Change in guidance for authors

The Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics is committed to ensuring full and accurate reporting of research methods to ensure quality and integrity of the research we publish. With effect from December 2014 we will introduce the requirement for research manuscripts to conform to specific guidelines. Articles that do not fulfill this requirement will not be considered for publication.

 

Randomised controlled trials

We strongly welcome the submission of randomized controlled trials. Articles which are reporting the findings of randomised controlled trials involving human subjects must comply with the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) guidelines. The guidelines can be accessed at http://www.consort-statement.org and authors should include a completed CONSORT checklist and flow diagram with their manuscript submission (the flowchart should be included as a figure within the paper, but the checklist will not be published) and include a statement about compliance with the guidelines within the methods section of the work. Manuscripts should include the term “randomised controlled trial” in their title

 

Observational studies

Articles which report the findings of observational epidemiological studies (cross-sectional, case-control, cohort studies) must comply with the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) guidelines. The guidelines can be accessed at http://www.strobe-statement.org  and authors should include a completed STROBE checklist  with their manuscript submission (this will not be published as part of the paper) and include a statement about compliance with the guidelines within the methods section of the work. Manuscripts should include the study design (e.g. a case-control study) within their title.

 

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses

The journal publishes systematic review articles and meta-analyses and endorses the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) Statement, a guideline to help authors report a systematic review and meta-analysis. Systematic review or meta-analysis should follow the PRISMA guidelines (http://prisma-statement.org). Every systematic review/meta-analysis should be submitted along with a copy of the PRISMA checklist, that clearly indicates where in the manuscript each of the PRISMA recommendations are addressed. The PRISMA checklist can be downloaded from http://www.prisma-statement.org/statement.htm. When submitting a systematic review/meta-analysis, the PRISMA checklist can be uploaded included in the covering letter to the editor. Please note, the checklist is a guide for the authors and peer-reviewers, but will not be published. Manuscripts should include the term “systematic review” or “meta-analysis” in their title.

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