The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) is starting Meat and Muscle Biology to be focused on edible products from commonly farmed and/or harvested meat animal species. The goal of this journal is to become the premier scientific journal for the world meat science community by offering a broad scope of peer-review manuscripts on meat and muscle biology. This journal is a gold open access online only journal that began accepting manuscripts for review October 26, 2016 and will start publishing journal issues in February 2017. Accepted papers will be published sequentially in one issue per year by Image Iowa State University Digital Press. 

Journal Scope

The purpose of Meat and Muscle Biology is to provide an appropriate medium for the dissemination of interdisciplinary and international knowledge on all antemortem and postmortem factors that influence the properties of meat that are marketed for human consumption. High quality, pertinent, and timely basic and applied research will be published on meat and muscle biology from domestic mammals, avians, aquaculture species, amphibians, wild capture mammals, and synthetic meat analogs. Topics can include any factors affecting meat and its use, including production, quality, composition, processing, safety, and value of edible products including muscle biology and biochemistry, human nutrition, food safety, sensory evaluation, consumer science, new or improved meat related analytical procedures, processing and sensing technologies, and marketing of meat products.

Types of papers considered for publication (all subject to peer review):

  • Original research articles
  • Review papers
  • RMC abstracts (as one paper)
  • Proceedings

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Frequently Asked Questions

Scientific Document Descriptions

Scientific Review

An article that provides an unbiased, scientific summary and presents the current state of
understanding of a topic. These articles are subject to peer review. Broadly speaking, these would
also include scoping reviews, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses. To be published in MMB.

Original (Primary) Research Article

These are articles that describe original work done by the authors. These articles include a description of the methodology that was used to generate the data in the paper. Typically, an original (primary) research article reports on a single study. These articles undergo traditional peer review and vetting. To be published in MMB.

Research Methods Guideline (Research Guide)

A document that provides current best practices for collecting data/conducting research on a
particular topic. It also includes references to original research that describes protocols that are
outlined in the research guide. It is not a review of the literature, but it could include elements of a
literature review. This document is subject to peer review. Could be published in MMB.

Fact Sheet

A short, unbiased, informational document that presents information in a way that communicates
key points very concisely. Fact sheets often use tables, graphs, pictures, etc., to summarize
information in a concise manner for quick reading. They reference key review articles and original
research papers and may include a list of recommended reading and resources. Some short RMC
proceedings papers may be more appropriate as fact sheets rather than scientific review papers. These
fact sheets would undergo peer review. To be formatted like AMSA fact sheets and to be published on the AMSA websites (RMC fact sheets would be published in App and with proceedings).


A highly visual, graphic representation of information, designed to convey information that the reader can consume quickly. They are often developed with the assumption that the reader is not highly familiar with the topic. Infographics are also effective to draw attention to published scientific research publications such as review articles, primary research papers, and fact sheets. To be formatted and published on the AMSA platforms/websites.

White Paper

A report (often commissioned by an organization) intended to give concise information about a specific topic and gives the issuing organization’s interpretation of the topic or issue. Approval by the Scientific Information and Education Committee is recommended. To be formatted and published as a PDF on the AMSA website.

Historical Review Documents

From the standpoint of AMSA, these documents serve to preserve and archive the history of the industry, and/or the association, its meetings, and its membership. To be formatted and published as a PDF on the AMSA website and made available for purchase on Lulu.com.

Manuscript Style Guide and Checklist

Editorial Board

Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan, Iowa State University, Editor In Chief

Surendranath Suman

Surendranath Suman, University of Kentucky, Associate Editor

Board Members

  • Mario Chizzotti, Ph.D., Department of Animal Science, Universidade Federal de Viçosa
  • Anna Dilger, Ph.D.,  University of Illinois
  • Andrea Garmyn, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Jean-François Hocquette, Ph.D., INRAE, Université Clermont Auvergne, VetAgroSup
  • Cheorun Jo, Ph.D., Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Seoul National University
  • Brad Kim, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Massimiliano Petracci, Ph.D., Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna
  • Ranjith Ramanathan, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
  • Argenis Rodas, Ph.D., University of Manitoba
  • Linda Saucier, Ph.D., Département des sciences animales, Université Laval
  • Jeffrey Savell, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
  • Wes Schilling, Ph.D., Mississippi State University
  • Phyllis Shand, Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan
  • Alex Stelzeni, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Robyn Warner, Ph.D., The University of Melbourne
  • Tommy Wheeler, USDA Agricultural Research Service
  • Qun Sun, Ph.D., College of Life Sciences, Sichuan University

