Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease (FFHD) focuses on understanding the link between food bioactive compounds and health, in order to create new healthy, functional food products based on scientific research using food bioactive compounds. These new functional food products will be designed for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and disease symptoms, as well as for overall health promotion. To this end, Functional Food Science and the FFHD journal cover a broad range of research areas which includes identifying biologically active food compounds, a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms of their effects on health, and demonstration of their biological efficacy.

The Functional Food Center defines “functional foods” as “Natural or processed foods that contain biologically-active compounds; which, in defined, effective non-toxic amounts, provide a clinically proven and documented health benefit utilizing specific biomarkers, for the prevention, management, or treatment of chronic disease or its symptoms.” Accordingly, the scope of our journal also includes clinical studies by using sensitive biomarkers so we can prove and document health benefits of functional foods and food bioactive molecules.

Section Policies


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Research Articles

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Review Articles

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Short Report

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Editorial Policies


Editorial Policies

Any experimental research that is reported in the manuscript must have been performed with the approval of an appropriate ethics committee. Refer to local, institutional, national, and/or international guidelines for proper experimental research conduct. Any suspicion of serious unethical conduct within a submitted manuscript may result in the manuscript being rejected.


Scientific Misconduct primarily includes but is not limited to the falsification of data. The integrity of works submitted must be maintained. Misconduct can take various forms other than those listed below. Any suspicion of misconduct will cause proper action to be taken by the editor(s).

Image Manipulation
Tables, charts, and anything else represented with an image within a manuscript must not have any features within its image be enhanced, diminished, moved, removed or introduced.
Any assemblage of images from multiple fields, or different images from the same field must be made known clearly by use of formats such as division lines, and be addressed within the legend.


Photo quality changes, such as brightness and color, are admissible only if the changes are applied to the entire image, and the changes do not minimize, eliminate, or skew the clarity of the data in any way.

Plagiarism is not tolerated. If plagiarism is founded within a manuscript, certain actions and consequences will be taken; refer

Research Misconduct (Protection of Research Subjects)
All research involving human must have followed the Helsinki Declaration. Any research involving animals must have followed the internationally recognized guidelines. Refer to the Basel Declaration
here. Any research involving plants must have followed institutional, national, or international guidelines. All statements of permission and/or licensure for any experimental research should be included with the manuscript.


Copyright and Libel

Authors have the responsibility to ensure the legality of their works. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that submitted works do not infringe upon any existing copyrights, or the rights of any third party. Should any manuscripts contain seemingly libelous content, Editors and authors will work together to remove the speculative sections. Any manuscripts infringing upon copyrights or containing seemingly libelous sections will not be accepted by Functional Foods in Health and Disease.

Authors who publish in Functional Foods in Health and Disease retain the copyright to their works. All works, or substantial parts of the works submitted must not have already been published in any other journal or citable form, although it may have been deposited on a preprint server. If works submitted are translations, consent of the journal in which the article was originally published must be obtained and the fact that the article has already been published must be clearly stated in both the submission and the abstract.


Using Creative Commons Public Licenses

Creative Commons public licenses provide a standard set of terms and conditions that creators and other rights holders may use to share original works of authorship and other material subject to copyright and certain other rights specified in the public license below. 


This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon our work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge us and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.


Change in Authorship
If there are any changes in authorship, direct written confirmation from all authors of the manuscript must be sent to the Editor. Written confirmation from each author is consent that each author agrees with any changes in the authorship of submitted or published manuscripts. The corresponding author must ensure that all authors agree with the proposed changes. If there are any disputes between the authors concerning authorship, it is the corresponding author’s responsibility, not the Editor’s, to resolve the disputes.


Competing Interests
Competing interests must be disclosed in all manuscripts. Competing interests exist when interpretation of data or presentation of information may affect an author’s relations with people or organizations personally or financially. Disclosure of competing interests must address both financial and non-financial interests.

Financial interests are defined as, but not limited to, receiving money in any form from an organization that may earn or lose financially, either presently or in the future, from the publication of the manuscript; investing/invested money in any form in an organization that may earn or lose financially, presently or in the future, from the publication of the manuscript; and/or receiving money in any form from an organization that has patents related to the manuscript’s research.

Non-financial interests are defined as, but not limited to, any political, religious, academic, personal and/or ideological competing interests.
Any uncertainty about competing interests may be addressed to the Editor(s)-in-Chief.


Privacy and Informed Consent
All research participants have the right to privacy. Informed consent from all participants in the research must be obtained. In the case of people under the age of 16, parental or guardian consent must be given. Statement(s) of informed consent should be included within the manuscript.

