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Nutrition and Health: Notes for Contributors

Language: The official language of the journal is British English.

Submission by post: Papers should be sent in triplicate to the Editor together with an abstract of not more than 200 words. The abstract should be followed by up to nine keywords. Authors should aim to be concise and those wishing to submit longer papers, such as reviews, should consult the Editor beforehand. As well as research papers, reviews (scientific and book), short papers, news items, letters, conference information and reports etc… are also welcome. Submission of a paper for publication implies that it is an original work not being considered for publication elsewhere and that on acceptance the copyright is transferred to the publisher. In other cases the author should consult the Editor.

Electronic submission: Electronic submission is preferred to postal submission. If possible a postal submission should be accompanied by an electronic version. The paper should be written as a Microsoft Word Document 6.0 or later version and sent on CD or floppy disc with a hard copy or e-mailed as an attachment. The title (abbreviated if necessary) and the corresponding author’s name should appear in the subject line of the e-mail or the label of the floppy disc or CD.

Manuscript preparation: Manuscripts should be typed with double spacing, margins of a minimum of 2.5cm all round and consecutive numbering on one side of uniform A4 size paper. Titles and subtitles should be typed on a separate line, without indentation, in title case and should not be underlined. Long titles and superfluous capitals should be avoided. Any instructions to the copy editor or printer should be encircled. The decimal system, with S I units, should be used throughout the manuscript. Apart from acronyms in common use such as WHO and DNA all acronyms should be defined on first occurrence.

The following order should normally be used:

First page: Title (title case); author (s) name (s), affiliation (s); present address (es) of author (s); Short running title. A list of all abbreviations used should be given at the foot of the first page. The rules of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) should be used for abbreviation of chemical names, enzymes etc…The foot of the title page should also carry details of ‘to whom correspondence should be addressed’ followed by the e-mail address.

Second page: Abstract; Keywords.

Third and subsequent pages: Introduction; Methods; Results; Discussion etc… (as relevant); Conclusion; Acknowledgements; References; Appendices; Tables; Figure captions.

References: Publications cited in the text should be provided in a separate list of references and consistency of names and dates should be carefully checked. In the text, authors and year of publication should be given in parenthesis; et al. (n.b. italics) should be used where there are more than two authors; initials should not be used. In the list of references the arrangement should be alphabetical; all co-authors should be cited. More than one paper by a single author or by multiple authors should be arranged according to publication date; publication in the same year should be denoted by ‘a’ ‘b’ etc… In the case of non English publications the original title should be used. Journal names can be abbreviated according to the standard used in Chemical Abstracts.


For Books: Edwards, C.A. & Lofty, J.R. (1977). Biology of earthworms, 2nd edn. Chapman & Hall; London.

Riordan, J.F. & Vallee, B.L. (1976). Structure and function of zinc metalloenzymes. In Trace elements in human health and disease (A.S. Prasad & D. Oberleas, eds. ) – Vol. 1, pp. 227-256. Academic Press; New York.

For Journals: Evans, L.T. (1980). The natural history of crop yield. American Scientist. 68, 388-397.

Collins, F.D., Sinclair, A.J., Royle, J.P., Coats, D.A., Maynard, A.T., Leonard, R.F. (1971). Plasma lipids in human linoleic acid deficiency. Nutrition and Metabolism.13, 50-167.

Figures: should be of high enough quality for direct reproduction. All symbols and lettering should be included in a style consistent with the text. They should be numbered in Roman numerals according to their sequence in the text. Photographic illustrations can be submitted electronically or glossy original prints, preferably mounted on light card with an overlay on which any necessary markings have been pencilled. They should be lightly identified on the reverse. The publisher reserves the right to reject unsuitable figures. Redrawing or retouching of illustrations can sometimes be undertaken by the publisher at the expense of the author (s). The correct position of each figure should be indicated in the margin of the text as Fig. I, etc…

Tables: Tables should be numbered consecutively with Roman numerals according to their sequence in the text. The text should include reference to all tables. All tables should be typed on a separate page and not included in the text. Each table should have a brief main title; column headings should also be brief but self-explanatory. Over-large tables should be avoided. Any essential explanations should be given at the bottom of the table. The correct position of each table should be indicated in the margin of the text as Table I, etc…

Captions and Legends: Each figure should have a caption or legend; all captions or legends should be collected and numbered accordingly on a separate page.

Footnotes: These should only be used if it is impossible to incorporate the information in the main body of the text; if they are used they should be identified by superscript numerals and kept short. Footnotes should be used for reference to unpublished observations or personal communications.

Guidance on writing style: The accompanying notes on journal policy should be consulted before work is begun.

Proofs: Page proofs will be sent to authors for correction of printer’s errors and should be returned within the requested time (by airmail if necessary). Author’s alterations are chargeable. The Editor reserves the right to publish a paper without the author’s own corrections in cases of undue delay in returning proofs.

Copyright: It is the responsibility of the author (s) to obtain any permission necessary to reproduce or quote from published work (s); suitable acknowledgement should always be made. Copyright in respect of the published article passes to AB Academic Publishers and therefore for reproduction in any form, paper or electronic (including the Internet) explicit permission must be obtained.

Neither the publisher nor the Editor can accept responsibility for damage or loss of submitted papers; authors should keep a full copy of the manuscript and illustrations in case of loss in transit etc…

Publishers: AB Academic Publishers UK.

Editor: Professor Michael A. Crawford PhD, CBiol, FIBiol, FRCPath. Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Rd, London, N7 8DB, UK.

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