Instructions For Authors

Getting Started

Authors need to submit their manuscripts through the online submission platform available at https://editorialassist.com/jfdr. Articles submitted as hard copies are not accepted.

All first-time users need to register themselves. Registration is free. Once registered, authors can use their username and password to submit and keep track of their articles. In case of any problems, the author can contact the Technical Assistance at technical.team@scientificscholar.com

Types of Manuscripts

Journal of Food and Dietetics Research publishes manuscripts in the following categories:

  • Original article
  • Review article
  • Short Communication
  • Case Report

Original research article:
Abstract word count (Maximum): 350
Manuscript Word count: 4000
Total no. of figures +Tables: 05
Total no. of references (maximum): 25

Review article:
Abstract word count (Maximum): 300
Manuscript Word count: 4500
Total no. of figures +Tables: 04
Total no. of references (maximum): 30

Short communication:
Abstract word count (Maximum): 200 
Manuscript Word count: 2000
Total no. of figures +Tables: 03
Total no. of references (maximum): 20

Case report:
Abstract word count (Maximum): 100
Manuscript Word count (Including reference, excluding tables, figures and abstract): 1000
Total no. of figures +Tables: 02
Total no. of references (maximum): 10

Publication/Processing Fee

Article submission charge: Free
Article processing charge:   Free
Article publication charge:  Free

General Information

Journal of Food and Dietetics Research (JFDR) publishes original works and findings that contribute to the advancements in the field of Food Science, Clinical Nutrition, Dietetics and its relevant fields.

Author Responsibility

The journal accepts only original work that has not been published elsewhere. All authors must confirm that neither the manuscript nor any part of it was written or published or is under consideration for publication elsewhere. Publication of the content as an abstract during the proceedings of meetings is not considered prior to publication and can be submitted for publication. At the time of submission, authors should disclose details, if the study described in the manuscript had been previously presented in a meeting or published as an abstract. The details have to be mentioned in the Acknowledgments section. Any use of previously published material protected by copyright laws must be clearly acknowledged in the manuscript. Publishing of material on a website may be considered prior to publication and should be mentioned at the time of submission. Authors should disclose details of related papers even those authored in a different language.

Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to any of the four components mentioned below:

  1. Concept and design of the study, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; and
  4. Aptitude to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Each contributor should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the appropriate content of the manuscript. The order of naming the contributors should be based on the relative contribution of the individual included for authorship credit toward the study itself and the writing of the manuscript. Once the article has been submitted, the order cannot be changed without written consent from all the contributors. The journal prescribes a maximum number of eight authors for all categories of manuscripts except for Case Reports and Case Series that will have a maximum of four authors.

The authors need to identify one author who will correspond with the Journal office in all matters related to the manuscript called the Corresponding Author. The content of the final manuscript including changes suggested by the Editor or reviewer of the manuscript is the responsibility of the corresponding author.

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

The Journal of Food and Dietetics Research (JFDR) insists to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher. Our ethic statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors: http://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines

Plagiarism Policy

We provide plagiarism check software (iThenticate) on the Editor’s and Reviewer’s panel in the manuscript management system. We encourage our editors and reviewers to use the plagiarism check. The manuscript’s found to have plagiarism is rejected.

Preparation of the Manuscript

a. General Instructions

  1. The manuscript should be in MS word double-spaced, with a 2.5 cm margin, 12-point Times New Roman font and justified.
  2. Authors must include continuous line numbering on all the manuscript pages and, the pages should be sequentially numbered.
  3. The pages of the manuscript should be numbered on the bottom right corner.
  4. The manuscript should be written in American English.
  5. The author should write the full term for each abbreviation at its first use in the title, abstract, keywords and text separately unless the abbreviation is a standard unit of measure.
  6. Manuscripts will be altered to meet the style guidelines of the Journal of Food and Dietetics Research.
  7. The authors are requested to check the manuscript for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors before submission.
  8. Headings and titles must be in sentence case and not in Capitals.

