Obesity Reviews

Cover image for Vol. 17 Issue 11

Edited By: Professor David York

Impact Factor: 7.51

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 10/131 (Endocrinology & Metabolism)

Online ISSN: 1467-789X

Associated Title(s): Clinical Obesity, Obesity Science & Practice, Pediatric Obesity

Author Guidelines

Obesity Reviews publishes state of the art reviews, written by experts in the field of obesity research. The journal is published monthly; each issue is devoted to a highly important and timely topic in this area. Every issue will contain 5-8 authoritative, well referenced and illustrated reviews on all aspects of the specific theme of the issue.

Submission is considered on the conditions that papers are previously unpublished, and are not offered simultaneously elsewhere; that all authors have read and approved the content, and all authors have also declared all competing interests; and that the work complies with Ethical Policies of the journal, and has been conducted under internationally accepted ethical standards after relevant ethical review. It is highly recommended you read this policy and complete any necessary documentation prior to your submission.

Plagiarism Detection Software
This journal employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.


Acceptance of papers is based on the originality of the observation or investigation, the quality of the work described, the clarity of presentation, and the relevance to our readership. When submitting a manuscript it is with the understanding that the manuscript (or its essential substance) has not been published other than as an abstract in any language or format and has not been submitted elsewhere for print or electronic publication consideration.
The journal operates a stringent peer review process. All manuscripts will be reviewed by the Editors, members of the Editorial Board, or other expert reviewers. At the discretion of the Editors, the manuscript may be returned immediately without full review, if deemed not competitive or outside the realm of interests of the majority of the readership of the Journal. The decision (reject, invite revision, accept) letter will be conveyed through Obesity Reviews ScholarOne Manuscripts, coming directly from the Editor who has assumed responsibility for the manuscript's review. Editorial decisions are based not just on technical merit of the work, but also on other factors such as the priority for publication and the relevance to the Journal's general readership. All papers are judged in relation to other submissions currently under consideration. Rebuttals to rejected manuscripts are strongly discouraged and requests for resubmission of rejected manuscripts are generally not granted.

Publication ethics

Obesity Reviews is a member of the UK Committee on Publication Ethics and subscribes to its recommendations (Committee on Publication Ethics [COPE]: guidelines on good publication practice, www.publicationethics.org.uk). Our Best Practice Guidelines on Publication Ethics: A Publisher's Perspective. Second Edition are available at http://exchanges.wiley.com/ethicsguidelines. The Editors reserve the right to reject a paper on ethical grounds. All authors are responsible for adhering to guidelines on good publication practice.

No paper can be published in the Journal unless it meets all of these requirements.

The corresponding author must provide an e-mail address for communication with the Editors and the Publisher.

The Editors retain the usual right to modify the style and length of a contribution (major changes being agreed with the corresponding author) and to decide the time of publication.

Manuscript format

Reviews must be written in English and are subjected to editorial and peer review. Published articles are 8-10 pages in extent including references. (For guidance purposes, 10 typeset pages equates to approximately 8,300 words; text should be reduced if figures/tables are included to stay within the 10 page limit). Thus, during the revision process, authors may need to reduce the length of their articles. Alternatively, authors unable to do this will pay a page charge of £85.00 for each additional printed page beyond 10 pages (including tables and figures).

Full details and guidance on the preparation of all material (text, tables and figures) can be found here.

Possible comments and suggestions of the editor may be sent to the author(s), who authorise(s) the publication of the article in the revised form. Proof reading will be reduced to a minimum.

General advice about the presentation of manuscripts:

  • All pages should be numbered.
  • The name and address and telephone and fax numbers of the author to whom correspondence and proofs should be sent should be included on the title page and the covering letter.
  • Do not use abbreviations.
  • All scientific units should be expressed in SI units.
  • A copy of the manuscript should be kept by the authors for reference.
  • An acknowledgement of receipt of the manuscript will be sent by the Journal.
  • Manuscripts rejected for publication will not be returned.

