Journal policy

Please read the journal policy, terms and conditions before submitting any manuscript – Important

By reading this journal policy, I, as the corresponding Author, agree and accept to abide by the Legal notice or Intellectual property,  terms, conditions, policy, copyright and rules  of the scientific Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment (JFAE) and the WFL Publisher Limited.

§.1   I, the corresponding Author, provide the WFL Publisher the right, authorisation and permission to publish my article in the JFAE if approved. I accept to hold my own and full responsibilities in case of any problems and fulfil all my commitments. I, as the corresponding Author, will be the only person to communicate directly with the editorial board of the JFAE, when needed.

In order to avoid problems or conflicts and in case of violation of the laws related to published manuscripts I, as the corresponding Author, my name is mentioned on the submitted article, I am aware, that I will be pursued in the court by Third-party or by the Publisher to pay all the costs or to repair damages, if any.

§.2  I, the corresponding Author knows that the WFL Publisher is a science publisher and NOT an indexing agency, they neither index  articles nor give any impact factor to journals, this is absolutely not their work.  Furthermore, I am aware that some not all, of WFL Publisher’s publications are indexed in other international systems.

I know that the scientific journal helps in international scientific exchange, however, there is absolutely no guarantee on when, how and if published article will be cited or not, or will appear or not
in any indexing  or abstracting or impact system or related ones (the journal impact factor). There is neither any DOI number of the submitted, the accepted nor the published manuscript. More information can be found in the Legal notice or  Intellectual property page.

High self-citation often makes the citation pattern unfavourable. When authors engage in high self -citation; it can result in unusual rise in items published, this reduces the impact of the journal on the academic community. We the authors understand this and know that the WFL Publisher, invite us, scientists and authors to recommend the JFAE for others, cite articles published in the Journal of Food Agriculture & Environment and other scientific journals.

As an Author surely, I do not submit my articles just because the journal is covered or not in any indexing or  impact system, but rather to provide the scientific community with high quality contribution and recent findings in my subject area.

The publications (article) can be used for research purposes only. It is prohibited to save or archive publications in any fashion (physically or electronically). No part of the publications will be published in any formats. It is strictly forbidden to resell and or misuse or save on non-scientific servers any materials, articles or journals published on the website of WFL Publisher. We neither give permission nor authorisation for such use (read more).

§.3  I agree and I assume  full responsibility when filling the form and reading all details mentioned hereby. I fill this form  correctly, I sign it and I will send it to the specific postal address by registered mail.

  To be filled in, if copyright belongs to the corresponding Author(s) in consideration of the publication of the contribution to the above journal, I hereby warrant:

a). That in the case of joint authorship, I, as the corresponding Author, have been authorised by all co-authors to sign this agreement on their behalf  and references to the singular shall include the plural as appropriate;

b). That this article is my original work (with my working group)  and not taken from other works or persons. It has not been previously published elsewhere either in printed or electronic form (including World Wide Web home pages, discussion groups and other electronic bulletin boards),  and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. I agree to the publication of the article after signing a copyright form. I authorise the journal editorial team to publish the manuscript after receiving all signed documents.

There will be no withdrawal of my paper and once the publication process commence. I will not withdraw my paper and I accept to do any additional corrections when needed.

I, the corresponding Author(s) must send to at least three to four external reviewers to edit, evaluate and improve the quality of my paper. I will respond to the reviewers’ comments positively and do the needed corrections before the final submission to the JFAE (reviewer’s guide). The publisher’s team makes additional or minor corrections or changes to submitted paper, only. The publisher’s policy is to focus on the importance of the subject or theme of the contribution, only.  The Author is fully responsible for the content, quality and the evaluation of the submitted paper (writing instructions). 

c). That this article contains no violation of any existing copyright or other Third-party rights or any material that is obscene, libellous, fraudulent, plagiarised or otherwise unlawful nature. I, will pay compensation, repair all damages, pay all charges, costs and related fees, to indemnify and keep indemnified the Editor or Third party and or the WFL Publisher  Ltd. I agree that the WFL Publisher is not and will not be responsible for  a such case and I will never get the WFL Publisher involved in problems of any kind.

§.4  I confirm that the WFL publisher is not responsible for any dispute between me, as the corresponding author, or any other publishing house, institutions or companies or scientists and a Third-party. I confirm that the WFL Publisher has no responsibility for the contents of my paper and is not responsible for any claims or expenses that will be paid by me  (including legal costs and expenses that I will cover) arising from any breach  of this warranty and the other warranties on my behalf in this agreement (§: copyright form).