b. Organization of Sections in an Article

  1. Cover letter
    Authors must enclose a cover letter specifically covering the following aspects –
    i. The type of article being submitted (original research article/review / short communication/case report)
    ii. The total word count of the Manuscript (excluding tables and figure legends), number of references and number of tables and/or figures in the MS should be clearly spelled out.
    iii. Highlights/novelty of the work being submitted (not more than 2 sentences; each sentence should not exceed 150 characters including spaces)
    iv. A statement on conflict of interest, if any or otherwise.
    v. The author should clearly mention the originality of work, its non-submission / consideration in other journals
    vi. A statement to the effect that all authors have read and approved the MS; and, that all are aware of its submission to JFDR
    vii. The corresponding author must undertake in the covering letter that he/she shall review at least two manuscripts (in his/her own specialization) submitted to JFDR.
    viii. In the next new page, complete manuscript title; List all authors’ full names, highest academic degrees, professional titles, affiliations, and locations of affiliations; Name and address of the corresponding author, including, telephone number, and e-mail address and Sources of support that require acknowledgment.
    ix. Short title of not more than 45 characters (including spaces) for use as a running title.
  2. Abstract
    i. An abstract is required for all categories of manuscripts. The abstract should not exceed 350 words.
    ii. For an original research article, the abstract should be structured with Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. It should not exceed 500 words.
    iii. No abstract should contain any figures, tables, or references, trade names, or manufacturer’s names.
  3. Keywords
    Provide up to five keywords at the end of the abstract for all types of articles except for Letters to the Editor and Replies.
  4. Introduction
    i. All articles need an Introduction that describes the objective of the investigation.
    ii. The author should clearly state the specific goal or purpose of the article, and indicate why it is worthy of attention.
  5. Materials and Methods
    i. The important materials and the methods used in the study should be described in detail.
    ii. Known methods have to be with citing references and new or modified methods may be described in sufficient detail format.
    iii. Evidence for approval by a local Ethics Committee (for both human as well as animal studies) must be supplied by the authors by providing an ethical approval number with the date.
    iv. The statistical methods used for the study should be clearly mentioned.
  6. Results and Discussion
    i. All results should be in a clear, logical sequence and should adhere to the specific objective of the paper.
    ii. Data presented in tables should not be duplicated in the text.
    iii. Use graphs as an alternative to tables with many entries; do not duplicate data in graphs and tables
    iv. Extensive citations and discussion of published literature without importance to the results of the work should be avoided.
  7. Acknowledgments
    This section includes the acknowledgment of the research team members or any person who has supported to complete this work.
  8. Funding Sources
    The author should mention the source of financial support if any with the grant number provided to facilitate the research work.
  9. Conflicts of Interest/Competing Interests
    i.All authors must disclose any and all conflicts of interest they may have with the publication of the manuscript or any institution or product that is mentioned in the manuscript and/or is important to the outcome of the study presented.
    ii. Authors should also disclose any conflict of interest with products that compete with those mentioned in their manuscript.
  10. References
    References follow the ICMJE guidelines. References are to be numbered sequentially in the order in which they appear in the manuscript. Reference numbers are typed as superscripts, enclosed by square brackets, after the punctuation mark at the end of the line.
    Examples:
    1. Spread plate technique was adopted to isolate discrete colonies.[1]
    2. Screening and isolation of alpha-amylase producing fungi and bacteria from marine water were reported by Medda and Chandra (1980) and Pretorius et al. (1986). [2,3]
    3. Different sources of fungi (seventy-eight strains of Aspergillus oryzae) were reported to be isolated from soils of different habitats by serial dilution method (Clark et al., 1958). [4]
    Reference style from different sources
    Citation typeExample
    Articles in Journals1. Olson MC, Posniak HV, Fisher SG, et al. Directed and random biopsies of the prostate: indications based on combined results of transrectal sonography and prostate-specific antigen density determinations. Am J Roentgenol 1994;163:1407–1411.
    Issue with supplementPayne DK, Sullivan MD, Massie MJ. Women’s psychological reactions to breast cancer. Semin Oncol 1996;23(1, Suppl 2):89-97.
    Volume with supplementShen HM, Zhang QF. Risk assessment of nickel carcinogenicity and occupational lung cancer. Environ Health Perspect 1994;102 Suppl 1:275-82.
    Books and Other Monographs
    Personal Author(s):Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd ed. Albany (NY): Delmar Publishers; 1996.
    Editor(s), compiler(s) as author:Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996.
    Chapter in A BookTurgut AT, Dogra VS. Prostate carcinoma: Evaluation using transrectal sonography. In: Hayat MA, ed. Methods of cancer diagnosis, therapy and prognosis. 1st ed. New York, NA: Elsevier; 2008. p. 499-520.
    Electronic Sources as Reference
    Journal article on the Internethttp://www.apastyle.org/learn/quick-guide-on-references.aspx
    Monograph on the InternetFoley KM, Gelband H, editors. Improving palliative care for cancer [monograph on the Internet]. Washington: National Academy Press; 2001 [cited 2002 Jul 9].
    Available from: http://www.nap.edu/books/0309074029/html
    Homepage/Web siteAvailable at http://www.apastyle.org/learn/quick-guide-on-references.aspx
    Part of a homepage/Web siteAvailable at http://www.apastyle.org/learn/quick-guide-on-references.aspx
    Unpublished data or articles submitted for publication are not to be cited in the reference list. They are cited within parenthesis in the text. (Example: Aaron J, unpublished data).
    Papers presented at meetings are not cited in the reference list. They are cited within parenthesis in the text. (Example: Aaron J et al., presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Society).
  11. Tables
    i. Tables should appear at the end of the main text file, after the references and must be prepared by using only MS word.
    ii. Each table must have a descriptive title, and each column a heading. Tables must contain a minimum of four lines and four columns of data and not exceeding 7 columns and 15 rows.
    iii. Tables are numbered in the order in which they are cited in the text. Abbreviations used in the tables are defined below each table.
    iv. Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.
    v. All arithmetic calculations (percentages, totals, differences) must be double-checked for accuracy, and data must agree with the data given in the text.
    Example for the table
    Table 1: Brief title of the table
    Heading 1Heading 2Heading 3
    DataDataData
    DataDataData
    DataDataData
    DataDataData
  12. Figures/Images
    i. All images should be uploaded in JPEG, or TIF, format. The image file size should be within 12 MB in size.
    ii. Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been first cited.
    iii. Labels, numbers, and symbols should be clear and of uniform size.
    iv. Mention the source properly, if the figure has been extracted from published data.
    Picture 1
    Figure 1: Scattered plot showing a comparison between height and forced vital capacity % predicted.
  13. Graphs
    i. Graphs need to be exported as JPEG or TIF images and submitted as figures.
    ii. Graphs and line drawings need to be a minimum of 1000 dpi. Graphs should include clearly labeled error bars described in the figure legend.
    iii. The authors must state whether a number that follows the ± sign is a standard error (SEM) or a standard deviation (SD).
    iv. The number of independent data points (N) represented in a graph must be indicated in the legend. Numerical axes on graphs should go to 0, except for log axes.
  14. Video Clips
    i. The journal encourages authors to submit video clips, cine clips, or real-time images (preferably in ‘mp4’).
    ii. The maximum size of each multimedia file should not exceed 30 MB. In addition to the video content, authors must provide a still image from each video file. Supply TIFF or JPEG files.

