About the Journal


Editorial policy

The EFSA Journal is an open-access online scientific journal which is free of charge. It publishes the scientific outputs of EFSA. It neither accepts nor commissions third party content.

As soon as a scientific output of EFSA is finalised, it is published in the “Just published” section of the EFSA Journal. The “Latest issue” contains all EFSA scientific outputs published in the previous month i.e. the latest issue. All outputs published since EFSA`s inception in 2003 are available in the “All issues” section. They are retrievable via the search. EFSA scientific outputs published in a particular month represent an issue. A volume includes all issues of a year. The outputs are published chronologically.


Scope of the EFSA Journal

The EFSA Journal covers methods of risk assessment, reports on data collected, and risk assessments in the individual areas of plant health, plant protection products and their residues, genetically modified organisms, additives and products or substances used in animal feed, animal health and welfare, biological hazards including BSE/TSE, contaminants in the food chain, food contact materials, enzymes, flavourings and processing aids, food additives and nutrient sources added to food, dietetic products, nutrition and allergies.

EFSA scientific outputs
The following types of documents are published in the EFSA Journal:

Scientific Opinions of Scientific Committee/Panel:

  • Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Panel
  • Statement of the Scientific Committee/Panel
  • Guidance of the Scientific Committee/Panel

Other scientific outputs of EFSA, which are not prepared by the Scientific Committee/Panels:

  • Statement of EFSA
  • Guidance of EFSA
  • Conclusion on Pesticide Peer Review
  • Reasoned Opinion
  • Scientific Report of EFSA

Definitions of EFSA scientific outputs

Editorials are drafted and published occasionally. They may:

  • Provide an overview of the approach adopted by EFSA in the finalisation of several opinions on specific topics. These may include for example health claims, new technologies or food/feed additives.
  • Provide background information on complex scientific topics EFSA is or has recently been dealing with.
  • Explain EFSA’s approach, process and results with regard to risk assessment.
  • Provide an overall perspective on issues EFSA dealt with over a long period of time and/or under an evolving regulation.
  • Provide information on a risk assessment and the measures taken by risk managers afterwards.
  • Address risk assessment issues that had a significant impact on regulation and, vice versa, on regulatory issues that had an impact on risk assessment.

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Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board

The Editor-in-Chief is Prof Anthony Hardy. The Editorial Board is made up of 10 members: Prof Jan Alexander, Dr Per Bergman, Dr Mohammad Qasim Chaudhry, Dr Hubert Deluyker, Prof Anthony Hardy, Dr Juliane Kleiner, Dr Robert Luttik, Dr Birgit Noerrung, Dr Josef Rudolf Schlatter and Dr Bernhard Url.

All members of the Editorial Board sign a Declaration of Interest to safeguard EFSA’s commitment to independency.

Questions, comments and suggestions on the EFSA Journal can be send to the Editor-in-Chief:
editor-in-chief.efsajournal [at] efsa.europa.eu


Reference number

In line with academic publishing standards for electronic journals the reference number reads: EFSA Journal 20xx;Vol(issue):article identifier. Each year corresponds to a volume number, e.g. the year 2003 corresponds to Volume 1; 2011 corresponds to Volume 9. Each month corresponds to an issue number, e.g. January corresponds to issue number 1 and December to number 12. A unique 4-digit number is assigned to each scientific output i.e. the article identifier. In line with electronic journal publishing practice, page numbers are not included in the Journal reference number but instead the total number of pages of the PDF-document is indicated on the website (e.g. [46 pp.]).


Digital object identifier (doi)

Every article published in the EFSA Journal carries a digital object identifier (doi), which is a unique string created to identify a piece of intellectual property in an online environment. The doi is made up of a prefix and a suffix. The EFSA Journal prefix is 10.2903. The EFSA Journal suffix starts with: j.efsa and is followed by the year of publication and the article identifier. An example of doi is: 10.2903/j.efsa.2010.1735.
To resolve a doi, you may type it:


International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

ISSN 1831 – 4732


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Table of contents (TOC)
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EFSA scientific outputs have been published on the EFSA website since EFSA’s inception in 2003. In December 2009, a new web area for the EFSA Journal was launched.

Since January 2011 the EFSA Journal is the single repository and unique access point for EFSA scientific outputs. From this date technical reports are not included in the EFSA Journal anymore. They are available in the section of the EFSA website “Supporting publications”.

The EFSA Journal reference number of scientific outputs published before September 2009 differs from the current approach. It contains the publication year, the unique scientific output number and the total number of pages. The scientific outputs published before September 2009 are grouped retrospectively into issues, based on the date of publication. For example, all articles published in April 2005 have been brought together into the EFSA Journal 2005; volume 3 (issue 4). Since September 2009 the EFSA Report Series is fully integrated into the EFSA Journal. All earlier EFSA scientific outputs published in the EFSA Report Series, e.g. Conclusions on Pesticide Peer Review, Reasoned Opinions and Zoonoses Reports, are grouped retrospectively into issues based on the date of publication and can be found in the EFSA Journal. Dois were retrospectively allocated to all EFSA scientific outputs published in the EFSA Journal since 2003.