Instructions for Authors
- HOW TO CONTACT THE JOURNAL
- AIMS AND SCOPE
- SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS
- RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION ETHICS
- MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION
- PEER REVIEW PROCESS
- ARTICLE PROCESSING CHARGE
- ARCHIVING POLICY
How to Contact the Journal
Address all correspondence to the Preventive Nutrition and Food Science Editorial Office:
Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
#1010, 993, Jungang-daero, Busanjin-gu, Busan 47209, Korea
Online submission: www.pnfs.or.kr/submission
Enacted on Jun. 30, 1996
Revised on Mar. 25, 2022
Revised on May. 19, 2023
Aims and Scope
Preventive Nutrition and Food Science (Prev. Nutr. Food Sci.; PNF) is an international open access journal published quarterly (last day of March, June, September, and December) by The Korean Society of Food Science and Nutrition (KFN). It publishes original articles, reviews, research notes, and letters to the editor on the chemical, biological, health, and disease preventive aspects of food components. In particular, the Journal encourages papers dealing with the preventive effects of nutrients and food components on chronic disease development and modification of their bioactivity by food processing. The PNF is primarily or scientists and clinicians active or interested in the field of Preventive Nutrition and Food Science. Its readership can be expanded to researchers, professors, students, technicians, and policy makers. The PNF is currently indexed in PubMed and PubMed Central, also covered in Scopus, Chemical Abstract, and Korea Citation Index, etc. All the articles can be accessed on the Journal website (https://www.pnfs.or.kr).
Submission of Manuscripts
Manuscript submissions to Preventive Nutrition and Food Science must be made using e-submission system at www.pnfs.or.kr/submission. Only manuscripts submitted through the website will be considered for review. Users are required to register when accessing the system for the first time. Information on user registration and manuscript submission is provided below. Detailed instructions and help files are also available online from the registration and submission areas of the manuscript submission program. If you experience serious problems you can contact the Preventive Nutrition and Food Science Editorial office: E-mail: email@example.com
The manuscripts are categorized as follows: original articles, reviews, and research notes. Reviews will be received by invitation of the editors or can be submitted by authors voluntarily. Statements made and opinions expressed in the manuscripts published in this Journal represent the views of authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Societies. In addition, the authors must respond to the questions related to the conflict of interest policy, scientific conduct and publication ethics. The Journal will not consider for publication a manuscript or work that has already been published or is described in a manuscript submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere.
Submission of manuscripts is open to nonmembers as well as members of the Korean Society of Food Science and Nutrition. At the time of submission, complete contact information (name, affiliation, country, address, telephone number, cell phone number, fax number and e-mail address) for the corresponding author is required. First and last names, affiliation, department, e-mail, and ORCID of all co-authors are also required. Submission of an article for publication implies that all named authors have agreed on its submission.
All submitted manuscripts will be treated as confidential and undergo double-blind peer review by the members of editorial board or their designees before acceptance for publication. The corresponding author is notified as soon as possible of the editor's decision to accept, reject, or request revision of manuscripts. When the final manuscript is completely acceptable according to the PNF format and criteria, it is scheduled for publication in the next available issue.
Questions related to the submission of a manuscript or changes in a manuscript submission should be submitted by the manuscript corresponding author. All correspondence from journal staff regarding a manuscript submission will be directed to the manuscript corresponding author.
Before submitting your manuscript, please make sure that your manuscript has been formatted according to instructions provided below and in the Manuscript Preparation section of this document.
When submitting, please be aware of the following requirements.
• A cover letter is recommended on submission. A cover letter includes an explanation of the manuscript's significance, including its originality, its contribution to new knowledge in the field, and its relevance to research in Preventive Nutrition and Food Science.
• The system requires authors to supply the names, e-mail addresses and affiliations of at least 2~3 recommended reviewers, who should not be anyone that is or, in the previous two years, has been a former adviser/advisee, colleague in the same institution, research collaborator, and/or coauthor of papers and patents or that has a conflict of interest in any other way.
• The manuscript abstract and text must appear in a single, double-spaced column; lines in the abstract and text must be numbered consecutively from beginning to end in a separate column at the left.
• All co-authors listed on the title page of the manuscript must be entered in the manuscript submission process.
• All of the text (including the title page, abstract, all sections of the body of the paper, figure captions, scheme or chart titles and footnotes, and references) and tabular material should be in one file, with the complete text first followed by the tabular material.
• A separate conclusion section is not to be used. Conclusions should be incorporated into discussion section.
