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Guide for Authors

The advice to authors are given here :

Scope, Policy, and Instructions for Authors (May 2014)

Contents :
Journal Scope
Ethics, Conflict of Interest
Editorial Peer Review Process
Manuscript Types
Manuscript Preparation
- Title and Authorship
- Abstract and Keywords
- Introduction
- Materials and Methods
- Results
- Interpretation/Discussion
- Abbreviations and Nomenclature
- Acknowledgment and declaration of interest
- References

Tables and Artwork
Supporting Information
Journal Publishing Agreement
Proofs and Reprint


Molecular Gastronomy is the scientific discipline (in the meaning of "sciences of nature) which looks for the phenomena occurring during dish preparation and consumption.
The International Journal of Molecular Gastronomy focuses on molecular gastronomy, rather than science and technology of food in general. Its "science section" includes only high-quality, cutting edge original research representing complete studies and research advances dealing with the science (here "science" having the meaning "science of nature", and not "knowledge" in general) of food preparation.

Accordingly, articles dealing with the physics, chemistry or biology of food ingredients (as opposite to food, i.e. dishes) will be out of the scope of the Journal, except of course if they are in the context of a dish.
However the Journal publishes also useful information on scientific and technological works in all fields related to the preparation of food.

The Journal is organized into the following sections:
News, agenda
Scientific section
Applications of molecular gastronomy


Authors and coauthors are responsible for the integrity of their manuscripts.

A statement describing any financial interest is published with each manuscript. During the submission process, the corresponding author must provide this statement on behalf of all authors of the manuscript.
The statement should describe all potential sources of bias, including affiliations, funding sources, and financial or management relationships, that may constitute conflicts of interest (please see http://pubs.acs.org/ethics,ACS Ethical Guidelines).
The statement will be published in the final paper.
In publishing only original research, the Journal is committed to deterring plagiarism, including self-plagiarism.


Double blind peer review is used to help ensure the highest possible quality in published manuscripts.
Scientists with expertise in the subject matter being treated will evaluate the manuscript for validity of the experimental design and results, originality, significance, and appropriateness to the Journal.
The Editors may exercise their prerogative to decline a manuscript without external peer review if that paper is judged to be outside the scope of the Journal, poorly written or formatted, fragmentary and marginally incremental, or lacking in significance.

All manuscripts submitted are reviewed and handled anonymously by the Editors.
The Editors are responsible for assigned manuscripts, including evaluating the content and format of the paper, selecting reviewers, monitoring the progress of the review process, evaluating the comments of reviewers and forwarding them to the authors for their response, communicating ultimate acceptance or rejection to the corresponding author, and carrying out a final check of accepted manuscripts for appropriate format and style.
Typically, three reviewers are selected per paper on the basis of the subject matter, available expertise, and the knowledge of the field. Potential reviewers for each paper are identified by various means, including a computerized search of the subject area.
Reviewers are normally asked to provide their assessments within two to three weeks. Anonymous copies of the reviews and the decision regarding the acceptability of the manuscript are sent to the corresponding author. If the reviewers evaluations of the manuscript disagree, or if reviewers and Editors comments are not satisfactorily addressed by the authors, the Editor may reject the manuscript or select additional reviewers. These additional reviews are used by the Editor to assist in reaching the final decision regarding disposition of the manuscript.
The obligations of the Editors and Reviewers are outlined in
the Ethical Guidelines.


For all revisions, clearly identify the manuscript as a revision; reference the manuscript number. Use the "display change" option of your word processing software, and include an itemized list of changes, with a response to each comment made by the Editor and by each reviewer.
Be aware that the manuscript may be sent for additional review, to the same or additional reviewers, at the discretion of the Editor.


News, agenda
Notes giving information of any kind on molecular gastronomy and its applications are welcome. They are limited to 300 words.
An agenda of molecular gastronomy will be regularly upddated. Please don’t hesitate to announce events.
Advertising commercial products and services will be displayed in a special section. Only academic information on paying products and services is allowed in this section, when non profit work is involved.

