Development of active/intelligent packaging and its application in food preservation

The selection of proper packaging materials is important for the quality assurance and safety of foods. The conventionally used petrochemical-based plastics are poorly degradable and have resulted in serious environmental pollution. Alternatively, biopolymer (e.g. polysaccharides, proteins, lipids and their blends) based packaging technologies are on the rise due to their excellent biodegradability and environmental friendliness. Meanwhile, different active substances (especially those with antioxidant and antimicrobial activities) have been integrated with biopolymers to further develop active/intelligent packaging materials. These novel packaging materials have wide applications in extending the shelf life of foods and indicating the freshness of foods.

Considering the fast development in active/intelligent packaging technologies, this Special Issue mainly focuses on the development and characterization of active/intelligent packaging and its application in food preservation. Renowned international research teams will be invited to submit their recent findings and opinion in this research area. Meanwhile, researchers around the world are encouraged to submit their latest findings on these topics in form of research or review articles. 

Topics covered in this Special Issue include (but are not limited to):

  • Recent advances in active/intelligent packaging technologies (Review)
  • Development and characterization of active/intelligent packaging materials
  • Functional properties of active/intelligent packaging materials
  • Applications of active packaging in food preservation
  • Applications of intelligent packaging in food freshness monitoring
  • Employing sensors to monitor the quality of food products


  • Active packaging
  • Intelligent packaging
  • Food packaging
  • Food preservation
  • Food security
  • Food quality 
  • Freshness monitoring
  • Sensors

Guest Editors:

Inquiries about the prospective submissions should be submitted to the guest editors:

Dr. Jun Liu, Yangzhou University, China   - [email protected]

Dr. Lei Yuan, Yangzhou University, China - [email protected]

Dr. Jiangfeng Song, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China - [email protected]

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to the journal’s website. Once you are registered, go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page of the journal.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript.

Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English.

Last Submission due date: October 30, 2022

Article-processing charges (APC):  USD 650

This special issue is now open for submission.