(a) I, the corresponding Author(s) or Co-authors will be the only person(s) to sign the copyright form and handle the requested documents and see details in the copyright form. I agree to face any problems and to be pursued in court by Third-party and or other publishing houses, institutions, scientists and or experts; in case I misuse others’ published materials: engage in fraud, plagiarism, illegal use of their intellectual property or material rights, published or non-published data and work of others. The said paper will be immediately removed from the JFAE  website.
I will not submit duplicate manuscripts with similar results or data (tables, graphs or illustrations) or texts. I agree to modify,  re-arrange the results and data (tables, graphs or other illustrations) correctly, to again resubmit a new version of the paper to be considered for the late journal issue. I am aware that from time to time, the Publisher keeps free online access to the journal in order to increase the online visibility.

(b) In event of any case, I will indicate that the WFL Publisher is not responsible for any problems or mistakes on my part as the corresponding author. In case of any serious problem, I agree that the WFL publisher has nothing to do with the problem and will not provide assistance of any kind.

(c) The co-Authors and I know and agree that WFL Publisher owns the copyright and will permit open access to all published papers for scientific use only. The WFL Publisher has no responsibility for the illegal or misuse of the data or published materials by others. I agree that my published paper(s) is or are available on the WFL Publisher’s website: for free use by other readers, scientists or other visitors. The WFL publisher has neither interest nor responsibility arising from the use of my published papers on the website. However, all sources of information and references in my paper(s) should be mentioned in order to avoid conflicts.

(d) That I, the corresponding Author, have obtained permission for and acknowledged the source of any illustrations, diagrams or other data, materials included in this article of which I am not the copyright owner.  In consideration of the publication of my contribution in  this journal, I hereby assign, allow and authorise the WFL Publisher, the present and or future copyright throughout the world in any form and in any language (without limitation on the optical disk, transmission over the internet, print and other communications networks and in any other  electronic form).

(e) I, the corresponding Author, assume full responsibility and accept to pay for all costs related to any illegal matter or problems with the Third-party, if any.

§.5  I, as the corresponding Author, must send my manuscript to experts or scientists to review and evaluate the contents and the quality of the paper before the final submission. I must add and implement all needed corrections, modifications, data, references or information with the source of reference or information (I must indicate the source of the information). A native English scientist or someone with an advanced level of English must critically review the English of the text. I, as the corresponding Author, must follow the writing instructions point by point and double check the manuscript before the final submission (excellent English language, contents, results, symbols, equations, references, statistical tests, do not scan figures or tables, use the originals). All illustrations, tables, graphs, photos, figures, tables belong to my (me and my team) research work. If I, the corresponding Author and co-Author(s),  do not have a full and detailed source of the information we must  indicate it, with a clear reference, which should be mentioned on the reference list (writing instructions). 

As the corresponding Author, I must revise the manuscript according to reviewer’s comments (I assume my own and full responsibility for the contents of the submitted paper). I am responsible for the data, contents, results, illustrations and information sources. However, in case I report information or data  and or  information taken from other sources, works or from other scientists, I will inform the scientists, Third-party and or the co-authors. I will get permission from them before submitting such a paper (to avoid facing legal action or case with the Third-party). The corresponding Author only, must do submission of manuscript(s).

I will never submit any fraudulent information or a paper with potential plagiarism. All submitted papers including data or results or methods or information must be acknowledged and the source of the information and or references must be cited properly and correctly. Otherwise, I, as the corresponding Author, will face serious law problems with other scientists and I can be pursued in court.

I confirm, that the WFL Publisher is neither responsible for any problem that may occur between me, as the corresponding Author, scientist’s arguments, authors or co-authors or other Third-party for the data or information or results, co-author’s names and or affiliation(s) submitted for publication; for fraud, or plagiarism or  related problems or papers already published elsewhere. I, the corresponding Author must clearly mention the source of the collected information or references with respect to scientific publishing ethics. I want to indicate that the WFL Publisher is not responsible  for any claims or complaints that I, as the corresponding Author, will face from others or with Third-party (by signing this copyright, I fully authorise the publisher to publish this paper and I, as the corresponding Author, will assume all the risks and willing to pay all compensations and costs and fees to the Third-party if pursued by   a court of law).

I, as the corresponding Author(s), assume responsibility in case of violating academic ethics. I authorise the publisher to keep or to remove my published paper(s) anytime from the publisher’s website. I also authorise the Publisher to place my manuscript or  theme under the appropriate subject area on the journal site or in the print Journal. I understand that the subject area can undergo some changes from time to time (Commentary or Food & Health or Agriculture or Environment or News & Information). In case of unexpected problems, I agree that the WFL publisher might contact me as the corresponding Author for further information or details concerning my contribution or details. I, as the corresponding Author, assume responsibility for the submitted paper, the topic or theme, names of authors, co-authors, illustrations, sources of information, data, values and related materials used and written in my paper.

