Childhood Obesity and Nutrition

Childhood Obesity and Nutrition

Goutham Rao University Hospital Case Medical Center (Cleveland, OH)

eISSN: 23816635 | ISSN: 24693006 | Current volume: 7 | Current issue: 6 Frequency: Bi-monthly

Childhood Obesity and Nutrition (OBN) is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes research to advance the field of pediatric obesity and nutrition. Articles are normally published online within 20 days acceptance.

FOR AUTHORS: Childhood Obesity and Nutrition is an Open Access Journal. For all manuscripts submitted in 2016, the introductory article processing charge (APC) will be $750, discounted from the regular fee of $1500.

We seek original research papers, comprehensive narrative reviews with a specific clinical focus, commentaries, case reports, and other types of articles (Please check with editor). Areas of focus for the journal include, but are not limited to:

Advances in pediatric nutrition, nutrition education, nutrition practice, and nutrition public policy.

Interventions designed to promote healthier lifestyles, healthier weights, or positive metabolic changes among children and adolescents.

Descriptive and observational studies of physiological, psychological, metabolic, social, and related aspects of overweight and obesity among children.

We are especially interested in health services research papers related to nutrition and obesity among children. We are also very interested in papers which describe the impact of public policies designed to improve the nutrition profiles and weight status of children.

As our scope is broad we invite papers from a wide range of disciplines including nutrition, epidemiology, education, psychology, nursing, primary care and specialty care medicine, public policy, etc. Articles should be written in a way that is interesting and easy to understand for a broad audience from the disciplines listed above.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Childhood Obesity and Nutrition has deliberately adopted a broad scope of publication, as the field is changing rapidly. Furthermore, many disciplines are contributing to new scientific knowledge in the areas of pediatric nutrition, overweight, and obesity, and obesity-related co-morbidities.

Goutham Rao, MD University Hospital Case Medical Center (Cleveland, OH)
Editorial Board
Linda Heller, MS, RD, CSP, CLE Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, USA
Aaron Kelly, PhD University of Minnesota
Jessica Kerr, PhD Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia
Jodi Krall, PhD Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, USA
Kate Lycett, PhD Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Childhood Obesity and Nutrition


    1) Open Access

    2) Article Processing Charge (APC)

    3) Article types

    4) Editorial policies

    4.1) Peer Review Policy

    4.2) Authorship

    4.3) Acknowledgments

    4.4) Funding

    4.5) Declaration of conflicting interests

    4.6) Research ethics and patient consent

    4.7) Clinical Trials

    4.8) Reporting guidelines

    5) Publishing policies

    5.1) Publication ethics

    5.2) Contributor’s publishing agreement

    5.3) Permissions

    6) Preparing your manuscript

    6.1) Word processing formats

    6.2) Artwork, figures and other graphics

    6.3) Supplementary material

    6.4) Journal layout

    6.5) Reference style

    6.6) English language editing services

    7) Submitting your manuscript

    7.1) How to submit your manuscript

    7.2) Title, keywords and abstracts

    7.3) Corresponding author contact details

    8) On acceptance and publication

    8.1) SAGE Production

    8.2) Continuous publication

    9) Further information


    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site 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 Childhood Obesity and Nutrition will be reviewed.

    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.

    1. Open Access

    Childhood Obesity and Nutrition is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of Article Processing Charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.

    For general information on open access at SAGE please visit the Open Access page or view our Open Access FAQs.

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    2. Article Processing Charge (APC)

    If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time Article Processing Charge (APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.

    An introductory Article Processing Charge (APC) of $750 discounted from the full rate of $1500 is available for a limited time.

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    3. Article types



    Original Research Papers: These include intervention studies, observational studies, systematic reviews/meta-analyses and are normally 2500- 3000 words in length.

    State-of-the-Art Narrative Reviews: These are comprehensive reviews of specific relevant topics such as: “Overview of bariatric surgery for adolescents”; “Binge eating disorder in adolescents”; “Overview of food labeling requirements in countries with a high prevalence of childhood obesity.” The topic for a narrative review should be discussed and approved by the Editor-in-Chief prior to submission. Many narrative reviews will be solicited directly by the editor. Narrative reviews are normally 3500-4000 words in length.

    Commentaries: Commentaries may be submitted directly or solicited, and should address an important and timely issue in the fields of pediatric nutrition and obesity. Commentaries are normally no longer than 1500 words in length.

    Education and Policy Focus Articles: These are descriptions of nutrition and obesity education programs for students, health care professionals and others and also descriptions of new public policies designed to improve nutrition and weight status among children. Education and policy focus article should include a description of:

    a) The need or rationale for the program or policy.

    b) The process through which the program or policy was developed, implemented, and evaluated (or will be evaluated)

    c) The challenges faced in development of the program or policy.

    d) The generalisability of the program or policy to other settings.

    e) The projected long-term implications/impact of the program or policy.

    Books & DVDs: 1 to 3 pages, 500 words minimum
    Web sites: 1 paragraph to ½ page, 100 words minimum

    Equipment: 2-4 pages, 1200 words minimum
    Usage techniques, the latest and most effective products

    Product Reviews: 1-3 pages, 500 words minimum
    New products & services. Include product/service name, intended Purpose, primary features and benefits, user assessment, company/organization Web site or contact information, and a conflict of interest disclosure statement.

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    4. Editorial policies

    4.1 Peer review policy

    The cover letter is important. To help the Editor in his preliminary evaluation, please indicate why you think the paper suitable for publication. If your paper should be considered for fast-track publication, please explain why. The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. Childhood Obesity and Nutrition utilizes a double-blind peer review process in which the reviewer and author’s names and information are withheld from the other. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editor who then makes the final decision.


    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 3 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

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

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    4.2 Authorship

    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 and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,

    (ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,

    (iii) Approved the version to be published.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
    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.


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    4.3 Acknowledgements

    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.

    4.3.1 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.


    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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    4.4 Funding

    Childhood Obesity & Nutrition 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.

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    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Childhood Obesity and Nutrition 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.

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    4.6 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.

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    4.7 Clinical trials

    Childhood Obesity and Nutrition 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.

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    4.8 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 Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) flow chart as a cited figure, and a completed CONSORT checklist as a supplementary file.

    Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives

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    4.9 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    Childhood Obesity and Nutrition 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(s) [can/will] 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.

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    5. Publishing policies

    5.1 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.

    5.1.1 Plagiarism

    Childhood Obesity and Nutrition 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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

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    5.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Childhood Obesity and Nutrition publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard Childhood Obesity and Nutrition license is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC 3.0), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page

    Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request.

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    5.3 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining 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 visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Preparing your manuscript

    6.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

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    6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines

    Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.

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    6.3 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. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

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    6.4 Journal layout

    Childhood Obesity and Nutrition conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE House Style.

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    6.5 Reference style

    Childhood Obesity and Nutrition adheres to the American Medical Association’s Manual of Style (AMA) reference style. If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the AMA output file here.

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    6.6 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.

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    7. Submitting your manuscript

    7.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Childhood Obesity and Nutrition is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit 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 Online Help.

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    7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    7.3 Corresponding author contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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    8. On acceptance and publication

    If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been check for SAGE Production, the corresponding author will be asked to pay the Article Processing Charge (APC) via a payment link. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online within an average of 25 working days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the APC has been received.

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    8.1 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.

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    8.2 Continuous publication

    One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no issues to fill and no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download. Check the ‘Latest Articles’ tab on the journal website for the latest published content. Articles are batched bi-monthly, and are then available in the Archive.

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    9. Further Information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office.

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