Contribution and Reprint Guidelines

The Journal of Child Nutrition and Management Contribution and Reprint Guidelines

The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management contains research articles focusing on school/child nutrition programs, including a wide variety of topics such as financial management, operations, food quality and production, program evaluation, nutrition standards, and nutrition education. With the exception of contributions developed as a result of projects funded by the U.S. government, manuscripts must be original, unpublished, and not submitted for publication elsewhere. School Nutrition Association membership is not a prerequisite for submitting manuscripts. International submissions are encouraged.

Primary Audience

The primary audience of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management includes: school/child nutrition professionals and those involved in public policy at local, agency, state, regional, and national/intergovernmental levels. In addition, the primary audience includes students, faculty, researchers, school community members, school administrators, and organization/industry representatives with an interest in child nutrition programs.

Manuscript Categories

The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management accepts manuscripts in four categories: Commentary, Current Issues, Research in Action, and Practical Solutions. Each manuscript is evaluated through a blind peer review process, considering many factors including: content, relevance, originality, article readability, style of writing, methodology, results and discussion, conclusions, appropriate use of tables and figures, references, and applications for child nutrition personnel. Manuscripts will be rejected if they are deemed inappropriate for The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management or if they do not conform to the following guidelines.

  1. Commentary: Should be a brief opinion piece on a timely subject that stimulates thought, challenges the status quo, and provides suggestions for action or areas for research. Charts/tables/figures/illustrations should not be submitted in this category. Article Length: up to 1,500 words.
  2. Current Issues: May be a review of literature or a discussion of a subject of current interest or controversy. The article may include references and charts/tables, but should not discuss methodology or data collection in detail. Papers should include an Abstract (see below). No more than three charts/tables/figures/illustrations are recommended in this category. Article Length: up to 2,500 words.
  3. Research in Action: Papers should report original research and include all of the following sections clearly labeled and in the order listed below. No more than four charts/tables/figures/illustrations are recommended in this category. Papers should include an Abstract (see below). Article Length: up to 4,000 words.
    • Introduction-State the purpose of the study and provide a brief discussion of relevant literature. Percentage of article: Approximately 15%.
    • Methodology-Briefly describe the research sample, the research instruments used, and how data were collected and analyzed. Submit (for review only) any questionnaires or other test instruments used in the research to allow reviewers to assure the validity of the methods used. Percentage of article: Approximately 15%.
    • Results and Discussion-Present findings of the research, discuss their significance, and if possible, relate the new information to previous knowledge of the topic area. Percentage of article: Approximately 30% (not including charts, tables, and illustrations).
    • Conclusions and Application-Suggest how readers can apply the research results to their school-based child nutrition operations and discuss, when appropriate, possible implications for future research. Percentage of article: Approximately 30%.
  4. Practical Solutions: Papers should describe a problem or challenge and discuss solutions that led to enhanced operational effectiveness and efficiency. The paper may also offer suggestions for possible future research. Papers should include an Abstract (see below). No more than three charts/ tables/figures/illustrations are recommended in this category. Article Length: up to 2,500 words, including Abstract and References.

Abstracts

An abstract, of approximately 150 words, will provide a summary of the purpose and recommendations for the subject addressed in "Commentary" and "Current Issues" manuscripts.

A structured abstract is required for the "Research in Action" and "Practical Solutions" manuscript categories. The abstract, of approximately 300 words, should have the following headings:

  • Purpose/Objectives: Describe the purpose and objectives of the research.
  • Methods: Describe the sample, research design, data collections, and data analysis.
  • Results: Present the major results of the study.
  • Applications to Child Nutrition Professionals: Provide applications of the results for the field.

Style of Manuscripts

In addition to meeting the criteria of the above manuscript categories, all manuscripts should be written in in a direct manner that makes both the research and results interesting and understandable. Authors should avoid heavily academic, technical language and explain jargon.

All Journal manuscripts should follow American Psychological Association (APA) Style. Refer to the current American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual for additional information (for 2013, the current manual is the 6th edition). More information may be found at http://www.apastyle.org.

Before submitting a manuscript for publishing consideration, authors in the academic community may wish to have a local school/child nutrition representative review the paper for clarity and practical application. Researcher and practitioner collaboration, including community-based participatory research, is encouraged.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare two files, one for the title page and one for the manuscript that includes the abstract, references, and tables/figures. Manuscript must be double-spaced, use Times New Roman 12 point typeface, and contain 1-inch margins. Number each page clearly. As an aid to reviewers, please number each line of manuscript copy down the left margin beginning with line 1. Use the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary for spelling, consistent with APA Style.

Submit the two files as Word document (.doc) attachments to the Editor. Remove citation/reference list software field codes and Word page/section breaks before submitting.

Assemble your document in two files as described below:

Title Page: The title page should be in a separate file and should include the title of the article; category for which the manuscript is being submitted; word count for the total manuscript, as well as each individual section; the name, professional suffixes, job title, place of employment, and mail and e-mail addresses of all authors; and the phone number and mailing address of the person who should receive the galley proof (corresponding author). Identify authors on the title page only, so the manuscript can be reviewed confidentially.

