International Journal of Eating Disorders

Cover image for Vol. 47 Issue 6

Edited By: Ruth Striegel Weissman

Impact Factor: 2.877

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 20/114 (Psychology Clinical); 22/75 (Psychology); 23/76 (Nutrition & Dietetics); 33/121 (Psychiatry (Social Science)); 49/135 (Psychiatry)

Online ISSN: 1098-108X

Author Guidelines

Content Types
Preparation of Manuscript
       (1) Title page
       (2) Abstract
       (3) Text
       (4) References
       (5) Appendices
       (6) Footnotes
       (7) Tables
       (8) Figure captions
      (9) Acknowledgement/Disclosure of Conflicts
Manuscript Form and Presentation
Copyediting Guideline
NIH Public Access Mandate
Production Questions


The journal accepts for review manuscripts that have not been published or are not currently elsewhere under review.


Manuscripts published by IJED include: (1) Original Articles; (2) Brief Reports; (3) Critical analysis and Synthesis (reviews, articles on methodology or theoretical articles); (4) Commentaries; (5) Clinical Case Reports; (6) “An Idea Worth Researching;” and (7) Letters to the Editor. All word limits relate to the body of the text (i.e., not including abstract, references, tables or figures). These are maximum lengths, and authors are encouraged to keep their reports as short as possible while communicating clearly. The review criteria will include appropriateness of length.

To summarize, the article types are:

(1) Empirical Articles reporting substantive research that is novel, definitive or complex enough to require a longer communication.
            Word Limit: 7,000 words, excluding abstract, references, tables and figures
            Abstract: 250 words
            References: 40
            Figures/Tables: a maximum of 8 essential tables/figures, overall  

(2) Brief Reports of research that can be communicated relatively succinctly, including straightforward research designs, pilot studies and replications.
            Word Limit: 1,500 words, excluding abstract, references, tables and figures
            Abstract: 200 words
            References: 20
            Figures/Tables: a maximum of 2 essential tables/figures, overall  

(3) Critical Analysis and Synthesis/Review articles critically review the status of a given research area and propose new directions for research and/or practice. Both narrative and meta-analytic review papers are welcomed if they review a literature that is advanced and/or developed to the point of warranting a review of existing studies. Reviews of topics with a limited number of studies are unlikely to be deemed as substantive enough for a Critical Analysis and Synthesis Review paper.
            Word Limit: 7,000 words, excluding abstract, references, tables and figures
            Abstract: 250 words
            References: 100
            Figures/Tables: no maximum, but should be appropriate to the material covered  

(4) Commentaries are written only at the invitation of the Editors, when multiple perspectives on or critical appraisal of an article would assist in placing that article in context.
            Word Limit: 800 - 1,500 words, excluding abstract, references, tables and figures
            Abstract: no abstract
            References: 5, using the footnote format rather than the journal’s standard format
            Figures/Tables: none  

(5) Clinical Case Reports detail key elements of cases where there is novelty in the presentation, pathology or treatment, and where that novelty will inform clinicians and researchers about rare presentations or novel ideas. This category will often be appropriate to rare biological or psychological presentations. Every effort should be taken to ensure the anonymity of the patient concerned, and any clinicians not involved as authors. If there is any potentially identifiable information, then it is the responsibility of the authors to seek and obtain approval from the local Institutional Review Board (IRB) (or equivalent) for the case to be reported, and a copy of that approval should be made available to the Editor on request.
            Word Limit: 3,000 words, excluding abstract, references, tables and figures
            Abstract: 150 words
            References: 20
            Figures/Tables: a maximum of 2 essential tables/figures, overall  

(6) “An idea Worth Researching” is a format where authors propose an idea that may not yet have adequate empirical support or be ready for full empirical testing, but hold great promise for advancing our understanding of eating disorders. Authors are encouraged to write a piece that is bold, forward looking, and suggestive of new and exciting avenues for research and/or practice in the field.
            Word Limit: 1,500 words maximum, excluding abstract, references, tables and figures
            Abstract: no abstract
            References: 5 maximum, in footnote format
            Figures/Tables: a maximum of 2 essential tables/figures, overall  

(7) Letters to the Editor should address key issues raised by articles in the previous edition of the journal. To facilitate such dialogue, letters need to be submitted within one week of the edition of the journal that they refer to.
            Word Limit: 500 words maximum
            Abstracts: no abstract
            References: 3 maximum, in footnote format.
            Figures/Tables: None