Any research containing details (in text, images, videos, or any other format) of a participant must have the written informed consent of the participant allowing the publication of the documented details. The manuscript should acknowledge this informed consent.


Corrections and Retractions (of published articles)
Occasionally it is necessary to retract or correct a published article from our journal in order to maintain integrity of the academic record.


It does not happen often, but if any published works are deemed to have infringed upon certain rights or are slanderous, the published work will be removed from our site and archives.
Only minor corrections to papers are allowed, such as grammar errors.  


Appeals and Complaints
Authors may appeal the rejection of a manuscript. Appeals made should be based on scientific content and publication propriety. All appeals must be addressed to the Editor(s)-in-Chief. Decisions about the appeal made by the Editor(s)-in-Chief are final. Complaints should also be addressed to the Editor(s)-in-Chief.


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Case Report

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Short Communication

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Peer Review Process

What is Peer Review?

Peer review is a central part of publishing quality articles. The purpose of peer reviewing is to have reviewers help a submitted article become stronger by evaluating its quality and relevance to the field, and providing suggestions and advice to authors. Reviewer ethics and responsibilities are posted in our Editorial Policies page.

FFHD’s Peer Review Process
Functional Foods in Health and Disease has a single blind closed review process. Single blind review means that the author is unaware of the reviewer’s identity. This process helps reviewers make impartial decisions and give better criticism to the author, because the reviewer will not be unnecessarily influenced by the author. Closed review means that the reviewers will remain anonymous and the pre-publication history will not be made available.

Submission of a manuscript is first reviewed by a Chief Editor. If the manuscript meets all the basic requirements, the manuscript will be assigned two peer reviewers. The review process takes approximately 2-4 weeks. The reviewers will evaluate the manuscript based on its ability to serve the scientific community, its relevance to the journal, its originality, its technical aspects (such as formatting), as well as its coherence and understandability.

After analysis by reviewers it will be returned to the Chief Editor for last detail checks such as grammar and language, and then sent to the author for revisions. Several correspondences between author, editor-in-chief, and reviewers occur before final manuscript is ready. After all necessary revisions have been made and publication fees have been paid, the manuscript is published. All decisions are ultimately made by Editors-in-Chief and are whom any appeals against rejection should be addressed to.

Peer Reviewers

Authors may suggest peer reviewers via their submission’s cover letter if they wish, however, decisions about whether or not to invite the suggested reviewer(s) is ultimately up to the Editor-in-Chief. Suggested reviewers should not be people whom the author(s) have recently collaborated with or currently work with as colleagues in the same institution. All suggested peer reviewers should have contact information included.

A request for exclusion of certain individuals as peer reviewers is also acceptable, but an explanation must be provided via the submission’s cover letter. Extensive listing of individuals is not acceptable as it may impede the peer review process.

Any intentionally false information (i.e. false reviewer names and/or e-mail addresses) will result in immediate rejection of the manuscript.

Authors wishing to submit a manuscript should also read over all the Editorial Policies under the link “About the Journal”. 

Open Access Policy

Our journal provides immediate open access for our content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The Journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease (FFHD) considers publication ethics to be of the utmost importance. In order to uphold the scientific integrity of our journal, we are committed to maintaining high standards of honesty and accuracy in each and every one of our publications. Unethical practices such as plagiarism and falsification of data are not tolerated.

We have outlined below the duties and responsibilities of each major party in the publication process including: editors, authors, and reviewers. This statement was based on the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).



"Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement." AACE. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), 2013. Web. 27 May 2015. 

Editors’ Responsibilities

  1. Publication Decisions: After reading comments by the editorial review board, the editor may accept, reject, or suggest changes to the manuscript.
  2. Review of Manuscripts: He/she must perform an initial review of the manuscript in order to check for originality. Then, the editor should send the manuscript in blind peer review form to the editorial board, who at this point, may accept, reject, or suggest changes to the manuscript.
  3. Unbiased Review: The editor must review manuscripts based solely on intellectual and scientific content, and not be swayed by authors
  4. Confidentiality: Prior to publication, manuscripts and related information must be kept confidential.
  5. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: FFHD editors may not publish and/or submit manuscript material as his or her own work without the author(s)’ written consent.

