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.
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:
- Concept and design of the study, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
- Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
- Final approval of the version to be published; and
- 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
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
- The manuscript should be in MS word double-spaced, with a 2.5 cm margin, 12-point Times New Roman font and justified.
- Authors must include continuous line numbering on all the manuscript pages and, the pages should be sequentially numbered.
- The pages of the manuscript should be numbered on the bottom right corner.
- The manuscript should be written in American English.
- 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.
- Manuscripts will be altered to meet the style guidelines of the Journal of Food and Dietetics Research.
- The authors are requested to check the manuscript for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors before submission.
- Headings and titles must be in sentence case and not in Capitals.
b. Organization of Sections in an Article
- 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.
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.
Provide up to five keywords at the end of the abstract for all types of articles except for Letters to the Editor and Replies.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
This section includes the acknowledgment of the research team members or any person who has supported to complete this work.
- Funding Sources
The author should mention the source of financial support if any with the grant number provided to facilitate the research work.
- 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.
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.
1. Spread plate technique was adopted to isolate discrete colonies.
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). 
Reference style from different sources
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
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.
Figure 1: Scattered plot showing a comparison between height and forced vital capacity % predicted.
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.
- 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.