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Journal of Medicinal Food

Editors-in-Chief: Sampath Parthasarathy, MBA, PhD and Young-Eun Lee, PhD

ISSN: 1096-620X • Published Monthly • Online ISSN: 1557-7600

Current Volume: 17

Latest Impact Factor* is 1.699

*2013 Journal Citation Reports® published by Thomson Reuters, 2014

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    Submitting Your Manuscript

    Submitting your manuscript to the Journal of Medicinal Food delivers a comprehensive benefits program that ensures high-quality review of your research and maximum impact for your work. This includes a one-year membership to AuthorCite™, a robust author services platform for increasing the visibility of your research, and includes the ability to freely share your article for 30 days. The Journal of Medicinal Food carries a manuscript processing charge* of $49.00 USD upon submission of each new manuscript.

    Upon payment, you will be provided a Manuscript Submission Code, and will be prompted to enter this information when uploading your files to our peer-review system.  Please note:  Securing a token does not automatically create an account in our peer-review system. If you do not already have an account, you will be asked to create one before you can begin your submission.

    Submissions do not need to be completed at once. Submitting authors/agents may begin the submission process, save their work, and return to the site to complete the upload(s) at a later time. There is no limit on the number of times one can save their work and subsequently resume the submission. Doing so will not incur additional charges.

    Click here to submit your paper via our fast and user-friendly electronic submission system.

    Manuscript Revisions

    Processing charges and submission codes are NOT required for revisions to previously submitted papers. To upload a revision of a paper, the submitting author should log in to their Author Center at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/medicinalfood and click on “Revised Manuscripts in Draft.” The paper will appear in this area, and the submitting author will be able to upload revised files without paying any charges or entering a submission code.

    Please be sure to follow the Instructions for Authors below on Manuscript Preparation.  Authors whose submissions do not comply with the Instructions for Authors will have their papers un-submitted so that the file(s) may be adjusted accordingly. Directions regarding the necessary corrective actions will be provided in an email to the corresponding author at the time the paper is un-submitted. The submitting author/agent will then be provided the opportunity to re-upload the corrected file(s). If a paper is un-submitted, the paper will reside in the corresponding author’s “Author Center” as a draft, and the submitting author/agent will be able to make the necessary adjustments and re-upload the paper without incurring another manuscript processing charge.  

    *The manuscript processing charge is independent of editorial decision and is non-refundable.

    Instructions for Authors

    Manuscripts submitted to Journal of Medicinal Food may not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All submissions will be acknowledged.

    Full Communications should be presented in the standard format described below,  and should not exceed 3,000 words (excluding references, tables, figures, legends, acknowledgements, and disclosures).

    Short Communications are intended for the presentation of brief observations that do not warrant a full-length text, but also are not preliminary results. Word limit is 1,500.  Include an abstract; do not use section headings in the body of the text; report methods, results, and discussion in a single section. Citations are identical in style to those of full-length articles, but appropriately abbreviated in number.

    Technical Notes are brief scientific observations and methods (preparative, analytical, etc.).

    Letters to the Editor can be on any issue relevant to the field. They must be brief (one or two journal pages) and appropriately documented by data. Letters may be addressed to the Editor-in Chief or Associate Editors, and may be subject to review.

    Reviews and Perspectives may be solicited by the Editors or submitted independently. Reviews are summaries of developments in medicinal food and nutrition. Perspectives are more representative of an opinion about an area of the field or a direction of research. Both may be subject to peer-review.  Reviews and Perspectives should not exceed 4,000 words (excluding references, tables, figures, legends, acknowledgments, and disclosures.)

    Conference Proceedings: Authors wishing to submit conference/workshop summaries should contact the editorial office well in advance of the event to discuss publication potential and obtain guidance on preparation.

    Please do NOT upload a single PDF file containing all text, image, and table files. Upload individual files of all manuscript material. Once all individual files are uploaded on to Manuscript Central, the system will automatically create a single PDF proof for you and for the peer-review process.


