Nutrition & Dietetics

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Edited By: Linda Tapsell

Impact Factor: 1.089

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 65/81 (Nutrition & Dietetics)

Online ISSN: 1747-0080

Author Guidelines




Authors should kindly note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.

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Nutrition & Dietetics is the official journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia. Covering all aspects of food, nutrition and dietetics, the Journal provides a basic forum for the reporting, discussion and development of scientifically credible knowledge related to human nutrition and dietetics.

Widely respected in the region and around the world, Nutrition & Dietetics is Australia's leading peer-reviewed Journal in its field. The journal publishes original research, systematic review papers, and letters (often as case studies).


Original research papers: Presenting original research.

Systematic review papers: A systematic review of Literature

Letters to the Editor: Brief reports on case studies or practice-based analysis.

Word length: Manuscripts should be no longer than 4000 words (inclusive of abstract, main text, references). Tables and figures are not included in this word count, however a limit of three tables and two figures applies. Manuscripts reporting social research that uses qualitative methods to report data rather than tables and figures are limited to 5000 words. Review papers presenting systematic forms of review research are also limited to 5000 words, and Letters to the Editor must not be over 800 words. Manuscripts that do not follow these guidelines will be unsubmitted and the author will be asked to meet the limitations and resubmit.



The main text file should be prepared using Microsoft Word, doubled-spaced. The top, bottom and side margins should be 30 mm.


Manuscripts should follow the style of the Vancouver agreement detailed in the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ revised ‘Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication’, as presented at

Spelling. The journal uses Australian spelling and authors should therefore follow the latest edition of the Macquarie Dictionary.

Units. Measurements must be given in SI or SI-derived units. Please go to the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) website at for more information about SI units.

Abbreviations. Abbreviations should be used sparingly – only where they ease the reader’s task by reducing repetition of long, technical terms. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.
The following abbreviations can be used without definition: ACT, ADP, AIDS, ATP, CI, CV, df, DNA, EDTA, EGTA, e.g., GDP, GTP, HDL, HEPES, HIV, HPLC, i.e., LDL, NAD, NADH, NADP, NADPH, NS, NSW, NT, RNA, SA, SE, SEE, SEM, SD, tris, VLDL, vol : vol, wt : vol, UK, USA, WA.

Trade names. Drugs should be referred to by their generic names. If proprietary drugs have been used in the study, refer to these by their generic name, mentioning the proprietary name, and the name and location of the manufacturer, in parentheses.
Names of vitamins and related compounds should be those recommended by the International Union of Nutritional Sciences Committee on Nomenclature (reprinted in J Nutr 1990; 120: 12–19). Generic names, however, may be used where appropriate, e.g. vitamin A deficiency. Authors using RDIs, RDAs, RNIs, NRV or similar dietary allowances to estimate nutrient adequacy should specify and cite the authority for the cutoff point used.

Parts of the Manuscript

The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: title page; main text file; figures.

Title page

The title page should contain:
(i) A short informative title that contains the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations.
(ii) The full names of the authors and each author's highest abbreviated qualification(s) and APD or NZRD status,
(iii) The addresses of the author’s affiliated institutions at which the work was carried out and the author’s position title
(iv) An authorship declaration
(v) The full postal and email address, plus telephone numbers, of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent
(vi) Funding and Conflicts of interest statements
(vii) A short running title (less than 50 characters)
(viii) word count, excluding title page, abstract, references, figures and tables
The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote.

Authors are requested to provide the following in the title page. On acceptance these will need to be added at proof stage.

Authorship Declaration

The contribution of each author should be stated. The statement must also acknowledge that all authors are in agreement with the manuscript and declare that the content has not been published elsewhere.

Funding statement

All sources of financial grants and other funding must be disclosed.

Conflicts of Interest statement

This must include a frank declaration of the authors' industrial links and affiliations.
The absence of funding or a conflict of interest must also be stated.

Main text file

The Main Text file should be presented in the following order: (i) title abstract and key words, (iii) text, (iv) references, (v) appendices, (vi) figure legends, (vii) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes) and (viii) figure legends. Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated into the text as parenthetical matter.

Abstract and key words

All articles (original research, reviews) require a structured abstract that states in 250 words or fewer the purpose, basic procedures for conducting the analysis, main findings and principal conclusions of the study. Divide the abstract with the headings: Aim, Methods, Results, Conclusions. The abstract should contain full sentences and not contain abbreviations or references.

Between three and six key words, for the purposes of indexing, should be supplied below the abstract, in alphabetical order. It is preferable that they are taken from those recommended by the US National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) browser list at http:/


All manuscripts should use the following headings to divide the sections of the manuscript: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion. Subheadings should not be used in these sections. Ethics approval must be stated in the methods section.


