In his opening editorial, new Editor-in-Chief Xingen Lei, PhD announces the launch of a new award to recognize outstanding scholarly reviews and other works published in The Journal of Nutrition (JN).

Named the Malden Nesheim Nutrition Landscape Award and developed in partnership with Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, this honor pays tribute to the distinguished career of Malden “Mal” Nesheim, PhD, an esteemed member of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and Professor of Nutrition Emeritus and Provost Emeritus at Cornell University. Dr. Nesheim’s contributions encompass a wide spectrum of nutrition research endeavors, ranging from studies in poultry nutrition to exploring the health implications of parasitic worm infections. Notably, he served as the founding director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell, chaired the 1990 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Committee, and engaged in impactful international advocacy efforts. In a recent Editorial, Dr. Nesheim reflects on his enduring relationship with The Journal of Nutrition, spanning an impressive 65 years of its 95-year history.

The inaugural award will commence in 2025 to honor an article published in 2024. To be considered, authors must publish a critical review or perspective on an emerging or significant topic impacting the field. Topics may address fundamental, translational, and societal aspects of nutrition science, innovation, and direction. Historical features with insightful reflection, analysis, and revaluation of major discoveries or pioneers are also encouraged.

“Mal is a globally recognized legend in nutrition science, and top-quality reviews are invaluable to JN readers, in particular junior scholars,” stated Xingen Lei, PhD, JN Editor-in-Chief. “JN is thrilled and privileged to launch this new award in promoting such publications under Mal’s legacy.”

Eligible articles include Systematic Reviews and/or Meta-analyses, Recent Advances in Nutritional Sciences, Critical Reviews, Perspectives and Editorials. See JN’s Guide for Authors and Aims and Scope for more information on these article types. All manuscripts published as these article types in 2024 will be considered for the inaugural award.

The awardee (lead author) will receive a $2,000 honorarium and be invited to provide a lecture at ASN’s NUTRITION 2025 or other live or virtual event.

The Malden Nesheim Nutrition Landscape Award is the first of several new awards being launched this year by The Journal of Nutrition to recognize outstanding scholarly works. Stay tuned for future announcements.

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