American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine (AJLM), published bimonthly, is a professional resource for practitioners seeking to incorporate lifestyle practices into clinical medicine. AJLM focuses on:
- Recognizing and addressing the impact that lifestyle decisions and activities have on health
- Emphasizing the interaction between traditional therapies (e.g. pharmaceuticals, nutritional products, etc.) and lifestyle modalities to treat disease and achieve superior outcomes
- Highlighting and providing information about therapies that minimize the extent to which illness impacts lifestyle.
AJLM publishes a broad range of articles intended to help primary care providers and other health professionals guide their patients to lead healthier lifestyles. The journal provides commentaries and research reviews on nutrition and diet, physical activity, behavior change, cardiovascular disease, obesity, anxiety and depression, sleep problems, metabolic disease, and more—in a readable, immediately accessible, and usable format.
The journal is edited by Dr. James M. Rippe, a nationally renowned cardiologist and authority on health, fitness, healthy weight loss and lifestyle medicine. Author of over 42 books on health and fitness for the public and editor of leading medical textbooks in intensive care and lifestyle medicine, Dr. Rippe is the founder of Rippe Lifestyle Institute, a leading research, communication and health promotion organization. He is also the founder and director of the Rippe Health Evaluation, a series of comprehensive health evaluations conducted at the state-of-the-art medical facility in the town of Celebration, Florida.
A peer-reviewed professional resource, American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine covers topics including, but not limited to:
- Addictive disorders
- Allergies & respiratory infections
- Anxiety & depression
- Cardiovascular disease
- Coronary artery disease
- Dermatology & skin care
- Men’s health
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Nutrition & diet
- Obesity & weight management
- Pulmonary medicine
- Sleep disorders
- Sports medicine
- Women’s health
|James M. Rippe, MD||Rippe Lifestyle Institute, Shrewsbury, MA|
|Theodore J. Angelopoulos, PhD MPH||School of Health Sciences Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA, USA|
|Elizabeth A. Grady||Rippe Lifestyle Institute, Shrewsbury, MA|
|Wayne S. Dysinger, MD, MPH||Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, USA|
|Rob Lawson, BSc, MBChB, MRCGP, FRCGP||Cockenzie House and Gardens, UK|
|John Stevens, RN, PhD, FACN||Southern Cross University, Australia|
|Jinan Banna, PhD, RD, CDN||Assistant Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences|
|Henry R. Black, MD||New York University, Langone Medical Center, USA|
|Steven N. Blair, PED||University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC|
|Jonathan P. Bonnet||University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA|
|David R. Brown, PhD||Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA|
|Joseph Ciccolo, MD||Columbia University, New York, NY, USA|
|Ronald J. DeBellis, PharmD, FCCP||National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), Boston, MA, USA|
|Colin A. Depp, PhD||University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA|
|J. Larry Durstine, PhD||University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC|
|Johanna Dwyer, DSC, RD, LDN||Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA|
|Charles B. Eaton, MD, MS||Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket, RI, USA|
|Garry Egger, MPH, PhD||Centre for Health Promotion and Research, Australia; Southern Cross University, Australia|
|John P. Foreyt, PhD||Baylor College of Medicine Research Center, Houston, TX, USA|
|Barry A. Franklin, PhD, FACSM||Beaumont Health Center, Royal Oak, MI, USA|
|Elizabeth P. Frates, MD||Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Charlestown, MA, USA|
|Craig F. Garfield, MD, MAPP||Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA|
|Cynthia Johnson Geyer, MD||Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA, USA|
|Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD||University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, USA|
|George Guthrie, MD, MPH, CDE, CNS, FAAFP, FAALM||American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Chesterfield, MO, USA|
|Gregory A. Hand, PhD, MPH||University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC|
|Craig A. Johnston, PhD||University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA|
|David M. Joyner, MD, LLC||Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Gulf Breeze, FL, USA|
|Salvatore Lacagnina, DO||Lee Health, Fort Myers, FL, USA|
|Arthur S. Leon, MS, MD||University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA|
|Josh Lowndes, MA||Rippe Lifestyle Institute, Celebration, FL, USA|
|JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH||Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA|
|Bess H. Marcus, PhD||University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA|
|Jeffrey I. Mechanick, MD||The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, USA|
|Darren Morton, PhD, FASLM||Avondale College of Higher Education, Australia|
|Michael O'Donnell, PhD, MBA, MPH||American Journal of Health Promotion, Cleveland, OH, USA|
|Russ Pate, PhD||University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC|
|James O. Prochaska, PhD||University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA|
|William F. Rippe, MD||Heartland Clinic, St. Joseph, MO, USA|
|Thomas Rowland, MD||Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA, USA|
|Nancy Rudner Lugo, DrPH, RN||Health Action, Maitland, FL, USA|
|Veronica Schimp, DO||MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, Orlando, FL, USA|
|Richard Simpson, PhD||University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA|
|David Sleet, PhD, FAAHB||National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Atlanta, GA, USA|
|Gerald Smith, PhD, PT||University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA|
|Stefania Ubaldi, MD, PhD||European Lifestyle Medicine Organization, Geneva, Switzerland|
|Alan C. Utter, PhD, MPH, FACSM||Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX, USA|
|Nicole White, PharmD||Creighton University, Omaha, NE, USA|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ajlm to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
2. Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
2.7 Clinical trials
2.8 Reporting guidelines
7. Sage Choice
1.2 Article types
The Journal welcomes manuscripts in the following areas of interest:
• Editorials: 2–3 pages (1200 –1800 words)
• State of the Art Reviews: 8 – 12 pages (4800 –7200 words)
• Original Research Articles: Original, in-depth, clinical or basic science investigations that aim to change clinical practice or the understanding of a disease process. Article types include, but are not limited to, clinical trials, before-and-after studies, cohort studies, case-control studies, cross-sectional surveys, and diagnostic test assessments. 8 – 12 pages (4800 –7200 words)
1.3 Writing your paper
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 2 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:
• The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
• The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
• Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted
You will also be asked to nominate peers who you do not wish to review your manuscript (opposed reviewers).
Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite/reject any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.
The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.
The SAGE Track site for AJLM can be found here: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ajlm
Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:
(i) Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
(ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
(iii) Approved the version to be published,
(iv) Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
2.3.1 Writing assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).
It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
It is the policy of American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.
For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here
2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki
Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.
For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.
Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.
Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants
All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors.
2.7 Clinical trials
American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.
Angiology endorses the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment. However, consistent with the AllTrials campaign, retrospectively registered trials will be considered if the justification for late registration is acceptable. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.
2.8 Reporting guidelines
The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.
Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives
American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data. The editor can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at firstname.lastname@example.org
3.1 Publication ethics
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway
American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway
3.3 Open access and author archiving
American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
Use double spacing.
Arrange the manuscript with the following sections and begin each section on a separate page: (1) title page, (2) abstract, (3) key words, (4) text, (5) acknowledgments, (6) references, (7) glossary (if needed), (8) tables (each table on a separate page), (9) figures, and (10) legends.
All pages should be numbered consecutively, beginning with the title page, and the first author’s name and the page number should be included in the upper right corner of each page.
Abbreviated terms are spelled out at first use and followed with the abbreviation in parentheses. Avoid overuse of contrived abbreviations.
Written permission to use non-original material (quotations exceeding 100 words, any table or illustration) from both author and publisher of the original is included, and the source is credited in the manuscript. No article will be accepted as a submission to AJLM without all required permissions.
Title page. Include (1) the full title of the paper — short, clear, and specific; (2) authors’ full names; (3) degrees and institutional affiliation of all authors; (4) name, address (including zip code), e-mail address, and phone number of all contributing authors; and (5) a running title of 3 or 4 words. Indicate the author to whom communications should go to regarding the manuscript and reprint requests.
Abstract. Provide an article summary of 200 words or less.
Keywords. Include 4 to 5 key words.
Grant and other acknowledgments. Specify support of any work discussed, by a grant or otherwise, as well as the meeting, if any, at which the paper was presented (including place and date).
Double-space references throughout, number them in the sequence in which they appear in the text, and identify them in text by superscript Arabic numerals. Accuracy and completeness of references are the author’s responsibility. Format references per the American Medical Association Manual of Style. If there are more than 6 authors, the first 3 authors are used followed by “et al” including names and initials of all authors. Index Medicus abbreviations are used for journal titles, volume, inclusive page numbers, and year:
Mazze RI, Cousins MJ, Kosek JC. Strain differences in metabolism and susceptibility to the nephrotoxic effects of methoxyflurane in rats. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 1973;184:481-488.
Baston HC. An Introduction to Statistics in the Medical Services. Minneapolis, Minn: Burgess; 1956:110-114.
Cohen PJ, Marshall BE. Effects of halothane on respiratory control in rat liver mitochondria. In: Fink BR, ed. Toxicity of Anesthetics. Baltimore, Md: Williams and Wilkins; 1968:24-36.
Tables. Double space on pages separate from the text. Tables should not duplicate material text or illustrations.
Legends. Credit for any previously published illustration must be given in the corresponding legend. All symbols should be explained in the legend.
Electronic art. Acceptable file formats include the following: TIFF, EPS, JPEG, and PDF. Microsoft application files are acceptable for vector art (line art).
Scanned images. Line art (black and white) images should be scanned as a bitmap at 900ppi. Photos should be scanned as grayscale or CMYK at 300ppi.
4.4 Supplementary material
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files
4.5 English language editing services
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
5. Submitting your manuscript
American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ajlm to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Help.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE has become a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID
ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one.
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway
6.1 SAGE production
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.
6.2 Online First publication
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
6.4 Promoting your article
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos
7. SAGE Choice
If you or your funder wishes your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to the payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self/author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
Elizabeth A. Grady, Managing Editor