Title Page
The title page should contain: (1) the title of the article, (2) the name of each author (first name and surname preferred), (3) the name of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the authors belong, (4) three to four key words, (5) a running title, (6) acknowledgements, (7) address of corresponding author and e-mail address, (8) potential conflicts of interest.

Main text

Review articles should be divided into: (1) abstract (about 200 words), (2) introduction, (3) text subdivided in paragraphs, (4) conclusion or discussion. Authors are particularly encouraged to use tables, diagrams and figures. Personal conclusions and practical applications are welcome.


Abbreviations should be explained at the beginning of the manuscript and listed in the order in which they appear. Avoid abbreviations in the title and in the abstract.

Drug Names
Generic names should, in general, be used. If an author so desires, brand names may be inserted in parentheses.


References should be cited numerically in the order they appear in the text. Identify references in text, tables and legends by Arabic numerals in parentheses or as superscripts; authors of unpublished work which has not yet been accepted for publication must be included in the text only (e.g. J-P Després & MJ Stock - unpublished data). Please provide the names of all authors, unless there are 7 or more authors, in which case, please list only the first 3 authors, followed by et al. References should be listed and journal titles abbreviated according to the style used by Index Medicus; examples are given below. References are included in the 10 page limit.

Examples of journal references:
  • Castonguay TW, Dallman MF, Stern JS. Some metabolic and behavioural effects of adrenalectomy in obese Zucker rats. Am J Physiol 1986; 251: R923-R933.
  • Cann PA, Rovati LC, Smart H. Loxiglumide, a CCK-A antagonist, in irritable bowel syndrome: a pilot multicentre clinical study (Abstract). Gastroent 1993; 104: A486.
  • Maher VMG, Thompson GR. Analysis of evidence from cholesterol-lowering and regression trials. J Drug Dev Suppl 1990; 3/1: 199-203.
Examples of book references:
  • Lissner L, Bengtsson C, Lapidus L. Body weight variability and mortality in the Gothenburg Prospective Studies on men and women. In: Bjorntorp P, Rossner S (eds). Obesity in Europe 88: Proceedings of the First European Congress on Obesity. Libbey: London, 1989, pp 55-60.
  • Paul AA, Southgate DAT (eds) McCance and Widdowson's The composition of foods. 4th edn. HMSO: London, 1978.
  • National Research Council. Diet and health, National Academy Press: Washington DC 1989.
Example of web reference:

Type each table on a separate page; number tables consecutively and supply a brief title for each. Each table should have a caption. Cite each table in the text in consecutive order, using Arabic numbers.

Please submit vector graphics (e.g. line artwork) in Encapsulated Postscript Format (EPS), and bitmap files (e.g. half-tones) in Tagged Image File Format (TIFF). Detailed guidance on preparing digital illustrations is available via Wiley-Blackwell Author Services at http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828011.html. Letters, numbers and symbols should be clear and even throughout, and of sufficient size so that when reduced for publication the item will still be legible; titles and detailed explanations should be included in the legends for illustrations, not in the illustrations themselves. Cite each figure in the text in consecutive order.

If you wish to use a figure that has been previously published, you must acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material. Please use our official form for requesting such permission, which can be found here. Legends for illustrations should be typed on a separate page of the main manuscript, with Arabic numbers corresponding to the illustrations. When symbols, arrows, numbers or letters are used to identify parts of the illustrations, explain each one in the legend. Explain the internal scale and identify the method of staining in photomicrographs.

It is the policy of Obesity Reviews for authors to pay the full cost for reproduction of their colour artwork. Therefore, please note that if there is colour artwork in your manuscript when it is accepted for publication, Wiley-Blackwell require you to complete and return a colour work agreement form before your paper can be published.

If you are unable to access the Internet, or are unable to download the form, please contact the Production Editor at the address below and they will be able to email a form to you.

Once completed, please mail the form to the Production Editor at the address below:

Rizza Mostar-Salterio
Production Editor
SPi Bldg., Pascor Drive
Sto. Nino, Paranaque City 1700
E-mail: ssalterio@wiley.com

Please note that electronically sent copies will not be accepted.

Any article received by Wiley-Blackwell with colour artwork will not be published until the form has been returned.

