Guide for Authors

Author’s Guidelines

Papers submitted are considered with the understanding that they have not been published before, are not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and have been approved by all co-authors. Every paper will be reviewed by at least two referees on whose recommendations the Editor’s decision on acceptance will be based.

In general, full papers should not exceed 6000 words and include not more than 8 display items, i.e. tables and diagrams. Short communications should not exceed 2500 words. For all contributions the acceptance criteria are quality, originality, and scientific and technological relevance to the field.

The manuscript of papers should be submitted by email to It should be accompanied by a cover letter which describes the novel feature of the paper.


Manuscript Requirements

The manuscript should be in MS Word format. The text should be typed in single-column format, double-spaced on letter-sized paper (8.5 x 11 inches) using Times New Roman font style at 12 font size

Each manuscript should include the following:

  1. Title page, which should contain the title of the paper, the names of the authors, and the institutions where the work has been carried out. The title should be concise and informative with a high keyword content. The names of its authors should include first name, middle initial (if applicable), and surname. If the author has left the institution mentioned, his present address should be given as a footnote.The corresponding author’s full mailing address, telephone number and email address should be included. The author to whom correspondence should be addressed and must be indicated with an asterisk (*).
  2. Abstract, which should comprise a factual account of the contents of the paper. It should state briefly the objective of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. It must be concise (maximum of 250 words) and provide a summary of the whole paper.
  3. Keywords, which should be not more than six. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes. The keywords should be separated by comma.
  4. Introduction, which should mention in a concise manner previously published work and state clearly what is new in the submitted paper.
  5. Experimental, which should describe the methods and materials used with sufficient details to enable any reasonably experienced workers to carry out the procedure. Description of well-known techniques and equipment is not necessary. In writing, complete sentences should be used, and consistency in voice and tense should be observed.
  6. Results and discussion, which should be complete and relevant but concise. Verbose exposition of ideas should be avoided, and unsupported elaboration of hypothesis should not be included.
  7. Acknowledgment, which should include credits for financial support, technical assistance and sources of special materials. Professional titles and wordy sentences should be avoided.
  8. References, which are listed on a separate page at the end of the manuscript. The references are numbered consecutively in the text where they are indicated by an Arabic numeral enclosed in square brackets. The following format should be used in the listing:
    1. Inatani R, Nakatani N, & Fuwa H. Antioxidative Effect of the Constituents of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) and their Derivatives. Agric. Biol. Chem. 1983; 43(7):5221–5228.
    2. Dziezak J. Antioxidants: The Ultimate Answer to Oxidation. Food Technol. 1986; 40:94–102.
  9. Tables, which should be presented on a separate file. These should be clearly arranged, provided with appropriate captions and numbered consecutively. The tables must be in Microsoft Word format.
  10. Artwork, which includes figures, schemes, and equations cited in the text and submitted in a separate file. These should be clearly arranged, provided with appropriate captions and numbered consecutively. The artwork must be in Microsoft Word format.
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