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Authors Guide


  1. Manuscript proceedings
  2. Publication Charges
  3. Manuscript
  4. Manuscript preparation
  5. The procedure of reviewing
  6. Instructions for reviewers
  7. Subscription


Manuscript proceedings

  1. Manuscript must be submitted by e-mail at address secretary@food.actapol.net, which gives all additional information.
  2. Submission of the paper implies that it has not been published previously, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that if accepted it will not be published elsewhere in the same form without the written permission of the editor.
  3. Authors are responsible for obtaining from the copyright holder permission to reproduce any data and figures for which copyright exists.
  4. All papers will be independently refereed, double blind reviewing is employed. All papers are reviewed initially by the Editor and/or delegated member of Scientific Board of Journal. This person(s) determines whether the paper covers the „Aim and Scope” of the journal, initially estimates its level and proposes reviewers. Reviews are carried out anonymously from scientific centers other than author´s (authors´) of a given article paper. According to the results of the reviews, the paper is redirected to authors or to the additional reviewer. The Scientific board takes the final decision whether to publish the paper or not. In cases where a manuscript is returned to an author for revision, it must be resubmitted within 30 days; otherwise it will be assumed to be withdrawn.
  5. Please sign the attached bellow Copyright assignment form. It can be either emailed, with your electronic signature(s), back to secretary@food.actapol.net or faxed as a signed form to +48 61 848 7808.
    Declaration Declaration - Copyright assignment form
  6. Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author and should be returned within 48 hours of receipt, preferably by e-mail. Correction should be restricted to type settings errors only.

Publication Charges

Please be informed that a fee of 100 € (400 PLN +VAT) will be charged for publication of an article. Payments should be made on receipt of information that an article has been accepted for publication.

By editors decision, some authors may be exempt for publication fees.

The manuscript

The manuscript should be arranged according to the following pattern:

First page (separate):

  1. Names of authors (with first names spelled out, middle names as initial, and last name CAPITALIZED).
  2. Affiliations of all authors (department or faculty, university, adress, country, e-mail addresses).
  3. Detailed corresponding address (street, post code, city, country, phone and fax numbers, e-mail address).
  4. Acknowledgements  and Funding Source Declaration  (funding or research grants and their source received in the course of study).

Second page and more

  1. Title (please use capital letters only when needed).
  2. Up to 6 key words.
  3. Structured summary. The summary should be divided into small chapters:
    • Background. Why the study was initiated? Why this type of study is needed? and What is the aim of the present paper?
    • Material and methods.
    • Results, principal.
    • Conclusion (with a closing remarks – What is the importance of the present findings? and What directions it sets for future research?). Please note that the Conclusion is not a summary of the results, but a more general statement. While writing the summary please keep in mind that it may be also reprinted separately by abstracting/indexing journals or databases. In research notes or review articles a short conventional abstract should be written instead of a structured summary.
  4. Main text should contains: Introduction, Material and methods, Results, Discussion,  References, tables, and figures. Figure captions (including full legend describing the figure and explaining all the symbols used) must be pasted below respective figures (do not repeat them). An excess of headings and subheadings should be avoided. Only generic and specific names should be set in italics. Any issue not covered by the present instruction should be resolved based on the APA system and The scientific style and format. The CBE manual for authors, editors, and publishers [1994, Cambridge Univ. Press].

Manuscript preparation

  1. Manuscripts for publishing in Acta Scientiarum Polonorum Technologia Alimentaria must confirm to the manuscript proceedings. All submitted papers written in English must be prepared according to the following rules.
  2. Paper length – in general papers should not exceed 12 pages (A4-format) inclusive of tables and illustrations (standard margins 2.5 cm).
  3. Manuscripts’ style – the use of font type of Times New Roman and size of 12pt. 1.5-spaced is required. Font styles like bold and italic are accepted but without underlying of letters, words and sentences.
  4. Tables and illustrations should not exceed 16.5 cm × 19.5 cm. Tables should not duplicate results presented elsewhere in the manuscript (e.g. in graphs) and include only essential data with appropriate statistical values. Tables and illustrations should be numbered consistently and given a suitable caption and each one presented on a separate sheet. Illustration best to be sent in authentic source files (e.g. if a drawing has been created in Corel Draw or Excel, you are kindly asked to attach it in the files of these programs).
  5. Tables descriptions, descriptions of illustrations and figures must be written in English. Tables’ and figures’ numbers in Arabic numerals.
  6. Units: the SI system should be used, e.g. g·dm-3 or g/dm3.
  7. Literature references in text – the author’s last names and year of publications should be given in brackets, e.g. (Kowalski and Lewandowski, 2000; Lewandowski, 2001; Zalewski et al., 2003) or “...according to Kowalski (2000)”. The cited literature should be published in scientific papers of international range and only exceptionally the manuals positions should be included. Literature references should not be given in illustrations, figures, tables and under the page. All literature data mentioned in the text must be given in the literature references. The number of cited publications should be limited to the indispensable minimum. The publisher reserves the right to the abbreviations and changes.
  8. Literature references – must be listed alphabetically in the form as following: the author’s (authors’), last name(-s) with initials, year of publication (if more than one publication of the same authors, each should be marked by the letter a, b, c, etc. placed after year), article’s title (original Polish and translated into English), place, volume number, issue number, page numbering.


Brisson, G. J. (1982). Lipid in human nutrition. Lancaster, England: MTP Press.

Desai, J. D., Banat, I. (1997). Microbial production of surfactants and their commercial potential. Microbiol. Mol. Biol. Rev., 61, 1, 47–64.

Devi, E., Vyan, R. (1999). A motivational approach to self. In A. Dentviar (Ed.), Vienna Symposium on Motivation. Vol. 8. Perspectives on motivation (pp. 27–58). Vienna: University of Valido Press.

