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Journal of Food Protection migrates to Elsevier and will be converted to full open access

The International Food Protection Association is pleased to make all JFP research available for everyone to read, download, copy and distribute.


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The International Food Protection Association (IAFP), a leading organization of food safety scientists and professionals, and Elseviera global leader in publishing research and analyzing information, are thrilled to announce a new partnership to publish the Food Protection Journal (JFP), the flagship journal of the IAFP. The journal will move from a hybrid subscription model to a Gold Open Access publication, making articles immediately and permanently available for anyone to read, download, copy and distribute. It will be hosted on Elsevier’s industry-leading online platform, ScienceDirectfrom January 2023.

The mission of the IAFP is to provide food safety professionals around the world with a forum to exchange information on the protection of the food supply. According to the IAFP, its decision to publish JFP with Elsevier was driven in part by the editorial board’s desire to make its essential research open to everyone and to reach the widest audience across its entire community. This conversion to open access publishing aligns with IAFP’s core values ​​by accelerating the pace of research and encouraging sharing and collaboration across disciplines.

“After an exploration and review of our publishing options, the IAFP Board elected to work with Elsevier based on its extensive experience in transitioning from subscription journals to fully open access and the strength of their technology capabilities, including their well-known platform that will help increase the discovery and visibility of JFP contents. This agreement will reduce the cost of open access publishing for members and non-members alike,” explained IAFP Executive Director David Tharp.

Launched in 1937, JFP has a long and storied history as the premier food safety journal for professionals in academia, industry and regulatory authorities worldwide. Its global community of authors and readers recognizes the journal’s position as the high-quality and authoritative voice for publishing important applied and basic research articles and review articles, for everyone and by everybody. Its scope and coverage has evolved over the years to align with new developments in the field, ranging from reporting on emerging scientific trends to providing cutting-edge knowledge.

JFP will continue under the direction of the editor-in-chief Panagiotis N. SkandamisPhD, professor of food microbiology and food quality control and food hygiene at the Agricultural University of Athens, who has served as scientific editor of the journal since 2018.

“The editorial board, scientific editors and I are extremely excited to partner with Elsevier to publish JFP“said Professor Skandamis.”JFP has always been a team effort with valuable contributions from many active participants. Now we will have additional support from Elsevier, a leading scientific publisher, as we join their family of esteemed journals. I am confident that this collaboration will further enhance the reputation of the journal and maintain the high level of scientific contributions in the new era of food safety. Behalf JFPEditors, editorial team, critics and authors, I welcome our new partner.”

“We are delighted to welcome the IAFP to Elsevier and to add its prestigious journal to our food science portfolio,” commented Morgane Dagot, Editor at Elsevier. “We recognize that Elsevier’s commitment to open science and experience transitioning journals to gold open access were key factors in selecting the IAFP. We look forward to working alongside the society and the journal to successfully transition to full open access status, expanding their global reach, and supporting their mission of protecting the world’s food supply.”

As one of the fastest growing open access publishers in the world, nearly all of Elsevier’s 2,700 journals support open access publishing, including 600 open access journals. In 2021, Elsevier published 119,000 open access or paid articles, an increase of more than 46% compared to 2020.

Notes for Editors

About Food Protection Journal

First published in 1937, the Food Protection Journal (JFP) is the official journal of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). Backed by the largest food science community in the world, JFP is one of the leading publications in the field of food microbiology and remains the premier journal devoted to food safety. It includes refereed scientific research and authoritative review articles on a variety of topics related to food safety and protection.

About the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP)

The International Food Protection Association (IAFP) represents more than 4,500 food safety professionals engaged in Advancing Food Security Worldwide®. The association includes educators, government officials, microbiologists, food industry executives and quality control professionals who are involved in all aspects of growing, storing, transporting, processing and preparation of all types of food. Working together, IAFP members, representing more than 70 countries, help the association achieve its mission through networks, educational programs, journals, career opportunities and many other resources.

About Elsevier and societal partnerships

Elsevier has longstanding partnerships with more than 600 learned societies around the world, helping them achieve their missions and inspiring and supporting their communities. We pride ourselves on consistently delivering outstanding publishing results through strategic vision, reliable finances, global outreach, embracing open science and open access, and championing the needs of the communities we jointly serve.

About Elsevier

As a world leader in information and analysis, Elsevier helps researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. We do this by facilitating information and critical decision-making for customers in global research and health ecosystems.

In everything we publish, we uphold the highest standards of quality and integrity. We bring the same rigor to our information analysis solutions for researchers, healthcare professionals, institutions and funders.

Elsevier employs 8,700 people worldwide. We have supported the work of our research and health partners for over 140 years. Stemming from our publishing roots, we offer valuable insights and analytics that help our users make breakthroughs and drive societal progress. Digital solutions such as ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, Clinical Key and Sherpath strategic support research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and health education. Researchers and healthcare professionals rely on our more than 2,700 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell; our more than 43,000 e-book titles; and our iconic reference books, such as Grey’s Anatomy. With the Elsevier Foundation and our external Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Councilwe work in partnership with various stakeholders to advance inclusion and diversity in science, research and health care in developing countries and around the world.

Elsevier is part of RELXa global provider of information-based analytics and decision-making tools for professionals and businesses.

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Morgane Dagot, Editor, Food Science

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