General Format

Manuscripts must be typed in English and double-spaced throughout, with margins of at least one inch at the top, bottom, and both sides of each page. All manuscripts are subject to copyediting; however, it is the primary responsibility of the authors to proofread thoroughly and ensure correct spelling and punctuation, completeness and accuracy of references, clarity of expression, thoughtful construction of sentences, and legible appearance prior to the manuscript's submission. Preferred spelling follows Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary or Webster's Third New International Dictionary. The manuscript should conform to accepted English usage and syntax. Use headings to indicate the manuscript's general organization. Do not use a heading for the introduction. In general, manuscripts will contain one of several levels of headings. Centered upper case headings are reserved for Methods, Results, and Discussion sections of the manuscript. Subordinate headings (e.g., the Participants or Procedure subsection of Methods) are typed flush left, underlined, in upper case and lower case letters. The text begins a new paragraph. Number all pages of the manuscript except the figures (including title page and abstract) consecutively. Manuscripts that do not conform to the author guidelines stated here will be unsubmitted.

Number all pages of the manuscript except the figures (including title page and abstract) consecutively. Parts of the manuscripts should be arranged in the following sequence:

(1) Title page. (numbered 1) Titles should be short and specific, conveying the main point of the article. The title page should include the full names, titles, and affiliations of all authors, and an abbreviated title (Running Head) that should not exceed 50 characters, counting letters, spacing, and punctuation. The Running Head should be typed in upper case letters centered at the bottom of the title page. Each page of the manuscript (excluding figures) should be identified by typing the first two or three words of the full title in the upper right-hand corner above the page number. No running head is required for letters to the editor. Indicate the word count for the abstract and the word count for the manuscript (excluding figures, tables, and references).

(2) Abstract. (word maximum varies by article type) For article types requiring an abstract, the abstract should be typed as a single paragraph on a separate page, numbered 2. Type the word "Abstract" in upper and lower case letters, centered at the top of page 2. Provide the following information in the form of a structured abstract, using these headings: Objective: briefly indicate the primary purpose of the article, or major question addressed in the study. Method: indicate the sources of data, give brief overview of methodology, or, if review article, how the literature was searched and articles selected for discussion. For research based articles, this section should briefly note study design, how participants were selected, and major study measures. Results: summarize the key findings. Discussion: indicate main clinical, theoretical, or research applications/implications. The Journal requires structured abstracts with one exception: the Journal will continue to use unstructured abstracts for case reports.

(3) Text. Begin the text on page 3 and be sure to identify each page with the short title typed in the upper right-hand corner above the page number. Type the full title of the manuscript centered at the top, and then begin the text. The full title appears on page 3 only. Indent all paragraphs. The maximum length for article submissions is specified for each manuscript type. Authors are advised that content be conveyed as concisely as possible.

(4) References. Begin on separate page, with the word "References" typed in upper and lower case letters, centered at the top of the page. References must be double spaced.

(5) Appendices. Type each appendix on a separate page labeled "Appendix A, B”, etc., in the order in which they are mentioned in the text.

(6) Footnotes. Start on separate page.

(7) Tables. Tables should be double-spaced, including all headings, and should have a descriptive title. If a table extends to another page, so should all titles and headings. Each table should be numbered sequentially in Arabic numerals and begin on a new page. Be sure to explain abbreviations in tables even if they have already been explained in-text. Consider the tables and figures to be self-contained and independent of the text. They should be interpretable as stand-alone entities.

(8) Figure captions. Start on separate page. Each figure caption should have a brief title that describes the entire figure without citing specific panels, followed by a description of each panel. Figure captions should be included in the submitted manuscript as a separate section. Be sure to explain abbreviations in figures even if they have already been explained in-text. Consider the tables and figures to be self-contained and independent of the text. They should be interpretable as stand-alone entities. Axes for figures must be labeled with appropriate units of measurement and description.

(9) Acknowledgements/Disclosure of Conflicts. Start on a separate page. Any possible conflict of interest, financial or otherwise, related to the submitted work must be clearly indicated in the manuscript. Acknowledge significant contributions that do not warrant authorship; list sources of support (e.g., federal, industry, or other funding).

Informed Consent
The Methods section should include a statement that the research was reviewed and approved by an institutional review board, and that participation involved informed consent.

Every effort should be taken to ensure the anonymity of the patient concerned, and any clinicians not involved as authors. If there is any potentially identifiable information, then it is the responsibility of the authors to seek and obtain approval from the local Institutional Review Board (IRB) (or equivalent) for the case to be reported, and a copy of that approval should be made available to the Editor on request.

Presenting Statistical Data in Text
For additional detail regarding statistical requirements for the manuscript see IJED Statistical Formatting Requirements. For more detailed background information on statistical analyses and their rationale authors are referred to IJED Statistical Reporting Guidelines.

