of the paper. For that reason, the corresponding author receives the galley proof of the paper and is asked to correct it carefully and in timely manner (within 48 h) before publication. If the authors find a major mistake or error in the published version of the article, additional correction of data (but to a minor extent) can be done after the publication only in the online version of the paper.
Retraction of published papers
If the authors made an honest error or discover the major flaws in their work, they can retract the paper. The online version will then be marked as 'retracted by authors' and a retraction notice will be added to the CrossRef database. All links to the retracted article will be maintained.
If the editors, reviewers or readers notice a case of duplicate or overlapping publication, fraudulent use of data, plagiarism or unethical research, the paper will be, after an internal review by the editor, retracted, in which case the online version will then be marked as 'retracted by editor' and a retraction notice will be added to the CrossRef database. All links to the retracted article will be maintained. All retractions will be done in accordance with the COPE retraction guidelines.
Conflict of interest
Authors should declare any conflict of interest in the cover letter. When suggesting reviewers, they should pay attention to the fact that the proposal of their colleagues, collaborators or members of their institutions will not be considered during reviewing. Also, the authors should state if they want to exclude a particular reviewer, which will be accepted if the reasons are considered to be relevant. After the acceptance of the paper for publication all authors are obliged to sign the Declaration of Authorship and Statement of Conflict of Interest forms.
According to Journal's policy, manuscripts are never sent to reviewers from the same institution or (if possible) country as the authors. The reviewers should notify the editors on any conflict of interest which prevents them from reviewing the paper, such as: recent or ongoing collaborations with the authors, inclusion during the preparation of the paper, direct competition, direct dispute with the authors, financial interest, any political, moral, ideological or similar dilemma.
If members of the Editorial or Advisory Board or their close collaborators appear as authors submitting to the journal, they are then excluded from the entire process of evaluation. The reviewers are then chosen in a way to minimize possible bias during the evaluation process. During revision, the editors follow the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers.
Research involving human subject, animals or plants
If the research involves humans or animals, the authors are advised to follow the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
For all tested human subjects, authors should have their informed consent to participate in the study. For subjects under the age of 18, their parents or guardians should give the permission for their participation in the study. If the participant has died, then consent for publication must be sought from the next of kin of the participant. All documentation must be made available on editor's request, and will be treated confidentially. For all tested subjects, a statement detailing compliance with relevant guidelines and/or appropriate permissions or licences must be included in the manuscript.
Research on vertebrates or regulated invertebrates, field studies and other non-experimental research on animals must comply with institutional, national or international guidelines and, where possible, should be approved by an ethics committee. A statement detailing compliance with relevant guidelines and/or appropriate permissions or licences must be included in the manuscript.
Experimental research on plants (either cultivated or wild) including collection of plant material, must comply with institutional, national, or international guidelines. Field studies should be conducted in accordance with local legislation, and the manuscript should include a statement specifying the appropriate permissions and/or licences.
The authors bear the sole responsibility for the content of the contribution and all submissions should be accompanied with the signed cover letter in which they declare that they have not violated any internal rules or regulations of their institutions related to the content of the contributions and that they have not submitted the paper somewhere else.
Before acceptance for publication, each manuscript is run through iThenticate plagiarism detection software to verify the originality and ensure the quality of the written work. Authors should take care not to exceed the limit of 20 % of overlapping (no more than 5 % from one source), and even less in the Results and Discussion section, otherwise the paper will be rejected. If these terms are violated, COPE recommendations will be followed and all parties involved will be notified.
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