Manuscript

  1. Abstract: On a separate page, include the title of the article and the abstract (see Abstract above).
  2. Key Words: Submit 4 to 6 key words that can best be used to reference the article.
  3. Text: Follow the requirements of the appropriate article category described above and the rules of APA Style. The APA Publication Manual includes helpful guidelines for grammar, writing style, and clarity. For example, select tense carefully, and stay within the chosen tense. In general, use the past tense (Sanchez confirmed) or present perfect (researchers have confirmed) for the introduction, methodology, and results/discussion. Present tense may be used to discuss implications of the results, conclusions, and applications.
  4. Acknowledgements: These may include acknowledgement of technical assistance, sources of financial support, or identification of a thesis, dissertation, presentation, or preliminary report used in the study.
  5. References: Use only references cited in the text. Type double-spaced in alphabetical order. Follow the most current APA Style for text citations (author-date) and references, and include a digital object identifier (DOI) or a valid URL (if no DOI is available) for all references. Refer to the APA Publication Manual for additional information on text citation and reference format. Some examples follow:
    • Journal article with DOI
      Ogden, C. L., Carroll, M. D., Curtin, L. R., Lamb, M. M., & Flegal, K. M. (2010).
      Prevalence of high body mass index in U.S. children and adolescents, 2007-2008.
      Journal of American Dietetic Association, 303, 242-249. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.2012
      • Parenthetical format, first citation in text
        (Ogden, Carroll, Curtin, Lamb, & Flegal, 2010)
    • Entire book, print version
      Institute of Medicine. (2010). School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
      • Parenthetical format, first citation in text
        (Institute of Medicine, 2010)
    • Government report (retrieved online)
      Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. (2006). The double burden of malnutrition: Case study from six developing countries (FAO Food and Nutrition Paper No. 84). Retrieved from
      www.fao.org/docrep/009/a0442e/a0442e00.htm
      • Parenthetical format, first citation in text
        (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2006)
    • Government report (hard copy)
      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2010). The Surgeon General's vision for a healthy and fit nation. Rockville, MD: Public Health Service, Office of the Surgeon General.
      • Parenthetical format, first citation in text
        (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010)
    • Statute
      Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, 42 U.S.C. § 1751 et seq. (2010).
      • Parenthetical format, first citation in text
        (Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, 2010)
  6. Tables: Type each table double-spaced on a separate page at the end of the manuscript (in same file); number sequentially and identify each with a short title, using APA Style. Preferably, tables should be formatted in a recognized software program (e.g. Microsoft Word or Excel). Limit tables to those essential for clarification. Indicate within the manuscript where each table should go for the final publication. Format as follows:
    Table 1. Selected Demographic Information for School Districts Chosen as Case Study Sites
    VariablesPilot District 
    (Midwest)
    District A
    (Mid Atlantic)
    District B
    (West)
    District C
    (Mountain Plains)
    District D
    (Northeast)
    Student Enrollment37,78076,38523,38417,8774,959
    Number of Schools5912030357
    Total Revenue for 2010-2011$23,129,574$23,771,327$9,446,316$7,625,333$1,662,391
    Number of Schools with Breakfast in the Classroom59305232
    Percentage of Students Approved for Free Meals64.8%23.3%49.1%60.9%39.7%
    Percentage of Students Approved for Reduced Price Meals8.3%5.7%10.8%8.1%7.2%

  7. Illustrations, Figures, and Charts: These should also be on a separate page at the end of the manuscript (in same file); number sequentially and identify each with a short title, using APA style. Indicate within the manuscript where each illustration/figure/chart should go for the final publication. Format as follows:
    image
    Figure 1. Data Collection Summary from SNDs.

Review Process

Authors will receive written acknowledgement of the initial receipt of their manuscript. All submitted manuscripts are then sent to peer reviewers who are experts in their fields. After peer review (usually 10 to 12 weeks after the date of the initial acknowledgement letter), the editor will notify the corresponding author whether the manuscript has been accepted as is, with revision, or rejected. In the case of required revisions, the reviewers’ evaluation will be returned.

The School Nutrition Association holds the copyright on all material published in the Journal. Therefore, upon submission, the corresponding author must sign and date a statement that transfers the article’s copyright to the School Nutrition Association. Manuscripts submitted by authors who were employees of the U.S. federal government at the time their work was investigated and written are not subject to the Copyright Act; therefore, these authors will not be required to submit the statement of copyright transfer but must inform the Editor of their status as federal employees.

Final Checklist

Before submitting a manuscript for review, please consult the following checklist of requirements to ensure the paper meets The Journal’s standards for publication. The Editor can and will reject manuscripts that do not meet the specified criteria.

  • Have you prepared the title page file and manuscript file according to the guidelines?
  • Have you attached a complete Title Page?
  • Have you included an Abstract page, with the title and abstract only?
  • Have you included Acknowledgements (if applicable)?
  • Have you included and properly formatted references when applicable?
  • Have you removed the field codes and page/section breaks?
  • Have you checked the manuscript word count?
  • Have you met the guidelines regarding tables/charts/figures/illustrations?
  • Have you indicated a manuscript category and followed the category guidelines?
  • Have you communicated effectively, using the recommended writing style?
  • Is your study presented in an orderly and concise manner that will engage readers?
  • Have you numbered the lines of the manuscript?
  • Is the font in 12 point Times New Roman?
  • Is the manuscript double-spaced?
  • Have you included the DOI or URL for all references, if applicable?

For more information, contact:
The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management
Carolyn Bednar, PhD, RD, LD, Editor
Professor Emeritus
Department of Nutrition & Food Sciences
Texas Woman's University
cbednar@twu.edu

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