Journal’s Objective

RADS Journal of Food Biosciences is an official publication of “Jinnah University for Women, Karachi”. It is open access, double-blind peer-reviewed research journal. It is published bi-annually and follows the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines in true letter and spirit.   

RADS Journal of Food Biosciences is a peer-reviewed journal that aims to provide a forum for recent developments in the field of bio-related food research. The journal focuses on both fundamental and applied research worldwide, with special attention to ethnic and cultural aspects of food bioresearch.

Plagiarism Policy

RADS Journal of Food Biosciences actively checks for plagiarism in all manuscript submissions. The journal strictly follows the Higher Education Commission (HEC) plagiarism policy and use “Turnitin” software to detect instances of overlapping or similar text in all manuscripts submissions.    

  • Similarity Index by Turnitin must be <19%, and from a single source, it must be <5%.
  • Plagiarism, data fabrication, and image/figure/table manipulation is not acceptable.
  • Plagiarism includes copying text, ideas, images/figures/graphs/tables, or data from another source, even from your own publications, without giving any credit to the original source.
  • Reuse of text that is copied from another source must be between quotes and the original source must be cited. If a study's design or the manuscript's structure or language has been inspired by previous works, these works must be explicitly cited.
  • If plagiarism is detected during the peer review process, the manuscript may be rejected. If plagiarism is detected after publication, we may publish a correction or retract the paper.
  • Image/Figures/Graphs files must not be manipulated or adjusted in any way that could lead to misinterpretation of the information provided by the original image/figure/table.
  • Irregular manipulation includes: 1) introduction, enhancement, moving, or removing features from the original image/figure/graphs/tables; 2) grouping of images/figures/graphs/tables that should obviously be presented separately (e.g., from different parts of the same image/figure/graph/table, or from different image/figure/graph/table); or 3) modifying the contrast, brightness or color balance to obscure, eliminate or enhance some information.
  • If irregular image/figure/graph/table manipulation is identified and confirmed during the peer review process, we may reject the manuscript. If irregular image/figure/graph/table manipulation is identified and confirmed after publication, we may correct or retract the paper.
  • Any allegations of publication misconduct will be investigated by RADS Journal of Food Biosciences Editorial Staff who may contact the authors' institutions, funders, appropriate bodies if necessary. If evidence of misconduct is found, appropriate action will be taken to correct or retract the publication.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

The following relationships between editors and authors are considered conflicts and are avoided: Current colleagues, recent colleagues, recent co-authors, and doctoral students for which editor served as committee chair. After papers are assigned, individual editors are required to inform the Editorial Office of any conflicts not included in the list above. In the event that none of the editors satisfy all of the conflict screens, co-editors who are least conflicted will be assigned to the manuscript. In addition, co-editors who are least conflicted are assigned for all paper submissions by sitting editors. Journal submissions are also assigned to referees to minimize conflicts of interest. After papers are assigned, referees are asked to inform the editor of any conflicts that may exist.

Further Readings:

Disclosure of Financial and Non-Financial Relationships and Activities, and Conflicts of Interest

Copyright, Open Access and User License Policy

Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published before (except in the form of thesis) and that it is not under consideration for publication in any form elsewhere. The copyright will be automatically transferred to “RADS Journal of Food Biosciences” one manuscript submitted with signed declaration of copyright. The journal/publisher is not responsible for subsequent uses of the work.

This journal offers authors an open access option which means their article immediately freely available to everyone, including those who don’t subscribe. All works published by RADS Journal of Food Biosciences are under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. This permits anyone to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the work provided the original work and source is appropriately cited.

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Privacy Statement

The name, email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Publication Fee and Waiver Policy

RADS Journal of Food Biosciences does not charge articles processing/publication cost, therefore fee waiver policy is not applicable.

Authorship and Contributorship Policy

  1. Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to each of the components mentioned below:
    1. Concept and design of study or acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data.
    2. Drafting the paper or revising it critically for important intellectual content.
    3. Final approval of the version to be published.
    4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work.
    5. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or collection of data, or general supervision does not justify authorship.
    6. Each contributor should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content of the manuscript.
    7. The order of names of the authors be based on the relative contribution of the contributor towards the study and writing the manuscript.
  2. Once manuscript submitted neither order nor an author be added/deleted or replaced. The name of MS/M.Phil scholar must be written first followed by his/her supervisor and co-supervisor, if manuscript extracted from the thesis/dissertation of scholar. The number of authors for manuscripts depending upon the type of manuscript, its scope and number of institutions involved (vide infra).
  3. To encourage transparency and to ensure genuine research work, the journal may ask the correspondence author to produce a certificate from respective university (Controller of Examinations) to validate the authorship of Thesesand dissertations from which the paper extracted.
  4. All authors of a research paper are required to sign the letter of submission to ensure that the listed authors have agreed all of the contents, including author list and author contribution statements, and have approved the manuscript submission to the journal.
  5. The correspondence author should not neglect their responsibility to a journal or their co-authors will be responsible for the following with respect to data, code and materials: 
    • ensuring that data, materials, and code comply with transparency and reproducibility standards of the field and journal;
    • ensuring that original data/materials/code upon which the submission is based are preserved following best practices in the field so that they are retrievable for reanalysis;
    • confirming that data/materials/code presentation accurately reflects the original;
    • foreseeing and minimizing obstacles to the sharing of data/materials/code described in the work.
  6. The primary affiliation for each author should be the institution where the majority of their work was done. After publication the correspondence author will be responsible for accuracy of contents published and the journal will immediately be informed if they become aware of any aspects that requires correction within one week time of publication.

