1. Range of themes
The Ernährungs Umschau publishes reviews and original articles on the whole area of nutritional science, including nutritional behavior, nutritional economics, nutritional medicine and other areas of importance for balanced human nutrition. In addition, the Ernährungs Umschau publishes current information and news on nutritional practice (e.g. congress reports, book discussions), together with contributions on further education and postgraduate training (e.g. basic knowledge, nutritional teaching and practice). Successful participants in the continuing education online-section can acquire CME [Continuing Medical Education points, postgraduate training, recognized by Hesse Medical Association] or points for the certificates of the DGE, VDD, VFED and VDOE [German Nutrition Society; German Dietitian Association; Association for Nutrition and Dietetics; BerufsVerband Oecotrophologie].
2. Requirements for published material
The Ernährungs Umschau is a scientific journal that is read by professionals from different disciplines, particularly nutrition science and home economy, dietitetics, publich health and nutritional medicine. The articles include the proven results of scientific research, as well as reviews of the current state of research in these areas. Opinions and statements are marked as such. The texts should be written in a comprehensible manner. Special technical terms must be explained, perhaps in a separate glossary. All texts must be checked before being sent to the Editorial Office.
The manuscripts will be processed in the Editorial Office. The Editorial Office will discuss major changes with the author. Minor changes are marked in the proofs sent to the author in good time for approval before printing.
3. Peer-review procedure/assessment
In principle, all manuscripts in the Science & Research section are assessed by peer review. After the manuscript has been received, its suitability will be evaluated by reviewers nominated by the Editor. Accepted articles will be published with the dates of submission and acceptance.
4. Form of submission
Articles can be submitted as a text file (Word for Windows), with a short e-mail. You will be sent a confirmation of receipt together with a manuscript number. For English language articles, either the British or the American spelling can be used, but should be consistent. British spelling is based on the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary and American spelling on the Merriam Webster Dictionary.
5. Structure of the manuscripts
A) Full Paper
Size: Ca. six printed pages (max. 24,000 characters, including tables, literature, summary and keywords). Longer manuscripts may be returned to the author to be shortened or to be split into parts.
Title (as short and as striking as possible), possibly with a subtitle, the name of the author with title and fully written out first name, institution, address and e-mail, with a short opener/teaser (max. 400 characters) that introduces the theme.
In articles of more than 5,000 characters, the main text is subdivided into up to 3 levels by subtitles, in order to facilitate comprehension. It is normally completed by figures and tables. These are sent separately (see below). Please employ the classical structure (Introduction, Problem, Methods, Results, and Discussion including limitations [e.g. of the study design]). The article must be clearly structured.
Summary (max. 1,000 characters) and max. 5 keywords. The list of references includes the literature references in the sequence in which they are cited in the text. The running numbers are in the text in square brackets. The list should not contain more than 25 references (original articles). A greater number is allowed for review articles. Please cite original articles where possible. The standard manner of citation is as follows (1. Book; 2. Journal; 3. URL):
1. Pudel V, Westenhöfer J. Ernährungspsychologie. Eine Einführung. 3., unveränd. Auf., Hogrefe-Verlag, Göttingen (2003) For edited works: Schneider B (Hg).
2. Crawley HF, Shergill-Bonner R (1995) The nutrient and food intakes of 16–17 year old female dieters in the UK. J Hum Nutr Diet 8: 25–34 With more than 3 authors, only the first three are given, followed by et al.
3. Arbeitslosengeld II: Leistungen zur Sicherung des Lebensunterhalts. URL: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartz_IV Zugriff 10.07.07
Figures and Tables should be given running Arabic numbers. The text will include a corresponding reference (Table/Figure 1). The number of figures and tables should be appropriate to the text (maximally 2 per printed page). The figures and tables must be submitted in printable quality (300 dpi) as an “open” file (e.g. xls or ppt files, to which the publishers have access) or as a reproducible draft. If figures or tables are taken from other printed works, please give the source precisely. It will be assumed that you have approval for reproduction.
Full Papers also appear as the full English text in the online journal Ernaehrungs Umschau international (see point Publication in English) in these Instructions for Authors.
B) Short Paper
The category Short Paper gives you the chance to publish the results of even small studies in a form that can be cited. In comparison or in addition to volumes of congress reports or symposia, you reach many more readers, as the circulation of Ernährungs Umschau is so high. Short papers are between 4,000 and 8,000 characters in length (including blank spaces), depending on the proportion of figures and tables. This corresponds to two printed pages and is about the size of a classical congress poster. Larger manuscripts are treated as a full paper (see above). Because of the special features of the short paper, it is essential to employ short and striking formulations and to concentrate on the Methods, Results and Discussion sections. If at all possible, duplications (e.g. values in both the tables and text) should be avoided. You can discuss this with the Editorial Office. Short Papers also appear as the full English text in the online journal Ernaehrungs Umschau international (see point Publication in English) in these Instructions for Authors. If the study has already been submitted elsewhere in a similar form as a poster, please mention this in the text (e.g. updated version of a poster at function XYZ).
Title (as short and as striking as possible), possibly with a subtitle, the name of the author with title and fully written out first name, institution, address and e-mail. The main text is subdivided into up to 2 levels by subtitles, in order to facilitate comprehension. It is normally completed by figures and tables. These are sent separately (see below). Please employ the classical structure (Introduction, Problem, Methods, Results, and Discussion including limitations [e.g. of the study design]. The article must be clearly structured.
Abstract (max. 300 characters) and max. 5 keywords. The list of references includes the literature references in the sequence in which they are cited in the text. The running numbers are in the text in square brackets. The list should not include more than 15 references. Citations as in the Full Paper (see above). (For additional information, see the category Full Paper.)
