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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The manuscript or any parts of it have never been published before nor are they being considered to be published elsewhere at the time of the submission.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The requirements set for Title page (submission file 1) and Manuscript (submission file 2) should be followed accordingly.
  • All metadata should be cleared from all submission files.
  • Where available, URLs (Internet adresses), DOI, Journal's site for the references have been provided.
  • Tables should be with appropriate captions at the top and numbered with Arabic numerals in the order of their appearance in the text.
  • Each Figure should be numbered with Arabic numerals in the order of its appearance in the text. Each Figure must have a separate caption and legend.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

It is mandatory for the authors to follow the instructions below. Manuscripts that are not prepared accordingly will not be processed.

Manuscript preparation
Food Science and Applied Biotechnology
journal only publishes articles in English. The American spelling is preferred. Manuscripts must be grammatically and linguistically correct. Authors who are not native English speakers are encouraged to use the help of colleagues fluent in English.

Types of contributions
The following categories of manuscripts are accepted for publication:
- Research Articles
- Short Communications
- Technical Notes

Research Articles
Research articles should be no longer than 5000 words and include up to 6 tables/figures. They should present complete investigations. Longer manuscripts could also be considered but only when based on the amount of important data presented and not on the presentation of insufficient information. Manuscripts must not have been published previously. Research Articles should be divided into sections as listed below.

Review Articles
Reviews should be no longer than 8000 words and include up to 5 tables/figures. We encourage authors to have preliminary correspondence with the responsible Co-Editor outlining the content of the manuscript. The Reviews should be divided into sections that are appropriate to the topic.

Short Communications
Short communications are concise articles describing scientifically sound research that contributes new knowledge, going far beyond state-of-the-art. The results reported may be of a preliminary nature, but of such importance that rapid publication is justified. If deemed appropriate by the editors, these manuscripts will be subjected to the standard, but accelerated, peer review process. Short communications do not need to be divided into titled sections, but should start with an abstract (maximum 150 words). They should not exceed 2500 words (including no more than 15-20 references) and contain no more than 3 figures and/or tables).

Technical Notes
Technical notes are short peer-reviewed articles describing the development of new or modification of existing equipment applicable to the food/biotechnological industry. Technical notes could also present an analytical or computational method as well as a software tool. The main criteria for publication will be the novelty and scientific soundness of the results reported and their potential for practical applications. Technical notes do not need to be divided into titled sections, but should start with an abstract (maximum 150 words). They should not exceed 2500 words (including no more than 15-20 references) and contain no more than 3 figures and/or tables).

Style of manuscripts
See template files. All metadata should be cleared from all submission files.

Title page (for Editors) - submission file 1 - Download template
This Title page should be a separate OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format containing:
    1) Title of the paper;
    2) Full names (First and family names) of the authors, their emails and affiliations;
    3) Abstract;
    4) Title, name, email, phone and/or fax numbers and detailed postal address of the corresponding author and titles;
    5) up to 7 keywords;
    6) A list of abbreviations.

Manuscript (for Reviewers and Editors) - submission file 2 - Download template
This Manuscript should be a separate OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format containing:
Title page should be an integral part of the manuscript itself containing:
        1.1) Title of the paper;
        1.2) Abstract
        1.3) up to 7 keywords;
        1.4) A list of abbreviations.
    2) Manuscript.

The Abstract should be informative and self-explanatory. It should be no longer than 200 words and should not include references and/or abbreviations.

The Introduction
should describe recently published literature on the subject of the manuscript, a clear hypothesis and novelty of the presented research.

Materials and Methods
The Materials and Methods section should describe in detail all materials and methods used in the study allowing reiteration of the study. Authors should refer protocols to the original papers and only their own modifications should be described in detail.

Results and Discussion
The Results and Discussion section could be separated into two subsections: “Results” and “Discussion”. In this section, the main experimental results should be described. Statistical analysis is of critical importance. The presented results should be discussed further from the point of view of currently available knowledge. It is important that the available scientific information be enriched but not repeated. A combined Results and Discussion section is also acceptable.

The Conclusion remarks should highlight the main results of the study and summarize the authors’ point of view concerning the future prospects of the problems they discussed in the manuscript. 

should be present to acknowledge the authors’ funding sources.

References in the text (including those in tables and figure legends) should be presented in brackets with the name of the first author and the year of publication, i.e. (Broun et al. 2016).

