Statement of Scope
Mission and Distinctive Features
Current Developments in Nutrition (CDN) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that strives to briskly review, publish, and disseminate high-quality research in nutritional sciences. CDN offers extra value to authors and readers by providing:
- A broad scope encompassing the breadth of nutrition research
- A simple submission process
- A rapid review process (in most cases, limited to one revision)
- Alternative article-level metrics (using Altmetrics)
- Means for authors to collaborate, share data, and share information about their published works on scholarly collaboration networks
- Accelerated dissemination: articles will be published online as soon as they are accepted and will be made immediately available to the global research community
- Publishing innovation—CDN will provide a platform for publishing innovation, to attentively serve the needs of authors and readers, and advance the scholarship of nutritional sciences
Statement of Scope
CDN adds many new areas of content to the portfolio offered by ASN journals (see selected list below). The scope of CDN, includes multiple animal species and ranges from deep, mechanistic studies at molecular/biochemical and cellular levels to whole-body metabolism, clinical health, fitness, and population health. This breadth directly supports ASN’s translational nutrition mission to extend knowledge through basic, multidisciplinary, and clinical research to improve public health and clinical practice worldwide. Areas of new and added emphasis include: food and nutrition policy; eating behavior and qualitative assessments; implementation science and intervention program methods and outcomes; evaluation/validation studies of dietary/nutrition methods; human food and animal feed composition; agricultural and food-system methods affecting nutritional value; processing, packaging, and storage effects on nutritional value; animal nutrition (e.g., agricultural and companion animals and aquaculture); nutrition education; nutrition and exercise physiology. The journal also welcomes research manuscript submissions on the topics identified as key research priorities by the ASN Nutrition Research Needs working group(1):
- Variability in individual responses to diet and foods
- The impact of nutrition throughout the life cycle, including on healthy growth, development, and reproduction
- Understanding the role of nutrition in medical nutrition therapy
- Understanding the role of nutrition in disease prevention
- Understanding nutrition-related behaviors
- Understanding the impact of food supply and food environment.
In addition to original research articles, other article types published in CDN include brief communications; reports on research methodology and study design; commentaries; reviews; and supplements.
Article Types Not Accepted
The following article types are not accepted by CDN:
- Hypothesis or proposal papers
- Reports on experiments that are statistically underpowered
- Previously published work or derivatives thereof
Research papers will be reviewed with ASN’s traditionally rigorous peer review of the technical aspects of research. However, CDN will place comparatively less emphasis on gauging the novelty and potential impact of a paper, leaving this to be determined by CDN readership. Furthermore, CDN welcomes a broader spectrum of articles in the field of nutrition.
Original Research Subject Headings are:
- Animal nutrition (agricultural & companion animals & aquaculture)
- Bioactive food components & dietary supplements
- Community & global nutrition
- Eating behavior & qualitative assessments
- Food & agricultural sustainability
- Food composition, nutritional value & toxicology
- Genomics, proteomics, & metabolomics
- Geriatric nutrition
- Implementation science
- Intervention program methods & outcomes
- Maternal & pediatric nutrition
- Microbiome, metagenomics, metaproteomics, & xenometabolomics
- Nutritional biochemistry & physiologic mechanisms
- Nutritional epidemiology & public health
- Nutritional immunology & food allergies
- Nutritional requirements & status
- Nutrition & cognitive function
- Nutrition & exercise physiology
- Nutrition & intestinal physiology
- Nutrition education
- Nutrition in health & disease
- Processing, packaging, & storage effects on nutritional value
- Protein, carbohydrate & fat metabolism
- Research methodology & study design
- Vitamins & minerals
Five Areas of new and Added-Emphasis
1) Research Methodology and Study Design
Manuscripts on research methodology and study design provide readers with new tools to conduct their research and place a strong emphasis on the immediate practical relevance of the approach. Description of the method must be accompanied by its validation, its application to an important biological or policy question. Results could illustrate its performance in comparison to available approaches. Manuscripts that present innovative approaches to collection, synthesis, analysis, and evaluation of existing data as they relate to a broad spectrum of nutrition research are encouraged. Manuscripts that describe novel study designs and qualitative and quantitative instruments that have application and relevance for future nutrition research activities also will be considered. Study designs need to include discussion of modifications made to the design upon study implementation.
