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FSTA® - Find and explore a world of expert research on the sciences of food and health

Trusted by researchers, scientists, students and government bodies across the globe, FSTA is the definitive way to search over fifty years of historic and emerging food-focused research.

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LibGuides - Guides and resources for researchers, students and librarians

Build essential skills with our guides for effective literature searching and publishing in journals, and explore FSTA promotional and training resources for researchers and librarians.

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1968

International Food Information Service founded

1969

Food Science and Technology Abstracts (FSTA) is first published in print

2005

FSTA has grown to 25,000+ records a year

2011

ifis.org launched

2012

FSTA includes its 1,000,000th entry

2018

IFIS celebrates its 50th birthday

2020

Journal Recommendation Service (JRS) released

Welcome to your home for resources on food and health information

Whether you’re a scientist, researcher, student or professional in the food, drink and health industries, it can be difficult to source specialist information that you know can be trusted.

That’s why at IFIS we’re committed to making it easy to discover and explore expert research without compromising scientific integrity, accuracy or excellence. In the 50 years since we were founded as the International Food Information Service, we’ve been working to help further learning and development in the sciences of food and health.

IFIS is a not-for-profit academic publishing organisation and one of the leading international providers of high-quality information in the sciences of food and health.

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You’re in good company when you trust in IFIS

From the organisations funding today’s research and universities educating the scientists who will discover tomorrow’s breakthroughs to the government agencies overseeing legislative changes, IFIS helps power every corner of the sciences of food and health.

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Proudly providing access to developing countries

IFIS is committed to improving knowledge of the food and health sciences in developing countries and provides free or low-cost access through the Research4Life programmes, HINARI, AGORA, ARDI and OARE.

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Get the best results out of FSTA with our free resources

We offer free training webinars and resources to help you make the most of your access to FSTA.

  • Materials tailored to EBSCO, Ovid and Web of Science
  • Short videos on specific topics or full training sessions 
  • Downloadable pdfs of key tips
  • Schedule for training webinars

Visit the FSTA User Training hub

Get direct advice with Ask an Expert!

Our Ask an Expert resource gives you the opportunity to ask us a question directly on a range of topics, such as how to search effectively, how to carry out literature reviews, and guidance on publishing your research.

Not only can you submit your own question to us, but you can also take a look at our bank of previously asked questions.


Read our previously asked questions and submit your own

Recommend a student for our student advisory board

IFIS are launching our first ever Student Advisory Group. 

As such, we are looking for promising students in the sciences of food and health, who have access to FSTA through their university, to apply or be nominated to join this exciting new group. 

Know someone who would flourish as a member?

Nominate a student for the board