STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND POLICY
Childhood Obesity delivers action-oriented content addressing prevention and management strategies during the formative years of childhood and adolescence. Original manuscripts submitted to Childhood Obesity must not contain material that has been reported elsewhere (except in the form of an abstract published for a scientific meeting) or be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
All manuscripts must be submitted online using the following URL: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/childhoodobesity
Please read all the instructions to authors before submitting your manuscript.
PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPT
Prepare manuscripts double-spaced. Original articles should be limited to approximately 3,000 words. Leave ample margins on both sides, top and bottom. The title page should include the authors’ names, academic degrees, complete affiliations and address(es), email address, and the funding source (if appropriate). A corresponding author should be identified. Include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Abstracts of original articles should be structured and contain four paragraphs labeled as: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. While Review articles require an abstract, it does not need to be structured.
TABLES AND ILLUSTRATIONS
Prepare each table with a title in a separate Word document. Use Arabic numerals to number tables. Each table must stand alone, i.e., contain all necessary information within the table or in table footnotes, and the table itself must be understood independently of the text. Information that appears in the text should not be repeated in the table, and tables should not contain data that can be given in the text in one or two sentences.
Please submit artwork according to the following guidelines:
- Do NOT embed art files into a Word or PDF document.
- Line illustrations should be submitted at 900 dpi.
- Halftones and color should be submitted at a minimum of 300 dpi.
- Save as either TIFF or EPS files
- Color art must be saved as CYMK - not RGB.
- Black and White art must be submitted as grayscale – not RGB.
- Do NOT submit PowerPoint, PDF, Bitmap or Excel files.
Please name your artwork files with the submitting author's name, i.e., SmithFig1.tif, SmithTable2.tif, etc. Authors who do not follow these guidelines may have their submission returned to them without being reviewed.
You will be given directions on how to correct any files which do not pass.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT ART FILES
Converting Word or Excel files: Perhaps the best and easiest way to convert Word or Excel files into a format which is suitable for print is to scan them using the below guidelines:
- All files should be scanned at 100% size.
- 300 dpi
- Final color mode: cmyk
- Save file as: .tif or .eps
If you need directions on how to convert a Power Point slide to acceptable format go to http://www.liebertpub.com/MEDIA/pdf/ppconvert.pdf
Abbreviations of journal titles should follow MEDLINE.
Institutional affiliations, as indicated on the title page, should include all corporate affiliations and any funding sources that support the work.
Immediately following the Acknowledgments section, include a section entitled, “Author Disclosure Statement.”
In this portion of the manuscript, authors must disclose any commercial associations that might create a conflict of interest in connection with submitted articles. This statement should include appropriate information for EACH author, thereby representing that competing financial interests of all authors have been appropriately disclosed according to the policy of the Journal.
Consultancies, honoraria, stock ownership, equity interests, arrangements regarding patents, or any other vested interests should be disclosed in this section. It is important that all conflicts of interest, whether they are actual or potential, be disclosed. This information will remain confidential while the article is being reviewed and will not influence the editorial decision.
If no conflicts exist, the authors must state “No competing financial interests exist.”
Please see the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at http://www.icmje.org/index.html#conflicts for further guidance.
Patients and Study Participants
All manuscripts must comply with the privacy and confidentiality requirements outlined on the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals website. For more information, visit www.icmje.org/ethical_6protection.html
ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN THE CONDUCT AND REPORTING OF RESEARCH:
PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS AND ANIMALS IN RESEARCH*
When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study.
*This portion of Childhood Obesity’s Instructions for Authors has been quoted directly from the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals website. For more information, visit www.icmje.org/ethical_6protection.html
List references in consecutive numerical order (not alphabetically). All subsequent reference citations should be to the original number. Cite all references in the text or tables. Unpublished data and personal communications should not be listed as references.
References to journal articles should include: author name(s) (list et al after the first three); article title; journal name (as abbreviated in Medline);year; volume number; inclusive page numbers, in that order. Ex: Waldrop J, Ferguson LA. Pediatric overweight or obesity: Does the label really matter? J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2008;20:251-258.
References to books should include: author name(s); chapter title (if any); editor(s); title of book; city/state (and country if outside the U.S.) of publication; publisher; year; inclusive page numbers, in that order.
Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the references and for their correct text citation.
The author must obtain permission to reproduce figures, tables and text from previously published material. Written permission must be obtained from the original copyright holder (generally the publisher, not the author or editor) of the journal or book concerned. An appropriate credit line should be included in the figure legend or table footnote, and full publication information should be included in the reference list. Written permission must be obtained from the author of any unpublished material and should accompany the manuscript.
Reprints may be ordered by following the special instructions that will accompany page proofs, and should be ordered at the time the corresponding author returns the corrected page proofs to the Publisher. Reprints ordered after an issue is printed will be charged at a substantially higher rate.
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