Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy

Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy

2016 Impact Factor: 0.977
2016 Ranking: 48/72 in Chemistry, Applied | 30/41 in Spectroscopy
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

Prof. Graeme Batten Sea Spec Pty Ltd, Australia
Dr Franklin Barton LLS Instruments, Inc, USA
Dr Gerard Downey Ashtown Food Research Centre, Ireland
Prof. Tom Fearn University College London (UCL), UK
Prof. Christian Huck Universität Innsbruck, Austria
Prof. Sumio Kawano Kagoshima University, Japan
Dr Roger Meder Meder Consulting, Australia
Dr Brad Swarbrick QualityByDesign Consultancy, Australia
Dr Paola Taroni Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Founding Editor
Anthony M.C. Davies Norwich, UK

eISSN: 17516552 | ISSN: 09670335 | Current volume: 25 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-monthly
Commencing in 2017 SAGE is delighted to be the new publisher of Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy. Information and full-text content will continue to be accessible from the IM Publications website as the journal transitions to SAGE.

JNIRS—Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy is a peer reviewed journal which aims to publish original research papers, short communications, review articles and letters concerned with near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy and technology, its application, new instrumentation and the use of chemometric and data handling techniques within NIR.

JNIRS—Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy is a peer reviewed journal, publishing original research papers, short communications, review articles and letters concerned with near infrared spectroscopy and technology, its application, new instrumentation and the use of chemometric and data handling techniques within NIR. JNIRS will accept contributions from all areas of applications where near infrared spectroscopy is in use, such as:
· Agriculture
· Chemical Industry
· Food
· Life Sciences
· Process Control
· Pharmaceuticals
· Textiles
· Polymers
· Wood

Topics for papers may include:
· Chemometrics
· Calibrations
· Diffuse Reflection
· NIR Imaging
· On-Line Use
· Fibre Optics
· Sampling
· Spectroscopy
· Instrumentation
· Remote Sensing

Editorial Advisory Board
Manel Alcalà-Bernàrdez Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain
Emil Ciurczak Doramaxx Consulting, USA
Pierre Dardenne Centre Wallon de Recherches Agronomiques (CRA-W), Belgium
Kim Esbensen KHE Consulting, Denmark
Marco Ferrari Università degli Studi dell'Aquila, Italy
Peter Flinn Kelspec Services Pty Ltd, Australia
Ana Garrido-Varo Universidad de Córdoba, Spain
Alexia Gobrecht Institut Recherche en Sciences et Technolgies L'environnement et L'agriculture-(IRSTEA), France
David Hopkins NIR Consultant, USA
Mutsuo Iwamoto Japan
Federico Marini Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy
Howard Mark Mark Electronics, USA
Brian Osborne Australia
Yukihiro Ozaki Kwansei Gakuin University-Sanda, Japan
Lola Pérez-Marín Universidad de Córdoba, Spain
Rodolfo Romañach Universitario de Puerto Rico at Mayagüez-UPRM, Puerto Rico
Wouter Saeys Katholieke Universiteit Leuven-KU Leuven, Belgium
Heinz Siesler University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Kerry Walsh Central Queensland University (CQU), Australia
Phil Williams PDK Projects Inc, Canada

This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy will be reviewed.

As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

  1. Article types
  2. Editorial policies
    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
  3. Publishing polices
    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving
    3.4 Permissions
  4. Preparing your manuscript
    4.1 Word processing formats
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Journal layout
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 English language editing services
  5. Submitting your manuscript
    5.1 How to submit your manuscript
    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
    5.3 Corresponding author contact details
  6. On acceptance and publication
    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Access to your published article
    6.3 Online First publication
  7. Further information

1. Article types

  • Original research papers should report, in detail, the results of the author(s)’s work in a particular area of research. This work should have been completed or a substantial and identifiable part of it should have been completed.
  • Review articles will normally be commissioned by the Editor-in-Chief or one of the Editors. However, should you be interested in reviewing a particular area, you are welcome to discuss this with the Editor-in-Chief or another Editor. Review articles should provide a comprehensive coverage of the area reviewed with extensive references to published work.
  • Letters can either express the view of the author on a particular aspect of NIR spectroscopy and technology that they wish to comment on, or can very briefly report an interesting aspect of the author’s work: perhaps details of a calibration or a sampling procedure.
  • Technical notes are occasional publications reserved for reporting modifications to sample preparation or sample presentation, improvements to chemometric analysis, new applications of NIR technology, and novel findings which will stimulate discussion and more extensive investigation within the NIR community or which improve the value of existing NIR technology. Authors must demonstrate the advantages of the new idea, apparatus or technique over those already available. While the format is flexible technical notes should not exceed 1500 words.
  • Tutorials: JNIRS publishes articles that aim to pass on the author’s experience in the field of NIR spectroscopy. These are usually solicited by, or planned in consultation with, the Editor-in-Chief as the guidelines may vary with the aim of the article and the intended audience.

Back to top

2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer review policy

Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author.

As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 2 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers.

Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

You will also be asked to nominate peers who you do not wish to review your manuscript (opposed reviewers).

Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite/reject any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

The Editor-in-Chief or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

2.2 Authorship

Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

(i) Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
(ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
(iii) Approved the version to be published,
(iv) Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

2.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

2.3.1 Writing assistance

Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communciations company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).

It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

2.4 Funding

Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

It is the policy of Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.

Back to top

3. Publishing Policies

3.1 Publication ethics

SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

3.1.1 Plagiarism

Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

3.1.2 Prior publication

If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor-in-Chief at the address given below.

3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

3.3 Open access and author archiving

Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

3.4 Permissions

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

Back to top

4. Preparing your manuscript

4.1 Word processing formats

Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

4.3 Journal layout

Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy conforms to the SAGE house style. View the SAGE UK House Style guidelines.

4.4 Reference style

Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. View the SAGE Vancouver guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Vancouver EndNote output file.

4.5 English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

Back to top

5. Submitting your manuscript

5.1 How to submit your manuscript

Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

5.3 Corresponding author contact details

Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

Back to top

6. On acceptance and publication

6.1 SAGE Production

Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

6.2 Access to your published article

SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

6.3 Online First publication

Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet.

Back to top

7. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Graeme Batten, as follows:

Back to top

Individual Subscription, E-access

Individual Subscription, Print Only

Individual Subscription, Combined (Print & E-access)

Institutional Subscription, E-access

Institutional Subscription, Combined (Print & E-access)

Individual, Single Print Issue

Institutional, Single Print Issue