Elsevier Publishing Partnership

Fewer fees, improved author service, and superior discoverability. ASN has a journal choice for every author around the world. 

Beginning with the January 2023 issues, the American Society for Nutrition’s journal portfolio is published in partnership with Elsevier. Known for its efficient publishing and state of the art marketing, Elsevier is a leading source of scientific and medical research with global reach. ASN will continue to own the ASN journal portfolio and maintain complete editorial control.

The ASN – Elsevier partnership will strategically position our journals for continued growth and success in an open access future. Highlights include:

 A Partnership Built on Our Strengths:  ASN’s strong editorial teams continue their efforts to curate and verify high-quality science. Elsevier’s platform, technologies, and dissemination efforts contribute to an improved experience and increased content discoverability. Together, we aim for your research to be read, shared, and cited globally.


Fewer Fees:  Beginning with the January 2023 issues, authors no longer pay page or color figure charges to publish in any ASN journal. Authors can publish free in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and The Journal of Nutrition.


Prominent Open Access Options:  To support the Open Science movement, Advances in Nutrition – ASN’s reviews journal – has joined Current Developments in Nutrition as a full, gold Open Access (OA) journal. Readers of AN and CDN have free, immediate access to published content. AJCN and JN remain hybrid journals, meaning authors and/or their institutions can choose to fund Article Processing Fees for manuscripts to be published OA.

Best-in-class Digital Platforms:  To ensure the broadest reach, ASN journal content is disseminated on two distinct platforms: an ASN-branded journal site and ScienceDirect, the world’s leading source for scientific, technical, and medical research.


Transition of All Journals to e-Only:  To help ensure a sustainable future, beginning in January, all ASN journals are available only in electronic format. Elimination of print copies will reduce the journals’ environmental footprint, lower costs, and contribute to the profile of ASN as an innovative, global leader in the field.


Increased Support and Transparency:  With the transition to the Elsevier Editorial Manager support, all users will now have access to the 24/7 Researcher Support teams via phone, email, or chat. A Declaration of Interest tool has been integrated into the submission process. Authors are directed to answer a series of questions based on the ICMJE declaration standards to highlight any potential conflicts.

What you need to know:

ASN has entered into an agreement with Elsevier for the provision of production, sales, and marketing services for ASN journals effective January 1, 2023. While this agreement will add considerable resources and expertise to the ASN publications program, it will not impact ASN’s ownership of the journals or ASN’s control over all decisions affecting ASN journals. ASN will continue to set policies that govern access to content and editorial appointments, for example. Similarly, the agreement with Elsevier will not impact editorial policies or publication decision criteria, which remain the sole purview of journal editors.

ASN is pleased to announce that, with the migration of publishing with Elsevier, ASN’s journals have returned to the nutrition.org domain URLs with with the following journal branded sites: jn.nutrition.org, ajcn.nutrition.org, advances.nutrition.org, and cdn.nutrition.org. In addition, all content dating back to the journals’ launch now also appears on ScienceDirect. ScienceDirect is a database of scientific and medical books and journals.  Abstracts, other metadata, and the full text of open access articles are free to all users. Additional content is available to journal subscribers.

  • Will the submission site change?

The URLs for each journal’s submission site will remain the same and are listed below.

The Journal of Nutrition: https://www.editorialmanager.com/jn/default2.aspx
Advances in Nutrition:
Current Developments in Nutrition:

Beginning early in October 2022, additional features were made available, including 24/7 support to all users via phone, e-mail, and/or chat. A Declaration of Interest tool was integrated into the submission process where authors will be directed to answer a series of questions based on the ICMJE declaration standards to highlight any potential conflicts. Responses will be made available in the article PDF generated for peer review.

  • How much will it cost to publish my article?

ASN is pleased to announce that all page charges and color charges were dropped effective January 1, 2023. Submission fees, which were ceased in 2018, will not be reinstated.  This means that there will be no charges to publish in ASN’s hybrid journals, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and The Journal of Nutrition.  Article Processing Charges are available in the Guide for Authors. Authors of open access articles will be billed APCs at the rate posted when their article is submitted for peer review.