2) Implementation Science
These articles will allow for reporting on methodologically sound process and impact evaluations of programs at scale. Smaller scale interventions with clear implications for scaling up of nutrition and food security programs across the globe also will be considered. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods studies are allowed. Program costing and cost-effectiveness studies of relevance for scaling up will be considered. Studies that develop or test innovative scaling up frameworks based on sound empirical evidence are encouraged.
3) Food and Nutrition Policy
Manuscripts are welcome which discuss the links between emerging nutrition science and design and/or implementation of food and nutrition policies and programs. The focus can be either US or international with a particular interest in delivery science. Specific topics might include the effects of multi-sectoral policies and programs on diet and nutritional status, effects of nutrition assistance programs on overweight and obesity, methods for assessing the food security and nutrition impact of the sustainable development goals, innovative strategies for improving the effects of agricultural policies and programs on diet diversity and nutritional status, effective strategies for reaching target populations and/or modifications of food systems for improved diet. Explicit presentation and discussion of study methods, analytical approach, primary and secondary outcomes are essential.
4) Brief Communications
A) Research Reports. Manuscripts that concisely describe studies that are complete but limited in scope can be published as a research report. They explore topics with customary scientific rigor, but do not need extensive analysis and discussion of the data or they have useful information that is not sufficient for a full article. Statistically underpowered studies will not be published. Research reports will follow standard research article format but will be limited to 2000 words, including an unstructured abstract (<150 words) and a combined maximum of 2 figures/tables and <30 references.
B) Case Study Reports. Concise reports of novel or unusual findings that contribute to the nutrition knowledge base in a manner that might change clinical practice or prompt new studies will be considered. The educational and/or clinical impact of the report and its potential influence on practice should be emphasized and should be highlighted in a cover letter from the author(s). The report should begin with a succinct explanation of the general medical condition or concern to set the case in context, followed by (de-identified) information about the patient, the nature of interventions/ therapies employed, the clinical findings, and a discussion of lessons learned. Manuscripts can be up to 1500 words and can include 1-2 figures/tables and <15 references.
5) Food/Feed Composition, Nutritional Value & Toxicology
Manuscripts reporting the chemical composition and nutritional value of human foods and animal feedstuffs will be considered. Contents of dietary essential and non-essential nutrients as well as potentially bioactive and anti-nutrient substances are appropriate. Beyond chemical composition, reports examining the effects of environmental conditions, processing, packaging, storage, etc. on composition stability and impacts on nutritional value may be reported. A thorough and complete description of sampling is required. Methodologic details of representative sampling, sample size and analytical replication must be clearly reported. Use of standardized analytic methods (AOAC, ISO) should cite specific protocols.
Rigorous, balanced reviews on current topics of interest to the field are welcome, as are reviews of important people and events in the history of nutrition research.
Sponsored supplement publications containing articles derived from symposia or workshops also may be published in CDN. Prior approval is required before submission of journal supplements. For more information, please click here or contact Sarah McCormack, American Society for Nutrition, 9211 Corporate Blvd., Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20850. Phone: 240-428-3616; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solicited editorials and commentaries and unsolicited perspectives and opinions will be considered for publication.
Errata and Retractions
When necessary to correct an error in a published manuscript, the corresponding author may submit an erratum for publication in CDN via the manuscript submission system (log in to the author area, click on "submit a new manuscript" and choose the Article Type, "erratum").
The erratum will be reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief and should include the full citation of the original article and explain the change or correction needed to the original published version. If the erratum includes a change in authorship, the Change of Authorship (2) form must be completed, signed by all authors, and submitted as instructed on the form. Author processing charges will not be assessed unless the erratum is lengthy and due to authors' errors.
As recommended in the Committee on Publication Ethics Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers (3), and supported by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (4), when ASN is made aware of cases of suspected research and publication misconduct, ASN holds the right to publish an Expression of Concern during an investigation, and, depending on the outcome of the investigation, to retract articles.
When ASN has content appropriate for CDN’s broad audience, the society occasionally will publish content independent of the journal’s editorial review. This content will be clearly marked as From the American Society for Nutrition (rather than from the journal).
Last updated November 21, 2016