For Authors

Dr. Rahman is founder and Editor-in-Chief of CJN.  Dr. Rahman and his editorial team understand the need to publish your work in a timely manner but unlike other open access platforms there is no compromise in editorial oversight.  We provide detailed, summative, and informative feedback and then work closely with you through the editing process to improve your research prior to publication.  We strictly avoid predatory publishing practices and have invested in an online platform that is easy to navigate for both authors and the audience.  We have put together a top notch editorial team.   The sections below detail our editorial work-flow (including peer review), publication fees, author checklist and licensing, and details regarding manuscript style.

Editorial Work-Flow and Peer Review?

At the time of submission, submitting authors will be asked to provide the names and contact information of three potential unbiased reviewers, if able.  After submission, the article will be screened by one of our Associate Editors (AE) or the Editor-in-Chief.  Screened articles may be declined at this stage without proceeding to formal review either due to poor content or if the article is not in the scope of the journal.  Manuscripts that are screened and deemed adequate will be sent for formal peer review, which may or may not include reviewer(s) requested by the author.  The AE or Editor-in-Chief will examine the results of the peer review.  In many cases, one AE or even the Editor-in-Chief may be asked to directly be a peer reviewer.   Reviewers are not blinded to the author(s), institution or location of the research, as we believe this context is critical in providing an informative review.

The peer review will be summated into a single informative feedback form, signed off by an AE or Editor-in-Chief.  The form will indicate acceptance with modifications, acceptance without modifications (which is very rare), or that the article is declined.  The Canadian Journal of Nutrition invites and solicits submissions from experts and members of the Editorial board and these submissions are reviewed internally. If an article is accepted, and then is deemed ready for publication (typically after addressing concerns of the reviewers and copyright editor), the submitting author will receive an invoice for the article processing charge (see section below). After receipt of payment, the article will be published under the Creative Commons License BY NC.

Publication fees

At the Canadian Journal of Nutrition, we are upfront and honest about article processing charges (APC). As a Canadian Publication, we offer a discounted processing charge of $250 CAD if the corresponding author is from an accredited Canadian academic institution.  For international submissions, the article processing charge is $500 CAD. There is no payment for submitting an article.  Payment is due after acceptance but prior to publication. We expect that authors will utilize funding for open access publishing through their local institution or use of grant/stipend funding.  Exceptions to the APC will be made upon request, on a case-by-case basis, and by requests from a corresponding authors from low income countries.

Publication fees are subject to change and prices currently listed are introductory costs only.

Checklist

Prior to acceptance of any manuscript, the corresponding author will be required to complete and sign the following checklist:

I, the submitting author, agree to the Creative Commons CC-BY NC license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses), after discussion with all co-authors.

I, the submitting author, state that the manuscript is an original version and has not been published elsewhere.

I, the submitting author, state that any interests that might impair the credibility of the manuscript are disclosed in the cover letter to the Editor, including source of funding (if applicable), and this letter will be uploaded at the same time as the manuscript.

I, the submitting author, attest that if the manuscript involves human subjects, that a research protocol received approval, and monitoring by a Research Ethics Committee, following the 2013 World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki, and specific mention of the approval by the concerned Research Ethics Committee is made in the manuscript.

I, the submitting author, attest that each co-author made substantial contribution to the conception or design of the work or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work, AND drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content, AND provided final approval of the version to be published, AND there is agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

I, the submitting author, state that I and my co-authors shall indemnify and hold harmless the Canadian Journal of Nutrition and its ownership as it relates to warranties and representations of the author’s ownership, originality, or similar breaches. This indemnification shall last beyond publication of the article, as well as to extend to all related claims. The Canadian Journal of Nutrition requires payment of an article processing charge or publication fee, invoiced to the submitting author, prior to publication, and that we have a policy regarding a cancellation fee, if the article has been type-set.

Manuscripts Types

Manuscripts will be divided into two categories: Original Research Communication and Other Communications (Reviews, Letter to the Editor, Clinical Guidelines, Case Reports).

Original Research Communications are intended to be comprehensive reports of original research.  They must have a Title Page indicating the title of the article, authorship, institutional author affiliation, and full contact information of the corresponding author, and statement of conflict of interest. It must include a structured Abstract section (usually less than 300 words), Introduction section, detailed Material and Methods section, followed by a Discussion section and a Conclusion section. References follow the Conclusion section and we recommend use of a Reference Manager like Endnote.  Original communications contain should contain less than 7500 words of text. If reporting on preliminary results of results (i.e a brief original research communication), we expect manuscripts to be less than 4500 words of text. We expect most original communications to have tables, and/or figures, or in some cases, supplemental information.

All original communications must include separate documents in Microsoft Word in the uploading process:

  1. Cover Letter to the Editorial Board (which includes a clinical relevancy statement and conflict of interest statement),
  2. Manuscript (This document includes the Title Page, Abstract, Introduction, Material and Methods, Discussion, and Conclusion)
  3. Tables and Figures (if any), or any supplemental information (if applicable).

Other Communications includes: Reviews, Letters to the Editor, Clinical Guidelines, Book reviews, and Case Reports.  They must have a title page indicating the title of the article, authorship, institutional author affiliation, and full contact information of the corresponding author, and statement of conflict of interest. Reviews must include a structured Abstract section (usually less than 300 words), but is otherwise there are no requirements in terms of a structured format. We expect reviews to address future considerations in research. Reviews should be less than 20,000 words. Letter to the Editor are expected to be concise, less than 750 words, and there are no requirements for a structured format.  Case Reports are expected to be concise, less than 1250 words, and include an overview of current literature. Authors submitting clinical guidelines or book reviews should contact the Editor-in-Chief prior to submission.

All communications in this category must include separate documents in Microsoft Word in the uploading process:

  1. Cover Letter to the Editorial Board (which includes a relevancy statement and conflict of interest statement),
  2. Manuscript (This document includes the Title Page, and the rest of the manuscript)
  3. Tables and Figures (if any), or any supplemental information (if applicable).

Technical Considerations

  1. All submitted documents must be in Microsoft Word format.
  2. Font size should be between 12 pts.
  3. No indentation of paragraphs.
  4. The written text must be either double spaced or spaced at 1.5.
  5. All references mentioned in the Reference list are also cited in the text.
  6. All references must be numbered in the order that they appear in the text.  We do not accept superscript numbering in the text.

We expect referencing software to denote a reference as follows:

Example:

Research indicates malnutrition is common in hospitalized patient [1].

References must follow the AMA style which means listing all authors up to 6 names and if more than six authors than using “et al.” after the third author:  Rahman A, Hasan RM, Agarwala R, et al. Identifying critically-ill patients who will benefit most from nutritional therapy: Further validation of the “modified NUTRIC” nutritional risk assessment tool. Clin Nutr. 2016 Feb;35(1):158-62.

All online references to have a full URL

All abbreviations in the text figures are explained at the location of the first use.

All abbreviations in the tables or figures are explained in a legend.