Agricultural and Biological Sciences

International Food Risk Analysis Journal

Revue Internationale d'Analyse des Risques Alimentaires

While being an open access publication, the International Food Risk Analysis Journal (IFRAJ) prides itself with a rigorous and robust peer review and editorial process overseen by three Editors in Chief. Members of the Editorial Board are scientists and/or regulators from recognized food safety and nutrition organisations internationally. They are responsible for assigning reviewers to submitted publications and for determining their suitability and acceptability to meet the stringent requirements enabling their publication in the Journal.

Members of the Editorial Board led by the Editors in Chief put into contribution, on a voluntary basis, their expertise and their extensive professional network to identify peer reviewers with the relevant expertise and experience, who are then sought for critically reviewing publications submitted to the Journal. It is only when the publications are deemed suitable by peer reviewers / editors and the Editor(s) in Chief and when they have addressed all comments and questions raised through the peer review process that the papers are published in IFRAJ. The Editorial Board of the Journal is independent and is the guarantor of the scientific integrity and quality of the publications being made available in IFRAJ. The open-access nature of the Journal has never been an impediment to practice a rigorous and robust peer review process. This process has in fact resulted in numerous rejections of publications that did not meet the scope, the scientific quality or rigour demanded by the Journal and its Editors. Similarly, quality papers thoroughly and critically reviewed were made available in this open-access forum and were shared with the food scientific and regulatory community worldwide.

Peer Review Process for “Food Risk Analysis Communications”:

The new section of the Journal under the heading of “Food Risk Analysis Communication” benefits from an adapted peer review process, building on best practices of food regulatory agencies internationally. This section gathers short food risk analysis reports from Health Canada’s Food Directorate and relies on an internal peer review process leveraging the multi-disciplinary expertise of the organisation. The internal peer review process solicits comments from experts other than authors of a given report then enables to open this short publication to public comments and input from the scientific and food regulatory community domestically and internationally. This input would result in possible revision of the paper which is then made available in this special section of the Journal.

This adapted peer review process and enhanced consultation and engagement opportunity for internal publications that are now made publicly available, is in line with current practices of leading food regulatory agencies and supports the enhanced openness and transparency agenda of food standard setting processes.

This section of the journal is clearly separated from the main section where a full external peer review process is conducted.

More information on the peer reviews process practiced by the Journal is made available here.

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