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Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines International Journal on Food System Dynamics (IJFSD).

(0)    Submissions may be through e-mail to the editor ( or through the online system. E-mail communication is preferred. The review process will be organized through direct communication with reviewers and authors and not through the system. This approach has proven to be more efficient and more personal.

(1)    Articles must be written in good English.

(2)    Manuscripts. Text should be submitted with double-lined spacing and preferably in a 12 point font size. Margins all around should be 2.5 cm or 1 inch. Manuscripts should normally not exceed around 30 manuscript pages. Save the file in the native format of the word processor used. The text should be in single-column format. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. Do not embed "graphically designed" equations or tables, but prepare these using the word processor's facility. When preparing tables, if you are using a table grid, use only one grid for each individual table and not a grid for each row. If no grid is used, use tabs, not spaces, to align columns. To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the "spellchecker" function of your word processor.

(3)    For online submissions the following rules should be considered: All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, takes place by e-mail only. Therefore users need to keep their contact coordinates up-to-date. Submission of a paper will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere.

(4)    Article. The first page of the article should contain the following information: (i) the title; (ii) the name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and e-mails of all (important!) author(s); (iii) an abstract of not more than 100 words; (iv) a list of keywords separated by semi-colon (not by commata); (v) name, address, and e-mail address of corresponding author;  Text: Follow this order when typing manuscripts: Title, Authors with affiliation and e-mail, Abstract, Keywords, Corresponding author, Main text, Acknowledgements, References, Appendix, Short vitae (up to 5 lines) of all authors. Footnotes (except for table footnotes) should be identified with superscript Arabic numbers. Please avoid other footnotes whenever possible. The text must be understandable without reading any potential mathematical formulae.
Title. Concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations and formulae. 
Author names and affiliations. Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly using appropriate script (capital cases as first letter of authors' first and surnames followed by lower cases). The Present Authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) should be written below their names and surnames. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the Author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name. The e-mail address of each Author (important!)should be included.
Corresponding Author. Clearly indicate who is willing to handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Without this information we will contact the first author in the list. 
Abstract. A concise abstract of no more than 100 words should briefly state the purpose of the research and the main results. An abstract is often presented separate from the article, so it must be able to stand alone.
Classification codes and keywords. On the first page provide up to 5 keywords separated by semi-colons.
Illustrations. All graphs and diagrams should be referred to as figures below the graph, and should be numbered consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals.
Tables should be numbered consecutively in the text above the table in Arabic numerals.

(5)    Acknowledgements and information on grants. Please include this information in a section after the main text, before the appendices and references.

(6)    Footnotes. Should be kept to a minimum and numbered consecutively throughout the text with superscript Arabic numerals. They should not include displayed formulae or tables.

(7)    Displayed formulae. Should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript as (1), (2), etc. against the right-hand margin of the page. The text must be understandable without reading the formulae. Long formulae should be put in an appendix.

(8)    Abbreviations. Because of the international character of the journal, no rigid rules concerning notation or abbreviation need to be observed by the authors but each paper should be self-consistent as to symbols and units which should be properly defined. When using a full stop (period) in an abbreviation, the full stop indicates letters omitted. A full stop should not be used if the abbreviation ends with the same letter as the original word. "Volume" may be abbreviated "Vol.", "section" may be abbreviated "sec.", etc.

(9)    References. Please check carefully that reference to relevant recent International Journal on Food System Dynamics articles is made. No reference to the IJFSD indicates that this journal might not be the most natural or suitable outlet for your research. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references following the text at the very end of the manuscript. All references in this list should be mentioned in the text. Examples of the proper style for in-text citations are
(a) Jones (1996) stated...,
(b) Smith and Johnson (2003) reported..., and
(c) A recent study has shown the time period is longer (Smith and Johnson, 2003; Jones, 2009).
Samples of the most common entries in reference lists appear below.
Book: Leavitt, H.L. (1982). Managerial psychology. Chicago, The University of Chicago Press.
Journal: Ma, C.K., Rao, R.P., Sears, R.S. (1992). Limit moves and price resolution: A reply. The Journal of Futures Markets, 12 (1): 361-363.
Article in edited book: Baker, F.M., Lightfoot, O.B. (1993). Psychiatric care of ethnic elders. In: Gaw, A.C. (Ed.), Culture, ethnicitiy, and mental illness. Washington, American Psychiatric Press, pp 220-250.
Internet document: Resnick, D., Babu, S.C., Haggblade, S., Hendriks, S., Mather, D. (2015). Conceptualizing Drivers of Policy Change in Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Security: The Kaleidoscope Model. IFPRI discussion paper 01414. Available at: (accessed on February 23, 2017).
Unpublished paper presented at a meeting: Black, L., Loveday, G. (1998). The development of sign language in hearing children. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Professional Linguistics Society, Munich, Germany. Available at: http://...
Unpublished doctoral dissertation: Smith, A. (2001). Analyses of nonunion American companies in the late 1990s. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Note that journal titles should not be abbreviated. Any manuscript that does not conform to the above instructions may be returned for the necessary revision before publication. 

Submission checklist One Author designated as corresponding author:• E-mail address • Full postal address • All necessary files have been uploaded • Keywords • All figure captions • All tables (including title, description, footnotes) • Manuscript has been "spellchecked" • References are in the correct format for this journal • All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa • Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web)

For any further information please contact the layout editor. Page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author. Proofs should be corrected carefully; the responsibility for detecting errors lies with the author. Corrections should be restricted to instances in which the proof is at variance with the manuscript. No deviations from the version accepted by the Editors are permissible without the prior and explicit approval by the Editors.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY-NC-ND that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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