Supplement Publications in Journal of Nutrition

Publishing Journal Supplements in The Journal of Nutrition

Materials appropriate for Supplements to The Journal of Nutrition (JN) include:

  • Extensive reports of research
  • Monographs
  • Compendia
  • Proceedings of symposia and workshops
  • Workshop reports and reviews

A multi-authored and multi-perspective workshop or group review may be submitted as a single-manuscript report. All other supplement publications are expected to contain a minimum of 3 articles that either address a topic from different viewpoints or subdivide a complex topic into component parts. Supplement manuscripts must be fully developed articles; JN will not accept manuscripts in an Expanded or Extended Abstract format. The proceedings of meetings may include a separate abstracts section when the proceedings include a minimum of 6 full-length manuscripts. Please note that an abstract within an abstract section will not have an individual journal citation but will be a component of the citable abstract section. Single-manuscript reviews that do not originate from a workshop should be submitted as Critical Reviews rather than supplements.

Supplement publication proposals must be approved by the JN Editor. Approval of the supplement proposal indicates only a willingness to review the proposed supplement. Our willingness to review your manuscripts should, in no way, imply a guarantee of eventual acceptance, which will be determined by the outcome of the review and editorial process. Supplement papers must be comprehensive, balanced, well organized, and well written. Supplement papers are intended to report balanced reviews that may, if appropriate, include very limited, summary data from new, unpublished work on the subject at hand. Supplement manuscripts are not meant to be full original research papers. Papers largely reporting original data will not be considered for publication in supplements without being subject to the regular review process for original research manuscripts. Papers reporting formal systematic reviews and meta-analyses (where appropriate) are considered original research submissions by JN and should be treated accordingly by the authors and organizers.

Proposals for the publication of meeting proceedings must be submitted within 2 months of the date on which the meeting was held. However, organizers are strongly encouraged to submit proposals well in advance of the meeting to allow time for organizers and authors to receive information on publication requirements and for authors to submit manuscripts in a timely manner. To expedite the publication process, it is recommended that authors be asked to provide organizers with a copy of the completed manuscript at the time of the meeting and to submit the manuscript to the Journal immediately after the meeting.
The deadline for submission of manuscripts is 4 months after the date of the meeting.

If a supplement will not include manuscripts resulting from or summarizing presentations given at a meeting, conference, or workshop, the deadline for the submission of manuscripts is 4 months after the date the supplement is approved, unless another deadline is agreed upon.

Supplement publications will be assessed page charges to help offset the costs of editorial review and publication. Supplements are distributed in print and electronic formats to all subscribers of JN. The print version of a supplement is mailed with a regular monthly issue of JN; the electronic version of a supplement is posted online at

Smaller supplement publications, those less than 32 pages in length, are bound within a regular issue of JN. If it is necessary for JN staff to contact authors or organizers regarding missing information or improperly formatted manuscripts or figures, publication could be delayed.

Approval of Supplement Publication Proposals: organizers seeking to publish material in a supplement to JN should provide the following information:

  1. A description of the proposed supplement publication, including a list of articles to be included in the supplement publication
  2. Information on the length of each article and of the full supplement publication. An approximate word count per article is satisfactory, or an approximate number of printed pages (estimated at about 750 words/page).
  3. The name of the individual(s) who will serve as the supplement coordinator. The supplement coordinator will serve as a liaison between the publisher and authors and the publisher and organizing groups. The supplement coordinator will ensure publication requirements and deadlines are met.
  4. A completed Conflict of Interest Disclosure form from the supplement coordinator(s).
  5. Sources of funding for the symposia presentation and/or manuscript preparation and publication.

This information will be reviewed by the Editor of JN, and supplement organizers will be notified of the Editor’s decision. Supplement proposals may be sent to: Corrie Williams-Klamborowski (

Manuscript Preparation and Submission: Information on manuscript preparation is available at Supplement manuscripts must be submitted using the JN online submission program at: Each supplement publication will be assigned a unique identifier, which must be provided during the manuscript submission process.

Manuscript review: Once we receive the Supplement Notification and Checklist for the Production Editor, we will send manuscript proposal letters for each of the planned submissions. Depending on your preferences about who will submit the manuscripts, the proposals will be sent either to you or to the corresponding author. This will help us track your supplement from this time up until final decision on each manuscript. If the supplement coordinator will be handling the submission on behalf of the author, it is essential that each supplement manuscript be uploaded separately using the link provided by the editorial office.

After submission to the editorial office, the Journal Editor will appoint a Supplement Editor, and all supplement manuscripts will undergo peer review. The JN Editor retains the right to return manuscripts to authors for revision and may refuse to accept any manuscript not considered suitable for publication in JN. In addition to this review process, the organizing group may elect to conduct a review of manuscripts before they are submitted to the JN editorial office. This is not required and will not replace the review by the JN editorial office, but in some instances, it could help to expedite the overall review and publication process.

Financial agreement: In addition to obtaining editorial approval for the supplement topic, organizers must agree to pay supplement page charges to help offset the costs of publication. Information on the page charge assessment and a financial agreement form can be obtained from Oxford University Press (Gina Farago, email: These arrangements can be made before or after a supplement proposal is submitted to ASN, but arrangements must be completed before manuscripts are submitted to ASN.

Responsibilities of supplement publication coordinator:

  1. Provide manuscript preparation and submission information to authors, including the supplement identifier.
  2. Ensure that authors submit to the editorial office ( the Assignment of Copyright form and copies of permissions received to reproduce tables or figures from original sources.

Provide the following materials prior to manuscript submission:

  1. A completed Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form
  2. A completed Supplement Notification and Checklist for the Production Editor.
  3. A list of all manuscripts included in the publication and the format of the table of contents for the publication (showing subheads, if any)

Additional Information: For additional information, contact Gina Farago (

The following statement will appear in the front of all supplement publications:

The material presented in this supplement does not necessarily represent the opinions of the Editor or Editorial Board of The Journal of Nutrition, or the officers or members of the American Society for Nutrition. The costs of publication of this supplement were defrayed in part by the payment of page charges. This publication must therefore be hereby marked “advertisement” in accordance with 18 U.S.C. Section 1734 solely to indicate this fact.