MMB Publications

  1. Color Attributes and Glycolytic Energy Metabolites of Meat From Light and Heavy Bovine Feedlot Carcasses Stimulated With Low-Voltage Electricity 3/25/2021

    Babatunde Agbeniga, Edward C. Webb

    Read full article here on the official Meat and Muscle Biology site.

  2. Biochemical Factors Affecting East Asian Consumers’ Sensory Preferences of Six Beef Shank Cuts 3/25/2021

    Wan Jun Wu, Amelia A. Welter, Emily A. Rice, Brittany A. Olson, Travis G. O'Quinn, Elizabeth A. E. Boyle, Geraldine Magnin-Bissel, Terry A. Houser, Michael D. Chao

    Read full article here on the official Meat and Muscle Biology site.

  3. Postmortem Aging Time and Marbling Class Effects on Flavor of Three Muscles From Beef Top Loin and Top Sirloin Subprimals 3/25/2021

    D. Andy King, Steven D. Shackelford, Tommy L. Wheeler

    Read full article here on the official Meat and Muscle Biology site.

  4. The Influence of Maternal Dietary Intake During Mid-Gestation on Growth, Feedlot Performance, miRNA and mRNA Expression, and Carcass and Meat Quality of Resultant Offspring 3/25/2021

    Jose M. Gardner , Nikole E. Ineck, Shelby M. Quarnberg, Jerrad F. Legako, Chuck E. Carpenter, Kerry A. Rood, Kara J. Thornton-Kurth

    Read full article here on the official Meat and Muscle Biology site.

  5. Investigation of Smoked Beef Brisket Palatability from Three USDA Quality Grades 3/24/2021

    William Thomas Fletcher(Texas Tech University) , Andrea J. Garmyn (Texas Tech University)  , Jerrad F. Legako (Texas Tech University) , Dale R. Woerner (Texas Tech University) , Mark F. Miller (Texas Tech University)

    Read full article here on the official Meat and Muscle Biology site.

  6. Investigating the Etiology of Sour Knuckles in Postchilled Beef Carcasses 12/14/2020

    Authors: Tyler W. Thompson (Colorado State University) , Ifigenia Geornaras (Colorado State University) , Robert J. Delmore (Colorado State University) , Brian J. McFarlane (JBS USA) , Keith E. Belk (Colorado State University) , Mahesh N. Nair (Colorado State University) 

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  7. Fillet Dimensions and Meat Quality Attributes Associated With Woody Breast in Broilers 12/3/2020

    Authors: Barbara de Almeida Mallmann (University of Arkansas) , Guillermo Tellez-Isaias (University of Arkansas) , Andy Mauromoustakos (University of Arkansas) , Craig N. Coon (University of Arkansas) , Casey M. Owens (University of Arkansas)

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  8. Chemical Characterization and Sensory Relationships of Beef M. longissimus lumborum and M. gluteus medius Steaks After Retail Display in Various Packaging Environments 12/2/2020

    Authors: Jacqueline Ponce (Texas Tech University) , J. Chance Brooks (Texas Tech University) , Jerrad F. Legako (Texas Tech University) 

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  9. Effect of Woody Breast Condition on Instrumental Texture Characteristics of Poultry Deli Loaves 12/2/2020

    Authors: Juan P. Caldas-Cueva (University of Arkansas) , Clay J. Maynard (University of Arkansas) , Andy Mauromoustakos (University of Arkansas) , Casey M. Owens (University of Arkansas) 

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  10. Determination of Package and Muscle-Type Influence on Proteolysis, Beef-Flavor-Contributing Free Amino Acids, Final Beef Flavor, and Tenderness 12/1/2020