Research and Publication ETHICS
Authorship provides credit for a researcher’s contributions to a study and carries accountability. Authors are expected to fulfil the criteria below:
- Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
- Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
- Final approval of the version to be published; AND
- Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved
Those who do not meet all four criteria should be acknowledged. The purpose of these authorship criteria is to reserve authorship status for those who deserve credit and take responsibility for the work.
Animal or Human Studies
If either animal studies or human studies are to be described in manuscript, following information should be addressed by the authors: In case of animal studies, the permission/approval of institutional or national authorities on the care and use of animals and specific approval/ethics number must be stated by the authors. In addition, all the experimental procedure using animals should be approved by authorizing body. In human studies, the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki (https://www.wma.net/what-we-do/medical-ethics/declaration-of-helsinki/) should be followed and the approval of institutional ethical committee (with approval number) should be stated with the specific name of the approving authorities. All the participating subjects should provide the informed consent form and this should be stated in the manuscript. Subject anonymity must be preserved and confidential information should not be published. If identifying information is essential for scientific purposes, authors must provide a signed statement from the subject granting approval for the publication of identifying materials, including photographs. Any inhumane procedures in submitted papers will definitely result in disapproval of the paper with no exceptions.
Author Disclosure Statement
A statement describing any financial conflicts of interest or lack thereof is published with each manuscript. During the submission process, the corresponding author must provide this statement on behalf of all authors of the manuscript. This includes any financial (e.g., employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications, travel grants) or other relationships (e.g., academic or even personal) with commercial entities whose products or services are related to the subject matter in the manuscript, or to sociopolitical issues that could cause conflict. The statement will be published in the final paper. If no conflict of interest is declared, the following statement will be published in the paper: “The author(s) declare(s) no conflict of interest.”
Originality and Publication Ethics
All manuscripts should be original in nature and must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication in other scientific journals at the time of submission. All manuscripts should follow the publication ethics at all times. These include issues concerning plagiarism, data fabrication or falsification, citation manipulation, improper authorship contribution, duplicate submissions, and redundant submissions. All submitted manuscripts are inspected by Similarity Check powered by iThenticate (https://www.crossref.org/services/similarity-check/), a plagiarism detection tool. If a significantly high degree of similarity score is found, then the editorial board will perform a more in-depth content screening. Any violation of publication ethics may lead to automatic rejection (at the time of submission) or withdrawal (for previously published articles).
Data Sharing Policy
This journal follows the data sharing policy stipulated in the “Data Sharing Statements for Clinical Trials: A Requirement of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors” (https://doi.org/10.3346/jkms.2017.32.7.1051). As of July 1, 2018, manuscripts submitted to ICMJE journals that report the results of interventional clinical trials must contain a data sharing statement, as described below. Clinical trials that begin enrolling participants on or after January 1, 2019, must include a data sharing plan upon registration. Any changes to the data sharing plan after registration must be reflected in the statement submitted and published with the manuscript, and updated in the registry record. All authors of research articles that deal with interventional clinical trials must submit a data sharing plan. Depending on the extent of their data sharing plan, authors should deposit their data after deidentification and report the DOI of the data and the registered site.
All manuscripts accepted for publication become the sole property of the Korean Society of Food Science and Nutrition. The corresponding author is required to download and sign the TRANSFER OF COPYRIGHT on behalf of all authors. It includes a statement for the full transfer of copyright to the Korean Society of Food Science and Nutrition (KFN), and must be submitted along with the manuscript. As an open-access journal, articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited. Permission requests to the KFN need not be made for the use of its tables or figures in other periodicals, books, or media for scholarly or educational purposes. Permission MUST be obtained from KFN (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to any commercial use of material from the open access version of the journal.
Manuscripts can be republished if they satisfy the following conditions of secondary publication stipulated in the “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals” by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (http://www.icmje.org/): (1) The authors have received approval from the editors of both journals (the editor concerned with the secondary publication must have access to the primary version). (2) The priority of the primary publication is respected by a publication interval negotiated by the editors of both journals and authors. (3) The manuscript for secondary publication is intended for a different group of readers; an abbreviated version could be sufficient. (4) The secondary version faithfully reflects the data and interpretations of the primary version. (5) The secondary version informs readers, peers, and documenting agencies that the manuscript has been published elsewhere in whole or in part—for example, with a note that might read, “This article is based on a study first reported in the journal title, with full reference, and the secondary version cites the primary reference.” (6) The title of the secondary publication should indicate that it is a secondary publication (complete or abridged republication or translation) of a primary publication. Of note, the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) does not consider translations as “republications” and does not cite or index them when the original article was published in a journal that is indexed in MEDLINE. Process to manage the research and publication misconduct.
