Rise above the gloom!

Oh dear! Looking back over the last few posts to this blog I detect a rather negative vibe being emitted. Put it down to the weather (the coldest British spring for 60 years, is now transforming into damp and only the occasional blue sky of summer) and an intensive period of marking examination papers. My … Continue reading Rise above the gloom!

Rejection without review- the Editor’s side of the story

In common with the majority of journals which publish high quality research, JHND receives many more articles than we could reasonably expect to publish and indeed, the ability to review all manuscripts received is limited. Like most of our competitors we find our team rejects a proportion of our papers without sending them for peer … Continue reading Rejection without review- the Editor’s side of the story

Still Not Significant

Prospective authors and students take note. Not significant means not significant, no matter how much you wish it otherwise.

Probable Error


What to do if your p-value is just over the arbitrary threshold for ‘significance’ of p=0.05?

You don’t need to play the significance testing game – there are better methods, like quoting the effect size with a confidence interval – but if you do, the rules are simple: the result is either significant or it isn’t.

So if your p-value remains stubbornly higher than 0.05, you should call it ‘non-significant’ and write it up as such. The problem for many authors is that this just isn’t the answer they were looking for: publishing so-called ‘negative results’ is harder than ‘positive results’.

The solution is to apply the time-honoured tactic of circumlocution to disguise the non-significant result as something more interesting. The following list is culled from peer-reviewed journal articles in which (a) the authors set themselves the threshold of 0.05 for significance, (b) failed to achieve that threshold value for…

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Our Journal Needs You!

Or rather, it needs your best manuscript submissions! The Journal of Human Nutrition publishes papers in the principal areas of: Clinical Nutrition Public Health Nutrition and Epidemiology Nutritional Science Dietetic Professional Practice JHND publishes review articles and original research papers (including Short Reports) in these areas. We particularly welcome systematic reviews and meta-analyses in these … Continue reading Our Journal Needs You!

Seven reasons why journals reject papers

Some interesting thoughts on why papers get rejected, from the University of Nottingham, School of Education


I’ve written about rejections several times, and most of this is scattered throughout the blog, so I thought it might be helpful to amalgamate the most important points together. All in one place.

There are some very common reasons why journal papers get rejected:

(1) They are overcrowded with ideas. They lack focus. Most journal papers have one point to make, they work with one idea, one angle.

(2) They don’t reassure the reader that the research is trustworthy, in other words, that it has been thorough and that it fits within a recognizable tradition of work. Different disciplines require different levels of detail about how the research was conducted, with whom or what, where, how often, how many … The vast majority of journals require something that is methodological and/or about methods.

(3) They don’t fit the journal. It’s very important to check out the specific journal…

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