This Virtual Special Issue will showcase the latest advances and insights into alternative protein sources for responsible food consumption and production. Submit your manuscript by January 15, 2024.

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Food security is a global challenge to be addressed. In the near future, the continuously growing world population will need alternative protein sources as traditional animal sources could be unsustainable and unfriendly to the environment. However, the role of proteins in the diet is irreplaceable since they serve a range of essential functions, such as enzymes, hormones, carrier proteins, and antibodies.

Thus, there is an urgent need for new sustainable protein sources for human food, and a lot of research regarding chemical characterization, safety, sensory properties, bioavailability, and technology for their production is needed. Plants are candidates for this replacement; however, other sources, such as insects and cultured animal proteins, are becoming relevant to achieve food security goals. Responsible food consumption and production are related to environmentally friendly issues and equilibrium with protein animal production, mainly because animal proteins are culturally accepted in some countries.

This joint Virtual Special Issue from Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, ACS Food Science & Technology, and ACS Agricultural Science & Technology is seeking submissions of high-quality research articles, reviews, viewpoints and perspectives on the latest advances and insights into alternative protein sources for responsible food consumption and production.

Editorial Team

This Virtual Special Issue will be managed by:

Thomas F. Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Agricultural and Food ChemistryACS Agricultural Science & Technology, and ACS Food Science & Technology
Technische Universität München, Germany; Email

Coralia Osorio Roa, Deputy Editor, ACS Food Science & Technology
Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia; Email

Laura McConnell, Deputy Editor, ACS Agricultural Science & Technology
Bayer Crop Science, United States; Email

Submission Instructions

Interested authors should send a manuscript proposal including a title, short abstract and manuscript type by email to the Editors at stating whether they intend to submit their manuscript to Journal of Agricultural and Food ChemistryACS Food Science & Technology, or ACS Agricultural Science & Technology.

Authors will be sent a link to submit their manuscript directly to the Virtual Special Issue. Any submissions made through ACS Paragon Plus outside of the direct submission link may not be included in the joint Virtual Special Issue.

Manuscripts must adhere to the guidelines available on the JAFC Information for Authors page.

All invited and contributed manuscripts will be screened for suitability upon submission and undergo the standard peer-review procedure of the journal. The final submission deadline for inclusion in the virtual special issue is January 15, 2024.

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