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Except as noted for Commentaries, “Ideas Worth Researching” and Letters to the Editor, referencing follows the Vancouver method of reference citation. In this system, references are numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify each reference in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numbers. All references cited should be listed numerically at the end of the paper. Prepare citations according to the style used in Index Medicus and the International list of periodical title word abbreviations (ISO 833).

All reference citations in the text should appear in the reference list. When there are less than seven authors, each must be listed in the citation. When seven or more authors, list the first six followed by et al. after the name of the sixth author. Representative examples are as follows:

Journal Article: 1. Endicott J, Spitzer RL. A diagnostic interview: The schedule for affective disorders and schizophrenia. Arch Gen Psychiatry 1978;35:837-844.

Book Chapter: 2. Fairburn CG, Cooper Z. The eating disorders examination (12th ed). In: Fairburn CG, Wilson GT, editors. Binge eating: nature, assessment, and treatment. New York: The Guilford Press, 1993, p. 317-331.

Book: 3. Tudor I. Learner-centeredness as language education. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 1996.

Preparation of figures. To ensure the highest quality print production, your figures must be submitted in TIFF format according to the following minimum resolutions:

  • 1200 dpi (dots per inch) for black and white line art (simple bar graphs, charts, etc.)
  • 300 dpi for halftones (black and white photographs)
  • 600 dpi for combination halftones (photographs that also contain line art such as labeling or thin lines)

Vector-based figures (usually created in Adobe Illustrator) should be submitted as EPS. Do not submit figures in the following formats:JPEG,GIF,Word, Excel, Lotus1-2-3, PowerPoint, PDF.

Graphs must show an appropriate grid scale. Each axis must be labeled with both the quantity measured and the unit of measurement. Color figures must be submitted in a CMYK colorspace. Do not submit files as RGB. All color figures will be reproduced in full color in the online edition of the journal at no cost to authors. Authors are requested to pay the cost of reproducing color figures in print. Authors are encouraged to submit color illustrations that highlight the text and convey essential scientific information. For best reproduction, bright, clear colors should be used.

Supplementary materials. Supplementary materials will be made available to readers as a link to the corresponding articles on the journal's website.


1. Some authors use terms such as “anorexics” or “bulimics” as personal pronouns, referring to groups of individuals by their common diagnosis. Language of this type should be replaced with such terms as “individuals with anorexia nervosa”, “people with bulimia nervosa”, or “participants with eating disorders”.

2. The term “participants” should be used thought the article instead of “subjects”.

3. Standard rules will continue to govern the use of capitalization in Headings and Subheadings. However, when a minor word in a Heading or Subheading actually has special or unique meaning, the rule should be overridden.

4. When referring to gender, “males" and “females” should be used in cases where the study samples include both children (below age 18) and adults; when the participants comprise adults only, the terms “men” and “women” should be used. In articles that refer to children (i.e., below the age of 13), “boys” and “girls” should be used.

5. In articles that refer to genetic material, the names of genes should be spelled out in full the first time they appear in the text, after which an italicized abbreviation can be substituted.

6. The word “data” is plural; therefore, text should follow accordingly (for example, “The data show…the data are … the data were…”).

7. For information on how to present p values and other standard measurements see IJED Statistical Formatting Requirements


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Rigorous evaluation of submitted material by expert reviewers is essential to ensuring that the journal achieves its mission. To facilitate timely feedback to authors and to avoid burdening expert reviewers unduly, the journal utilizes a two-tiered review process for all contributions (whether invited or unsolicited). The first tier involves an initial editorial preview to be implemented within days of receipt of an article. If the article is considered to have potential for publication in the journal, the second tier involves peer review, typically by two to three experts. The Editor-in-Chief, at times, may delegate final decision making authority to one of the Associate Editors.

Editorial Pre-Screen. The Editor-in-Chief will pre-screen all submissions to determine articles’ suitability based on fit with the journal’s scope and scholarly merit. Articles deemed to fall outside of the journal’s scope or to be of limited merit (e.g., because of substantial methodological flaws or insufficiently novel contribution to the field) will not be sent out for peer review. Pre-screening of articles does not involve detailed evaluation.

Peer Review. Submissions that, based on editorial pre-screening, are considered of potential suitability for the journal are forwarded to members of the editorial board (and, on occasion, outside experts) for detailed evaluation and feedback. Expert reviewers are asked to evaluate the merit of an article based on the quality of methods applied, presentation, and overall contribution to the field. Reviewers are instructed to offer a thorough, constructive, and timely evaluation of all aspects of the article and to enumerate strengths and weaknesses. Authors are invited to recommend expert reviewers.

Exceptions to the peer-review procedures described above are made in the case of a) Letters to the Editor which, rather than being forwarded for additional peer review, are evaluated only by the Editor and one Associate Editor, and b) Commentaries, which are evaluated only by the action editor and one additional reviewer.

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