For the References section, please follow the examples:

Articles in English with a DOI number:
Berkov S., Pavlov A., Ilieva M., Burrus M., Popov S., Stanilova M. GC-MS of alkaloids in Leucojum aestivum plants and there in vitro cultures. Phytochemical Analysis, 2005, 16(2): 98-103. http://doi.org/10.1002/pca.824

Articles in English without a DOI number:
Ramirez-Ramirez G., Chassagne D., Feuillat M., Voilley A., Charpentier C. Effect of wine constituents on aroma compound sorption by oak wood in a model system. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, 2004, 55(1): 22-26.

Articles in the original language other than English:
Vlahova-Vangelova D., Balev D., Dragoev S. Morphological changes of m. Longissimus dorsi during acid marinating with sodium citrate. Agricultural Sciences, 2013, 5(14): 151-156. [in Bulgarian]

Articles published online ahead of print version as an Early View:
Yu H.Y., Lee S.-J., Lee S.Y., Lee S.K., Hur S.J. Effect of dietary bioactive compounds and biopolymer encapsulated lipids on metabolism of lipids in high fat diet-fed mice. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, Version of record online: 30 December 2016. In press. http://doi.org/10.1002/ejlt.201600310

Lawrie R. A. The storage and preservation of meat III. Direct microbial inhibition. In: Meat Science (Fourth Edition). Elsevier Ltd., Pergamon Press Oxford, New York, Toronto, Sydney, Paris, Frankfurt, 1985, рр. 159–168, Print ISBN: 978-0-08-030789-3. http://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-030789-3.50002-6

Textbooks and handbooks:
Ray B., Bhunia A. Fundamental Food Microbiology (Fifth Edition). CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. 2013, 663 pages. Print ISBN: 978-1-4665-6443-5, eBook ISBN: 978-1-4822-0866-5

Chapter in a book:
Dzhambazova T., Badjakov I., Dincheva I. Georgieva M., Tsvetkov I., Pavlov A., Marchev A., Mihalev K., Ivanov G., Kondakova V., Batchvarova R., Atanassov A. New Approaches for Detection of Unique Qualities of Small Fruits. In: Omics Technologies and Crop Improvement (N. Benkeblia Ed.). CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. 2014, рр. 187–208, Print ISBN: 978-1-4665-8668-0, eBook ISBN: 978-1-4665-8669-7, http://doi.org/10.1201/b17573-9

Chapter in a book from a book series:
Mai D.S., Hoang N.K. Impact of climate change on foodborne pathogens. In: Foodborne Pathogens and Food Safety (Md. Latiful Bari, Dike O. Ukuku Eds). Food Biology Series, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. 2015, рр. 156–167. Print ISBN: 978-1-4987-2408-1, eBook ISBN: 978-1-4987-2410-4

Grivetti L.E., Shapiro H.Y. Eds. Chocolate, History, culture, and heritage. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009. Available at: www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/9780470411315. http://doi.org/10.1002/9780470411315 

Guides and manuals as e-books:
SAS/STAT user's guide, v. 9.3. Cary, NC, USA, SAS Institute, Inc. 2011. Available at:

Hermund D.B. Extraction, characterization and application of antioxidants from the Nordic brown alga Fucus vesiculosus. PhD thesis by National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, 2016 [in Danish]

Pandey R., Ratnani K., Ahmed S.,Williams J. Direct conversion of methane to hythane. US Patent 5516967, 1996.

Symposia, congresses, proceedings:
Leboš Pavunc A., Kos B., Beganović J., Gjuračić K., Šušković J. Selection of probiotic strains from Croatian traditional fresh cheese. Book of Abstracts of the 5th Central European Congress of Food, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2010, p. 176. 

McVittie J., Jellis G., Flux A. Evaluation of wheat quality for the UK in the HGCA recommended list system. In:  Using cereal science and technology for the benefit of consumers (S.P. Cauvain, L.S. Young, S.S. Salmon Eds). Proceedings of the 12th International ICC Cereal and Bread Congress; 2016 May 23-26, Harrogate, UK. Woodhead Publishing Ltd. and CRC Press, Boca Raton, Boston, Ney Work, Washington, DC, 2005, pp. 13-17. ISBN 978-0-8493-3771-0

Official methods:
AOAC Official Method 2003.08. Enumeration of Staphylococcus aureus in selected dairy foods. Gaithersburg, MD, USA, AOAC International, 2003.  
ASTM D882-12. Standard test method for tensile properties of thin plastic sheeting. West Conshohocken, PA, USA: ASTM International; 2012. http://doi.org/10.1520/D0882  
ISO 8586:2012. Sensory analysis – General guidelines for the selection, training and monitoring of selected assessors and expert sensory assessors. Geneva, Switzerland: International Organization for Standardization (ISO), 2012.  
AACC Method 44-15.02. Moisture – air-oven methods. St. Paul, MN, USA, American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC) International, 2010.