Science (molecular gastronomy)
The articles published in this section can be research articles, comments or reviews.

Research articles, comments
Research articles must report original research that is expected to have an impact on the advancement of science and technology, incorporating a significant component of innovative molecular gastronomy.
Originality will be documented by novel experimental results, theoretical treatments, interpretations of data, and absence of prior publications on the same/similar topics.
Only manuscripts reporting complete research, as opposed to preliminary results, will be considered.

Reviewers will have the possibility to publish discussions of the interpretations given by the authors.

Also anyone can publish "Comments", and the authors will have the possibility to reply to comments from readers only. Both comments and replies should not exceed 1000 words each, including citations, and will be published consecutivelyin the same issue of the Journal after peer review.

Corresponding authors wishing to submit a correction to a paper already published in print should submit their item via email to jmg at agroparistech.fr. In your cover letter, include the manuscript number of the paper to be corrected.
In the correction document, include the full title of the original publication, all author names, the volume and page numbers of the print publication, the original manuscript number, and a brief description of the correction(s) needed. If a ,figure is to be corrected, please include the figure in the correction document. Please note that the Editor has final approval as to whether an addition/correction will be published.

Accordingly, all published articles will appear on separated web pages, along with the three last pieces.

Review articles will be considered that summarize information in a field in which the literature is scattered and/or treat published data or other information so as to provide a new approach or stimulate further research.
Authors considering the preparation of a review should submit a synopsis to the Editor before submission to establish whether the manuscript will meet these guidelines.

Opinions and Perspectives
Articles describing theoretical work are encouraged.
Authors considering the preparation of such manuscripts should submit a synopsis to the Editor before submission to establish whether the manuscript will meet these guidelines.

Applications of molecular gastronomy
The applications of any science are of two kinds : technological, and educational. Both fields can be discussed here

Educational applications
As molecular gastronomy attracted a lot of interest by young and old individuals all over the world, it was frequently used to teach either cooking (technique), or science, or technology.
Activities in these different fields can be described here.

Technological applications
Molecular cooking (definition: cooking with "new" tools, "new" meaning what was not present in Paul Bocuse book "La cuisine du marché", 1976) was the first technological application of molecular gastronomy.
It is a culinary (i.e. preparing food) activity, rather than a scientific one.
More recently it was followed by "note by note cooking". Information in these two fields can be given (recipes, techniques...).

Paying products and services
Such announcements are subject to the payment of fees. More generally, companies are invited to contribute to this section, because it would be an opportunity to afford a secretary for the Journal.


Manuscripts have to be submitted as only one anonymous pdf file with all line numbered.

All parts (including the title page, abstract, all sections of the body of the paper, figure captions, scheme or chart titles and footnotes, and references) and tabular material should be in one file, with the tabular material at the right place (always between two consecutive paragraphs). No page break is allowed.

During the evaluation process, all parts must be double-spaced.

All pages must be numbered consecutively starting with the title page.
Lines should be numbered consecutively from beginning to end in a separate column at the left (with LibreOffice, choose Tools, Line numbering, select Show numbering, click OK).

Throughout the manuscript, a Times New Roman font, in a size of 12 points must be used.

Standard American English usage is required. Authors who are not familiar with standard American English are invited to seek assistance.

The various sections of the manuscript should be assembled in the following sequence:
Title and authorship
Abstract and keywords
Materials and Methods (including Safety information)
Interpretation of results
Supporting Information description
All section titles have to appear in bold, in a size of 14 points. They will be separated from the text before by one line.


The title, authorship, and institutional affiliations should be given at the beginning of manuscripts.

The title should be specific, informative, and concise.
Keywords in the title assist in effective literature retrieval.
If a plant is referred to in the title or elsewhere in the text by its common or trivial name, it should be identified by its scientific name in parentheses immediately following its first occurrence. This term should also be provided as one of the keywords. If trade names are mentioned, give generic names in parentheses.


