Journal of Berry Research
The main objective of the Journal of Berry Research is to improve the knowledge about quality and production of berries to benefit health of the consumers and maintain profitable production using sustainable systems. The objective will be achieved by focusing on four main areas of research and development:
- From genetics to variety evaluation
- Nursery production systems and plant quality control
- Plant physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology, as well as cultural management
- Health for the consumer: components and factors affecting berries' nutritional value
Specifically, the journal will cover berries (strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, cranberry currants, etc.), as well as grapes and small soft fruit in general (e.g., kiwi fruit). It will publish research results covering all areas of plant breeding, including plant genetics, genomics, functional genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, plant physiology, plant pathology and plant development, as well as results dealing with the chemistry and biochemistry of bioactive compounds contained in such fruits and their possible role in human health. Contributions detailing possible pharmacological, medical or therapeutic use or dietary significance will be welcomed in addition to studies regarding biosafety issues of genetically modified plants.
The Journal of Berry Research will feature reviews, research articles, brief communications, position papers, letters and patent updates.
Silvia Sabbadini PhD, Marche Polytechnic University, Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Ancona, Italy
Arpita Basu, PhD, RD/LD
Ricardo Boavida Ferreira, PhD
Rubén Bottini, PhD
Britt Burton-Freeman, PhD
Esra Çapanoğlu Güven, PhD (Highly Cited Researcher 2019)
Béatrice Denoyes-Rothan, PhD
Chad Finn, PhD
Kevin Folta, PhD
Tamara Yuliett Forbes-Hernandez, PhD
Balz Frei, PhD
Marina Gambardella, PhD
Massimiliano Gasparrini, PhD
James Hancock, PhD
Roger Hurst, PhD
Editorial Board (contd...)
Harry Kuiper, PhD
Margit Laimer Da Camara Machado, PhD
Gordon J. McDougall, PhD
Bruno Mezzetti, PhD
Etsuo Niki, PhD
Octavio Paredes López, PhD
Dov Prusky, PhD
Josè Luis Quiles, PhD
Bruce Reisch, PhD
Navindra P. Seeram, PhD
Barbara Shukitt-Hale, PhD
Jeremy P.E. Spencer, PhD (Highly Cited Researcher 2019)
Jill Stanley, PhD
Gary Stoner, PhD
Fumiomi Takeda, PhD
Takanori Tsuda, PhD
Francesco Visioli, PhD
Qin Yonghua, PhD
SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT
Authors are requested to submit their manuscript electronically to the journal’s editorial management system.
Note that the manuscript should be uploaded as one file with tables and figures included. This file can be a Word document, a PDF, or a zip file.
All submissions will be assessed by one or more editors to determine whether they fall within the scope of the Journal of Berry Research and meet the requirements listed in these author instructions. After an initial screening, all types of papers are subject to peer review and authors can expect a decision within three months of receipt. If a revision is requested, the corresponding author should submit the revised manuscript within two months. Otherwise, revisions may be treated as new submissions and sent for further evaluation by new referees, unless there are special reasons for prolonged delay agreed, in advance, with the editor.
Submission of an article is understood to imply that the article is original and unpublished and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Any possible conflict of interest, financial or otherwise, related to the submitted work must be clearly indicated in the manuscript. By submitting the paper the author agrees to the Author Copyright Agreement.
Peer Review Process and Process for Appeals
The Journal of Berry Research operates a rigorous, timely, blinded peer review process (with an option for double-blind if requested) by by the Editor-in-Chief. Manuscripts that are deemed unsuitable may be rejected without peer review. Manuscripts that are deemed suitable for peer review are sent to appropriate anonymous referees (a minimum of two) for confidential review. Referee reports are then assessed by the Editor-in-Chief, who will send a decision letter to the author along with the anonymized referee reports.
The initial decision will be one of the following: rejection, acceptance without revision, or potentially acceptable after minor or major revisions. Revised manuscripts will then be appraised by the Editor-in-Chief, who may seek the opinion of referees (prior or new) before making a final decision. Once approved this decision is then conveyed to the author along with the referee reports. Once accepted manuscripts are normally published on-line without delay and appear in the next available print issue.
The Editor in-Chief has the ultimate responsibility for what is published in the journal. Authors may appeal decisions by contacting the Editor-in-Chief (at firstname.lastname@example.org). Authors will be informed in writing of the result of their appeal.
The Journal of Berry Research does not charge a publication fee.
Required files for final submissions
After the article has been accepted, the authors should submit the final version as source files, including a word processor file of the text, such as Word or LateX (If using LaTeX, please use the standard article.sty as a style file and also send a PDF version of the LaTeX file).
It is possible to have figures printed in colour, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. See Preparation of Manuscripts for the required file formats.
Open Access option
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PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS
Organization of the paper and style of presentation
Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to seek the advice of a native English speaker, before submitting their manuscripts.
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Manuscripts should be prepared with wide margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.
Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:
Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation.
SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the metre, kilogramme, second, etc.
Leave the author information blank if double-blind peer review is wished for, but do include the information in the cover letter.
The title page should provide the following information:
The abstract should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 200 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services.
The abstract for research papers should follow the “structured abstract” format. Section labels should be in bold uppercase letters followed by a colon, and each section will begin on a new line.
Number as Table 1, Table 2 etc, and refer to all of them in the text.
Each table should be provided on a separate page of the manuscript. Tables should not be included in the text.
Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title.
Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses.
Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead.
Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in footnotes at the bottom of the table.
Authors are requested to use the Vancouver citation style.