Submission of the Manuscript

Online Manuscript Submission

All manuscripts must be submitted online at the Journal of Food and Dietetics Research. You will see step-by-step instructions when you are submitting your manuscript. You will need to submit the following documents as separate files.

  1. Cover letter:
    Details to be prepared as given in (b) section, under preparation of the manuscripts
  2. Manuscript:
    This document should include the title, abstract, keywords, manuscript body, and references. This must be in the document format. Acknowledgment Section should be included at the end of the main manuscript.
  3. Figures:
    Figures must be submitted in .tiff or jpeg format. Color images should be of good quality. Each image should be less than 12 MB in size. The size of the image can be reduced by decreasing the actual height and width of the images (1240 x 800 pixels or 5-6 inches).

Figure legends are uploaded in a document format.

  • Figures & Graphs
    Do not embed them in the main manuscript. They should be uploaded separately at the time of uploading the figures in the “jpeg” or “tiff” format.
  • Tables:
    Tables should be included in the main manuscript file after the references.
  • Instruction on supplemental digital multimedia/video content: In addition to the video content, authors must provide a still image from each video file. Supply TIFF or JPEG files. These are also uploaded at the time of figure upload.

Copyright Transfer Agreement

Copyright and disclosure forms are available for download from the author’s panel and should be uploaded as PDF files.

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