Be consistent in authorship designation on the manuscript and on all correspondence.
First name, middle initial, and last name are generally adequate for correct identification, but omit titles.
Give the complete mailing address of all institutions where work was conducted and identify the affiliation of each author.
The name of the author to whom inquiries about the paper should be addressed must be marked with an asterisk; provide the telephone and e-mail address of this correspondent. Only one corresponding author is allowed for each manuscript.

During manuscript submission, the submitting author must provide contact information (full name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation and mailing address) for all of the co-authors.
The author who submits the manuscript for publication accepts the responsibility of notifying all co-authors that the manuscript is being submitted. Deletion of an author after the manuscript has been submitted requires a confirming letter to the Editorial Board from the author whose name is being deleted. For more information on ethical responsibilities of authors, see the Ethical Guidelines to Publication of Scientific Research.


The manuscript abstract and text must appear in a single, double-spaced column; lines in the abstract and text must be numbered consecutively from beginning to end in a separate column at the left.

Authors abstracts are used directly. The abstract should be a clear, concise (150 words), one-paragraph summary, informative rather than descriptive, giving scope and purpose, experimental approach, significant results, and major conclusions.
Write for literature searchers as well as journal readers.

Provide significant keywords (maximum 10) to aid the reader in literature retrieval. The keywords are published immediately before the text, following the abstract.


Discuss relationships of the study to previously published work, but do not reiterate or attempt to provide a complete literature survey. Use of Chemical Abstracts/Scifinder and other appropriate databases is encouraged to ensure that important prior publications or patents are cited and that the manuscript does not duplicate previously published work.
The purpose or reason for the research being reported, and its significance, originality, or contribution to new knowledge in the field, should be clearly and concisely stated.
Do not include or summarize current findings in this section.


Authors are required to call special attention in their manuscripts to safety considerations such as explosive tendencies, special precautionary handling procedures, and toxicity.
Apparatus, reagents, and biological materials used in the study should be incorporated into a general section. List devices of a specialized nature or instruments that may vary in performance, such that the model used may affect the quality of the data obtained (e.g., spectroscopic resolution. Of course, as cooking is concerned, one should also discuss threats to well being of people during preparation, mastication, swallowing or after consumption.
List and describe preparation of special reagents only.
Reagents normally found in the laboratory and preparations described in standard handbooks or texts should not be listed.
Specify the source, vendor [city and state (or city and country if non-U.S.)], and availability of special equipment, reagents, kits, etc. Do not include catalog numbers.
Biological materials should be identified by scientific name (genus, species, authority, and family) and cultivar, if appropriate, together with the site from which the samples were obtained.
Specimens obtained from a natural habitat should be preserved by deposit of samples in an herbarium for plants or in a culture collection for microorganisms, with a corresponding collection or strain number listed.
Manuscripts describing studies in which live animals or human subjects are used must include a statement that such experiments were performed in compliance with the appropriate laws and institutional guidelines and also name the institutional committee that approved the experiments. Authors are encouraged to note the approval code or number or give the name of the approving office or official.
Manuscripts reporting data from inhumane treatment of experimental animals will be rejected.

Specific experimental methods should be sufficiently detailed for others to repeat the experiments unequivocally. Omit details of procedures that are common knowledge to those in the field. Brief highlights of published procedures may be included, but details must be left to the References, and verbatim repeat of previously published methods, even if done by the authors, will not be permitted unless a quotation from a published work is included, and placed in quotation marks, with the reference to the source included at the end of the quotation. Describe pertinent and critical factors involved in reactions so the method can be reproduced, but avoid excessive description. For information on the reporting of certain types of data see Reporting Specific Data.
Describe statistical design and methods in this section.


Results should be separated from interpretation (discussion).
Be complete but concise in discussing findings,
All data must be accompanied by appropriate statistical analyses, including complete information on sampling, replication, and how the statistical method employed was chosen.


Compare results with previous work and propose explanations for the results observed.
Avoid comparisons or contrasts that are not pertinent, and avoid speculation unsupported by the data obtained.
A separate summary or conclusion section is not to be used; any concluding statements are to be incorporated under Interpretation/Discussion.


