American Society For Nutrition

Statement of Scope

Statement of Scope

Excellence in Nutrition Research and Practice
Teresa A. Davis
Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Nutrition
Baylor College of Medicine
Children's Nutrition Research Center

The Journal of Nutrition is published monthly and is an official publication of ASN. Contents include peer-reviewed research papers covering all aspects of experimental nutrition; special articles such as critical reviews and biographies of prominent nutrition scientists; and commentaries on controversial issues in nutrition.

Supplements are frequently published to provide extended discussion of topics of special interest.

JN Cover Teresa A. Davis is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Nutrition. With the assistance and recommendation of Associate Editors (selected for their expertise in specific nutrition disciplines), the Editor accepts or rejects submitted manuscripts. Submitted manuscripts must comply with The Journal of Nutrition's Guide for Authors. Membership in ASN includes a subscription to the online version of JN.

The premier journal in its field, The Journal of Nutrition continues to have as its goal the publication of papers based on original nutrition research in humans and other animal species. In circulation since 1928, it is an official monthly publication of the American Society for Nutrition distributed to more than 4500 subscribers world-wide. The Journal publishes original research reported by authors in over 30 countries. To provide expert evaluation of the various segments of the broad spectrum of nutrition research, the editorial office is assisted by scientists who serve as Associate Editors, Editorial Board Members, and ad-hoc reviewers chosen for their nutritional science expertise. They provide constructive evaluation and fair and rapid editorial processing. Reports of research on the following and other areas of nutrition are published:
  • Biochemical, Molecular, and Genetic Mechanisms in Nutrition
  • Nutrient Physiology, Metabolism, and Nutrient-Nutrient Interactions (including Nutritional Toxicities)
  • Nutrition and Disease
  • Nutrient Requirements and Optimal Nutrition
  • Genomics, Proteomics, and Metabolomics
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Community and International Nutrition
  • Nutritional Immunology
  • Ingestive Behavior and Nutritional Neurosciences
  • Nutritional Methodologies and Mathematical Modeling

The Journal also publishes critical reviews, issues and opinions, biographies, and supplements containing proceedings of symposia or special meetings. The frequency of citations to articles published in The Journal of Nutrition by scientists, clinicians, and others increases each year.

The Journal of Nutrition focuses on the review of manuscripts that address human, animal, cellular, and molecular nutrition.The Journal is especially interested in publishing manuscripts that advance the understanding of nutritional mechanisms in human populations, animals, relevant model organisms, appropriate primary cells or cell culture models, and/or at the molecular level.Manuscripts addressing interactions of nutrition with genetics, physiological regulation, health outcomes, and behavioral outcomes are generally well suited for review by The Journal of Nutrition. Because the pages that can be published annually are limited, suitability is an important consideration in the review process.To facilitate review the Editor in Chief previews all submitted manuscripts, and independently or in consultation with an Associate Editor, decides if a manuscript is well suited for review by members of the Journal's editorial board and/or external ad hoc reviewers.Manuscripts outside of the scope of The Journal of Nutrition are returned without the delay of a full review, generally within a week of submission. Authors may contact the Editor in Chief in advance to inquire about the potential suitability of their research topic for review by The Journal of Nutrition.

To assist authors in deciding if their manuscript is likely to be suitable for review, some of the reasons for the rapid return of manuscripts are listed below:

  • Studies for which the research report is considered premature, strictly observational, or that quantify outcomes without testing hypotheses
  • Studies that are confirmatory of well established nutritional principles
  • Studies of critically ill, hospitalized, or intravenously fed patients. These are generally better suited for review by a clinical nutrition or parenteral nutrition specialty journal. Studies reporting on chronically ill patients such as those with cancer, immune diseases, chronic lung disease, diabetes, and/or psychiatric disorders are better suited for review by a clinically-focused journal.
  • Studies reporting clinical laboratory or compositional values that do not include nutrition as a factor in the study design. These are generally better suited for review by a metabolism specialty journal.
  • Studies based on food ingredients that lack obvious nutritional properties
  • Studies of nutritional substances at levels considered pharmacological
  • Studies in which the route of administration is nonphysiological. Exceptions would be a clinically relevant nonenteral route of administration, such as in the prophylactic administration of vitamin K or vitamin A in infants.
  • Studies primarily about the composition of foods, natural products, nutrient concentrations, specialty cultivars, and crop breeding. These manuscripts are better suited for review by journals specializing in dietetics, or agricultural and natural products.
  • Production-related topics better suited for review by an animal, poultry or aquatic science journal
The Journal of Nutrition is unlikely to review manuscripts in which the primary data are from cultured cells treated directly with bioactive ingredients; as they have bypassed normal processes of nutrient assimilation, the nutritional relevance is undercertain.

The Journal does not review manuscripts based on studies using "cafeteria" (free choice) diets, as these are not easily reproduced and the nutrients consumed may differ from animal to animal.

Manuscript submissions and inquiries are encouraged. Manuscript style and formatting are described in the "Guide for Authors" posted online at Manuscript submissions should be made using The Journal of Nutrition online manuscript submission program ( Direct inquiries to:

Editorial Office:
Teresa A. Davis
Children's Nutrition Research Center
Baylor College of Medicine
110 Bates Street
Houston, TX 77030