Managing Cases of Research and Publication Misconduct
When the journal faces suspected cases of research and publication misconduct—such as a redundant (duplicate) publication, plagiarism, fabricated data, changes in authorship, undisclosed conflicts of interest, ethical concerns with the submitted manuscript, appropriation of an author’s idea or data by a reviewer, complaints against the editors, and other issues— it conducts a resolution process, which follows the flowchart provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts). The editorial board shall discuss suspected cases and reach a decision. Any manuscripts that do not follow the guidelines for research and publication ethics are subject to sanctions, which are to be decided by the editorial board, and may include restriction on future submissions to the journal. Editors who are involved in an article as authors or have any conflict of interest are excluded from the process of peer review and decision making regarding acceptance. If the editor-in-chief is involved, an associate editor takes on the former’s role and makes the final decision on acceptance.
For other policies on research and publication ethics not stated above, the journal follows the policies established by the Good Publication Practice Guidelines for Medical Journals from the Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.kamje.or.kr), or the guidelines regarding research and publication ethics from either the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org) or the Committee on Publication Ethics (https://publicationethics.org/resources/resources-and-further-reading/international-standards-editors-and-authors).
The authors must comply with the code of research ethics of this journal including as mentioned above.
Original article, reviews, and research note.
The entire manuscript, including tables should be produced using A4 paper size and double spacing throughout, with a margin of 30 mm at the top and bottom and on both sides. The length of the main text should not exceed 10,000 words in Reviews, 7,500 words in Originals, and 3,000 words in Notes, excluding the abstract, references, tables, and legends of figures while retaining clarity. Submissions not conforming to these guidelines may be returned to the authors. Authors should consult a recent issue of the journal for style and layout if possible. The Editors reserve the right to adjust style to certain standards of uniformity.
A title page must have the full title, which should be short and informative within 250 (150, without space) characters. A short running head containing not more than 50 characters including spaces is also required together with the names and positions of all authors and the affiliation(s) including the zip code where the work was conducted. Provide E-mail address and ORCID of the author for correspondence. Also indicate where the paper was presented, acknowledgements if applicable. Information on the research funding sources, author disclosure statement, ORCID, and author contributions should be provided.
Acknowledgements: All persons who have made substantial contribution, but who are not eligible as authors are named in acknowledgment.
Funding: Funding to the research should be provided. Providing a FundRef ID is recommended including the name of the funding agency, country and if available, the number of the grant provided by the funding agency. If the funding agency does not have a FundRef ID, please ask that agency to contact the FundRef registry (e-mail: email@example.com). If the authors have nothing to disclose, please state: “None.”
Author disclosure statement: Any potential conflict of interest that may influence the results or the conclusion derived from the study should be disclosed. If the authors have nothing to disclose, please state: “The author(s) declare(s) no conflict of interest.”
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID): Authors are required to provide an ORCID. To obtain an ORCID, authors should register in the ORCID website: http://orcid.org. Registration is free to every researcher in the world.
Author contributions (when multiple authors): To qualify for authorship, all contributors must meet at least one of the nine core contributions (concept and design, analysis and interpretation, data collection, writing the article, critical revision of the article, final approval of the article, statistical analysis, obtained funding, overall responsibility).
Abstract and Key Words
The title of manuscript should be presented at the top of the abstract page. A single paragraph of the abstract not exceeding 250 words should be prepared. For original article, the abstract should describe the purpose, study methods, main findings, and the principal conclusion of the study. Two to five keywords should be included at the end of abstract and the use of terminology indexed in MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is recommended (https://meshb.nlm.nih.gov/search).
In case of original article, it should be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, References.
Tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals (Table 1, Table 2, etc.) and cited consecutively in the text. Tables should be typed at the end of the manuscript, together with a suitable caption at the top of each table. Footnotes to tables should be placed at the bottom of the table to which they refer. Column headings should be kept as brief as possible, and units of measure indicated in parentheses.
Figures should be cited consecutively in the text by Arabic numerals (Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc.). Figure numbers, titles and legends should be typed double-spaced on a separate page. All figures should be submitted in such form as to permit reproduction without retouching or redrawing. The type area of journal is 170 mm wide×230 mm deep, in two columns per page, each column being 80 mm wide. Line drawings should be professionally drawn, or generated as high-resolution computer graphics. Lettering on the figures should be of good quality and of a size that allows for eventual reduction of the figures. Each figure must be clearly numbered. Figures should be saved in a separate file. Figure files should be submitted as JPG (JPEG) format. Please do not submit as TIF or EPS file formats. It will cause an error during conversion. The artwork files should be high resolution (at a minimum 300 dpi) for sharpness in print and online.