    Authors: Kelly R. Vierck (Texas Tech University) , Jerrad F. Legako (Texas Tech University)  , Jongkyoo Kim (Michigan State University) , Bradley J. Johnson (Texas Tech University) , J. C. Brooks (Texas Tech University)


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  11. Flavor, Tenderness, and Related Chemical Changes of Aged Beef Strip Loins 12/1/2020

    Authors: Blake A. Foraker (Colorado State University) , Devin A. Gredell (Colorado State University) , Jerrad F. Legako (Texas Tech University) , Richard D. Stevens (Texas Tech University) , J. Daryl Tatum (Colorado State University) , Keith E. Belk (Colorado State University) , Dale R. Woerner (Texas Tech University) 

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  12. Prediction of Whole Pork Loin and Individual Chops’ Intramuscular Fat Using Computer Vision System Technology 12/1/2020

    Authors: Jeng-Hung Liu (North Dakota State University) , David J. Newman (Arkansas State University) , Jennifer M. Young (North Dakota State University) , Xin Sun (North Dakota State University) 

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  13. Thermophysical Properties of Beef Steaks of Varying Thicknesses Cooked With Low and High Grill Surface Temperatures 12/1/2020

    Authors: ToniRae Gardner (Utah State University) , Kelly R. Vierck (Texas Tech University) , Silvana Martini (Utah State University) , Karin Allen (Utah State University) , Heng Ban (University of Pittsburgh) , Rhonda K. Miller (Texas A&M University) , Chris R. Kerth (Texas A&M University) , Jerrad F. Legako (Texas Tech University) 

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  14. Texture of Fermented Summer Sausage With Differing pH, Endpoint Temperature, and High Pressure Processing Times 5/1/2020

    Macc Rigdon, Harshavardhan Thippareddi, Robert W. McKee, Chevise L. Thomas, Alexander M. Stelzleni
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  15. Impact of Refrigerated Storage Time on Woody Broiler Breast Severity and Instrumental Quality 5/1/2020

    Michael Byron , Xue Zhang , Morgan Von Staden, Tessa Jarvis, Courtney Crist, Wei Zhai, Wes Schilling
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  16. Consumer Palatability of Beef Muscles From Australian and US Production Systems With or Without Enhancement 5/1/2020

    Andrea Garmyn, Lyda Garcia, Kari S. Spivey, Rod J. Polkinghorne, Mark Miller
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  17. A Survey of Microbial Communities on Dry-Aged Beef in Commercial Meat Processing Facilities 5/1/2020

    Rachel Capouya, Thomas Mitchell, Diana I. Clark, Daniel L. Clark ,Phillip Bass
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  18. Use of Nitrite-Embedded Packaging Film for Color Stability of Alternatively-Cured, Fully Cooked Bologna 5/1/2020

    Michael S. Cropp, James S. Dickson, Rodrigo Tarté, Joseph G. Sebranek
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  19. Effect of Extended Hanging Time on the Microbial Quality of Pork Carcasses and Blade Steaks 5/1/2020

    Francisco Najar-Villarreal, Elizabeth A. E. Boyle,Terry Houser, Randall Phebus,Christopher I. Vahl, John Gonzalez, Travis O'Quinn, John Wolf, Daniel Vega
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  20. Decontamination of Chicken Thigh Meat by Pulsed Ultraviolet Light 12/20/2019

    Joshua R. Cassar, Edward W. Mills, Jonathan A. Campbell and Ali Demirci
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  21. 2019 Reciprocal Meats Conference Abstracts 12/20/2019

    To view the abstracts from the 2019 RMC please click below.

    Read the abstracts here! 

  22. Do Published Cooking Temperatures Correspond with Consumer and Chef Perceptions of Steak Degrees of Doneness? 12/20/2019

    Lauren L. Prill, Lindsey N. Drey, Emily A. Rice, Brittany A. Olson, John M. Gonzalez, Jessie L. Vipham, Michael D. Chao, Phillip D. Bass, Michael J. Colle and Travis G. O'Quinn
    Read the article here! 

