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About Nutrition & Metabolism

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Nutrition & Metabolism, 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

Nutrition & Metabolism publishes content focused on the integration of nutrition, exercise physiology, clinical investigations, and molecular and cellular biochemistry of metabolism.

The areas of interest of Nutrition & Metabolism encompass studies in obesity, diabetes, lipidemias, metabolic syndrome and exercise physiology that have an underlying basis in metabolism. Likewise, we seek submission of manuscripts on the biochemistry of metabolism, cell signaling, molecular and cellular biology of nutrients, nutrient gene interactions and other areas that have implications for human nutrition and medicine.

Current, but not exclusive, interests are metabolic effects of diet composition, interactions of macronutrients, effect of nutrients on gene expression, metabolic control and compartment models, nutritional effect of hormones, and genomic analysis of dietary phenomena.

Recent events that provide the rationale for Nutrition & Metabolism are 1) awareness of an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, lipidemias and other related diseases, 2) the sudden increase in popularity of diets, such as low carbohydrate diets, to achieve weight loss, and 3) a renewed interest in intermediary metabolism accompanied by the development of new tools and techniques for genomic and metabolic analysis. With the considerable activity shown in these areas, rapid dissemination of new information is clearly valuable. Whereas articles that appear in existing journals discuss intermediary metabolism in a nutritional context, there is a need for unique and explicit focus for this discipline.

Open access

All articles published by Nutrition & Metabolism 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 Nutrition & Metabolism 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. Nutrition & Metabolism therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1300/$2035/€1655 for each article accepted for publication. If the corresponding 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. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

All articles published in Nutrition & Metabolism are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Nutrition & Metabolism include:

  • Agricola
  • CABI
  • CAS
  • Cinahl
  • Current contents
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • Food Science and Technology Abstracts
  • Global Health
  • Google Scholar
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SCImago
  • Scopus

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

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

Nutrition & Metabolism is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 3.26.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Nutrition & Metabolism considers the following types of articles:

  • Research: reports of data from original research and clinical trial outcomes.
  • Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal.
  • Book Reviews: a broad perspective of texts, technical and lay books on nutrition, metabolism and biochemistry will be considered for Book Review.
  • Brief Communications: Brief communications are suitable for the presentation of novel research of timely importance. Authors must clearly acknowledge any work upon which they are building, both published and unpublished.
  • Letters to the Editor: these can take three forms: 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.
  • Perspectives: these are normally commissioned and are usually based on one or more recently published articles interesting enough to warrant a short commentary.
  • 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. The article should describe a demonstrable advance on what is currently available.
  • 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, and may be commissioned from opinion leaders in the field.

Peer review policies


  • Manuscripts undergo a preliminary evaluation by the Managing Editor, the Editor-in-Chief, or one Associate Editor. If they are deemed suitable for publication, manuscripts are then sent to one or more ad hoc reviewers. Editors and reviewers generally remain anonymous. The Editor-in-Chief reviews final recommendations and the final summary statement for style and constructive and collegial tone. Final decisions are then sent to the authors.
  • Instructions to reviewers: In deciding whether to recommend the manuscript to be accepted or rejected, or to ask for major or minor revisions, reviewers ask whether the manuscript provides a major advancement in science, and whether the scientific community is well served by its publication. Peer-reviewers will evaluate soundness of experimental approaches, clarity of presentations, and appropriate citations of published articles. Manuscripts are selected on the basis of originality, scientific quality and impact.
  • In cases of ambiguity, the Editor-in-Chief or a third reviewer will be consulted.


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


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


Nutrition & Metabolism 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. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Nutrition & Metabolism should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Nutrition & Metabolism

Articles in Nutrition & Metabolism 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. Nutr Metab (Lond) [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. Nutr Metab (Lond) 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Nutrition & Metabolism?

High visibility

Nutrition & Metabolism'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

Nutrition & Metabolism 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 Nutrition & Metabolism, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.


Online publication in Nutrition & Metabolism 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 Nutrition & Metabolism are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Nutrition & Metabolism's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Nutrition & Metabolism 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 Nutrition & Metabolism. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

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

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