The author must obtain permission to reproduce figures, tables, and text from previously published material. Written permission must be obtained from the original copyright holder (generally the publisher, not the author or editor) of the journal or book concerned. An appropriate credit line should be included in the figure legend or table footnote, and full publication information should be included in the reference list. All permissions listings must be shown in manuscript-they cannot be entered on proofs.
Reference list should be ordered alphabetically by the last name of the first author. Order multi-author publications of the same first author alphabetically with respect to second, third, etc. Cite the reference in the main text as ‘author and publication year’, e.g., Kim (2002) or (Kim, 2002), Kim and Lee (2002) or (Kim and Lee, 2002), Miller et al. (2002) or (Miller et al., 2002), and Smith et al. (2002a)…/Smith et al. (2002b). When there are more than seven authors, it should be included ‘et al.’ after right the first six authors. Titles of articles, as well as titles of chapters in books, should be included. Abbreviate journal titles in accordance with the Bibliographic Guide for Editors and Authors (American Chemical Society). References should take the following form for citing of research papers, book chapters, patents, URL web pages, dissertations, and conference proceedings, etc.
Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Graham SH, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002. 935:40-46.
Online journal example:
Sun C, Wu Z, Wang Z, Zhang H. Effect of ethanol/ water solvents on phenolic profiles and antioxidant properties of Beijing propolis extracts. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015. 2015:595393. https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/595393
Epub ahead of print example:
Jang GY, Kim MY, Lee YJ, Li M, Shin YS, Lee J, Jeong HS. Influence of organic acids and heat treatment on ginsenoside conversion. J Ginseng Res. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jgr.2017.07.008.
Whitney EN, Rolfes SR. Understanding nutrition. 10th ed. Thomson Wadsworth. 2005. p 264-280.
Gordon MF. The mechanism of antioxidant action in vitro. In: Hudson BJF, editor. Food Antioxidants. Elsevier Applied Science. 1990. p 1-18.
Himmelsbach F, Langkopf E, Eckhardt M, Mark M, Maier R, Lotz R, et al. 8-[3-Amino-piperidin-1-yl]-xanthines, the preparation thereof and their use as pharmaceutical compositions. US Patent 9,321,791. 2016.
URL (web page) example:
Statistics Korea. 2015 Annual report on the statistics for elderly. 2015 [cited 2017 Aug 2]. Available from: http://kostat.go.kr/portal/korea/kor_nw/2/1/index.board?bmode=read&aSeq=347102
Kim YS. Isolation of microbes for industrial fermentation from traditionally fermented soybean products and their characterization. Dissertation. Chonbuk National University, Jeonbuk, Korea. 2014.
Kim HS. The representation and standardization of native local foods in the winter season of Busan region. Master’s thesis. Pusan National University. 2011.
Conference proceedings example:
Seol AY, Lee SJ, Park GE, Wang WF, Kwon SH, Kim HJ, Cha YJ. Processing and quality of acid hydrolysate of soy sauce residue. Proceedings of the 67th Annual Meeting of the Korean Society of Food Science and Nutrition. 2016 Oct 31-Nov 2. p 292.
Unit, Nomenclature, and Abbreviations
The SI system should be used for all scientific and laboratory data; if, in certain instances, it is necessary to quote other units, these should be added in parentheses. Temperature should be given in degrees Celsius (°C). Biochemical nomenclature should conform to that recommended by the IUPAC-IUB Commission, and enzymes should be given their EC numbers and systematic names. Abbreviations of chemical or other names should be defined when first mentioned unless commonly used and internationally known and accepted. Where abbreviations are likely to cause ambiguity or may not be readily understood by an international readership, units should be presented in full.
Manuscripts reporting analytical, biological activity, composition, and related data must include relevant statistical information to support discussion of differences or similarities in data sets. Describe all statistical tests utilized and indicate the probability level (P) at which differences were considered significant. Where data are presented in the text, state what they represent (e.g., means±SEM). Indicate whether data were transformed before analysis. Specify any statistical computer programs used.
Use of the Term ‘Sex/gender’
Please ensure the correct use of the terms, sex (i.e., when reporting biological factors) and gender (i.e., identity, psychosocial or cultural factors), and, unless inappropriate, please report the sex and/or sex of the study participants, the sex of animals or cells, and describe the methods used to determine sex and gender. Authors should provide a justification for conducting studies on exclusive populations (e.g., those involving only one sex), except in obvious cases (e.g., prostate cancer).
