Present Knowledge in Food Safety: A Risk-Based Approach Through the Food Chain – Chapter Requirements and Guidelines

Authors for Present Knowledge in Food Safety – A Risk-Based Approach Through the Food Chain will be asked to go beyond simply summarizing current scientific knowledge and procedures by also introducing scientific advances that are anticipated to improve the reliability, predictability, and relevance of food safety assessments for the protection of public health. Through this approach, the book will:

  • offer readers a holistic perspective on food safety through the food chain;
  • stimulate reviews of established methodologies and recent research;
  • further the research agenda for improving food safety evaluation and management; and
  • enhance consumer protection and confidence in the food supply.

Lead authors will be esteemed experts in the field of the chapter topic and will be permitted to invite coauthors to assist with chapter preparation.

Details to note:

  • Maximum length of chapter: 14,000 words
  • Illustrative material: Between 2 and 7 items

During the chapter development stage, authors will be asked to focus on a specific topical area. The eventual title of each chapter will be decided upon by the authors in consultation with the chapter editor.

To achieve consistency throughout the book, each chapter will be expected to include the following:

  • Chapter Points (bulleted list of the chapter’s key concepts)
  • Introduction (description of status quo)
  • Main Text (separated into sections with headings and subheadings to guide the reader)
  • Research Gaps and Future Directions
  • References (up to 120)
  • Illustrative Material (between 2 and 7 items)

To aid discoverability, an abstract (100 - 150 words) and up to 5 key words should also be delivered. (These items are not to be included in the total word count.)

Section headings relevant to each chapter topic may be decided upon in consultation with the chapter editor. The inclusion of original illustrative material, including line drawings, photographs, schematic diagrams, and tabular material is encouraged. Efforts should be made to avoid the use of third-party material whenever possible. When this is unavoidable, the author will be responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce the material from the copyright holder.

Each author will receive a complimentary electronic copy of the book upon publication. No additional compensation is offered.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting project as a chapter author, please send an expression of interest letter to Dr. Michael Knowles at The letter should specify the chapter you are interested in preparing and your relevant qualifications and experience. It should be accompanied by a CV including relevant publications and complete contact details.

To view the full list of available chapters, visit the Call for Authors page and scroll down.