§.6  Once my manuscript is accepted for publication in JFAE, in order to save time, I agree that the publisher should send the acceptance letter and the copyright form via email (plus attached files). I will send the signed copyright form and other related documents by post or airmail only. I will specify on the envelope §: Confidential Scientific Document; §:Privacy. Any violation of the sent documents by the Third party is considered as a crime and against the international Laws. If I send the requested documents (signed and original copyright form etc.) after the deadlines, I agree and authorise the WFL publisher to postpone the publication of my paper for a later time that might be between one and two years later, based on the publication timetable or the  journal policy.

  As the corresponding Author, I agree to correct  and improve  the galley proof of my paper (received as a pdf file along with a special form) before the suggested deadline and to send it back  to the publisher’s office. I pledge to do my part and assume responsibility.

§.7  I will send before the deadline, all minor and clear corrections on the galley proof form and or the pdf file of my paper, only  (neither with major changes nor a full revised  paper). In case of unclear corrections and non-receipt of the requested corrections, I authorise the Publisher’s team to ignore few corrections (if they are unclear including changes in title and text when necessary without asking my permission). The publisher is authorised to postpone the publication of my paper if all corrections are not clarified or are incomplete or submitted after the deadline. I agree that previous correspondences (old matters) will neither be discussed nor reconsidered, I authorise the publisher’s team to remove old submitted papers or e-mails or inquiries (which will be deleted and ignored after twelve months).

I will send a response and all requested documents before the deadline to avoid any delay in the publication process.
I agree that the Publisher may publish the paper with some minor changes only and or might postpone the publication of the paper for the next issues.  I agree that the Publisher will not accept a completely revised manuscript with major changes.  I agree that the publication will be postponed if the publication deadline has elapsed without receipt of requested materials, to any date later than even one to two years. I am aware that the publisher communicates by e-mails, phone or fax, only; all documents are sent to the corresponding Author(s) as pdf files, only. There are no formal letters to be sent by post.

I, as the corresponding Author, will send the correct e-mail address, name and a complete postal address in order to receive the hard copy of the journal. I agree that only one hard copy will be sent to me. I am aware that co-authors or libraries may purchase separately, copies of the journal and or reprints, if available (details are available on the journal website).

§.8  In case I, the corresponding Author, want to withdraw my manuscript, I would send a signed letter with clear reasons by registered mail. Otherwise, the accepted paper (improved by WFL Publisher’s team or reviewers) might get published and I, the author will not get any hard copy. I am  aware that the WFL Publisher will send  the hard copy of the journal in a very good quality parcel. The Publisher has no responsibility if the material is lost and or damaged during the mailing or delivery process or simply by the postal services. In such cases, I will contact my post office for additional information and ask for documents stating the deterioration of the mail. I will include the right and complete postal address when submitting my paper, otherwise, I will assume the consequences in case I do not receive the sent material.  

I agree that the WFL Publisher does not allow the misuse of the company’s logo (Trademark), staff names, journal e-mails, address or related matters. I agree that the Publisher reserve the right to pursue in court anyone who will do that. The publisher is allowed to ask for higher compensations and payment of damages. The requested signed documents must be sent before the deadline, by registered mail or postal package or by an International mailing service to  the WFL Publisher.

§.9  By signing this document, I, the corresponding Author, is bound by the above publication terms, conditions, policy and commitments. In case of any violation of the above rules or any breach of the copyright and if no amicable agreement can be reached, the Third-party has the right to pursue the corresponding Author in court and ask for higher compensation or to repair all damages. I, as the corresponding author, agree that the Publisher has the sole jurisdiction to pursue me and or the Third-party in the court  in Finland and ask for higher compensation or payment of all damages, if any.

  The corresponding Author, assumes full responsibility for the mention of trade names or commercial products in this publication which is solely for the purpose of providing specific information and does not imply recommendation or endorsement of similar products unmentioned.

§.10  In no event shall WFL Publisher be liable for any claim, refund, damages or other liabilities, whether in an action of contract, tort or otherwise, arising from, out of or in connection with the use or dealings with the services of WFL Publisher. WFL Publisher will make no representation and give no guarantee or endorse with respect to quality, accuracy, reliability, usability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement of any third party materials or information made available in the WFL Publisher websites or services. WFL Publisher gives no representation or guarantee that access to WFL Publisher websites and services will be uninterrupted, secure and error free always. To the fullest extent permitted by law, in no event will WFL Publisher or its officers be liable for any (1) special, direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, or consequential damages, including loss of profits and loss of goodwill, arising from or related to a breach of the agreement between WFL Publisher and the user or any order or the operation or use the web service including such damages arising from loss of revenue or claims against user by any third person; or (2) damages for any delay or failure by WFL Publisher to perform its obligations under the agreement between WFL Publisher and the user due to any cause beyond WFL Publisher’s reasonable control.

