2013- a new year at JHND

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There have been a number of changes at the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics over the last few months. A new year brings about changes to the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, not least the beginning of my term as the Editor-in-Chief for the journal. I would very much like to take this opportunity to thank my predecessor, Dr Ailsa Brotherton, for setting in motion a number of excellent initiatives which I will hopefully be able to capitalize on during my tenure in post. I wish her well with her new role.

As the new Editor-in-Chief my top priority is for the journal to strive for international quality and a stronger reputation in the field. Achievement of this will require Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics to become a more attractive destination for authors, across the full range of our disciplines. One of the first steps towards this will be achieving  a major improvement in the time taken to reach initial decisions on submissions. My aim is for this time to first decision to reduce to no more than 6 weeks over the course of this year. Coupled with the availability of Early View this means that a significant number of papers should be available for access within a few months of submission. Whilst there are no plans to radically change the scope of the journal, the current issue clearly illustrates the commitment of Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics to publish more than research with a clinical and professional focus. An existing theme which we would especially like to expand within the journal is Nutritional Sciences, where we would particularly welcome submissions which focus on experimental studies in humans and basic science papers relevant to the discipline.

In addition to my new position in the hot seat at JHND  we have made a number of changes to the Editorial Board and team of Associate Editors. I would like to welcome Prof. Kevin Whelan to his role as Associate Editor-in-Chief and Dr Sorrel Burden as a new Associate Editor. The final composition of the Editorial Board is yet to be agreed and I will provide an update in due course.

The biggest change for 2013 is that the journal is now available (to most people) only online, having previously been a printed journal distributed to libraries and BDA members. Papers accepted for publication in the journal appear on the website ahead of formal publication as part of our Early View section. On the website you will find back-issues of the journal and also our new Virtual Issues, which are collections of previously published papers, organised around specific themes.

Table of Contents for issue 26 (1) to be published in January 2013.

S. Langley-Evans. Editorial. Ringing the changes at the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

J. L. Miller, C. H. Lynn, J. Shuster and D. J. Driscoll. A reduced-energy intake, well-balanced diet improves weight control in children with Prader-Willi syndrome.

M. Zarkadas, S. Dubois, K. MacIsaac, I. Cantin, M. Rashid, K. C. Roberts, S. La Vieille, S. Godefroy and O. M. Pulido. Living with coeliac disease and a gluten-free diet: a Canadian perspective.

H. A. H. Wijnhoven, M. R. de Boer, M. J. van Maanen, D. M. van Dongen, S. F. Kraaij, T. Smit and M. Visser. Reproducibility of measurements of mid-upper arm circumference in older persons.

J. R. Steele, R. J. Meskell, J. Foy and A. E. Garner. Determining the osmolality of over-concentrated and supplemented infant formulas.

A.-M. Simunaniemi, M. Nydahl and A. Andersson. Cluster analysis of fruit and vegetable-related perceptions: an alternative approach of consumer segmentation.

G. Turconi, M. Rossi, C. Roggi and L. Maccarini. Nutritional status, dietary habits, nutritional knowledge and self-care assessment in a group of older adults attending community centres in Pavia, Northern Italy.

C. Sanhueza, L. Ryan and D. R. Foxcroft. Diet and the risk of unipolar depression in adults: systematic review of cohort studies.

D. C. S. James. Weight loss strategies used by African American women: possible implications for tailored messages.

S. Sawkill, E. Sparkes and K. Brown. A thematic analysis of causes attributed to weight gain: a female slimmer’s perspective.

A. Pridgeon and K. Whitehead. A qualitative study to investigate the drivers and barriers to healthy eating in two public sector workplaces.

L. M. Aston, J. N. Smith and J. W. Powles. Meat intake in Britain in relation to other dietary components and to demographic and risk factor variables: analyses based on the National Diet and Nutrition Survey of 2000/2001

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