How do I submit my article?

Authors can submit their articles to our online submission system at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/aoac_jaoac

Are there guidelines I should follow when suggesting reviewers or when being asked to review a manuscript?

Please visit the website for Committee of Publication Ethics at: http://publicationethics.org/files/Ethical_guidelines_for_peer_reviewers_0.pdf

What types of articles can be submitted?

The Journal of AOAC accepts the following types of papers: review papers, method validation papers, short communications, technical communications, extended abstracts, letter to the editor. See the article submission types page for a full description.

What guidelines should I follow in writing my article?

Every topic is different, and you alone know what to highlight in reporting on your research. However, Journal submissions should follow the guidelines in our “Instructions to authors” and should follow our “Journal authorship standards.” If you are an author of a First or Final Action Official Method please follow the Guidelines for Official Method Authors. For writing style and process, Oxford University Press has an excellent blog post on “10 tips for getting your journal article published.”

English is not my first language. Are language services available?

If English is not your first language, you may want to consider using a language service. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. For a list of language services please visit Oxford University Press web page on language services.

Please note that AOAC and Oxford University Press do not endorse nor take responsibility for these services, which are provided by commercial, for-profit companies. There are other specialist language editing companies that offer similar services. Using a language editing service does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. Each provider will handle all aspects of this service, including payment.

I have supplemental information; can I include that with my submission?

Yes, the Journal accepts supplemental information. Files should be uploaded with the manuscript as a separate file clearly marked as “supplemental information.”  Supplemental information is not copy edited or typeset and will be uploaded as submitted.

Who should be listed as an author?

Please review the authorship standards guidelines.

Do I need to suggest reviewers?

Yes. It is mandatory that authors submit the names of three reviewers. Suggested reviewers should be people outside of your organization. Please ensure the correct email address is submitted.

What section should I submit my article to?

For a more detailed description of each section in the Journal please see the scope of Journal sections page.

What is the review process?

After the article is submitted, the AOAC editorial office transmits the article to the appropriate subject matter editor. The editor will solicit peer reviews. After the editor receives a minimum of two reviewer responses, they will make a decision. The editor will send an e-mail to the corresponding author with the decision (accept, minor revision, major revision, or reject). The author will need to respond to the reviewers’ comments. Please respond to all reviewer comments to minimize the number of revisions required. Responses should be marked in tracked changes in the document. A separate Word document may accompany the revised article explaining the changes. The Editor accepts or rejects the revision and transmits the decision to the author and the AOAC editorial office. Acceptedarticles are copy edited and typeset following the Journal style guide. Page proofs are sent to author for final approval.

How do I structure my references?

This list does not include all reference types however, it does include many of the commonly used reference types.

Journal Reference

(1) McCleary, B.V., & Draga, A. (2016) J. AOAC Int. 99, 364–373. doi: 10.5740/jaoacint.15-0289

Book Chapter Reference

(1) Hum, B.A.L., & Chantler, S.M. (1980) in Methods in Enzymology, Vol. 70, H. Van Vunakis & J.J. Langone (Eds), Academic Press, New York, NY, pp 104–142

Book Reference

(1) Siegel, S. (1956) Nonparametric Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, NY

Official Methods Reference

(1) Official Methods of Analysis (2019) 21st Ed., AOAC INTERNATIONAL, Rockville, MD, Method 2000.01. www.eoma.aoac.org [accessed on May 25, 2019]

My paper has been accepted for publication in the Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL. What are the next steps in the production process?

Oxford University Press answers author’s questions regarding the production process in their Author FAQ page.

What email address are the authors proofs sent from?

Page proofs will be sent from the following e-mail address: [email protected] on behalf of [email protected]. Please ensure that these addresses are added to your safe senders list.