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Journal Policies

1. Aims and Scope

The Vietnamese Journal of Food Control (VJFC) is an official research journal of the National Institute for Food Control, Viet Nam, which was established under the publication license No. 644/GP-BTTT dated December 25, 2017. Its ISSN codes are 2615-9252 (Print version) and 2734-9152 (Electronic version).

The scope of VJFC includes  Research ReviewsResearch Articles, and Short Communications. It covers the following specific areas:

  • Food Quality and Safety Testing Methods;
  • Ensuring the Validity of Testing Results;
  • Food Toxicology;
  • Risk assessment of the Chemicals and Biological Hazards in Food;
  • Risk Management and Risk Communication;
  • Food Technologies;
  • Food Quality Control and Assurance;
  • Other issues related to Food and Food Safety.

2. Publication Frequency

The VJFC publishes four issues annually, which contain two issues in English.

3. Open Access Policy

The VJFC provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Readers are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the VJFC's articles without fee for other legal and non-commercial purposes, in accordance with binding copyright term.

4. Peer Review Policy

The VJFC applies a single-blind peer-review system. In this process, reviewers know the names or affiliations of the authors but the reviewer reports provided to the authors remain anonymous. All submissions to VJFC are assessed by two reviewers and at least one of them is an independent expert (not a member of the Editorial Board). Based on the advice of the reviewers and the individual’s assessment, the Editor makes a decision to accept or reject the article. The Editor’s decision is not necessarily consistent with the opinion of the reviewer(s). The Editor’s decision will become valid if approved by the Editor-in-Chief of the VJFC. Please see our Peer Review Process for further information.

5. Responsibility Requirements

5.1. Author Responsibilities

The VJFC expects that the authors follow a number of regulations on responsibilities as follows:

  • Taking responsibility for the entire content of the manuscript, including the accuracy and integrity of the research. The article has not yet been published or under review for publication in any other journal.
  • Complying with copyright regulations, including all those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors, and excluding those who did not contribute to the manuscript or were not involved in the research. Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript.
  • Keeping confidentiality of the communication information between the author and the editor of the Journal highly confidential until the final decision of the Editorial Board has been made.
  • If the research requires experiments on humans, ethical research should be approved and the information on the acceptance must be provided in the manuscript.
  • The manuscript should be written in the template provided by the Journal. Please refer to the Section Author Guidelines of the Journal.
  • Authors should respond promptly to any questions during publication and be prepared to provide supporting documents for the manuscript (when asked).
  • Authors must state all possible conflicts of interest in the manuscript, including financial, consultant, institutional, and other relationships that might lead to bias or a conflict of interest.
  • When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly inform the editor and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct these errors.

5.2. Reviewer Responsibilities

The VJFC acknowledges the contributions of reviewers to the publishing process, and expects the Reviewers to comply with a number of regulations as follows:

  • Reviewers' evaluations must be objective and have clear information with solid scientific arguments.
  • Reviewers must not share the review or information about the paper with anyone or contact the authors directly without permission from the editor.
  • A reviewer should be alert to potential ethical issues in the manuscript and should contact the editor regarding these issues, including any substantial similarity or overlapping between the manuscript under consideration and any other published works which the reviewer knew well enough before.

5.3. Editor Responsibilities

The Editors should be in charge of the following steps in the publication process:

  • ­The Editor is solely and independently responsible for making a decision on the manuscripts submitted to the VJFC regarding expertise and publication ethics. The Editor may discuss with reviewers or Editor-in-Chief in making these decisions.
  • The Editor should ensure that the peer review process is understood as fair, unbiased, and timely.
  • The editor has to keep the confidentiality of all documents submitted to the VJFC and all communications with reviewrs, unless otherwise agreed by the Editorial Board.
  • Any potential editorial conflicts of interest should be declared to VJFC in writing prior to the appointment of the Editor, and then updated if and when new conflicts arise.

6. Publication Ethics Regulations

On the basis of the International Standards for Research Disclosure issued by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing, the VJFC has issued its own Regulations on the publication and publication ethics of scientific research publication are listed below. All authors, reviewers, members of the Editorial Boards, and other people involved must comply with and strictly carry out these regulations.

6.1. Requirements on Disclosed Ethics

When submitting articles to the VJFC, the author and co-authors commit that the manuscript submitted for publication must be original scientific research undertaken by themselves. The authors and co-authors are responsible to comply with research ethics and publishing scientific work. They must take individual responsibility for the content of the article, its accuracy, and its academic integrity (for example, all citations in the article have been fully and properly cited). Data, analytical results are reliable and have not been manipulated and/or modified. Please see our Author Responsibilities for more details.

6.2. Regulations on Plagiarism Screening

The VJFC uses the iThenticate plagiarism detection system, to screen for plagiarism before publication. According to the current Regulations of the VJFC, only manuscripts with a composite index of overlap not exceeding 30%, and a single-source duplicate index of no more than 3%, will be considered for inclusion in the peer-review process. Reviewers of the VJFC are also required to evaluate and advise members of the Editorial Board and the Editor-in-Chief on the academic integrity of submitted articles. See our Review Form for further information. Authors can also use this software to self-screen for duplicates before officially submitting their papers to the VJFC.

6.3. Regulations for Published Articles

6.3.1. Article Correction

The VJFC allows minor errors to be corrected and does not affect the interpretations and conclusions of published articles in the VJFC through a Correction attached to the subsequent issues. At the request of the Secretary of the VJFC, the Editor-in-Chief shall decide whether or not the publication of the Correction should be allowed and enclosed with the original article.

6.3.2. Article Withdrawal

Article withdrawal is approved in case of articles accepted for publication (but not yet formally published without information on the volume/issue/page) that are found with errors, or discovered to be accidentally duplicated with other previously published article(s), or are determined to violate our publishing ethics guidelines (such as multiple submission, unreasonable claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like, etc.).

6.3.3. Article Removal

In an extremely limited number of cases, it may be necessary to remove an article from the online database. This will only occur where the article is found to be seriously infringing ethics or other authors’ legal rights, etc. In these circumstances, the content will be replaced with an on-screen message indicating that the article has been removed for legal reasons.

6.3.4. Article Replacement

In case a published article is requested to be replaced, the author and co-author(s) of the original article may withdraw the initial article with errors and replace it with a revised version. In this circumstance, the withdrawal procedures shall be done with notification of withdrawal and a link to the revised version shall be provided, the article will then be republished and a history of publication will also be shown.

6.4. Copyright Regulations

The VJFC provides immediate open access. Authors who publish with the VJFC agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication, allowing others to share, copy, redistribute, remix, transform, and develop upon the published work with the condition that the users provide all the information on the authors and the first-time publication place and provided that it will not be used for commercial purposes.
  2. Authors are able to sign separate and additional contracts for the non-exclusive distribution of the articles published in this journal (e.g., inclusion in a database of a professional organization or a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in the VJFC.

7. Publishing Fee

The VJFC does not charge authors for submissions, publication fees, or article processing fees. The VJFC printing activities follow an open-access process and the National Institute of Food Control (NIFC) will cover all publication costs.

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