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About Journal of Eating Disorders

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Journal of Eating Disorders, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Journal of Eating Disorders is the first open access, peer-reviewed journal publishing leading research in the science and clinical practice of eating disorders.

The journal encompasses all aspects of eating disorders namely their epidemiology, nature, determinants, neurobiology, prevention, treatment and outcomes. The scope includes, but is not limited to anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other eating disorders. The journal also considers articles from related areas such as important co-morbidities, obesity, body image, appetite, food and eating. Articles about research methodology and assessment are welcomed where they advance the field of eating disorders.

Journal of Eating Disorders aims to disseminate research that provides answers to the important issues and key challenges in the field of eating disorders and to facilitate translation of evidence into practice.

Open access

All articles published by Journal of Eating Disorders are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Journal of Eating Disorders are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Journal of Eating Disorders therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1170/$1960/€1410 for each article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Generally, if the submitting author's institution is a Member the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. A limited number of waivers for article-processing charges are also available at the editors' discretion, and authors wishing to apply for these waivers should contact the editors.

Indexing services

All articles published in Journal of Eating Disorders are included in:

  • Index Copernicus
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central

The full text of all research articles is deposited in digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

BioMed Central is working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Journal of Eating Disorders will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Journal of Eating Disorders considers the following types of articles:

Research articles: reports of data from original research.

Case reports: reports of clinical cases that can be educational, describe a diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma, suggest an association, or present an important adverse reaction. These can also be used to present unexpected or unusual images of a disease. All case report articles should indicate that informed consent to publish the information was granted from the patients or their guardians.

Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the journal's scope. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings.

Letters to the Editor: these can take the form of a substantial re-analysis of a previously published article, or a substantial response to such a re-analysis from the authors of the original publication, or an article that may not cover 'standard research' but that may be relevant to readers.

Methodology articles: presentations of a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method.

Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually commissioned but submissions are also welcome.

Study protocols: describe proposed or ongoing research, providing a detailed account of the hypothesis, rationale, and methodology of the study.

Peer-review policies

  • Peer review will be closed. Authors submitting a research article to the journal will be asked to consult a relevant subject panel and suggest appropriate Editorial Board members to peer-review the article.
  • All manuscripts will be assigned to and read and screened by a Chief or Associate editor. Those that fall within the scope of the journal and have content that contributes to the field will be sent for peer review. Those that do not will be returned with brief editorial comment.
  • A minimum of two reviews will be required before a first decision (reject, revise, accept) is made. Two reviewers will be sought routinely and where applicable three reviewers.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Journal of Eating Disorders, a personalized section of the site.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

Journal of Eating Disorders will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Eating Disorders should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Journal of Eating Disorders

Articles in Journal of Eating Disorders should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. J Eat Disord [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. J Eat Disord 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Journal of Eating Disorders?

High visibility

Journal of Eating Disorders's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Journal of Eating Disorders offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Journal of Eating Disorders and BioMed Central.

Flexibility

Online publication in Journal of Eating Disorders gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Journal of Eating Disorders are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Journal of Eating Disorders's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Journal of Eating Disorders may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Journal of Eating Disorders. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Journal of Eating Disorders retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).

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