Standard abbreviations, without periods, should be used throughout the manuscript.
Refer to The ACS Style Guide for the preferred forms of commonly used abbreviations.
Specialized abbreviations may be used provided they are placed in parentheses after the word(s) for which they are to substitute at first point of use and are again defined in this section. Avoid trivial names and abbreviations (e.g., NAR for naringenin) unless such
codes are in common usage (e.g., MTBE for methyl tert-butyl ether).
If trade names are used, define at point of first use. If nomenclature is specialized, include a “Nomenclature†section at the end of the paper, giving definitions and dimensions for all terms.

Use always SI units.

Write all equations and formulas clearly and number equations consecutively. Place superscripts and subscripts accurately; avoid superscripts that may be confused with exponents.
It is the authors responsibility to provide correct nomenclature.
Structures should be included for uncommon chemicals, particularly when the systematic or common name is too complex or unclear to readily denote the structure. Such structures should be included as a figure or table.
All nomenclature must be consistent and unambiguous and should conform with current American usage. Insofar as possible, authors should use systematic names similar to those used by Chemical Abstracts Service, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Chemical Abstracts (CA) nomenclature rules are described in Appendix IV of the Chemical Abstracts Index Guide.


The tables and graphics (illustrations) should be inserted in the manuscript file after the paragraph in which they are called, along with a caption.
Tables and figures should be carefully designed to maximize presentation and comprehension of the experimental data with superfluous information excluded.
Useful information not directly relevant to the discussion may be included under Supporting Information.

Tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals and should be grouped after the figure captions. Footnotes in tables should be given letter designations and be cited in the table by italic superscript letters. The sequence of letters should proceed by row rather than by column. Each table should be provided with a descriptive heading, which, together with the individual column headings, should make the table, as nearly as possible, self-explanatory.
In setting up tabulations, authors are requested to keep in mind the type area of the journal page (17.8× 25.4 cm), and the column width (8.5 cm), and to make tables conform to the limitations of these dimensions.
Arrangements that leave many columns partially filled or that contain
much blank space should be avoided.
Conversely, arrangements that include >20 columns should be broken into two tables if possible. If significance of values is to be indicated, use a lower case letter, on line, one space after the value.

Figures and Artwork.
Artwork should be sequentially numbered using Arabic numbers.
Schemes and charts may have titles and footnotes; figures should have captions.
Labeling of all figure parts should be present, and the parts should be assembled into a single graphic.
Only readable and accurately represented images are acceptable; the Editors reserve the option to reject images that do not satisfactorily support points made in the manuscript or that are not of satisfactory quality for publication.
The quality of the illustrations published in the Journal largely
depends on the quality of the originals provided. Figures cannot be modified or enhanced by the journal production staff.
Contrast is important. Each figure or photograph should be properly labeled.
Graphics should be sized at the final production size when possible.
Consistently sizing letters and labels in graphics throughout the manuscript will help to ensure consistent graphic presentation for publication.
Lettering should be no smaller than 4.5 points. (Helvetica or Arial type works well for lettering.) Lines should be no thinner than 0.5 point.
Lettering and lines should be of uniform density. Avoid the use of very large and very small lettering within the same figure.
If artwork that must be reduced will be submitted, use larger lettering and thicker lines so that, when reduced, the artwork meets the above-mentioned parameters.
Avoid using complex textures and shading to achieve a three-dimensional effect. To show a pattern, choose a simple crosshatch design.
Color illustrations are welcome.

Structural Formulas.
Structural formulas should be included for all new chemicals and for existing chemicals for which chemical nomenclature and/or trivial names do not convey the
structure adequately.
Structural formulas are valuable in expressing concisely the precise
nature of the compounds under discussion and revealing the essence of the subject to readers unfamiliar with the topic, without their necessary
recourse to reference materials. The use of chemical names
without accompanying structures may cause readers to overlook the significance of the paper.


Include essential credits but hold to an absolute minimum.
Omit academic and social titles.
Meeting presentation data and acknowledgment of financial support of the work should not be included here; give these instead in the following section. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to notify individuals named in the Acknowledgment.


