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Publication Ethics and Best Practice Statement

For all parties involved in the act of publishing (the author, the Journal Editor(s), the peer reviewer and the publisher) it is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior. The ethics statements for the Journal  of Food Safety and Food Quality are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (URM) Submitted to Biomedical Journals" of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. The Publisher, the Editors and the Journal´s staff do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or sexual orientation in its publishing programs, services and activities.



The Editor-in-Chief and any Editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other Editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an Editor's own research without the explicit written consent of the author(s).

Publication decisions

The handling Editor-in-Chief of the Journal is responsible for deciding which of the submitted articles should be published. The Editor-in-Chief may be guided by the policies of the Journal's Editorial Board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The Editor-in-Chief may confer with other Editors or reviewers in making this decision.


Contribution to Editorial decisions

Peer review assists the Editor-in-Chief in making Editorial decisions and, through the Editorial communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript.


Any invited referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its timely review will be impossible should immediately notify the Editor-in-Chief so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.

Confidentiality and standards of objectivity

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except if authorized by the Editor-in-Chief. Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inacceptable. Referees should express their views clearly with appropriate supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the Editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published data of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and conflict of interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider evaluating manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the submission.


Reporting standards

Authors reporting results of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the manuscript. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Originality and plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Submission of a manuscript to the Journal implies that the work described is not copyrighted, published or submitted elsewhere, except in abstract form.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one Journal or primary publication. Parallel submission of the same manuscript to more than one Journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should also cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of a manuscript

Authorship is restricted to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be named in an acknowledgement section. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors (according to the above definition) and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the author list of the manuscript, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Hazards and human or animal subjects

If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the authors must clearly identify these in the manuscript.

Where applicable, all authors must confirm in writing that they have complied with the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki (cf. regarding ethical conduct of research involving human subjects and/or animals. In the Materials and Methods Section, or in a separate section, the manuscript should contain a statement that the study has been approved by the Ethical Committee of the institution where the study was performed, and that the study subjects, or their legal guardians, gave informed consent for participation in the study.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

All authors must disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief or publisher and cooperate with them to either retract the paper or to publish an appropriate erratum.


In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism the publisher, in close collaboration with the Editors-in-Chief, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum or, in the most severe cases, the complete retraction of the affected work. 

Copyright Manuscripts are accepted on condition of transfer of copyright (for U.S. government employees: to the extent transferable) to the Journal. Once the manuscript is accepted, it may not be published elsewhere without the consent of the copyright holders.

Note for authors of NIH-funded research

The Publishers acknowledge that the author of an NIH-funded article retains the right to provide a copy of the final manuscript to NIH upon acceptance for publication or thereafter, for public archiving in PubMed Central 12 months after publication in the Journal. Note that only the accepted author's version of the manuscript, not the PDF file of the published article, may be used for NIH archiving.


  • For more information on publication ethics please visit COPE’s website at:
  • For more information on the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals of the ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) please read:
  • Further guidance on animal research ethics is available from IAVE´s (International Association of Veterinary Editors) Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare: