The Nigerian Food Journal publishes original research articles in all aspects of Food Science and Technology and closely related topics. Authorities and experts in the field should preferably contribute review articles or special reports from the food industry. Papers accepted become the copyright of the journal.
Manuscripts of original research on all aspects of Food Science and Technology are welcome. Manuscripts written in English should be typed single spaced on A4 paper with 2.5cm and submitted electronically. Submitted manuscripts must not exceed 6000 words (not more than 6 tables and figures and up to 30 references) for original research papers. Technical review papers and special reports should not exceed 10000 and 5000 words, respectively. Reviews must be concise, a constructive criticism of the topic and with a good conclusion. Authors are required to send along with the manuscript a letter of undertaking signed by the principal author, stating that the submitted paper is not under consideration in part or in full for publication in any other Journal.
Only manuscripts that conform to the recommended format shall be considered for review. The artwork for the technical adverts should be sent along where applicable. All submissions must include a properly filled checklist as indicated below.
Along with the manuscript, authors should include evidence of payment (e.g. scanned bank teller) a non-refundable fee of N5000.00 (for Nigerian authors) or Fifty US Dollars (for foreign authors) as handling charge. Payment should be made into the NIFOJ Current Account Number 2000636885, First Bank Plc, Ilupeju Branch, Lagos, Nigeria. For international contributors, the journal’s account details are:
Correspondent Bank: Citibank, New York
Swift Code: BKTRUS33
Beneficiary Institution: First Bank of Nigeria Limited
Swift Code: FBNINGLA
Account No: 36202288
Final Beneficiary: NIFST
Account number: 2012769551
The revised version of the manuscript must be returned by e-mail in MS Word within two weeks. The e-mail address of corresponding author(s) must be included in the manuscript. Accepted papers not returned as requested will not be considered in the subsequent issues of the Journal. Authors are expected to pay the page charges that will be communicated in the acceptance letter of their papers.
FORMAT OF MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION
Manuscripts texts should be prepared using Garamond font size 11 with single line spacing (or as indicated in the checklist for each section) and should normally be divided into distinct sections as follows.
This should be presented on the first page along with abstract and keyword(s). The title should be written using Calibri font 15 and bold. Authors’ names and affiliation should be in Garamond font size 10. Running title and lead author should appear on each page of the paper.
This must not be more than 250 words written using Garamond font size 11. It must state briefly the objective (s) of the study, highlight the major results and the conclusion.
This must not contain more than five (5) words. It should be inserted below the abstract. Keywords should reflect the content of the paper for easy retrieval of the paper. This should not be a repeat of the words contained in the title.
This must provide sufficient literature background to support or justify the study. The knowledge gap(s) that the study is filling in related fields should be very clearly stated. At this stage, authors should be cautious of plagiaristic tendencies. Relevant research questions/hypotheses should be stated implicitly or explicitly. Objectives should be clearly stated by indicating the aim of the research.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
This section should be written in a manner that enables the reader to follow in detail both the materials and methods of uncommon procedures, in order to reproduce the experiments. An additional short description is advisable if the references are not accessible or are given in unfamiliar languages. Scientific and vernacular names should be written in full at first citation and in italics. Subsequently, the genus names may be abbreviated.
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
The result should refer to tables, figures, schemes, formulae, etc. presented in the manuscript. Authors should use Garamond font size 10 for preparing tables and figures. Clear inferences supported by the results should only be presented while highlighting the findings of the study. Frivolous interpretation of data should be avoided. Experimental data should be analyzed using appropriate statistical methods. The results should be discussed with regard to current knowledge and objectives of the research.
This should be a distinct inference drawn from the findings of the research.
This is optional.
The Harvard style of referencing should be adopted, i.e. reference should be listed in alphabetical order. The list of references should include only those publications that are cited in the text. References to periodicals must be indicated by author’s name and year (in parenthesis) in the text. The title of the work, title (italicized) and the volume of the periodical should be indicated. The beginning and end pages of the article should also be indicated.
Journal’s name must be fully spelt and not abbreviated. For textbooks, the name(s) of the author(s) and the title of the book, followed by the publisher, city of publishing and the pages referred, e.g.
Meadows, A.B., Ogunmoyela, O.A. and Abu, J.O. (2007). Effect of drum drying of banana pulp on the sorption isotherm and flexible packaging requirement. Nigerian Food Journal 25: 130-140.
For chapters in a book, the names of the author(s), date, title of the article should be given, then followed by the editor(s), title of the book, publisher and place of publication and the page numbers, e.g.
Iwe, M.O. (2003). The Science and Technology of Soybean, Rojoint Publishers Enugu, pp. 123-230.
Ebuehi, O.A.T. and Ikanone, C.E. (2007). Mineral and vitamins content of some Nigerian bread sample. In: Kirsop, B.E. and Kurtzman, C.P. (Eds). Living Resources for Biotechnology, David Livingstone, London, pp. 141-187.
For references obtained from the internet, the authors, the author or source of the material with date should be indicated, followed by the title of the article, then the internet identification, and when it was accessed, e.g.
USDA (2007). USDA National Nutrient database for standard reference. Available from: http:// www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/. Accessed Feb. 23, 2007.
ILLUSTRATIONS AND FIGURES
Each figure should be given an Arabic number, e.g. Figure 1. Photographs and photomicrographs should be scanned and submitted along with manuscript electronically. Coloured photographs and micrographs attract extra charges. Scientific measurements should be given in SI Units. Internationally recognized abbreviations may only be used after the long form has been written and explained. Limit the number of illustrations only to the most essential ones. Express “hours” as “h”, “minutes” as “min”, “seconds” as “s”.
Each table should be given an Arabic number, e.g. Table 1. The title of the tables should be indicated at the top. Each table should be on a separate page. The numbers should be limited to the absolutely necessary ones. Footnotes to Tables should be typed below the Table and should be referred to by superscript lowercase letters. Crisscross lines in tables are not allowed. Only three horizontal lines should be ruled, one under the Table-heading and parameters, respectively, and the other at the bottom-line of the table. Tables should not duplicate results presented elsewhere in the manuscripts (e.g. in graphs) and vice versa.
SELF-ADMINISTERED CHECKLIST BY THE AUTHOR
Checklist should be submitted along with manuscript. A manuscript that does not satisfy the conditions indicated in the checklist given below will be returned to the authors for correction before it is accepted for review. Please indicate with a tick (√) where appropriate
I. Manuscript Information:
Abstract Word Count
Manuscript Word Count
Number of Pages
Number of Keywords
Number of Tables
Number of Figures
Number of Equations
II. Author(s) Information (Surname first with initials only):
IV. Manuscript Text Format:
Indicate if the appropriate order has been
followed: (Title, Authors, Affiliation, Abstract,
Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods,
Results and Discussions, Conclusion, Acknowledgement
(optional), References, Figures and Tables)
Number of Pages
Not exceeding 15
Calibri, 15 points, bold
Garamond, 10 points
Garamond, 11 points, bold, Maximum word count of 250
Garamond, 11 points, bold, Maximum word count of 5
Garamond, 11 points, bold
Garamond, 11 points, italics
Body of manuscript
Garamond, single spaced, 11 points, 2.5 cm margin
Tables (title and content)
Garamond, 10 points, (bold the title only)
Garamond, 10 points, (bold the title only)
Written using Microsoft equation editor or MS
word equation format available in MS Word 2000 and above
V. Equations, Figures and Tables:
Citation in text
All tables, figures and equations were cited
consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals
Captions appropriate and self-explanatory
Original in coloured or gray format
Scanned figure in JPEG format
Only two horizontal lines are allowed, one
under the table headings and the other at the
bottom-line of the table. Internal borders or crisscross
lines are not allowed.
Symbols and number
Legible and distinctive axes and graphical symbols
VI. Other Information
Submission of letter of undertaking
Payment of handling charge
Author’s phone number.
VII. Potential Reviewers
Authors are expected to nominate at least two potential reviewers of their article. The potential reviewers must have relevant expertise and proven research experience to make him qualify for the review assignment. This could help to expedite the review process. Wrong and suspicious nomination will not be honoured. Any evidence of previous personal contact between the authors and nominated reviewer could weaken the credibility of nomination. Authors are advised to use search engines for potential reviewers who have relevant knowledge and expertise to do the review assignment. The final decision of the would-be reviewer(s) of the manuscript lies with the Editor-in-Chief. Please provide the information below about the nominated reviewer:
Name of Potential Reviewer
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