A statement describing any financial interest concerned by the specific research described in articles, or lack thereof, is published with each manuscript.
During the submission process, the corresponding author must provide this statement on behalf of all authors of the manuscript. The statement should describe all potential sources of bias, including affiliations, funding sources, and financial or management relationships, that may constitute conflicts of interest (please see the Ethical Guidelines).
The statement will be published in the final article. If no financial interest is declared, the following statement will be published in the article: “The authors declare no competing financial interest.â€


References must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text. Consult The ACS Style Guide and current issues of the Journal for examples of reference format.
Authors should cite all prior published work directly pertinent to the manuscript. However, extensive bibliographies that go beyond a direct connection with the manuscript are discouraged.
Prior work can often be covered by citation of a few leading references or of review articles. As a general guideline, authors should attempt to limit the literature cited to approximately 50 or fewer citations (except for review or manuscripts).
Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their references.
References taken from a review or other secondary source should be checked for accuracy with the primary source.
References should be listed alphabetically, from the first author’s name.
References should be cited in the text by (Name, year; Name and Name, year; Name et al., year)

Typical references follow the styles given below.

For journals:
Lehn JM, De Gennes PG. Year. Article title. Free Open International Journal of Molecular Gastronomy, 28, 8220-4.

For books:
Lehn JM, De Gennes PG.Year. Chapter title. In Book Title, edition no.; Keys, F., Park, G., Eds.; Publisher: City, State (or Country), Year; Vol. no., pp.

For Web pages:
Lehn J M, De Gennes P G. Year. Page title. URL (http://...), last access YYYY-MM-DD.

Papers should not depend for their usefulness on unpublished material, and excessive reference to material in press is discouraged. Reference to the authors own unpublished work is permitted if the subject is of secondary importance to the manuscript in question, but any unpublished results of central importance must be described in sufficient detail within the manuscript.
If pertinent references are in press or unpublished for any reason, furnish copies to enable reviewers to evaluate the manuscript. An electronic copy of these materials should be uploaded according to the directions for review -only Supporting Information.
In press references should include the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) assigned by the potential publisher.

During manuscript submission, the submitting author is asked to select funding sources from the list of agencies included in the FundRef Registry http://www.crossref.org/fundref/.


Extensive tables, graphs, spectra, calculations, and other material beyond a modest content in the published paper may be included. These will not be part of the published article but can be accessed separately on the
Web by readers.
Supporting Information must be submitted at the same time as the manuscript. All Supporting Information files of the same type should be prepared as a single file (rather than submitting a series of files containing individual images or structures). For example, all Supporting Information available as PDF files should be contained in one PDF file.
The material should be described in a paragraph inserted between the Acknowledgment and the References
sections, using the following format: “Supporting Information Available:
Description. This material is available free of charge via the Internet at http://pubs.acs.org.â€; Components of the Supporting Information should be clearly labeled with all necessary figure captions and table titles and footnotes.
Do note upload figures and tables that are to be published in the article into the supporting information file. Figures and tables that will appear in the published article are to be inserted in the manuscript directly after the References


Manuscripts and revised manuscripts must be submitted via jmg at agroparistech.fr. Only .doc files are accepted (but the authors have to know that editors and reviewers will only get .pdf files.
Hardcopy submissions will not be processed.


The corresponding author of an accepted manuscript will receive e-mail notification and complete instructions when page proofs are available for review.
It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ascertain that all coauthors agree with the corrections before the corrections are returned. Corrections should be designated by galley proof line number.
Galley proof corrections should be returned within 48 h of receipt
to ensure timely publication of the manuscript.
Routine rephrasing of sentences or additions are not permitted at the page proof stage.
Alterations should be restricted to serious changes in interpretation or corrections of data.
Extensive or important changes on page proofs, including changes to the title or list of authors, are subject to Editorial review.

Please upload the signed Journal Publishing Agreement and send it to jmg at agroparistech.fr after filling it and signing.
A properly completed and signed Journal Publishing Agreement (JPA) must be submitted for each manuscript.

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