Huffman, D. L. (1993). The development of low-fat ground products. 39ICoMST. Abstracts and Review Papers. Session 7. 1–6 August, Calgary, 293–303.

Kobus-Moryson, M., Gramza-Michałowska, A. (2015). Directions on the use of stevia leaves (Stevia rebauidana) as an additive in food products. Acta Sci. Pol. Technol. Aliment., 14(1), 5–13. http://dx.doi.org/10.17306/J.AFS.2015.1.1

Nowakowski, D. (Ed.). (2007). Żywienie człowieka [Human nutrition]. Poznań: Wydawnictwo Towarzystwa Zachodniego [in Polish].

Leja, M., Mareczek, A., Nanaszko, B. (2007). Antyoksydacyjne właściwości owoców wybranych gatunków dziko rosnących drzew i krzewów [Antioxidant properties of selected species of wild grown trees and bushes]. Rocz. AR Pozn., 383, 41, 327-331 [in Polish].

Pikul, J., Cais-Sokolińska, D., Górecka, D., Flaczyk, E. (2006). Mleko i koncentraty mleczne [Milk and milk concentrates]. In E. Flaczyk, D. Górecka, J. Korczak (Eds.), Towaroznawstwo produktów spożywczych (Vol. 1, pp. 59–84). Poznań: Wydawnictwo Akademii Rolniczej [in Polish].

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis). 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012, from http://www.gits4u.com/agri/agri5rosmeri.htm

Telstra Research Laboratories. (1993). New horizon: 1993 annual report. Clayton: Telstra Research Laboratories.

Wilsson, A. (2003). Technical analysis in bakery. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. University of Cape Town, Cape Town.

All titles must be original (e.g. Polish) and translated into English.

DOI number (digital object identifier) for all references is required (if exist).

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa).

Original papers should not contain more than 30 references.

Review articles should not contain more than 60 references.

The procedure of reviewing

  1. Each publication is evaluated by editor-in-chief and if the basic requirements are fulfilled the text is sent to review.
  2. We have therefore decided that the criteria for acceptance must be rigorously enforced to ensure quality. Two key questions authors (and reviewers) must ask themselves are:
    • Is the paper an addition to knowledge?
    • Is it of interest to an international audience?
      If the answer to either of these questions is no, then the paper wall not be deemed suitable for publication. If, however, the answer to both these questions is yes then the paper will be subjected to rigorous scientific review.
  3. Each publication is evaluated by at least two independent Reviewers.
  4. If the text was written in a foreign language, at least one of the Reviewers is affiliated in a foreign institution, which is different than the Author’s nationality.
  5. The double-blind review process is applied, where neither the Authors nor the Reviewers know each other’s identities.
  6. The review is a written document, which ends with a definite conclusion whether the article should be published or rejected.
  7. The following evaluation criteria and procedures are applied:
    • Avery good article – accept
      The article is accepted for printing without sending back to the Author. The Author receives a message about the positive review.
    • Bgood article – accept when the Reviewer’s comments have been fulfilled
      The article is sent back to the author to make changes suggested by the Reviewer. Then the Author resends a corrected copy of the article with the opinion about the remarks in the review to the editors. The Editor-in-Chief makes a decision whether the article should be accepted for printing
    • C – acceptable after general reconstruction
      The article is sent back to the Author to make general changes suggested by the Reviewer. Then the Author sends a corrected copy of the article with the opinion about the remarks in the review to the Editors. The Editors send the article for another review. The Author may be committed to pay extra costs of the review of the corrected article.
    • D – poor – the article should not be published in Acta Scientiarum Polonorum
      The article is not accepted for publication and cannot be resent to the Editors.
  8. Every year a list of reviewers collaborating with the Editors is published in the last (fourth) issue of the quarterly and on the website, when all the four issues of the journal have been sent to printing.

Instructions for reviewers

An assessment of the reviewed paper is expected to consider both the scientific and formal aspects.

The primary objective of the reviewer's evaluation is to provide sufficient and unambiguous answers to the following questions and also recommendations for possible changes and improvements to the paper:

  • does the title match the subject of the paper and does the subject of the paper correspond with the area of interest of the journal (according to " Aim  and  Scope "),
  • is the Abstract correct, i.e. short but presenting the main results of the researches and conclusions based on these results,
  • does the Introduction present the subject and the objective of the researches correctly,
  • are the implemented methods used properly and is the research material sufficient,
  • are the results described, analyzed, commented on and presented correctly, without repetitions of data in tables and diagrams,
  • is the discussion presented correctly, based on actual knowledge and with the use of properly chosen scientific literature (as recent as possible),
  •  do the conclusions generalize the obtained results and provide recommendations, which are appropriately prepared on the basis of results and are not merely the repetition of those results,
  • does the paper introduce new and interesting information and does it have sufficient impact and add to the knowledge base.

In regard to review papers, the most important information required is the judgment, whether the paper is based on corrected and recent scientific literature and discusses the area, which is essential to our Journal.

The formal evaluation of the paper should include answers to the following questions:

  • whether the layout and contents of tables, graphs and diagrams is readable and convenient for recipients,
  • is the information in tables not repeated in diagrams and vice versa,
  • are there no reservations about the length of the paper, its linguistic correctness, the method of citation of the literature and usage of units, etc.?

When making a final recommendation, it should be clearly stated whether the paper is suitable for publication in Acta. In the case of a positive answer, please indicate whether:

  • it might be accepted without changes,
  • it might be accepted after minor changes, suggested by the reviewer in the manuscript or in his/her opinion,
  • it might be accepted after major changes (please indicate them).


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