*To read PDF files, you must have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. If you do not have this program, it is available free from: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

Table and figure legends
Legends for tables and figures should be typed on a separate page following on from the main text, with Arabic numbers corresponding to the numbers assigned to the matching figure or table (Table 1: …, Table 2: …, Figure 1: … etc.). When symbols, arrows, numbers or letters are used to identify parts of the illustrations, explain each one in the legend. Explain the internal scale and identify the method of staining in photomicrographs.

Supporting information
Online Supporting Information can include additional explanatory notes, data sets, lists, figures or tables that will not be published in the print edition of the journal and which are ancillary to, rather than central to, the article. Supporting Information must be approved by the Editor and should be supplied as a single PDF file headed by the title of the paper and the authors' names, addresses and contact information. Supporting Information will be published exactly as supplied and it is the author's responsibility to ensure that the material is logically laid out, adequately described, and in a format accessible to readers. Animations and other moving images or sound files in standard formats must be supplied as separate files. Figures and tables in Supporting Information should be referred to in the main text and labelled Fig. S1, Fig. S2 or Table S1, etc., in the order cited. Full guidelines and information on acceptable file formats may be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/suppmat.asp.


All reviews (in English) should be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/obr. Full instructions, a user ID and password are available at the site. Please supply your entire manuscript in electronic format, along with any required forms (see below), a covering letter, and the email address of each listed author.

All listed authors must complete an ICMJE COI disclosure form. The submitting author must collect all of these forms and each completed form must be scanned and submitted along with the manuscript. A Conflicts of Interest Statement including all of the information disclosed on the forms must be included in the manuscript, in a section placed after the discussion and before the acknowledgements.

If the manuscript contains a figure, table or quoted text that has been previously published, written permission to reproduce the material must be obtained from the copyright holder using the official Permission Request Form. The completed form should be scanned and submitted along with the manuscript.

Technical support for submission can be obtained by e-mailing: support@scholarone.com or by telephoning 1 434 817 2040 ext 167.
Authors with Journal policy or style questions regarding submission should contact the Editorial Office at:

Ellie Needs
Obesity Reviews Editorial Office
World Obesity
Charles Darwin House
12 Roger Street
London, WC1N 2JU
E-mail: obr@worldobesity.org


If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

Online production tracking

Wiley-Blackwell's Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.


The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document  format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. The software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following web site:


This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Hardcopy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.


PDF offprints will be available for download through Author Services once the paper has been published in print. Paper offprints may be ordered online. The cost is higher if the order arrives too late for the main print run. Offprints are normally despatched within three weeks of publication of the issue in which the paper appears. Please contact the Publishers if offprints do not arrive: however, please note that offprints are sent surface mail, so overseas orders may take up to six weeks to arrive.

Please note that Wiley-Blackwell will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted 2 months after publication.

Specific Instructions for Short Reviews and Case Reports

The general advice above about the presentation of manuscripts, submission procedures, licensing and colour artwork concerns, article format, typographical conventions, journal style, citation and referencing, etc., is also applicable to short reviews and case reports; and, as with other article types.

Short reviews on “National or Regional prevalence of obesity”
Short review articles should also meet the following specific criteria:

Manuscript - should not exceed 1500 words and should be typed double-spaced.

Title - The standard title format is:
‘Prevalence of obesity in name of the country or region of the world’
‘Prevalence of obesity and metabolic syndrome in name of the country or region of the world’.

Abstract - should provide prevalence data in the different age and gender groups, and time trends, i.e. report on changes over time.

Tables - Up to two can be included.

Figures - Up to two can be included.

References - Up to 10 can be cited numerically in the order they appear in the text.

NB: Specify whether height and weight data are self-reported or measured. It is preferable to demonstrate time trends in the prevalence of obesity so that it clearly shows how seriously the situation is developing.

Case reports
A case report should also meet the following specific criteria:

Manuscript - should not exceed 700 words.

Tables and Figures - Up to two in total (figures and/or tables) can be included.

References - Up to 10 can be cited numerically in the order they appear in the text.