The Applied Food Biotechnology (AFB) is a peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary biotechnological publication, which in the beginng was scheduled to appear quarterly. The frequency of publication changed from "Quarterly" to "Continuous" since Jan 2024. The journal's aim is to advance and disseminate knowledge in all the related areas of production of biomass, and metabolites, enzyme technology as well as biological waste treatment, biotransformation, and bioresource systems analysis, and technologies associated with conversion or production in the field of Food.
Abstracting and Indexing:
Chemical Abstracts / ISI Web of Science (Expanded list) / Journal Citation Reports / Scopus / Iran medex / Scientific Information Database (SID) / ISC / Iran Journal / Google Scholar
The journal have an archiving plan for electronic backup and preservation of access to the journal content in the event that the journal is no longer published via CLOCKSS.
Focus and Scope
The Editorial Team of Applied Food Biotechnology takes the necessary measures to examine the submitted manuscripts on their originality. The similarity of the submitted manuscript is measured before the peer-review process and once again before publication by common plagiarism checker software. As plagiarism is unacceptable, so, the editorial board of the journal establishes the following policies that state-specific actions (penalties) if plagiarism is identified in a manuscript submitted for publication.
Authors should ensure that they submit only entirely original works. "Plagiarism in any forms, including quotations or paraphrasing of substantial parts of another’s article (without attribution), “passing off” another’s article as the author’s own or claiming results from research conducted by others, constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable".
The authors must ensure that the submitted manuscript:
- describes completely the original work;
- is not plagiarism;
- has not been published before in any language;
- the information used or words from other publications are appropriately indicated by reference or indicated in the text.
Existing copyright laws and conventions must be observed. The Applied Food Biotechnology takes responsibility to assist a scientific community in all aspects of publication ethics policy, particularly in case of multiple submission/publication and plagiarism. The editors reserve the right to check the received manuscripts for plagiarism. The textual similarity in the amount of more than 20% is unacceptable.
A preprint is a paper that is made available publicly via a community preprint server prior to submission to a journal. Preprint help the safety of a manuscript during the peer–review process, increase the speed of dissemination of knowledge, and citation of the article after publication. Applied Food Biotechnology allows for the submission of manuscripts that have already been made available on such a server. Allowing submission does not, of course, guarantee that an article will be sent out for review; it simply reflects a belief that availability on a preprint server should not be a disqualifier for submission. Applied Food Biotechnology will consider for review articles previously available as preprints. Authors are requested to point to DOI of a preprint on the first page of the manuscript update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article. Authors may also post the final published version of the article immediately after publication.
Peer Review Process
This is a journal with a blind peer-review process, but the name of reviewers are listed in each issue (Package for the authors).
1- For paper submission, the author should register on the journal website (http://journals.sbmu.ac.ir/afb) and register. After receiving their username and password via e-mail, the authors could use the "Submit paper" link, log in, and submit their manuscript.
2- Manuscripts written according to the journal format (considering the format in sectioning, the number of words in abstract, references, etc.…) are referred to the related section editor. If the paper fits the specified fields of the journal and has innovation, then it will be sent to three or more national and international referees experts in that specific field, at least two of which are out of the editorial board members (preferably one from the scientifically advanced countries). The corresponding author could also suggest potential reviewers to the journal at the time of submission. However, the editorial board reserves the right to select or refuse to use the suggested potential reviewers.
3- The reviewer comments will be sent to the corresponding author in less than 2 months.
4- After receiving the modified version of the manuscript and/or the author’s answers to the reviewer questions, it will be sent to a final reviewer. If the modifications and/or answers are not adequate, they will be sent back to the corresponding author with a specified deadline to send the final corrected version.
5- The final corrected version of the manuscript is sent back to the same final reviewer. Then, the comments and the overall opinion of the final reviewer are discussed in the journal"s editorial board, and the final decision (the acceptance letter or a letter informing the author of not accepting the manuscript) will be sent to the corresponding author.
Submission of any appeal or complaint
Authors who wish to submit an appeal or complaint are welcome to send an email to
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
Publication ethics and malpractice statement
Ethical Consideration for human and animal subjects:
1) If human subjects are used then they have to be registered with the Iranian Registry of Clinical Trials website (www.irct.ir) or the related country and ethical committee of the research center or University where the study was carried out.
2) Research with human subjects should be conducted in full accordance with ethical principles, including the WMA Declaration of Helsinki-Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects (2008) http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html
3) The submitted manuscripts must transparently state this in their methods and materials including a statement outlining whether the study has been independently reviewed and approved by an ethical board.
