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Featured collection: Special issue on sex and gender differences

Nutrition Journal has launched a special issue on sex and gender differences on dietary intake and other dietary behaviors across the life course. 

The special issue is open to submissions until the end of December 2020. More information about the scope and the submitting process can be found here. The special issue is guest-edited by Professor Clare Collins from the University of Newcastle in Australia.

Featured collection: Special issue on food, health, and environmental sustainability

The first batch of articles in the Special Issue on Food, health, and environmental sustainability have been published. The special issue is co-guest-edited by Dr. Sharon Kirkpatrick at University of Waterloo in Canada and Dr. Camille Lassale at Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) in Spain.

Announcing the launch of In Review

Nutrition Journal, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

  • Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
  • Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
  • Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received 


COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

Aims and scope

Nutrition Journal publishes novel surveillance, epidemiologic, and intervention research that sheds light on i) influences (e.g., familial, environmental) on eating patterns; ii) associations between eating patterns and health, and iii) strategies to improve eating patterns among populations. The journal also welcomes manuscripts reporting on the psychometric properties (e.g., validity, reliability) and feasibility of methods (e.g., for assessing dietary intake) for human nutrition research. In addition, study protocols for controlled trials and cohort studies, with an emphasis on methods for assessing dietary exposures and outcomes as well as intervention components, will be considered. The journal does not consider animal studies.

Featured article

The effects of nudges on purchases, food choice, and energy intake or content of purchases in real-life food purchasing environments: a systematic review and evidence synthesis

Published on 17 September 2020

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Meet the Co-Editors-in-Chief

Xiang Gao, MD, PhD, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Professor and Director, Nutritional Epidemiology Lab, the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) 

Dr Gao is the PSU Schreyer Xiang GaoDistinguished Honors Faculty since 2019. Formerly, he was Assistant Professor (2010-2014) and Instructor (2009) at Harvard Medical School.  His research interests include nutritional epidemiology, neurological diseases (eg, Parkinson disease, cognitive function, and sleep disorders), and global health. He has served as the Principal Investigator of several NIH-funded R01/R21/R03 projects since 2009. He has published more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals and served on several national committees, including Institute of Medicine, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and Parkinson Study Group.  

Dr. Gao won the Irwin H. Rosenberg Pre-doctoral Award from the Jean Mayor USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts(2006), the Wayne A. Hening Sleep Medicine Investigator Award from the American Academy of Neurology (2011), the Leadership/Expertise Alumni Award from the Tufts Nutrition School (2012), and the Samuel Fomon Young Physician Investigator Award from American Society for Nutrition(2015). He was selected into the Tufts Honorable Alumni Registry in 2015.   

Dr. Gao received his M.S. in Epidemiology from Peking Union Medical College and his M.D. from Shanghai Second Medical University. He received his Ph.D. in nutritional epidemiology from Tufts University. 

Shivani Sahni, Ph.D., Co-Editor-in-Chief

Director, Nutrition Program and Associate Scientist, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging ResearchShivani Sahni, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Sahni is a Nutritional Epidemiologist interested in determining the role of nutrition on chronic diseases of aging such as osteoporosis and sarcopenia, and consequent frailty. She directs the Nutrition Program at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research in Boston, MA, USA and also holds the position of Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sahni received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Nutritional Epidemiology from Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA. She also holds a Master’s degree in Dietetics from Delhi University, Delhi, India. Previously Dr. Sahni served on the joint editorial board of the British Journal of Nutrition and the Journal of Nutritional Science.

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