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Instructions for Authors:

Submission of Manuscripts

Three copies of the manuscript and a copy on disk should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief:Peter L. Pellett, Dept. of Nutrition, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA, 01003, USA. Authors are strongly encouraged to submit manuscripts on disk. The disk should be prepared using MS Word or WordPerfect and should be clearly labeled with the authors’ names, file name, and software program. A hardcopy printout that exactly matches the disk must be supplied. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher.

All parts of the manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides. Number manuscript pages consecutively throughout the paper. Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces. Each article should be summarized in an abstract of not more that 100 words. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text. Further instructions and an author template can be obtained from the journal’s web page at

Authors are reminded that publications reporting results from research involving human subjects are required to include a statement in the Methods section of their manuscript that the study protocol has been approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) in the Institution where the study was conducted. Furthermore, such a statement should include documentation that informed consent was obtained from the study subjects or their parents when children are involved.


Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines:

  • 300 dpi or higher
  • sized to fit on journal page
  • EPS, TIFF, or PSD format only
  • submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files

Color illustrations will be considered for publication; however, the author will be required to bear the full cost involved in their printing and publication. The charge for the first figure is $1,200. Subsequent figures, totaling no more than 4 text pages, are $500.00 each. Good-quality color prints should be provided, in their final size. Figures needing reduction or enlargement will be charged an additional 25 percent. The publisher has the right to refuse publication of any artwork deemed unacceptable.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate sheets or files. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included. Figures should be completely labeled, taking into account necessary size reduction. Captions should be typed, double-spaced, on a separate sheet. All original figures should be clearly marked in pencil on the reverse side with the number, author’s name, and top edge indicated.


References are indicated in the text by Harvard (name and date) system: Either ‘Recent work (Smith, 1975)...’ or ‘Recently Smith (1975) has found...’. The full list of references should be collected at the end of the paper in alphabetical order, and set out in the manner desired and illustrated below. Note that in all cases, the initials of the first author (only) are placed after the name.

Journal: Annegers, J. F. (1974). Protein Quality of West African Foods. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 3, 125-130.

Book: Hill, A.B.(1989). Statistical Methods in Clinical and Preventative Medicine. New York: Oxford University Press.

Chapter in a Book: Ruffner, J. D., and W. W. Steiner (1973). Evaluation of plants for use in critical sites. in R. J. Hutnick and G. Jones (Eds.), Ecology and Reclamation of Devastated Land. New York: Gordon and Breach, Vol. 2, chapter 7, pp. 3-12.

Proofs and Reprints:

The corresponding author will receive proofs, which should be proofread and returned within 48 hours of receipt. Corrections are limited to printer's errors-no substantial author's changes will be made. The corresponding author of each article will receive up to 3 free bound copies of that particular issue. Additional copies of the issue and/or additional offprints of individual articles may be ordered from Taylor & Francis by using the offprint order form included with page proofs.

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