The tasks performed consist of, but are not limited to:
  • Managing the peer review process – ensure manuscripts progress smoothly through peer review; reviewers have all the information they need; authors receive a review that improves the quality of their manuscript;

  • Editing – copyediting and proof-reading manuscripts; reformatting manuscripts to conform to journal style and insctructions​;

  • Queries – handling problems with submissions and providing further information about the journal such as requests for information on time from submission to acceptance.

The roles and responsibilities of editorial offices are evolving rapidly, in response to the trend of online-based workflows.

Editorial office staff permanently analyzes data such as number of citation, usage, and author submission behavior to determine content that would increase readership using a variety of different criteria.


Editorial Members' Guide


Practical Guidelines for NAJFNR Editors  

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Editorial Submission Policy


Practical Guidelines for Authors

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Assigning Authorship

Contributors who meet the following criteria are eligible for authorship and can be listed as authors:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work;

    Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
  • Final approval of the version to be published;

  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.


Contributing to research can be broadly classified into the following categories:

  • Intellectual (ideas, writing)

  • Practical (conducting research, data analysis)

  • Financial (funds, experimental material)

When researchers disagree with the author list or have been excluded from a manuscript which they significantly contributed to, they should consult with their respective institutions for assistance.

In case there is confusion around authorship, contributorship, and to know more about who would qualify to be the lead author, researchers may approach the journal editorial team. The journal would then suggest the best approach. Also, if issues related to authorship are reported to a journal, then the Editor-in-Chief may be involved in resolving the issue. 

Group authorship

If there is a large number of authors we may ask for confirmation that everyone listed met the ICMJE criteria for authorship. If they did, we may then require that the authors form a group whose name will appear in the article byline.

We appreciate that authors may be concerned that their work will not be properly recognised if they form a group, but this is unfounded. Medline guidance can handle group authorship and still give each individual due credit:

"When a group name for a specific consortium, committee, study group, or the like appears in an article byline, the personal names of the members of that group may be published in the article text. Such names are entered as collaborator names for the Medline citation."


Article Withdrawal, Retraction, or Removal

The editor in chief is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal are to be published. In making this decision, the editor is guided by journal policies and guided by legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. An outcome of this principle is the scholarly archive as a permanent record of the transactions of scholarship. Articles that have been published remain extant and unaltered as far as is possible. Very occasionally circumstances arise in which an article is published that must later be retracted or even removed. Such actions must not be undertaken lightly and can only occur under exceptional

This policy takes into account current best practices in the scholarly publishing. 

Article Withdrawal

This action is only used for articles in press (articles that have been accepted for publication but which have not been formally published and will not yet have the complete volume/issue/page information), which represent early versions of articles and sometimes contain errors. Occasionally, the articles may represent infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, and fraudulent use of data or the like. Articles in press that include errors or are discovered to be accidental duplicates of other published article(s) or are determined to violate the NAJFNR publishing ethics guidelines in the view of the editors (such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like), may be “Withdrawn” from The Researcher by the article author or the journal editor.

To withdraw an accepted article, the authors of the manuscript must write a clear and concise letter and send it to with an in-depth explanation providing the reasons on why the manuscript needs to be withdrawn. All authors must sign the letter. In the case the author discovers a potential error or inaccuracy in the published work, he/she shall immediately notify the journal editor and shall cooperate to have the paper withdrawn or corrected in the form of an erratum. 

Article Retraction

Article retraction applies to published articles and may occur after infringement on professional codes of ethics, such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, and fraudulent use of data or the like. Occasionally a retraction will be used to correct errors in submission or publication. Standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by a number of scholarly bodies such as the COPE’s Retraction Guidelines, and this best practice is adopted for article retraction by The Researcher:

--> A retraction note titled “Retraction: [article title]” signed by the authors and/or the editor is published in the paginated part of a subsequent issue of the journal and listed in the contents list.

--> Electronic versions of the article are preceded by a screen containing the retraction note.

--> The original article is retained unchanged save for a watermark on the .pdf indicating on each page that it is “retracted.”

--> The HTML version of the document is removed.