Author’s Responsibilities

  1. Reporting Standards: Author’s manuscripts should be an accurate account of their research methods, results, followed by an objective empirical discussion. Manuscripts should follow the guidelines dictated on the FFHD website: http://www.ffhdj.com/
  2. Originality: Authors must take care to describe only their original work in their manuscripts.
  3. Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publications: Authors should not submit identical manuscripts or descriptions of the same research to more than one journal simultaneously.
  4. Acknowledgement of Sources: Authors should acknowledge and/or cite all sources that contributed to the manuscript, influenced its research, or helped with its completion.
  5. Authorship: Individuals should be named authors only if they made significant contributions to manuscript conception, design, completion, or analysis. Other significant contributors must be named as co-authors.
  6. Data Access and Retention: Authors should provide original data to FFHD as well as keep copies of this data for reference.
  7. Fundamental Errors in Published Works: If the author(s) discovers a significant error in their submitted manuscript, he/she must report the error to the FFHD editor.

Reviewers’ Responsibilities

  1. Confidentiality: Reviewers must keep all manuscript information confidential prior to publication.
  2. Acknowledgement of Sources: Reviewers should ensure that authors acknowledge all relevant sources used in the study. If reviewers notice suspicious similarity of information between current or prior manuscripts, it must be reported to FFHD’s editor.
  3. Objectivity: Manuscript feedback should be scientifically objective, without bias, clear, and supported by arguments.
  4. Promptness: If a reviewer believes that he/she will not be able to thoroughly read a manuscript within the required time frame, he/she must reported this to the FFHD editor so that the editor can find a replacement reviewer.

Human and Animal Rights

When submitting a manuscript to our journal, all authors are expected to have read and agreed to all our author’s guidelines. In particular, any experimental research reported in the manuscript should have been performed with the approval of an appropriate ethics committee. Research carried out on humans must be in compliance with the Helsinki Declaration. Any experimental research on animals must follow internationally recognized guidelines. 

A statement to this effect must be included in the Methods section of the manuscript. This statement should include the name of the body which gave approval, with a reference number where appropriate. Informed consent must also be documented. A manuscript may be rejected if the editorial office considers that the research has not been carried out within an ethical framework. For example, if the severity of the experimental procedure is not justified by the value of the knowledge gained. 

Competing interests

Our official Conflict of Interest or Competing Interests policy is defined as the following. A competing interest exists when your interpretation or presentation of information may be influenced by personal or financial interests with other people or organizations. Accordingly, authors should disclose any personal or financial interests that may influence their scientific judgment and the manuscript. Conflicts of interest will undermine the credibility of the authors, the journal, and the research they are trying to present. 

Advertising Policy

All advertisements are subject to the approval of the Functional Food Center publisher of the Functional Foods in Health and Disease (FFHD) journal, which reserves the right to reject or cancel any ad at any time. 
Any advertisement accepted and published by the Publisher on the warranty of the agency and advertiser that both are authorized to publish the entire content and subject matter of the advertisement.
When considering the publishing of an advertisement, the advertiser and agency, jointly agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Publisher, its officers, agents and employees against expenses (including legal fees) and losses resulting from the publication of the contents of the advertisement, including, without limitation, claims or suits for libel, violation of privacy, copyright infringement, or plagiarism.
The Functional Food Center publisher is not liable for any failure to publish any advertisement accepted by our publisher. However, the publisher will use its efforts to place such advertisement in a future and available space.

Withdrawal, Cancellation and Late Payment Policy

If the author withdraws their article within the first week of submission, there is no cancellation fee. However, if an author still desires to withdraw their article after the initial stage of submission, there will be a cancellation fee of 50% of the article publication fee. If the author withdraws after the peer review process has concluded and we have sent the general article acceptance letter, they will have to pay the full article publication fee.

Once the corresponding author receives the final galley proof of their article with page numbers, the article cannot be withdrawn. There also should be no more significant changes or edits to the content of the manuscript. 

If we do not receive payment for the article and the article has not been withdrawn, a late fee will be added on top of the publication fee. The late fee amount depends on the length of time in which we do not receive a payment.

If we provide the authors with the reviewer’s comments but do not receive the final draft or any reply, then we may publish the article as is (following editing and formatting to fit our journal guidelines). Further action will be taken if the article has been published and we still do not receive payment. We will send the authors reminder emails and the details of the steps we are taking throughout this entire process to ensure that they have multiple chances of rectifying the situation. As a peer-reviewed, open access journal, we are supported by the funds provided by publishing authors. These funds are necessary to allow us to continue publishing excellent articles as well as providing discounts to authors from developing countries.

Digital Archiving Policy

The FFHD journal uses the Public Knowledge Preservation Network (PKP PN) as our digital archiving policy.

The PKP PN digitally preserves OJS jounrals. The PKP PN ensures that journals can be preserved using the LOCKSS program, which offers decentralized and distributed preservation, continual open access, and preservation of original content. For more details, visit the following link


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