Peer Review Process
All manuscripts submitted to Food Scientia undergo a rigorous screening and review process to ensure that they fit into the journal's scope and are of sufficient academic quality and novelty to appeal to Food Scientia readership. Food Scientia employs a double-blind peer review, in which both author(s) and reviewers identities are concealed from each other.
Initial screening. A newly submitted manuscript will be screened by the Editor Team for its conformity to Food Scientia’s scope and basic submission requirements.
Peer-review. If the manuscript passes the initial screening stage, it will be assigned to a handling editor, who will then send it to at least two experts in the relevant field to undergo a double-blind peer-review. Manuscripts that fail to pass the initial screening will be rejected without further review.
First decision. A decision on a peer-reviewed manuscript will only be made upon the receipt of at least two review reports. In cases where reports differ significantly, the handling editor will invite an additional reviewer to get a third opinion before making a decision. At this stage, a manuscript can either be rejected, asked for revisions (minor or major), or accepted as is. If the manuscript is accepted, it will go through the copyediting process by the editor team and be returned to the submitting author for finalization. If the final version is accepted by both the author and editor team, it will be published within the appropriate timeframe.
Revision stage. A manuscript that requires revisions will be returned to the submitting author, who will have up to two weeks to format and revise the manuscript, following which it will be reviewed by the handling editor. The handling editor will determine whether the changes are adequate and appropriate, as well as whether the author(s) sufficiently responded to the reviewers' comments and suggestions. If the revisions are deemed to be inadequate, this cycle will be repeated (the manuscript will be returned to the submitting author once more for further revision).
Final decision. At this stage, the revised manuscript will either be accepted or rejected. This decision is dependent whether the handling editor finds the manuscript to have been improved to a level worthy of publication. If the author(s) are unable to make the required changes or have done so to a degree below Food Scientia's standards, the manuscript will be rejected.