Official methods in languages other than English: 
BDS EN ISO 660:2009. Animal and vegetable fats and oils - Determination of acid value and acidity (ISO 660:2009). Sofia, Bulgaria: The Bulgarian Institute of Standardization, 2009 [in Bulgarian] 

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Analysis of the baseline survey on the prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes in certain ready-to-eat foods in the EU, 2010-2011. Part A: Listeria monocytogenes prevalence estimates. EFSA J. 2013, 11(6): 3241.  http://doi.org/10.2903/j.efsa.2013.3241  
WHO Technical Report No. 940. Evaluation of certain food additives: 67th report of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives. Geneva, Switzerland, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Health Organization (FAO/WHO), 2006. Available at:  http://www.who.int/WHO_TRS_ 940.pdf  

STATISTICA, v. 12, StatSoft, Inc., Tulsa, OK, USA, 2012. Available at: http://www.statsoft.com
Clustal W., v. 2.1. Dublin, Ireland: UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, 2014. Available at: http://www.clustal.org  

NIST/EPA/NIH Mass Spectral Library, NIST 14, v. 2.2g. Gaithersburg, MD, USA: National Institute of Standards and Technology, 2013. Available at: http://www.nist.gov/srd/nist1a.cfm

GenBank®. Bethesda, MD, USA: National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), US National Library of Medicine, 2015. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

Resources to Reserves 2013 – Oil, gas and coal technologies for the energy markets of the future. Paris, France. International Energy Agency (IEA), 2013. Available at: http://www.iea.org 

BRENDA. The Comprehensive Enzyme Information System. Braunschweig, Germany: Institute of Biochemistry     and Bioinformatics, Technical University of Braunschweig, 2014. Available at: http://www.brenda-enzymes.info/

MetaCyc Metabolic Pathway Database. Menlo Park, CA, USA. SRI International. Available at:  http://metacyc.org

Electronic material and websites:  
Meier U. Growth stages of mono- and dicotyledonous plants, 2001. Available at: http://pub.jki.bund.de/index.php/BBCH
Global opportunities for whey and lactose ingredients 2010-2014. 3ABC – 3A Business Consulting. Available at: https://www.scribd.com/document/309374689/Report-information-Global-Opportunities-for-Whey-and-Lactose-Ingredients-2010-2014-pdf
Huntrods D. Carrot profile. Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC). Ames, IA, USA, Iowa State University, 2013. Available at: http://www.agmrc.org

Papers published online in advance of print should be cited with their DOI. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of bibliographic data.

should be with appropriate captions at the top and numbered with Arabic numerals in the order of their appearance in the text. The tables should be on separate pages at the end of the manuscript after the Reference list.

Each Figure should be on separate page after tables and numbered with Arabic numerals in the order of its appearance in the text. Each Figure must have a separate caption and legend.

Figure captions and legends should appear on a separate page after the figures. Color figures are published free of charge. In the case of photos, only high-resolution ones will be published.

Structural formulas, mathematical and chemical equations
Structural formulas
(to be numbered in order with other figures) and mathematical and chemical equations (to be numbered separately) should be drawn and written in the text at the position they belong to.

Image manipulation
Image manipulation
is forbidden. Figures must accurately reflect the original data and information should not be enhanced, eliminated, added, obscured or moved!

Ethics of publication
The journal endorses the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). For detailed information about COPE please visit the COPE website at http://www.publicationethics.org. All cases of data fabrication, plagiarism, image manipulation, results manipulation, etc., will lead to rejection of the manuscript and notification of the administration of the corresponding author’s affiliation institution.

Permission to reproduce figures or data; citation of unpublished data
It is a responsibility of the authors to obtain permissions for reproduction of figures, tables, or text from published works. Permission is also required for references to any unpublished data of other scientists.

All manuscripts accepted for publication will be checked for similarity with existing publications for plagiarism. In the Materials and Methods section authors should refer protocols to the original papers and only their own modifications should be described in detail.