Journal of Berry Research

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14, 4 issues

Latest issue

14:1 online 19 March 2024

Next issue

14:2 scheduled for June 2024

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From volume 1, 2010

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Online Only

Aims & Scope

The main objective of the Journal of Berry Research is to improve the knowledge about quality and production of berries to benefit health of the consumers and maintain profitable production using sustainable systems. The objective will be achieved by focusing on four main areas of research and development:

  1. From genetics to variety evaluation
  2. Nursery production systems and plant quality control
  3. Plant physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology, as well as cultural management
  4. Health for the consumer: components and factors affecting berries' nutritional value

Specifically, the journal will cover berries (strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, cranberry currants, etc.), as well as grapes and small soft fruit in general (e.g., kiwi fruit). It will publish research results covering all areas of plant breeding, including plant genetics, genomics, functional genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, plant physiology, plant pathology and plant development, as well as results dealing with the chemistry and biochemistry of bioactive compounds contained in such fruits and their possible role in human health. Contributions detailing possible pharmacological, medical or therapeutic use or dietary significance will be welcomed in addition to studies regarding biosafety issues of genetically modified plants.

The Journal of Berry Research will feature reviews, research articles, brief communications, position papers, letters and patent updates.

Editorial Board


Maurizio Battino, (Nutritional Biochemistry) MD (Hon), DSc, PhD (Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher)
Dipartimento di Scienze Cliniche Specialistiche ed Odontostomatologiche 
Sez. Biochimica Facoltà di Medicina 
Università Politecnica delle Marche
Tel.: +39 071 220 4646


Associate Editors

Francesca Giampieri, PhD. (Research Group on Foods, Nutritional Biochemistry and Health)
Universidad Europea del Atlántico
Isabel Torres, Santander, Spain (Highly Cited Researcher)

Luca Mazzoni, PhD, (Breeding),
Università Politecnica delle Marche,
Italy (Associate Editor Agronomy and Breeding Technology) 

Silvia Sabbadini, PhD, (Genetics),
Marche Polytechnic University, Department of Agricultural,
Food and Environmental Sciences, Ancona, Italy

Elwira Sieniawska, PhD, (Analytical Chemistry),
Medical University of Lublin,
Poland (Associate Editor Analytical Chemistry)

Li-Shu Wang, PhD, (Cancer),
University of Wisconsin, USA (Associate Editor Cancer)

Jianbo Xiao, PhD, (Nutrition),
Jinan University, China (Associate Editor Special Chinese Berries) (Highly Cited Researcher)

Editorial Board

Atanas G. Atanasov, PhD, (Biotechnology),
Prof. and Head of Molecular Biology, Department: IGAB PAS, Poland (Highly Cited Researcher)

Arpita Basu, (Nutritional Biochemistry)PhD, RD/LD,
Department of Nutritional Sciences, 416 Human Sciences,
College of Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA

Ricardo Boavida Ferreira, PhD, (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
ITQB, Oeiras, Portugal

Rubén Bottini, PhD, (Plant Biochemistry),
Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Chacras de Coria, Argentina

Britt Burton-Freeman, PhD, (Nutrition, Metabolic Disorders),
Center for Nutrition Research, Institute for Food Safety and Health,
Illinois Institute of Technology, Bedford Park, IL, USA

Esra Çapanoğlu Güven, PhD (Highly Cited Researcher), (Food Technology),
Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Gemma Casadesus, MD, (Pharmacology),
Department of Pharmacolgy and Therapeutics, University of Florida, FL, USA

Béatrice Denoyes-Rothan, PhD, (Breeding) ,
INRA, Bordeaux, France

Diego F. Garcia Diaz, PhD (Basic Nutrition and Food Science),
Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine
University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

Kevin Folta, PhD, (Genetics), 
Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

Tamara Yuliett Forbes-Hernandez, PhD, (Food Technology),
Nutrition and Food Science Group, Dept. of Analytical and Food Chemistry, CITACA,
CACTI, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain

Balz Frei, PhD, (Nutritional Biochemistry),
Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA

Marina Gambardella, PhD, (Breeding),
Facultad de Agronomía e Ingeniería Forestal, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Massimiliano Gasparrini, PhD, (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology),
Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Marche Polytechnic University,
Ancona, Italy

Justyna Godos, PhD. (Human Nutrition/Clinical Nutrition)
Department of Biomedical and Biotechnological Sciences, University of Catania
Catantia, Italy (Highly Cited Researcher)

James Hancock, PhD, (Breeding and Genetics), 
Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI, USA

Roger Hurst, PhD, (Molecular Nutrition),
Food & Wellness Group, Food Innovation Porfolio, Plant & Food Research, New Zealand

Harry Kuiper, PhD, (Genetics),
RILKIT Wageningen, University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Margit Laimer Da Camara Machado, PhD, (Biotechnology)
BOKU, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences,
Vienna, Austria

Gordon J. McDougall, PhD, (Analytical Chemistry),
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences Group, Enhancing Crop Productivity and Utilisation Theme,
The James Hutton Institute, Dundee, Scotland, UK

Bruno Mezzetti, PhD, (Breeding),
Department SAPROV, Università Politecnica della Marche, Ancona, Italy (Highly Cited Researcher)

Etsuo Niki, PhD, (Chemistry),
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Octavio Paredes López, PhD, (Breeding),
Departmento Biotecnología y Bioquímica, Laboratorio de Biotecnología de Alimentos,
Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Unidad Irapuato, Mexico

David Pereira, PhD, (Phytochemistry & Pharmacognosy), Laboratório de Farmacognosia,
Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Dov Prusky, PhD, (Plant Pathology and Postharvest Biology)
Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center, Bet Dagan, Israel

Josè Luis Quiles, PhD, (Nutrition),
Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology, University Granada, Spain (Highly Cited Researcher)

Bruce Reisch, PhD, (Horticulture)
Horticultural Sciences, N.Y.S. Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University, Geneva, NY, USA

Navindra P. Seeram, PhD, (Biomedicine and Pharmaceutics)
Bioactive Botanical Research Laboratory, Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences,
College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA (
Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher)

Barbara Shukitt-Hale, PhD, (Behaviour)
United States Department of Agricolture,
JM HNRCA at Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA

Jeremy P.E. Spencer, PhD (Highly Cited Researcher), (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology),
Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics,
University of Reading, Reading, UK

Jill Stanley, PhD, (Horticulture),
Plant & Food Research Clyde, Alexandra, New Zealand

Derek Stuart, (Chemistry),
James Hutton Institute, Dundee  ,Scotland, UK

Gary Stoner, PhD, (Cancer),
Department of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Fumiomi Takeda, PhD, (Horticulture),
Appalachian Fruit Research Station, USDA ARS, Kearneysville, WV, USA

Takanori Tsuda, PhD, (Nutrition and Biotechnology)
College of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Chubu University Kasugai, Aichi, Japan

Francesco Visioli, PhD, (Physiology),
IMDEA-Food, Madrid, Spain

Qin Yonghua, PhD, (Horticulture and Breeding),
College of Horticulture, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Yuntao Zhang, PhD, (Horticulture and Breeding),
Institute of Forestry and Pomology, Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, Beijing, China

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    The Journal of Berry Research supports the appropriate and responsible use of animals as experimental subjects.

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    We are pleased to announce that the Journal of Berry Research’s Impact Factor continues to rise to 2.352, thus securing its position in the second quartile of Plant Sciences.

    We are delighted to announce that Maurizio Battino, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Berry Research, has been recognized for the seventh consecutive year as a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher.

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