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Journal of Natural Fibers

Now an Open Access Journal

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Journal of Natural Fibers is converting to Open Access from its 2023 volume

The Journal of Natural Fibers focuses on new research and developments of multi-purpose applications that further the economical and ecological production of hard fibers, protein fibers, seed, bast, leaf, and cellulosic fibers.

It plans to foster the immediate and widescale dissemination of research results through adoption of an Open Access (OA) model. Every submission will continue to be subject to the usual vigorous reviewing process and, to help with this process, the journal has a strong editorial board of prominent and respected academics from diverse regional and institutional backgrounds.

As part of this transition, all manuscripts received going forward will proceed through the Journal of Natural Fibers’ Open Access submission portal. Authors who submit after 24th May 2022 will, if their article is accepted, be required to pay an article publishing charge (APC), which can be covered by an author’s funder or institution. The publisher and editors have taken every step to ensure that APCs associated with Open Access publication do not become a prohibiting factor for publication of high-quality papers, with opportunities available for funding support.

Contribute to Journal of Natural Fibers

Journal of Natural Fibers is particularly interested in receiving manuscripts on:

  • New processing methods and techniques

  •  Economic aspects of processing natural raw materials

  • Sustainable agriculture and eco-friendly techniques that address environmental concerns

  •  The efficient assessment of the life cycle of natural fibers-based products

There is a comprehensive description of the journal scope as well as a clear set of instructions for authors in the  journal website.  

Interested authors should visit the Taylor & Francis Open Access Members and  Open Access Agreements pages to find out if they are based at an institution that may have funds available to authors wishing to publish in Journal of Natural Fibers. Interested readers may also want to sign up to receive  latest article alerts to keep up-to-date with the latest research published in the journal. 

We look forward to receiving your submissions and hope you join us to embrace  Journal of Natural Fiber’s Open Access future. 


Prof. Dr. R. Kozłowski graduated from A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland. He was director for scientific research of the governmental Institute of Natural Fibres, Poznań, Poland (1976 – 1987, and 2016 – 2017), and Director General of this Institute (1987 – 2008). From 2009 – 2016 he was a professor consultant at the Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants, Poznań. From 2009 – 2015 he served as scientific advisor at the Institute for Engineering of Polymer Materials and Dyes in Toruń. He has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Natural Fibers since 2004.

Other roles he holds include: Professor Honoris Causa of Pontifical Catholic University Ibarra, Ecuador; member of The Textile Institute (UK) honorary member of Council since 1988; coordinator of FAO ESCORENA European Cooperative Research Network on Flax and other Bast Plants; and coordinator of the ESCORENA Focal Point (European System of Cooperative Research Networks in Agriculture) under the auspices of the FAO.

He is the author of chapters in more than 30 books, and editor of books including Handbook of Natural Fibres, 2 volumes (2012, with a second updated edition published in January 2020), and Natural Fibers: Properties, Mechanical Behavior, Functionalization and Applications ( 2017) in which he also co-authored several chapters. He has co-authored more than 300 papers connected with natural fibrous materials, polymers, their technical application and modification, flame retardancy of natural and man-made fibres and derived products.

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Why publish open access?

  • Increase the visibility and readership of your research by publishing in a fully open access journal.

  • Make an impact beyond the academy by making your article accessible to anyone, anywhere (including readers in industry and even policy-makers).

  • Freely share your work with no restrictions or paywall.

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