Place citations as numbers in square brackets in the text. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references at the end of the manuscript. List the references in the order in which they appear in the text. Only articles published or accepted for publication should be listed in the reference list. Submitted articles can be listed as (author(s), unpublished data). If an article has a DOI, this should be provided after the page number details. The number is added after the letters 'doi'. Manuscripts will not be considered if they do not conform to the Vancouver citation guidelines.
References must be listed in Vancouver style:
 Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002;935(1-2):40-6.
 Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
 Berkow R, Fletcher AJ, editors. The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. 16th ed. Rahway (NJ): Merck Research Laboratories; 1992.
 Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGrawHill; 2002. p. 93-113.
 Canadian Cancer Society [homepage on the Internet]. Toronto: The Society; 2006 [updated 2006 May 12; cited 2006 Oct 17]. Available from: www.cancer.ca.
 Tian D, Araki H, Stahl E, Bergelson J, Kreitman M. Signature of balancing selection in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. In press 2002.
 Fletcher D, Wagstaff CRD. Organisational psychology in elite sport: its emergence, application and future. Psychol Sport Exerc. 2009;10(4):427-34. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2009.03.009.
Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases it is possible to incorporate the information in the text.
If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible.
Acknowledgments including sources of support
Conflict of Interest
If there is no conflict of interest to declare, do still include this section and insert "The authors have no conflict of interest to report".
Copyright of your article
Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that they have read and agreed to the terms of the IOS Press Author Copyright Agreement.
Quoting from other publications
An author, when quoting from someone else's work or when considering reproducing figures or table from a book or journal article, should make sure that he is not infringing a copyright. Although in general an author may quote from other published works, he should obtain permission from the holder of the copyright if he wishes to make substantial extracts or to reproduce tables, plates or other figures. If the copyright holder is not the author of the quoted or reproduced material, it is recommended that the permission of the author should also be sought. Material in unpublished letters and manuscripts is also protected and must not be published unless permission has been obtained. Submission of a paper will be interpreted as a statement that the author has obtained all the necessary permission. A suitable acknowledgement of any borrowed material must always be made.
Policy on Use of Human Subjects
Experiments involving human subjects must conform with the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (United States Office of Science and Technology Policy) and in the Declaration of Helsinki and be approved by a local Institutional Review Board. Approval by the latter must be indicated in the text.
- Declaration of Helsinki. (Adopted in 1964 by the 18th World Medical Assembly in Helsinki, Finland, and revised by the 29th World Medical Assembly in Tokyo in 1975.) In: The Main Issue in Bioethics Revised Edition. Andrew C. Varga, ed. New York: Paulist Press, 1984.
- Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects; Notices and Rules. Federal Register. Vol. 56. No. 117 (June 18, 1991), pp 28002-28007.
- Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) Human Subject Protections (https://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/)
Policy on Animal Use
The Journal of Berry Research supports the appropriate and responsible use of animals as experimental subjects.
The U.S. Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy) and the National Institutes of Health Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (NIH Guide) should guide all animal research. Compliance with these guidelines as well as protocol approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee should be specified in the text of the manuscript.
We recommend following the ARRIVE reporting guidelines when documenting animal studies (PLoS Bio 8(6), e1000412, 2010).
- Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, 2015 (revised March 2015). (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/olaw.htm)
- Guidelines for the Care and Use of Mammals in Neuroscience and Behavioral Research.National Research Council (US) Committee on Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Neuroscience and Behavioral Research. Washington, DC; 2003. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK43327/)
- Kilkenny C, Browne WJ, Cuthill IC, Emerson M, Altman DG (2010) Improving Bioscience Research Reporting: The ARRIVE Guidelines for Reporting Animal Research. PLoS Biol 8(6): e1000412. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000412
Policy on Ethics
The Journal of Berry Research affirms that misconduct, in the form of fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism, jeopardizes the success of the entire scientific endeavor. However, the primary responsibility for considering and resolving allegations of scientific misconduct must be pursued within the individual academic communities and institutions where the scientific work is carried out. Every author of articles or abstracts submitted for publication assumes full responsibility, within the limits of his or her professional competence, for the accuracy of the report. In the case of multiple-authored papers, each author should have made a significant intellectual or practical contribution to the scientific work. Authors submit articles with the understanding that reports must not have been submitted elsewhere.
Questions raised about the conduct of experiments or their presentation will be evaluated preliminarily by the Editor-in-Chief and, if appropriate, in consultation with the Associate Editor handling the review of the manuscript. If deemed appropriate, the matter will be referred to the institution where the scientific work in question was performed. The Journal expects that the matter would be reviewed in accordance with institutional procedures for handling allegations of misconduct. At all stages, every effort should be made to ensure that the process is fair and just, both for those who are accused of misconduct and for those who have raised the issue of scientific misconduct.
In the event that a published article or abstract is to be retracted, a statement of retraction will be published in the Journal of Berry Research.
PRE-PRESS AND PROOFS
Accepted articles will be placed online as "pre-press" articles shortly after acceptance. This process will occur before the author receives proofs. The pre-press file will remain as the uncorrected proof version until the article is published in an issue and the final published version replaces the pre-press file.
The corresponding author will receive a PDF proof and is asked to check this proof carefully (the publisher will execute a cursory check only). Corrections other than printer's errors, however, should be avoided. Costs arising from such corrections will be charged to the authors.
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According to the SCImago Journal Rank, the Journal of Berry Research is ranked in the first quartile of Plant Science, Horticulture, Agronomy and Crop Science and Food Science journals. It is ranked in the second quartile of Biochemistry and Soil Science journals.
SCImago. (2007). SJR — SCImago Journal & Country Rank.
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