    Prepare the entire manuscript, including figure legends, in Microsoft Word.  The manuscript should be double spaced (6mm minimum), with ample margins (minimum 1”) on all sides. 

    The title page should include the authors’ names and affiliations, a running title of about 45 characters (including spaces), and the full contact information for the corresponding author (i.e., mailing and/or street address, telephone and fax numbers, and E-mail address.) The second page must consist of an abstract of not more than 250 words, which should be self-explanatory without reference to the text. The SI system should be used for all scientific and laboratory data. Full communications are structured using the following headings: abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgments, and references. Number pages consecutively. At the end of the manuscript, give the name, mailing address, and E-mail of the individual to whom correspondence should be directed.

    The authors may suggest suitable referees during the submission process, but must provide accurate E-mail addresses for all such individuals.

    Key Words. Three to 10 key words or phrases must be provided after the abstract to facilitate computer searches. Key words should not repeat words or phrases used in the title. They should be listed alphabetically.

    Acknowledgments. Collaborations, sources of research funds, and other acknowledgments should be listed in a separate section at the end of the text ahead of the REFERENCES section.

    Disclosure Statement.  Immediately following the Acknowledgments section, include a section entitled “Author Disclosure Statement.” In this portion of the manuscript, authors must disclose any commercial associations that might create a conflict of interest in connection with submitted manuscripts. This statement should include appropriate information for EACH author, thereby representing that competing financial interests of all authors have been appropriately disclosed according to the policy of the Journal. It is important that all conflicts of interest, whether they are actual or potential, be disclosed. This information will remain confidential while the manuscript  is being reviewed and will not influence the editorial decision. Please see the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at www.icmje.org/index.html#conflicts for further guidance. If no conflicts exist, the authors must state “No competing financial interests exist."

    Ethical Considerations in the Conduct and Reporting of Research: Protection of Human Subjects and Animals in Research*

    When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

    *This portion of Journal of Medicinal Food’s Instructions for Authors has been quoted directly from the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals website. For more information, visit www.icmje.org/ethical_6protection.html

    References. Cite all references within the text by a superscript Arabic number. Number references in the order that they appear in the text. Double-space the references and triple-space between each listing. When there are more than six authors, it is acceptable to list the first three followed by “et al.”, but this must be applied consistently throughout the reference section. Use the following styles as appropriate:

    Journals: (1) surname of author(s), initials, (2) article title, (3) journal, (4) year of publication, (5) volume number, and (6) first and last page of citation.

    Journal Example:

    Lappé MA, Bailey EB, Childress C, Setchell KDR: Alterations in clinically important phytoestrogens in genetically modified, herbicide-tolerant soybeans. J Med Food 1999;1:241–245.

    Books: (1) surname of author(s), initials, (2) chapter title, (3) title of book, (4) editors of book (if applicable), (5) edition of book (if applicable), (6) publisher, (7) city of publication, (8) year of publication, and (9) first and last page reference.

    Book example:

    Karp A: On the current understanding of somaclonal variation. In: Oxford Surveys of Plant Molecular and Cell Biology, Vol. 2. (Miflin BJ, ed.) Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1990, pp. 199–234.

    Patents: (1) surname(s) of author(s), initials, (2) patent title, (3) country where patent issued, (4) patent number, (5) month, day, and year of issuance.

    Patent Example:

    Hendler SS, Sanchez R: Tocopherol-based antiviral agents and method of using same. U.S. Patent 5,114,957.  May 19, 1992.

    Online Journals: Online journals are cited using the same format as print journals. Add “(Online)” after the journal name. Include inclusive pagination or other identifying information such as DOI (Digital Object Identifier) number.

    Online Journal Example:

    Faller P, Goussias C, Rutherford AW, Un S: Resolving intermediates in biological proton-coupled electron transfer: A tyrosyl radical prior to proton movement. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (Online) published July 10, 2003, 10.1073/pnas 1530926100.