Peer Review Process
Screening before Review
Peer review is used to help ensure the highest possible quality in published manuscripts. Scientists with expertise in the subject matter will evaluate the manuscript for validity of the experimental design and results, originality, significance, and appropriateness to the Journal. The Editors may exercise their prerogative to decline a manuscript without peer review if that paper is judged to be outside the aims and scope of the Journal, poorly written or formatted, fragmentary and marginally incremental, or lacking in significance. All manuscripts submitted are reviewed and handled by the Editor-in-Chief or assigned to one of the Editors. The Editors are then responsible for the assigned manuscripts, including evaluating the content and format of the paper, selecting reviewers, monitoring the progress of the double-blind review process, evaluating the comments of reviewers and forwarding them to the authors for their response, communicating ultimate acceptance or rejection to the corresponding author, and carrying out a final check of accepted manuscripts for appropriate format and style.
If the manuscript does not fit the aims and scope of the Journal or does not adhere to the Instructions to authors, it may be returned to the author immediately after receipt and without a review. All submitted manuscripts are inspected anytime during the peer-review processes by Similarity Check powered by iThenticate (https://www.crossref.org/services/similarity-check/), a plagiarism-screening tool. If a too high a degree of similarity score is found, the Editorial Board will do a more profound content screening. The criterion for similarity rate for further screening is usually 30%; however, the excess amount of similarity in specific sentences may be also checked in every manuscript. The settings for Similarity Check screening are as follows: It excludes quotes, bibliography, small matches of 9 words, small sources of 1%, and the Methods section.
Peer Review Process
Typically, two reviewers are selected per paper on the basis of the subject matter, available expertise, and the Editor’s knowledge of the field. Reviewers are normally asked to provide their assessments within two to three weeks. Anonymous copies of the reviews and the Editor’s decision regarding the acceptability of the manuscript are sent to the corresponding author. If the reviewers’ evaluations of the manuscript disagree, or if reviewer’s and Editor’s comments are not satisfactorily addressed by the authors, the Editor may reject the manuscript or select additional reviewers. These additional reviews are used by the Editor to assist in reaching the final decision regarding disposition of the manuscript.
Authors are responsible for ensuring that all manuscripts (whether original or revised) are accurately typed before final submission. Proofs are sent to the corresponding author(s) before publication and should be returned within 48 hours of receipt. The publishers reserve the right to charge for any changes made at the proof stage (other than printer’s errors) since the insertion or deletion of even a single word may necessitate the resetting of whole paragraphs.
Feedback after Publication
The authors or readers could inform the Editorial Board regarding any errors or content that should be revised. The Editorial Board may consider the erratum, corrigendum, or retraction. If there are any revisions to the article, there will be a CrossMark description to announce the final draft. Any reader’s opinion on the published article in the form of a letter to the editor will be forwarded to the authors. The authors may reply to readers’ letters. Subsequently, the letter to the editor and the author’s reply may also be published.
Process for Appeals
The policy of the journal is primarily aimed at protecting the authors, reviewers, editors, and publishers of the journal. Appeals may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Appeals received by the editorial office are discussed by the editorial board members, and the results are subsequently dispatched to the submitter. The process of handling complaints and appeals follows the guidelines of the Committee of Publication Ethics (https://publicationethics.org/appeals).
Article Processing Charge
The submissions of a manuscript and peer-review process are free of charge. The processing fee applies only to manuscripts accepted for publication. Authors will be invoiced by the publisher for printed pages. The authors can download the PDF file on the journal web page, and offprints can be ordered at current printing prices. The corresponding author should pay the page charge via wire transfer (Bank: Kookmin bank, Account: The Korean Society of Food Science and Nutrition 833601-00-018417) as follows: KRW 30,000 for each printed page for domestic members and exemption for authors based outside the Republic of Korea.
The full text of PNF has been archived in PubMed Central (PMC) since its 17th volume was published in 2012 and also in National Library of Korea (http://www.nl.go.kr). According to the deposit policy (self-archiving policy) of Sherpa/Romeo (http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/), authors cannot archive pre-prints (i.e., pre-refereeing); however, they can archive post-prints (i.e., final draft postrefereeing). Authors can also archive the publisher’s version/PDF. PNF provides electronic backups and preservation of access to the journal content in the event that a journal is no longer published by archiving in PubMed Central.
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