Article Removal

In an extremely limited number of cases, it may be necessary to remove an article from the online database. This will only occur where  the article is clearly defamatory or infringes others’ legal rights; where the article is or we have good reason to expect will be the subject of a court order; or where the article, if acted upon, might pose a serious health risk. In these circumstances, while the  metadata (Title and Authors) will be retained, the electronic text will be replaced with a screen indicating the article has been removed for legal reasons.

  • A retraction note named "Retraction: [Article Title]", signed by the authors and/or the Editor, is published in a subsequent issue of the journal and listed in the table of contents for that issue.
  • A link will be added in the original article's digital format.
  • Before accessing the online article, a retraction notification is displayed on the screen. The hyperlink leads to this notification, after which the reader can continue to view the article.
  • The original article is retained unchanged except for a watermark on each page of the PDF indicating that it has been "retracted".


Copyright and Licensing

The North African Journal of Food and Nutrition Research is licensed under CC BY 4.0,


Terms and conditions associated with the NAJFNR Creative Commons Publication Agreement

Subject to the acceptance of the [above-listed] Article for publication in The North African Journal of Food and Nutrition Research, the Rights Holder(s), where applicable, or the Author(s) hereby agrees:

  1. To grant NAJFNR permission to publish the unpublished and original Article, the abstract forming part thereof, all associated supplemental material, and subsequent, if necessary, errata under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0),
  2. That further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article’s title, journal citation, and DOI.
  3. That any subsequent Reply to a Comment accepted for publication in the NAJFNR, for which this work is the target of the Comment, should also be published under the same Creative Commons license as this work.

By signing this Agreement, the Rights Holder(s), where applicable, or the Author(s) jointly and severally represent and warrant that the Article is original with the author(s) and does not infringe any copyright or violate any other right of any third parties. The signing person(s) also represents and warrants that they have the full power to enter into this Agreement and to make the grants contained herein.

Articles submitted to the NAJFNR should not have been published elsewhere before in their current or substantially similar form, or be under consideration for publication with another journal. 

Authors submitting articles for publication warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright and will indemnify the publisher against any breach of such warranty. For ease of dissemination and to ensure proper policing of use, papers and contributions become the legal copyright of the publisher unless otherwise agreed.

Prior to article submission, authors should clear permission to utilize any content that has not been created by them. Failure to do so may lead to lengthy delays in publication. NAJFNR is unable to publish any article which has permissions pending.


When reproducing tables, figures or excerpts from another source 

A. Authors obtain the necessary written permission in advance from any third party owners of copyright for the use in print and electronic formats of any of their text, illustrations, graphics, or other material, in their manuscript;
B. If an author adapts any material, the author must inform the copyright holder of the original work.
C. Authors must always acknowledge the source in figure captions and refer to the source in the reference list.
D. Authors should not assume that any content which is freely available on the web is free to use. Authors should check the website for details of the copyright holder to seek permission for re-use.

Articles found to be malpractice and/or plagiarized will be retracted. Major corrections will be published.


Continuous Publication

Since its release, The NAJFNR adopted a continuous publication model. Once articles have been accepted for publication and have been corrected by our language and editing department editors, the authors receive proofs for their approval to print. As soon as we have received feedback from the authors, the articles are directly published online. The journal is published in English.


Publication Fees

The North African Journal of Food and Nutrition Research is an open-access journal which does not charge article processing charges "APCs" or publication fees.


Open Access Policy

All articles published by The NAJFNR are immediately made available worldwide on website under an open access license. This means:

  • everyone can access freely with no limit to the full-text of all published articles; 

  • everyone is free to re-use the published material if proper accreditation/citation of the original publication is provided.

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Applying the Crossmark icon is a commitment by the NAJFNR to maintain the content published and alert readers to changes if and when they occur.

Crossmark, a multi-publisher initiative from CrossRef, provides a standard way for readers to locate the authoritative version of a document. The NAJFNR recognizes the importance of the integrity and completeness of the scholarly record to researchers and librarians and attaches the highest importance to maintaining trust in the authority of its electronic archive. Clicking on the Crossmark icon of published articles will inform the reader of the current status of a document and may also provide additional publication record information and updates about the document.


Privacy Statement and securing data

- The names and 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.

- The NAJFNR will take reasonable technical and organizational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.


Statement update

The NAJFNR may update this privacy policy with a new version. Authors and contributors should check this page occasionally to ensure they are familiar with any changes made.