6. English publications in Ernährungs Umschau
As of 2013, all articles in the Science & Research section (Full Paper, Short Paper) in the German language printed version, will also appear as a full text English version in the online Journal Ernaehrungs Umschau international. As of 2013, articles published in Ernährungs Umschau should be exclusively cited in the English citation form (as given under “citation”), in order to ensure optimal listing in scientific databases. Publications submitted in German will be translated into English by a specialized translator. The cost will be covered by the publisher. Alternatively, articles can be submitted in two languages (English + German). In this case, the publishers will pay the author a fee, as long as the quality of the English text does not necessitate revision. If you are not sure in what form you wish to submit a manuscript, the Editorial Office would be glad to advise you. For contributions outside the section Science & Research (e.g. special articles), the author can agree with the publishers that it should be published in the Online Journal Ernaehrungs Umschau international. In this case, the author bears the costs of the specialist translation, in so far as he can or will provide an English translation of equal quality.
7. Specimen copy
The author will be sent the article as a pdf file. If desired, the author can also be sent a specimen copy free of charge. Additional issues can be ordered and paid for.
Declaration on copyright
a) The submitted manuscripts may not be submitted to other journals or publishers or accepted by these.
b) The corresponding author confirms with the imprimatur that there is no conflict of interest. If there is however a conflict of interest, this must be briefly described at the end of the manuscript.
c) With the imprimatur, the corresponding author confirms that all authors participating in the article have been named and that they agree with the publication in the present form and with the agreements on copyright law.
d) The authors grant the publishers the exclusive rights, without limitation in time, space or content, comprehensively to use copyrights and related protected privileges in the sense of the Law on Copyright which they have acquired in the fulfilment of their contractual obligations from the author agreement as author or coauthor, from the time point of the legal origin. In particular, the right of use includes the right of the publisher to use the works listed in sentence a both in Germany and abroad, in physical and mental form, and to transmit them publicly, both in printed media and in film, radio, databases, telecommunication and data networks (e.g. online services) as well as data carriers (e.g. magnetic, optical, magneto-optical and electronic data carriers, such as CD-ROM and microfilm), whatever the techniques of transmission and carrying. This includes translation into another language. Use of the work in a currently unknown manner is also regarded as having been granted.
e) The author assumes the liability that the rights of third parties are not violated by the article he has written.
f) Once the manuscript has been accepted, its ownership passes to the publishers.
g) Payment: There is no payment for scientific articles submitted to the section Science & Research (but see Section 6 on English Publications). For the contributions to the other sections, a payment is made for each printed page, as agreed with the Editorial Office. This is mainly determined by the quality and possibly the exclusiveness of the contribution. The agreed payment (per printed page or contribution) must be confirmed to the author by the Editorial Office. The fee is paid after the printed version has appeared.
h) After publication of the printed issue and shipment of the specimen copy or payment for manuscripts acquired by the Editorial Office (see [g]), all claims from the authors from this work and from the transfer of the right of use have been settled.
i) The author accepts this declaration on copyright by signing the imprimatur declaration.
Manuscripts and enquiries should be sent to:
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Declaration on Conflict of Interest
In order to make clear to our readers where there are possible conflicts of interest for the authors of scientific articles, expert interviews and opinion columns, the Ernährungs Umschau will only publish manuscripts with a declaration on conflict of interest from all participating authors. All authors who contribute to an article are requested to formulate a declaration and to sign this. Manuscripts submitted for the peer review procedure are not transmitted for peer review without this declaration.
You can download the declaration on the conflict of interest here.
There is a conflict of interest when your interpretation of data or your presentation of results could be influenced by your personal or financial links to other persons or organizations. Authors should exclude all financial conflicts of interest, as well as non-financial conflicts of interest, which might discredit the publication and/or the authors, if these conflicts first become known after the publication of the manuscript. Please send us a current declaration of conflict of interest with each new manuscript, even if you have frequently published in the Ernährungs Umschau. By signing the imprimatur form, you confirm that the declaration on conflict of interest we have received is correct and valid.
You can base your formulation on the following examples:
I declare that there is no conflict of interest in the sense of the Guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
Prof. Dr. B. Muster participates in the research projects of the firm XYZ.
Dipl. oec. troph. B. Muster receives lecture fees, expenses and travel costs from the firm XYZ.
Dr. B. Muster has received research support from the firms XX, YY, ZZ and the foundation of the firm XYZ.
He receives financial support for studies, lectures and consultation work from the firm XYZ.
Dr. B. Muster is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the firm or organization XYZ.
Additional literature on the theme of conflict of interest in scientific publications:
- Seems to be true. Seems to be true? Conflicts of Interest in Research in Nutritional Science (Dr. Udo Maid-Kohnert, Editorial Director Ernährungs Umschau)
- Tips on composing and writing a scientific article (Prof. Dr. Helmut F. Erbersdobler, Editor Ernährungs Umschau)
Please base your declaration on the information and examples in the Guidelines for Authors of the Ernährungs Umschau. Original text of the Committee of Medical Journal Editors:
You can download the declaration of conflict of interest once again here.
Statement of Informed Consent
With the submission of the manuscript, the authors confirm - in so far as this is relevant and applicable to the study design - that the objective, type and scope of the study have been appropriately explained to all study participants, that they have understood this explanation and that they have confirmed in writing that they consent to participate in the study. Examples of the documentation on the Statement of Informed Consent can be found, e.g. here: www.who.int/rpc/research_ethics/informed_consent/en/
Statement of Human and Animal Rights
When the manuscript is submitted, the authors confirm (or demonstrate) that there is a positive vote from the responsible Ethics Committee - in so far as this is relevant and applicable for the study design. This applies to both studies in man and to studies including animal experiments.