Public Release:  Springer launches open access International Journal of Food Contamination

New SpringerOpen title will cover critical issues related to food contamination, hygiene and safety

Springer Science+Business Media

Springer's open access program, SpringerOpen, has launched the International Journal of Food Contamination to examine incidents of food contamination around the world. The journal will begin publishing this year, and all full text articles will be accessible via SpringerLink, Springer's online platform.

The International Journal of Food Contamination will seek to explore emerging and existing hazards to the safety of food, and their raw materials, for both human and animal consumption. Bacterial pathogens and bacterial toxins, viruses, contaminants from food-contact materials and residues of pesticides and veterinary drugs, among others, are all part of the scope of the journal. And moreover, because the journal is open access, researchers, producers, governments and other decision makers will have immediate access to this important scientific data. Andreja N. Rajkovic, Ph.D., of Ghent University is the founding Editor-in-Chief.

Commentary, database information, editorials, data articles , short reports and reviews will all be a part of the International Journal of Food Contamination. These articles will give scientists worldwide a resource to reference for the purposes of risk analysis, to review and evaluate the sampling schemes used by food authorities and food producers, and to follow and model global food-contamination patterns, among others.

"Much of the important information in this field is unavailable to the public because it is published in obscure journals, or not published at all. The International Journal of Food Contamination aims to counter this by becoming the go-to journal for genuine contamination data," said Dr. Rajkovic. "In order to become an essential resource for information on food safety we needed a strong and established publishing partner with an extended international network and recognized excellence. This is precisely what we found in Springer. Together we will unite efforts to bring out scientifically sound and reliable data on food contamination."

Susan Safren, Senior Editor at Springer said, "Springer has a strong program in food science, including food safety. We're very proud to start this new journal, which will be an indispensable tool for those ensuring the safety of our food supply. We're excited to be working with Dr. Rajkovic, who with his passion, determination and expertise will be an excellent Editor-in-Chief."

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