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 Updated 2015-08-15

 Scientific Literature

One of the more important sources of food composition data is the scientific literature (EuroFIR Acquisition Type: Published and peer reviewed scientific paper [P]).

 Searching scientific literature

The bibliographic databases are databases of bibliographic records, organized digital collections of references to published literature, including journal and newspaper articles, conference proceedings, reports, government and legal publications, patents, books, etc.
A significant number of bibliographic databases are still proprietary, available by licensing agreement from vendors, or directly from the indexing and abstracting services that create them.

There are however a wide range of public search engines. The most important of these search engines are

        Agricola - NAL Catalog
        AGRIS - Global public domain Database
        BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
        DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
        Europe PubMed Central

For a comprehensive list of academic databases and search engines, see Wikipedia.

Libraries often offer special purpose search facilities. One of the best is Wageningen University Library's Global Search, which offers a cross-database search facility covering a long range of bibliographic databases and indeces.

Another important free service on the internet is Google Scholar providing a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. Where possible, Google Scholar points to online copies of the literature.

 Scientific journals and periodicals

There is a wide range of scientific journals/periodicals and other resources available worldwide, the most important concerning food composition data are:

        Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section A – Animal Science   (Subscription)
        Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B - Soil & Plant Science   (Subscription)
        American Journal of Clinical Nutrition   (Subscription, free access after 12 months)
        American Journal of Plant Sciences   (Open access)
        Animal Science   (Subscription)
        Animal Science Journal   (Subscription)
        Aquatic Commons   (Open access)
        British Journal of Nutrition   (Subscription, free access after 24 months)
        European Journal of Clinical Nutrition   (Subscription)
        European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology   (Subscription)
        Food & Nutrition Research   (Open access)
        Food Chemistry   (Subscription)
        Grasas y Aceites   (Open access)
        Italian Journal of Animal Science   (Open access)
        Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry   (Subscription)
        Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences   (Subscription)
        Journal of Animal Science   (Subscription)
        Journal of Applied Phycology   (Open access)
        Journal of Cereal Science   (Subscription)
        Journal of Dairy Research   (Subscription)
        Journal of Dairy Science   (Subscription, free access after 12 months)
        Journal of Food   (Open access)
        Journal of Food Composition and Analysis   (Subscription)
        Journal of Food Science and Technology   (Subscription)
        Journal of Lipid Research   (Subscription, free access after 12 months)
        Journal of Nutrition   (Subscription, free access after 12 months)
        Journal of the American Dietetic Association   (Subscription)
        Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society   (Open access)
        Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture   (Subscription)
        LWT - Food Science and Technology   (Subscription)
        Meat Science   (Subscription)
        Pakistan Journal of Nutrition   (Open access)
        Research Journal of Animal Sciences   (Subscription)
        The Indian Journal of Animal Sciences   (Subscription)

and many, many more.

Although most scientific journals are proprietary and full texts only available by licensing, a growing number of journals are open access journals, which give access to the full texts of articles free of charge - for a list of open access journals, see ScienceMedia.

 Open Access Journals - a caution

Although most open access journals generally are trustworthy and eligible, there are some dubious online journals that only want to get your money and has no peer-review.

Scholarly Open Access maintains 'Beall’s List: Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers' and 'Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access journals'. If you are in doubt about an online journal, refer to these lists.



First Albanian food composition tables (2022).

First Albanian food composition tables (2022) published with assistance from NPPC-VÚP in the frame of the Slovak Republic Official Development Support Programme.
Download here.
Swedish food composition database updated.

New version of the Swedish food composition database with updated nutritional values for several food groups and new foods and iodine values added. See the Swedish Food Agency's website.
First edition of the Kyrgyz Food Composition Table.

Kyrgyzstan has released their first national food composition table. For more information, see the EuroFIR website.
2021 Release of the New Zealand Food Composition Database.

The 2021 update of New Zealand food composition database (NZFCD) released online on 31st March 2022. For more information, see the EuroFIR website.