To be a reviewer for our journals, you must have:
Consider taking one of the following free courses on becoming a peer-reviewer:
IFT’s journals use a reviewer-identity-hidden peer-review process, meaning that reviewers can see who the authors are, but authors do not know the identity of their reviewers. Reviewers are allowed to voluntarily identify themselves to the author in their comments if they so choose, but the journals will otherwise protect their identities.
Associate Editors search for reviewers based on expertise matching the submission, using the keywords and areas of expertise listed in the reviewer’s ScholarOne account, as well as outside resources such as publication history on Google Scholar.
Reviewers are given 3 weeks to complete a JFS or JFSE manuscript review on the first round, and 2 weeks on revised submissions. For CRFSFS, reviewers are given 4 weeks on the first round, due to longer manuscript size.
Reviewers complete a form with yes/no and rating scale questions and a text field to enter comments in the form. IFT’s journals do not allow for reviewer attachments, which can reveal the identity of the reviewer in the file metadata. You can save the review form as you go, so you can come back later to finish your work.
In addition to review by the Scientific and Associate Editors, we strive to secure at least 2 to 3 independent reviews for every manuscript submission that goes through the peer-review process. Sometimes, more reviews are needed.
Diversity & Inclusion: IFT’s has dedicated itself to three important pillars: diversity, inclusion, and equity, with the goal to leverage all three to advance our mission and the science of food. We are committed to fostering diverse and inclusive editorial boards, reviewer pools, and authorship of IFT’s scientific journals. Learn more about DEI at IFT.
The following situations are considered conflicts of interest for a reviewer. If you are invited to review a manuscript for which you have a conflict, please decline the invitation.