Under Elsevier’s open access leadership, authors from well over 30 organizations will have the opportunity to publish under open access licenses via publish and read funding agreements. Read more about Elsevier’s OA agreements and advice on how authors can comply with funding body open access policies and seek reimbursement for publication expenses.

  • How long will it take to publish my article?

Beginning in 2023, accepted articles for ASN will publish within 5 days of receiving the article in production. The copyedited and composed article will replace the accepted article within 4 weeks of sending the article into production.  One week later, assuming prompt turnaround of author feedback, the corrected proof with author comments incorporated will publish.

  • Will the Elsevier agreement affect readership and citations of my ASN article?

Through posting of ASN content on ScienceDirect, we expect exposure to ASN content to grow.  In addition, with the help of a new generation of Elsevier platforms and analytical solutions, we expect ASN content to be discoverable to an even broader pool of researchers and health professionals. Under Elsevier’s open access leadership, authors from well over 30 organizations will have the opportunity to publish under open access licenses via  publish and read funding agreements.

  • Advances in Nutrition is going gold!

ASN’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that, beginning in 2023, ASN’s highest ranking journal, Advances in Nutrition, became a fully open access journal. Authors published in Advances beginning in 2023 can make their work immediately and permanently freely accessible worldwide. Authors who are current members of ASN will receive a 20% discount on the APC. Authors will retain copyright of their work. As a reminder, ASN’s hybrid journals AJCN and JN will continue to accept reviews and meta-analysis and offer a no-cost publication option for authors without access to funds.

  • When will Elsevier begin managing sales and distribution of the ASN’s journals?

Effective January 1, 2023, Elsevier began supporting all ASN journals, including The Journal of Nutrition, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Advances in Nutrition, and Current Developments in Nutrition.

  • Why can’t I subscribe to Advances in Nutrition?

Beginning January 1, 2023, all content published in Advances in Nutrition will be published under an open access license. It will therefore be free to view to all readers worldwide.

  • Will my point of contact change for information on subscriptions and access?

As of January 2023, Elsevier’s Science Direct Sales Team and other staff now handle general inquiries as well as subscription, renewal, licensing, and access management. The team began contacting all institutional subscribers to provide details early in September 2022.

  • Will COUNTER statistics be available for ASN’s journals?

OUP will continue to provide COUNTER-compliant statistics on use of ASN’s journals via their librarian dashboard for usage from 2017-2022.  Elsevier will provide COUNTER-complaint data beginning January 1, 2023.

  • Will ASN’s relationship with Elsevier affect my subscription?

ASN members will continue to receive a subscription to ASN’s journals with their membership, which will be accessible via ASN’s membership platform. For questions about ASN membership, please contact mem@nutrition.org. Readers with institutional subscriptions will access the journals on ScienceDirect.

  • How do I request a print copy of JN and AJCN?

In keeping with their environmental target of achieving net zero for all carbon emissions by 2040 in their Climate Emergency Statement, Elsevier has recommended that ASN discontinue printing and shipping of ASN’s journals.  Given the scientific consensus that bold action is needed to limit the rise in average global temperatures to well below 2 degrees above preindustrial levels, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius as stated in the Paris Climate Agreement, ASN’s Board has enthusiastically endorsed this suggestion. Readers who previously received print journals were sent a communication regarding the status of their current subscription and options for reimbursement.  In the meantime, questions can be directed to publications@nutrition.org.

  • Will the journals’ online display change?

ASN looks forward to inclusion of journal content on ScienceDirect, as well as on a new journal-branded site hosted on nutrition.org.

Elsevier participates in Research4Life, a global program with a goal to foster a strong and independent research community in the developing world and reduce the knowledge gap between developing and industrialized countries. ASN’s two subscription journals —

The Journal of Nutrition and The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition are included in the Research4Life Program to provide access to the journals’ content to the research community. OA fee waivers for Advances in Nutrition and Current Developments in Nutrition are available to authors conducting research in the Research4Life developing countries participating in the program.