The Role of Peer-Reviewed Publications in a Scientific Society

Scientific societies form in response to a need to gain knowledge and educate. Research activity functions to facilitate each of these primarily by communicating the results of sound scientific experimentation through peer-reviewed publications. Scholarship is defined as creative work that is validated by peers and communicated, and scientific societies play a critical role in the development of scholarship through their peer-reviewed journals.

The Institute of Food Technologists is a recognized national and international society of food science scholars. IFT’s stated mission is to serve as "… the authoritative voice of food science and technology,” and this can only be accomplished by attracting manuscripts focused on the cutting edge of food science. Specifically, IFT’s scholarly publications must (1) be the first-choice publication vehicles for scientists, (2) provide editorial oversight that seeks to position the journals among the very best of their respective class/type, and (3) publish science that is readily accessible economically and electronically to scientists throughout the world.

IFT is committed to the continued improvement of IFT’s peer-reviewed journals, and to ensuring their accessibility. Collectively we believe that peer-reviewed journals must have a high priority in any scientific society, and specifically in IFT, in order for the society to remain a credible source of science-based information.