INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS
Scope and policy
The journal publishes editorials, article updates, essays, research papers, clinical report, letters to the Editor and technical notes in the area of nutrition and related The journal publishes editorials, article updates, essays, research papers, clinical reports, letters to the Editor and technical notes in the area of nutrition and related sciences.
Articles are submitted via an online Scielo platform. Upon receipt of a new article, the journal secretary reviews the format of the paper. If the formatting guidelines are not met, the paper will be returned to the author. If the Editor-in-Chief considers that the focus of the paper is in line with the interests of the journal, the article will be assigned to the appropriate Section Editor: basic science, clinical, food, public nutrition. The Section Editor will then send the article to at least three reviewers, that may include members of the Editorial Committee or external reviewers. Suggestions for possible reviewers made by article authors at submission will be considered. Articles will be reviewed following pre-established forms. Reviewers submit their assessment of the article within three weeks.
If the Editor considers it appropriate, the article may be subject to evaluation by new experts in the field of study.
If accepted for publication, the paper is published in the next issue with available space, which is reported to the corresponding author.
If the article is accepted with modifications, it is returned to author(s) with the reviewer comments for correction. Once corrected, the Editor will re-send it to the initial reviewers. If the paper is accepted, it will be published.
If the article is not accepted for publication, it will be sent back to the corresponding author with reviewer comments.
Only articles received via the online platform (link
below), after registration by the corresponding author, will be considered.
Form and preparation of manuscripts
Guidelines for the preparation of manuscripts
Contributions to the journal should be typed on a computer, double-spaced; letter size, with left and right margins of no less than 3 cm, in Times New Roman or Arial font, size 12. All pages should include page and line numbers (starting at title page). Text should be left justified.
In the first step of the submission process on the online platform, a cover letter addressed to the Editor should be included. The cover letter should include the following information: article title, author(s), a brief overview of the article content, and assurance that the article is not under review at another journal. Previous publication should also be indicated if applicable.
Additionally, the names and email contact of at least 3 potential expert reviewers should be provided.
Manuscripts can be written in Spanish or English.
Correspondence relating to a submitted manuscript will be established with the corresponding author.
A single WORD document including text, tables, and figures should be submitted via the online platform (Step 2 in the submission process). Manuscripts should be organized as follows:
Title page: The first page of the manuscript should contain the full title in Spanish and English. The title should be concise, sufficiently self-explanatory, and should not contain abbreviations or formulas. The title page should also include full name(s) of author(s) and institution of affiliation indicated with a super-script number.
In a separate list, each super-script number representing a different affiliation should be should be detailed: academic unit (school, department, institute or other), city, and country. The corresponding author should also be identified and the following information provided: name, affiliation, address, telephone, and email.
Finally, the position and degrees of each author should be included on the title page. This information will not be included in the published article.
Abstract. On pages 2-3, respectively, an abstract in English and Spanish should be provided. Abstracts should be informative, clear, and concise. The purpose, methods, primary results and conclusions should be presented in a continuous form, with no bolded headings. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words.
Key words: At least five key words, separated by a semi-colon, should be included at the end of the abstract (both English and Spanish versions).
Introduction: beginning on page 4, the conceptual framework that guides the article should be presented. This should be followed by the study objective or hypothesis. The introduction should not exceed 2 pages.
Material and methods: The methods that support the proposed hypothesis should be presented clearly, with sufficient detail to allow for replication. The description of the materials and methods should be concise. When the techniques or procedures used have previously been published, their bibliographic source should be cited and only substantial deviations from the original procedure detailed. When local or regional terms are used, they must be accompanied by the appropriate scientific- or general- use term. The analysis plan and statistical tests used should also be described. If the study involved human or animal subjects, ethics committee approval and, in the case of human participation, informed consent procedures should be mentioned.
Results: when possible, results should be presented in tables and/or figures, supported by statistical calculations, avoiding repetition (for example, repetition of results in table and text) and choosing the representation based on the best interpretation of the results. Sub-headings can be included to facilitate comprehension.
Periodic or prime decimal numbers in text, tables, and charts must follow the standard for decimal numbers:
For statistical significance use up to 3 decimal places, any smaller number is designated <0.001; for correlation number (Pearson or Spearman's) is designated 2 decimals.
Discussion: should be brief and restricted to the significant aspects of the work without repeating content presented in the introduction or results. The discussion should be based on previously published word that supports the results obtained.
Conclusion: should be based on results obtained and provide, if possible, a solution to the problem posed in the introduction. The conclusion could be included at the end of the discussion section or as a separate section.
References. The bibliographic citations should be indicated with Arabic numerals in the text, in brackets, numbered sequentially. Only materials published in high-circulation journals or in books should be cited.
Independent of the language of the article submitted (English or Spanish), references must be provided in ENGLISH.
References sequentially numbered by order of appearance should be listed at the end of the work using international standards (Vancouver), which are illustrated in the following examples:
Maximum number of references depends on manuscript type:
Figures and tables
Abbreviations and acronyms. Internationally accepted abbreviations should be used (Current Contents System). When using unusual acronyms that repeat in the manuscript, they should be defined after first use followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. All abbreviations and acronyms should be reported without periods.
Nomenclature: the nomenclature of the
International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) should be used for
vitamins and other nutrients. The Decimal Metric System or International
System Units should be used for units of measurement:
A more complete list of abbreviations and symbols commonly used in biology and medicine is published in Annals of Internal Medicine 1979;90:98-99.
For energy units, calorie (cal) or Joules (J) will be used interchangeably.
Numerical Results. To note numbers, use the comma (,) to indicate decimals, e.g. 37,5, and a period to indicate thousands, millions, and so on. For example: 2.538.
At the time of submission, in Step 4 of the online process “Attached supplementary material”, the author(s) must attached signed copies of the following documents:
Guide of requirements for manuscripts: http://media.wix.com/ugd/a9223b_90d6f0a940b84d70acaa1e568bd55ed7.docx?dn=Guia%20de%20exigencias.docx.
Manuscripts should be submitted via the online platform:
Editor in Chief
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Santiago - Chile
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