References follow the Vancouver style, i.e. numbered sequentially as they occur in the text and ordered numerically in the reference list.
• All citations mentioned in the text, tables or figures must be listed in the reference list.
• In the text, references should be cited using superscript Arabic numerals in the order in which they appear. The number should be placed directly after full-stops, commas or words with no space before the number.
• If cited in tables or figure legends, number according to the first identification of the table or figure in the text.
• In the reference list, cite the names of all authors when there are six or fewer; when seven or more, list the first three followed by et al.
• Do not use ibid. or op cit.
• Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g. Smith A, 2000, unpublished data).
• Names of journals should be abbreviated in the style used in Index Medicus.
• Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references.
• Authors can read more about the Vancouver reference style at:

Journal article
1 Dunstan DW, Zimmet PZ, Welborn TA et al. The Australian diabetes, obesity and lifestyle study (AusDiab) – Methods and response rates. Diab Res Clin Pract 2002; 57: 119–29.

2 Cashel K, Jefferson S. The core food groups: The scientific basis for developing nutrition education tools. Canberra: National Health and Medical Research Council, 1995.

Chapter in a book
3 Bischoff SC, Sellge G. Immune mechanisms in food-induced disease. In: Metcalfe DD, Sampson HA, Simon RA, editors. Food Allergy: Adverse reactions to foods and food additives. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003; 14–37.

Publication available online
4 Rutihauser IHE. Getting it right: How to use the data from the 1995 National Nutrition Survey. Canberra: Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care; 2000. (Available from:, accessed 4 May 2005).

Online article not yet published in an issue
An online article that has not yet been published in an issue (therefore has no volume, issue or page numbers) can be cited by its Digital Object Identifier (DOI). The DOI will remain valid and allow an article to be tracked even after its allocation to an issue.
5 Brand-Miller J. Glycaemic index and glycaemic load: crunch time? Nutrition and Dietetics doi: 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2009.01356x

Tables and statistics

Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. Number tables consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. Type tables on a separate page with the legend above. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend and footnotes (including statistical tests) must be understandable without reference to the text. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses; all abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: (a), (b), (c), onwards should be used and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings. After statistical testing, the value of the test statistic should be reported. Give the actual P-value, to two significant digits, whether or not the value is statistically significant. P-values less than 0.001 should be reported as P<0.001 rather than P=0.000. Abbreviations used in the text must be redefined in tables and figures with a few exceptions: ANOVA (analysis of variance), BMI (body mass index), F (female), M (male).


These should be placed at the end of the paper, numbered in Roman numerals and referred to in the text. If written by a person other than the author of the main text, the writer’s name should be included below the title.

Figure legends

Type figure legends on a separate page. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.


All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text using Arabic numerals.

Although authors are encouraged to send the highest-quality figures possible, for peer-review purposes, a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions are accepted.

Click here for the basic figure requirements for figures submitted with manuscripts for initial peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements.

Author Services

Prior to submission, we encourage you to browse the ‘Author Resources’ section of the Wiley ‘Author Services’ website: http:/ This site includes useful information covering such topics as copyright matters, ethics and electronic artwork guidelines.

Optimising Your Article for Search Engines: Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimising your article for search engines, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work. We have compiled the guidelines found here to enable you to maximise the web-friendliness of the most public part of your article.

Editing, Translation, and Formatting Support: Wiley Editing Services can greatly improve the chances of a manuscript being accepted. Offering expert help in English language editing, translation, manuscript formatting, and figure preparation, Wiley Editing Services ensures that the manuscript is ready for submission.


Editorial Review and Acceptance

The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Except where otherwise stated, all research, review and short papers (letters) will be double-blind peer reviewed by two anonymous reviewers and, and managed by one Associate Editor and the Editor in Chief. Authors are welcome to provide the names of up to three unbiased and qualified referees from outside their institution. Assignment of referees, however, will be at the discretion of the Editors. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editor, who reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.

Manuscripts should be written in a clear, concise, direct style. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of content, the Editor and the Publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between author and reader.

Wiley's policy on confidentiality of the review process is available here.

Principles for Publication of Research Involving Human Subjects

Manuscripts must contain a statement to the effect that all human studies have been reviewed by the appropriate ethics committee and have therefore been performed in accordance with the ethical standards laid down in an appropriate version of the Declaration of Helsinki (as revised in Brazil 2013). This statement must contain the name of the ethics committee and the approval number allocated. It should also state clearly in the text that all persons gave their informed consent prior to their inclusion in the study. Details that might disclose the identity of the subjects under the study should be omitted.

In general, submission of a case report (in letters) should be accompanied by the written consent of the subject (or parent/guardian) before publication; this is particularly important where photographs are to be used or in cases where the unique nature of the incident reported makes it possible for the patient to be identified. While the Editors recognize that it might not always be possible or appropriate to seek such consent, the onus will be on the authors to demonstrate that this exception applies in their case.