§.11   Important Note Concerning the USDA Scientists: With reference to the copyright assignment, the corresponding Author(s) and all co-authors are United States Government employees, we do agree that the copyright of the specific paper also belongs to the US Government. This may also apply to the Government of  the United Kingdom (Great Britain) employees or similar other Government employees’ publications.

§: 12 JFAE Conflict of Interest Policy

 The Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment adheres to the principles of transparency and accountability in the dissemination of scientific information, and as part of our policy, we expect authors, contributors, reviewers, editors, to declare any real or apparent conflicts of interest that could be perceived to influence the research process and manuscript preparation. The JFAE editorial office acknowledges that the interests stated below are inevitable, and cannot be eliminated. By including this declaration in our policy we do not imply that we would not consider your manuscript for publication.

Find below a detailed description of what we consider as sources for conflicts:

Financial interes could be personal or institutional. These are finances given to the paid into the individual or institutional account for purposes of funding some or all aspects of the research projects. Authors should list funding organizations to be included in the acknowledgement section, if possible. Examples of personal financial interest include paid consultancy, services, recipients of fellowships, equipment writing and administrative support. For institutional financial interest research grants, or funds given to departments.

Manuscript submission by an author that is in the same institution as one of the editors: 

To eliminate bias, the members of the editorial board would be assigned such that no reviewer shares institutional affiliation with the authors.
Generally we expect all stakeholders to be open to ensure production of high- quality scientific information for the scientific community and the society at large.

Author responsibilities
Public trust in the scientific process and the credibility of published articles depend in part on how transparently conflicts of interest are handled in departments, among scientists / decision makers, during the planning, implementation, preparation of the manuscript, writing, review, editing, and publication schedule. Authors are fully responssible for the data and information reported in their manuscripts, read above (§: Copyright; §: Intellectual property right). The publisher’s board has also the right to accept and/or reject / decline submitted paper for various reasons.

The corresponding author should download the conflict of interest declaration form  (Journal submission form), fill it correctly and submit alongside the manuscript.JFAE Statement of Informed Consent.- Include in the journal instructions to authors.

To maintain ethical principles, any information taken from patients or healthy humans subjects, either in surveys, or via any other form of research methodology should be conducted only after obtaining the consent of the persons involved. This should be in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, revised in 2000(5). For more information concerning this declaration see here ( Authors are not permitted to publish any material that would invade the privacy of the subjects or infringe on their rights in any manner. Identification information like names, initials, hospital numbers or names, should not be published.

In written descriptions or photographs and pedigrees unless they are essential for scientific purposes. In such cases a written consent of the individuals and or the institutions should be obtained before use. In cases were the subjects are minors or juveniles consent should be taken from their guardians or parents. It is difficult to obtain complete anonymity; therefore in situations where the characteristics of identifying characters are altered to protect subjects, the authors should provide reassurance that the alterations do not bias the work data, or meaning of the research project. The publisher’s board is the only one who decides  about the quality of the final submitted paper. 

JFAE policy statement for human and animal rights

Authors whose manuscripts contain studies on animals and humans must adhere to human and animal rights regulations, internationally, and locally. They must follow the international, national or institutional regulations for treating animals and humans kindly or compassionately. They must specifically follow, the European Communities Council Directive 24 November 1986(86/609/EEC) and or the guidelines of the National Institute of Health (NIH) USA, in addition to any other relevant regulation in the study area.

For studies using client – owned animals, high standards of veterinary care should be applied and the consent of clients sort before commencement of the studies. For experiments involving animals authors should state in the cover letter accompanying the manuscript the ethical requirements fulfilled in the study.

§.12  I have read the journal policy, terms and conditions, conflict of interest policy,  and I accept them. I submit my manuscript for publication. The publication or non-publication of  the submitted paper is based on the general terms and conditions at any given time. 

§.13  Please read the above stated rules, policy, terms and conditions very carefully, If you do not agree to adhere to  them, you  cannot proceed with accessing / using our services.

If you disagree with our policies and terms please
do not send us any material or manuscript(s) for publication.

WFL Publisher has used lawyers and a legal counsel to prepare  the policy, copyright, conflict of interest, terms and conditions.

WFL Publisher will use  a legal counsel if any controversies arise to the terms and conditions.