Instructions for Authors

General points:

Journal of Food Bioactives with open access option is an official scientific publication of the International Society for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (ISNFF), a not-for-profit Disciplinary Interest Group of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) that was founded in 2007. It publishes original research articles, short communications/research notes, opinion pieces and review articles.

*Original research papers: These are usually up to 7,500 words, with a maximum of 8 tables and figures and 40 references. 

*Short communications and Research notes: These include a text of usually 3,000 words with a maximum of 4 tables and figures and 25 references.

*Opinion pieces: This is for important hot topics or controversial subjects of critical importance to the field. These are usually no longer than 1500 words.

*Review articles: These usually have a limit of 15,000 words with the required number of tables and figures and usually 80-100 references.

Structure of papers:

The manuscripts are submitted electronically and should usually consist of the following structure and style.

Title page:

The title page includes the precise title of the manuscript and should also include the names, e-mail and institution addresses of all authors, including those of the corresponding author with phone number and e-mail. A running title of less than 50 letters should also be provided.  Authorship must follow the existing publishing rules and only those who have contributed to the research listed. 


The abstract should provide a clear description of the work and should not exceed 150 words. A graphical abstract should also be provided.  Selected graphical abstracts will appear on the cover of the journal.

Graphical abstracts:

A graphic abstract should be included with each submission for possible use on the cover of the journal, if and when hard copies are produced.

The graphics abstract should attract the reader’s attention and, together with the manuscript title, provide the reader a visual impression about the manuscript without giving specific results. Attention should also be paid to the following points.

-The graphic should be simple, but informative and in colour. 

-The graphic should keep the highest standards of a professional publication.

-The graphic should be original, unpublished artwork created by any of the coauthors and should not contain information that is already within the manuscript.   


Up to 6 keywords should be provided for each paper.


The introduction should provide the background for the subject matter and lists the references from the published literature. It ends with a short statement of what the work to be reported is considering as being novel. 

Materials and Methods:

The sources of all material must be specified with the names of the companies, city, province/state and country. Methods should give credit to the very original report of the procedures employed as well as modifications made. A concise description of the procedures employed must be provided in such a way that others can repeat the work.  For procedures used from published work, the gist of the method must be provided so that the reader can follow the write up without a need to go to the original reference provided. Statistical treatment of data must be explained in this section as well.

Results and Discussion:

This section should combine the results and discussion, if possible, but could also be separated into two sections.  References in the text are given in alphabetical order. For the same first author, for the same year of publication, letters a, b, and c are used. For more than one author, if two, then both names are given and if 3 or more, et al. is used after the first author's name. All tables and figures must be self-sufficient with abbreviations defined and clear for the reader without a need to read the entire manuscript for details.


This section should be distinct from what is given in the abstract and may also provide direction for future research.


This section provides information about the funding agencies as well as those who are not listed as authors but have somehow contributed to the work. Individuals and companies that might have provided materials or equipment might also be included in this section.


The reference section is provided in alphabetical order in the style given below.

-Journal articles

Tomas-Barberan, F.A. (2017). Interaction of polyphenols with gut microbiota: Understanding the health effects of polyphenols. Biochem. Pharmacol. 139: 109.

Ambigaipalan, P. and Shahidi, F. ( 2017). Bioactive peptides from shrimp shell processing discards: Antioxidant and biological activities. J. Functional Foods. 34: 7-17.

Robbins, K.S., Ma, Y., Wells, M.L., Greenspan, P. and Pegg, R.B. (2014). Separation and characterization of phenolic compounds from U.S. pecans by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. J. Agric. Food Chem. 62(19): 4332-4341.


Strunk, W., Jr., and White, E. B. (2000). The elements of style. (4th ed.). New York: Longman, pp 213-233.

-Books and book chapters

 de Camargo, A.C., and Canniatti, S.G. (2014). Peanuts as a source of protein, unsaturated fatty acids, tocopherols, and polyphenols. In: Cook, R.W. (Ed.) . Peanuts: production, nutritional content and health implications. Nova Science Publishers, New York, NY, pp. 69-80. 

- Website

US Food and Drug Administration. Qualified health claims: Letter of enforcement discretion - nuts and coronary heart disease. Ingredients, PackagingLabeling/LabelingNutrition/ucm072926htm.Accessed 8Feb. 2017.

Submission Requirement

All manuscripts should be submitted along with a cover letter that explains the novelty of the work and provides 4 potential reviewers that should not be from the same institution of the author and at least 2 should be from other countries than one of the authors themselves.  Conflict of interest must also be stated.  A journal publishing agreement must also be signed for copyright transfer to the publisher.


Submitted manuscripts will be subjected to similarity check.  Similarities of an unreasonable level, usually 40% or more, will be rejected. Authors must inform in the cover letter that their manuscripts have not been published or submitted elsewhere for publication, including those in other languages.  All ethical issues governing publication of research materials must be followed.  All permissions required for making use of prior art or content is the responsibility of the authors.

Changes in authorship

Changes in the authorship in terms of addition or deletion of authors or changes in the order of authorship must be with the approval of the receiving editor and all authors must sign a document to justify the change.  The final decision would rest with the handling editor.

Article processing charge:

The applicable fees for publication of accepted manuscripts are US$ 950. For invited papers and the first 50 articles accepted for publication, fee waiver applies. Articles that are longer than the recommended length may incur additional fees.  Invited articles and the first 50 accepted manuscript will receive a fee waiver.