Where reviews of health services or hospitals have been made, it is recommended that a generic term is used in order to not identify the health service or hospital.

Publication Ethics

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Note this journal uses iThenticate’s CrossCheck software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Read the Top 10 Publishing Ethics Tips for Authors here. Wiley’s Publication Ethics Guidelines can be found at


To improve the quality of reporting health research, Nutrition & Dietetics require authors to follow appropriate reporting guidelines for their study type. A database containing a list of reporting guidelines can be found on the EQUATOR Network (Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research;

Clinical Trials

All clinical trials must be registered and need to conform to CONSORT ( All clinical trial manuscripts must include a CONSORT statement and flow diagram.

Observational Studies

Observational studies, such as cohort and case-control studies, are acceptable but are vulnerable to bias and selective reporting. When an observational study is submitted to Nutrition & Dietetics you need to provide:

• The registration details, if the study has been registered.
• The protocol, if one exists (supplied as an appendix).
• A completed STROBE checklist - uploaded as a separate file to the submitted paper.
• A statement in the methods section that compliance with STROBE has been addressed.

Information about STROBE can be found at

Systematic reviews

Nutrition & Dietetics publishes systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Prospective registration of review protocols with PROSPERO is recommended (accessed at: All systematic reviews should follow the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) Statement, a guideline for reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Each submission should be submitted with a completed PRISMA checklist, indicating where each of the PRISMA recommendations are addressed (accessed at: When submitting a systematic review, the checklist should be uploaded included in the covering letter to the editor.

Qualitative studies

Nutrition & Dietetics make the following recommendations for reporting Qualitative studies:

Sample Selection: Sample selection should justify why and how respondents were selected and clearly articulate the rationale for data sources. In cases where data sources were atypical, justification should be provided. Authors should clearly outline any limitations in data, including but not limited to those who did not respond or complete the research.

Data collection: Where appropriate, papers should consider how and when the data was collected and recorded. Personnel involved in the collection of data should be identified and how the research was explained to respondents/participants should also be included.

Analysis Methodology: Analysis methodology should be transparent, including how concepts, themes and categories were created. Personnel involved in the analysis of data should be identified, including their roles. Details regarding the use of computer software for analysis should be declared, if used.

Analytic Rigour: Authors need to ensure their analysis has been thorough by detailing any steps taken to minimise possible data selectivity, and they have considered things such as inter-rater reliability, triangulation, expert and member checking. The position of the author should be declared including any possible bias or influence on the research.

Settings and Contexts: Relevant information about the settings of the research and participants/respondents should be clear. The subject of the research should be integrated into the relevant social context, abstracting or de-contextualising should be avoided. Any distinctive influences on the research should be recognised and discussed.

Data presentation: The range of evidence used should be clear, use of any quotations, field notes and other data should be identified where appropriate. Distinctions between the data and the interpretation, explanation or theorising of the data should be clear. Satisfactory original evidence should be presented to satisfy any relationships declared between the evidence and the conclusions made. Any evidence which might contest the conclusions should be considered.


If a paper is accepted for publication, the author identified as the formal corresponding author will receive an email prompting them to log in to Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be required to complete a copyright license agreement on behalf of all authors of the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright agreement, or OnlineOpen under the terms of a Creative Commons License.

General information regarding licensing and copyright is available here. To review the Creative Commons License options offered under OnlineOpen, please click here. (Note that certain funders mandate a particular type of CC license be used; to check this please click here.)

Self-Archiving Definitions and Policies: Note that the journal’s standard copyright agreement allows for self-archiving of different versions of the article under specific conditions. Please click here for more detailed information about self-archiving definitions and policies.

Open Access fees: Authors who choose to publish using OnlineOpen will be charged a fee. A list of Article Publication Charges for Wiley journals is available here.

Funder Open Access: Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access Policies.


Accepted Article Received in Production

When an accepted article is received by Wiley's production team, the corresponding author will receive an email asking them to login or register with Wiley Author Services. The author will be asked to sign a publication license at this point.


The corresponding author will receive an email with details on how to provide proof corrections. It is therefore essential that a working email address be providing for the corresponding author.

Early View

The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. Early View articles are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before allocation to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.


Access and Sharing

When the article is published online: 

  • The author receives an email alert (if requested).
  • The link to the published article can be shared through social media.
  • The author will have free access to the paper (after accepting the Terms & Conditions of use, they can view the article).
  • The corresponding author and co-authors can nominate up to ten colleagues to receive a publication alert and free online access to the article.

Print copies of the article can now be ordered (instructions are sent at proofing stage or email

To find out how to best promote an article, click here.

Measuring the Impact of an Article

Wiley also helps authors measure the impact of their research through specialist partnerships with Kudos and Altmetric.


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Author Guidelines updated 17 March 2017