  23. The Effect of Aging/Freezing Sequence and Freezing Rate on Quality Attributes of Beef Loins (M. longissimus lumborum) 12/20/2019

    Derico Setyabrata, Jacob R. Tuell and Yuan H. Brad Kim
    Read the article here! 

  24. Utilization of Phosphate Alternatives in Marinated Chicken Breast and Chunked and Formed Deli Ham 12/20/2019

    C. S. Morris, Y. L. Campbell, B. S. Smith, S.G. Campano, J. B. Williams, T. Kim, Thu T. Dinh and M. W. Schilling
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  25. Cooking Method and USDA Quality Grade Affect Consumer Palatability and Flavor of Beef Strip Loin Steaks 12/6/2019

    Cesar A. Sepulveda, Andrea J. Garmyn, Jerrad F. Legako and Markus F. Miller

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  26. Effects of Oxygen Partial Pressure on 4-Hydroxy-2-Nonenal Induced Oxymyoglobin Oxidation 12/6/2019

    Frank Kiyimba, Thiago S. Belem, Mahesh N. Nair, Janet Rogers, Steven D. Hartson, Gretchen G. Mafi, Deborah L. VanOverbeke and Ranjith Ramanathan

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  27. The Effects of Enhancement Strategies of Beef Flanks on Composition and Consumer Palatability Characteristics 11/15/2019

    Sean J. Morrow, Andrea J. Garmyn, Nicholas C. Hardcastle, J. Chance Brooks and Markus F. Miller
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  28. Texture of Fermented Summer Sausage with Differing Ph, Endpoint Temperature, and High Pressure Processing Times 11/15/2019

    Macc Rigdon; Harshavardhan Thippareddi; Robert W McKee; Chevise L Thomas; A. M. Stelzleni
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  29. Effects of Increased Pork Hot Carcass Weights. I: Chop Thickness Impact on Consumer Visual Ratings Emily A. Rice et al. Click here to read more! 11/7/2019

    Emily A. Rice et al.
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  30. Effects of Increased Pork Hot Carcass Weights. II: Loin Quality Characteristics and Palatability Ratings 11/7/2019

    Emily A. Rice et al.
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  31. Carcass Yields and Physicochemical Meat Quality Characteristics of Namibian Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) as Influenced by Muscle, Sex and Age 10/23/2019

    Louwrens C. Hoffman, Diana L. van Schalkwyk, Nina M. Muller, Berndt J. van Rensburg and Kenneth W. McMillin
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  32. Smoked Sugar Improves Flavor Stability of Frozen Sliced Food Service Bacon 10/23/2019

    Allison Hobson, John M. Gonzalez, Travis O'Quinn, Elizabeth A. Boyle, J. Scott Smith, Faris A. Karim, Christopher I. Vahl, Robert Johnson and Terry A. Houser
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  33. Characterizing Ham and Loin Quality as Hot Carcass Weight Increases to an Average of 119 Kilograms 10/9/2019

    Hannah E. Price, Annie B. Lerner, Emily A. Rice, Jessica E. Lowell, Bailey N. Harsh, Kayla E. Barkley, Lauren T. Honegger, Elaine Richardson, Jason C. Woodworth, Mike D. Tokach, Steve S. Dritz, Robert D. Goodband, Joel M. DeRouchey, Travis G. O'Quinn, Matt W. Allerson, Brandon Fields, David A. King, Tommy L. Wheeler, Steven D. Shackelford, Anna C. Dilger and Dustin D. Boler
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  34. Product Yield and Fatty Acid Content of North Dakota Mule Deer, Elk, and Moose 10/9/2019

    DeMetris Reed, Jr., Paul T. Berg, Marty Marchello, Jennifer M. Young, and Eric P. Berg
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  35. Influence of postmortem aging and post-aging freezing on pork loin quality attributes 10/9/2019

    Matthew D. Schulte, Logan G. Johnson, Elizabeth A. Zuber, Brian M. Patterson, Amanda C. Outhouse, Christine A. Fedler, Edward M. Steadham, David A. King, Kenneth J. Prusa, Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan and Steven M. Lonergan
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