There have been a number of changes at the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics over 2013. The main thing that most of you will notice is that the journal is now available only online, a change that may make it less visible to many BDA members. It is important to remember though, that JHND very much remains as the official BDA journal and is easy to access via this link. Bookmark it! 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 open-access collections of previously published papers, organised around specific themes.
You can also keep up with news about the journal via the Journal Editor blog, which is accessible via the journal home page. The blog provides summaries of new articles as they come on to Early View, stories about our progress towards JHND strategic targets and also features articles that may be of use to those involved in peer review (Guide to Peer Review), and who have or are considering submitting a manuscript (Guide for First Time Authors, Dealing with Rejection). I am also keen to have open dialogue with all members of the profession and the wider JHND readership about the future direction of the journal and welcome constructive comments posted on the blog. The Editor also tweets JHND news as @JHNDEditor.
JHND has recently published the second of its’ virtual issues, entitled “Qualitative methodology; obesity prevention and weight loss interventions”. Virtual issues are bundled collections of previously published papers, which have been made free to access. The new issue, edited by Dr Judy Swift, provides an overview of qualitative methodology and examples of how such approaches have been applied to obesity research. Obesity prevention and weight loss interventions require people to change their relationship with food, and success depends on how well these relationships are re-negotiated. Qualitative research is ideally suited for studying this complex and dynamic process as it investigates how and why people behave in certain ways.