    URL (Web Page): (1) Author, if available. (2) Title of page as listed on the site. (3) Address of page. (4) Date accessed.

    URL (Web Page) Example:

    Hsu, D: Chemicool Periodic Table.  www.chemicool.com (accessed Jan 1999).

    Unpublished References:  When data from an unpublished source are presented, supply complete information, e.g., researcher’s name and location. If work is in press, give the journal in which it is to be published or the publisher. Include “In press” in place of publication date. 

    Tables. Type each table with its title in a separate file. Use Arabic numerals to number tables. Each table must stand alone (i.e., contain all necessary information in the caption) and the table itself must be understood independently of the text. Details of experimental conditions should be included in the table footnotes. Table legends and footnotes should be double-spaced. Information that appears in the text should not be repeated in tables, and tables should not contain data that can be given in the text in one or two sentences.

    Please follow these guidelines for submitting figures:

    • Do NOT embed art files into a Word or PDF document.
    • Line illustrations should be submitted at 900 dpi.
    • Halftones and color should be submitted at a minimum of 300 dpi.
    • Save as either TIFF or EPS files.
    • Color art must be saved as CYMKnot RGB.
    • Black and White art must be submitted as grayscalenot RGB.
    • Do NOT submit PowerPoint, PDF, Bitmap, or Excel files.

    Please name your artwork files with the submitting authors name i.e. SmithFig1.tif, SmithTable2.tif etc. Authors who do not follow these guidelines may have their submission returned to them without being reviewed.

    Converting Word or Excel files:  Perhaps the best and easiest way to convert Word or Excel files into a format which is suitable for print is to scan them using the below guidelines:

    • All files should be scanned at 100% size.
    • 300 dpi
    • Final color mode: cmyk
    • save file as: .tif or .eps

    If you need directions on how to convert a PowerPoint slide to acceptable format go to www.liebertpub.com/MEDIA/pdf/ppconvert.pdf


    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. Written permission must be obtained from the author of any unpublished material cited from other laboratories, and should accompany the manuscript. All permissions listings must be shown in manuscript—they cannot be entered on proofs.


    To help defray the cost of printing, the publisher requests that charges of $80 per printed page be paid by all authors who have funds available from research grants or from their institutions.  (Editorial Board members will be charged a special price of $55 per printed page.)  However, the ability to pay page charges is not a prerequisite for publication.

    Reprints may be ordered by following the special instructions that will accompany page proofs, and should be ordered at the time the corresponding author returns the corrected page proofs to the Publisher. Reprints ordered after an issue is printed will be charged at a substantially higher rate.


    The Journal is published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, 140 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801-5215. Telephone: (914) 740-2100, Fax: (914) 740-2101, E-mail: info@liebertpub.com

  • NIH/HHMI Wellcome Trust Policies

    NIH Public Access Policy: In order to assist our authors who have NIH funding to comply with this policy, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers will deposit the final accepted paper (after copy-editing and proofreading) to PubMed Central (PMC) on behalf of the authors. Authors need not take any action. The manuscript's public access posting on PMC will occur 12 months after final publication. This service is provided free of charge. Please note that authors may not deposit manuscripts directly to PMC or other sites without permission from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

  • Self-Archiving Policy

    Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. is a "blue" publisher (as defined by Sherpa), as we allow self-archiving of post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) or publisher's version/PDF.

    In assigning Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. copyright, the author retains the right to deposit such a 'post-print' on their own website, or on their institution's intranet, or within the Institutional Repository of their institution or company of employment, on the following condition, and with the following acknowledgement:

    This is a copy of an article published in the [JOURNAL TITLE] © [year of publication] [copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.]; [JOURNAL TITLE] is available online at: http://online.liebertpub.com.

    Authors may also deposit this version on his/her funder's or funder's designated repository at the funder's request or as a result of a legal obligation, provided it is not made publicly available until 12 months after official publication.

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