4) Moreover, where human subjects are used, informed consent explaining the nature of the procedure and possible discomforts and risks should be obtained from all patients who participated in the experimental investigation and subjects should be able to freely reject participation.
5) If animals are used, a statement protocol approval by the institutional animal care and use committee must be included. Methods section must clearly show that adequate measures were taken to minimize pain and/or distress, for example, the administration of local anesthetics or general anesthesia. Experiments should be carried out in accordance with the European Communities Council Directive of 24 November 1986 (86/609/EEC) and in accordance with local laws and regulations governing within that country or with the guidelines laid down by the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the USA regarding the care and use of animals for experimental procedures.
Authorship of the paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. Transparency about the contributions of authors is encouraged, for example in the form of a CRediT author statement.
B: Peer reviewer/ responsibility of reviewers
C: Editorial Responsibilities
D: Publishing ethics issues
- Notices of retraction will clearly state the reason and the retracted article will be clearly marked in all electronic versions of the journal, and a retraction notice will be published in the print copy of the journal.
Definition: When an author tries to present the work of someone else as his or her own, it is called plagiarism. In addition, when an author uses a considerable portion of his or her own previously published work in a new one without properly citing the reference, it is called a duplicate publication; sometimes also referred to as self-plagiarism. This may range from publishing the same article in another journal to salami-slicing, which is data segmentation, to adding little new data to the previous article.
Policy: The editorial team/reviewers of “International Clinical Neuroscience Journal” will check the submitted manuscripts for plagiarism twice (once after submission and once before publication) using available plagiarism detection software such as iThenticate. If suspected plagiarism is found in an article either before (by reviewers or editorial team) or after (by readers) publication, the journal will act according to COPE’s code of conduct and flowcharts.
2) Conflict of Interest and Funding Disclosure
Funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed. The disclosure of a potential conflict of interest does not necessarily exclude an article from consideration for publication; the goal of disclosure is transparency.
Any existing financial arrangements between an author and a company whose product figures prominently in the submitted manuscript or between the author and any company or organization sponsoring the research reported in the submitted manuscript should be brought to the attention of the Editor at manuscript submission.
All authors must declare all sources of funding for the research reported in their manuscript and report all potential conflicts of interest in separate footnotes on the manuscript title page. If an author has no conflicts of interest, the footnote should list the author's name, followed by "no conflicts of interest".
Potential conflicts of interest include:
Applied Food Biotechnology retains the right to reject any manuscript on the basis of unethical conduct of either human or animal studies.
Indexing & Abstracting
"Applied Food Biotechnology" is indexed at:
This journal is also:
available in Google Scholar
ranked in Scimago Journal & Country Rank
registered in NLM-catalog
Charges and Fees
Applied Food Biotechnology will request for publication charge after acceptance. Anyway, foreigners and in special cases of local authors may receive a complete or partial waiver for submission of high quality submissions.
For the publication of papers after Jan 2023, the processing fee would be USD 500 (8.500.000 Rial for Iranian authors). In the case of a fast track (decision-making in 20 days), these fees would be triple. In case of high quality reports a full waive may be accepted. Bank details are changing due to money transfer to Iran (due to political sanction). At present payment is doing PaylPal. Details for Iranian authors are:
Bank account for money transfer within Iran: 4001071103000057 Refah Bank, Sheba IR260100004001071103000057, deposit ID 354078782140104008001634940000.
Account details for foreigners (Outside of Iran)
The journal’s revenue sources are (author fees, subscriptions, advertising, institutional support, organisational support).
Editorial roles and responsibilities
Each Editorial Board member plays an important role to propel the journal's quality. Below is a brief description of Editor Roles and responsibilities.
If you wish to appeal a journal editor’s decision, please submit an appeal letter to the journal’s online editorial office. Please address this to the editor and explain clearly the basis for an appeal.
Detail why you disagree with the decision. Please provide specific responses to any of the editor’s and/or reviewers’ comments that contributed to the reject decision.
Provide any new information or data that you would like the journal to take into consideration.
Provide evidence if you believe a reviewer has made technical errors in their assessment of your manuscript.
Include evidence if you believe a reviewer may have a conflict of interest.
After receiving the appeal, chief editor may involve any editorial members who handled the peer review of the original submission depending on the nature of the appeal. Editor may confirm their decision to reject the manuscript, invite a revised manuscript, or seek additional peer- or statistical review of the original manuscript.
Editors will consider one appeal per article and all decisions on appeals are final. The timely review and decision-making process for new submissions will take precedence over appeals.
to submit a complaint
Authors who wish to submit a complaint can send an email with all details and information for contact to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
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