March 13, 2024

The Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL is issuing a Call for Authors for a Special Edition on the “Advances in Non-targeted/targeted Methods for Quality Assurance of Food and Botanical Dietary Supplements” guest edited by Mengliang Zhang and Jianghao Sun.

The field of metabolomics and lipidomics in food and dietary supplement research is rapidly evolving, with a growing need for comprehensive studies that can address complex nutritional and biochemical questions. These areas are crucial for understanding the intricate relationships between food composition, dietary supplements, and human health. More advanced analytical methods and technologies for accurate metabolite and lipid characterization and precise quantification are needed in this field. In addition, developing analytical methods is critical to food quality assurance and authenticity and even guiding agricultural/industrial practice. Furthermore, there is a demand for studies that can elucidate the metabolic pathways influenced by different dietary components and supplements, offering insights into their roles in health and diseases. The integration of metabolomics with food safety, quality, and composition analyses is also essential to ensure the efficacy and safety of food products and dietary supplements. A robust study design and technological advancements in these fields will significantly contribute to the understanding of metabolic reprogramming and the functional analysis of metabolic pathways, thereby paving the way for the development of personalized nutrition and therapeutic strategies. In this special issue, we invite the submission of original research and short communication manuscripts focusing on the topics including but not limited to the following: 

  1. Quality assurance and quality control research using non-targeted metabolomic/lipidomic/fingerprinting methods.
  2. Improvement of existing or standard analytical methods for targeted bioactive compounds /secondary metabolites (e.g., flavonoids, glucosinolates, alkaloids, and phenolics) in food and dietary supplements. 
  3. Validation of methods for single or multi-marker compound quantitation.
  4. Confirmatory studies on the dietary ingredients/adulterants using spectroscopic or chromatographic techniques
  5. Application of chemometrics/machine learning techniques to quality control of food or botanical dietary supplement products.

The call for authors is open until Wednesday, May 15, 2024. For more information or if you are interested in participating, please contact Jennifer Diatz, Director of Publications.