Details on role of authors are available at https://publicationethics.org/authorship

Retraction Policy

RADS Journal of Food Biosciences recognize the importance of post-publication commentary on published research as necessary to advancing scientific discourse Published articles may be retracted if:

  1. The paper has major scientific error invalidating the conclusions of the article, for example if evidently findings are unreliable, due to misconduct (e.g., data fabrication) or unintentional error (e.g., miscalculation or experimental error).
  2. Where the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper cross-referencing, permission or justification (i.e., cases of redundant publication).
  3. Plagiarism (appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit including those obtained through confidential review of others' manuscripts).
  4. Inappropriate authorship (e.g., "guest" authorship; see COPE discussion document 'What constitutes authorship?').
  5. Unethical research has been reported.

Retraction Process:

In accordance with COPE guidelines, the journal adopts the following retraction process:

  1. All matters regarding a potential retraction are considered by the journal editor.
  2. The journal editor should follow the step-by-step guidelines according to the COPE flowcharts (including evaluating a response from the author of the article in question).
  3. The editor's findings are sent to Ethical Review Committee (ERC) for review.
  4. ERC consists of a Chairperson and three members out of senior members of journal editorial team.
  5. The final decision is communicated to the author and, if so decided by the ERC, to any other relevant bodies, such as the author's institution and HEC.
  6. The retraction statement is then posted online and published in the next available issue of the journal (see below for more details of this step).
  7. ERC decisions are considered final and cannot be challenged in a court of law. Any complaint against the decision will be addressed to ERC for reconsideration.


  1. If the paper has been published in early issue of the journal, we shall issue a retraction statement which should be published separately but should be linked to the article being retracted. The article should be retained online in order to maintain the scientific record.
  2. Retraction announcement and the title of the original article included will be published in the next possible issue, with pagination in the contents list.
  3. The text of the retraction should explain why the article is being retracted in print as well as in the link to the online paper.

Deletion Policy

Journal follows International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers guidelines on retractions and preservation of the objective record of science. Deletion of the online version of the paper will only be allowed:

  1. In case of a violation of the privacy of a research subject.
  2. The paper has errors to which a member of the general public might be exposed and if followed or adopted, would pose a significant risk to Policy & Law/Industry; or
  3. If a defamatory comment has been made about others in the relevant field or about their work.
  4. If an accepted article is to be retracted, because of gross errors, has been accidentally submitted twice or violates professional ethical code.

However, a bibliographic information about the deleted article should be retained for the scientific record, and an explanation given for deletion.

Details on role of authors are available at https://www.stm-assoc.org/

Withdrawal Policy

An accepted article may be withdrawn, if it is the uncorrected, unedited, non-typeset version before publication. If an accepted article is to be retracted because, for example, it contains errors, has been accidentally submitted twice or infringes a professional ethical code of some type, it may be deleted and replaced with a withdrawal statement.

  • Where there has been a violation of the privacy of a research subject;
  • Where there are errors to which a member of the general public might be exposed and if followed or adopted, would pose a significant risk to Policy & Law/Industry; or
  • Where a clearly defamatory comment has been made about others in the relevant field or about their work.

Peer Review Process and Timeliness of Publication

All manuscripts submitted for publication are subjected to double-blind peer review by usually two to three, neutral external reviewers who are eminent experts in the field. Both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. This ensures objective and unbiased assessment of the manuscript by the reviewers. The review process may take 45-60 days. Decisions are made as fast as possible, and reviewer(s) comments sent to the author immediately for revision.

The Chief Editor may recommend the acceptance or rejection of a manuscript after considering the opinions of the independent referees, or he/she may take assistance and advice from other experts in the field, if needed. After reviewing of the manuscript by at least two independent experts, in addition to the assessment of the Editor, the decision is conveyed to the authors, which may be: (i) Accept without changes, (ii) Revisions required, or (iii) Reject.

The manuscripts accepted for publication are typeset and proofs are dispatched to the authors for any corrections prior to final publication.

Page Charges

There is no article processing/publication fee or any hidden charges asked from the author at the time of submission or after the publication of the manuscript.