Food Engineering


Guidelines for the Preparation and Review
of Engineering and Physical Properties Data

by the IFT Engineering and Physical Properties Division


THE ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL PROPERTIES DIVISION of the Institute of Food Technologists has prepared the following guidelines for use by authors in preparing papers reporting food microbiology research data for publication in Journal of Food Science , as well as for use by reviewers when evaluating the suitability of such manuscripts for publication.

The supplementary instructions presented here are intended to help authors determine whether their work: (1) is suitable for publication in JFS, and (2) conforms to special JFS protocols, if the topic of the submitted manuscript is in one of the following areas: Engineering/Physical Properties, Foodservice, Fruits and Vegetables, Microbiology, Nutrition, Seafood, or Sensory Evaluation.

Primary information for authors preparing manuscripts for publication in the Journal of Food Science appears in the Author Information on this site, and in the nomenclature guidelines developed by the Food Engineering Division.

Nomenclature and Units:

For expression of units, the International System (SI) should be followed. Nomenclature common to most scientific disciplines can be found in "Scientific Style and Format, 6th ed." (Council of Science Editors, Cambridge University Press,1994). Nomenclature especially suitable for food engineers and rheologists ("Guidelines for the Preparation and Review of Research Papers Reporting Food Engineering Data") is available free from the IFT Food Engineering Division 525 W. Van Buren, Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60607.

Manuscript Sections

In addition to the standard sections, two additional sections are permissible and often desirable: "Notations" and "Theoretical Considerations."

A Notations section should contain two sub-lists (if appropriate). First, a "symbols" list, arranged alphabetically, with accompanying definitions. Second, a "subscript- superscript" list, with definitions that have consistent meaning throughout the article. This sub-list should be arranged alphabetically or in numerical order, as appropriate. The Notations section should be placed immediately after the Abstract.

If a section on Theoretical Considerations is deemed appropriate, it should contain discussion and derivations of theoretical relationships (if not available in published literature), and it should be placed immediately after the Introduction.