EFSA Journal marks 10th anniversary with special issue

News Story
18 October 2012

The EFSA Journal, the European Food Safety Authority’s open-access online scientific journal, is the dedicated home for all EFSA’s scientific outputs. The Journal is now widely referenced in leading bibliographic databases relevant to EFSA’s work, such as CAB Abstracts, Food Science and Technology Abstracts (FSTA) or SciFinder, and is by far the most visited page of EFSA’s website.

To mark EFSA’s 10th anniversary, a special issue of the EFSA Journal is published today giving an overview of EFSA’s work and summarising the main achievements of the Authority’s first decade.

Between 2002 and 2012, more than 3,000 scientific outputs were published in the EFSA Journal, the majority of them scientific opinions adopted by EFSA’s Scientific Committee or one of its Scientific Panels. The published outputs reflect the breadth of EFSA’s remit, which covers the entire food chain from farm to fork with topics related to: animal health and welfare, biological hazards, pesticides and contaminants, genetically modified organisms, nutrition, plant health, and food and feed additives.

Hubert Deluyker, EFSA’s Director of Science Strategy and Coordination, said: “The EFSA Journal has played a key role in increasing the visibility and awareness of EFSA’s scientific outputs and gaining recognition for the work of our scientific experts. EFSA is proud to have a journal that provides its panel and working group experts with a showcase for their work that is visible in the scientific community and which is recognised and respected by other food safety and research institutions.

“As well as raising the profile of the work being carried out at EFSA, the Journal also plays a valuable role in helping us to attract scientists to sit on our panels and working groups. Without the experts from across Europe and the support of our dedicated staff EFSA would not be the organisation which it has gradually become. For this, I would like to thank the Editorial Board.”

EFSA today plays a pivotal role assessing risks associated with the food chain. Ten years after the Authority’s creation, its vision to be recognised as a responsive, authoritative and independent source of scientific advice and information in the area of food and feed safety has become reality. The EFSA Journal has played an important part in the realisation of that vision.

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