Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

EDITORIAL POLICY

The South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition (SAJCN)

  1. The Journal accepts articles from all basic and applied areas of dietetics and human nutrition, including clinical nutrition, community nutrition, food science, food policy, food service management, nutrition policy and public health nutrition.
  2. The Journal has a broad interpretation of the field of nutrition and recognizes that there are many factors that determine nutritional status and that need to be the subject of scientific investigation and reported in the Journal.
  3. The Journal seeks to serve a broad readership and to provide information that will be useful to the scientific community, the academic community, government and non-government stakeholders in the nutrition field, policy makers and industry.
  4. The Journal encourages articles from all investigators in the field of dietetics, food, nutrition and related areas. In particular young researchers and researchers from historically disadvantaged backgrounds will be encouraged and supported to submit their research work for publication.
  5. The Journal is based in South Africa and encourages articles from other African countries to act as a forum for the discussion of African nutritional issues.
  6. The Journal is committed to high scientific and ethical standards.
  7. The Journal will accept letters for publication, which are relevant to the Journal.
  8. The Journal provides a forum for publication of congress abstracts, supplements, short communications and policy statements with their technical support papers.
  9. The views expressed in the Journal are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Editorial Board.
  10. The Journal will be managed by an Editor and Editorial Board with the following responsibilities:
    • Maintenance of scientific standards of the articles published and appointment of a review Panel of experts for the peer review process
    • Maintenance of ethical standards of the articles published
    • Encouragement and support of authors
    • Promotion of the readership
    • Ensuring the spread of articles published
  11. Maintenance of ethical standards with regard to sponsorship and advertisements
  12. The Editorial Board of the SAJCN recognises the important role that advertisements and sponsorships play in meeting the costs of the publication and in ensuring the continued existence of the Journal. The SAJCN welcomes advertising or funding from all possible sources, provided the advertisements or funding arrangements are supportive of the objectives of the Journal and do not conflict with the mission, vision and values statements of ADSA, NSSA and SASPEN. The following guidelines shall be implemented for sponsorship and advertising:
    • The Jakarta Declaration, which clearly stipulates that “both the public and the private sector should promote health by pursuing policies and practices that ….. restrict production and trade in inherently harmful goods and substances such as tobacco and armaments, as well as unhealthy practices�?
    • Advertisements/sponsorships should not conflict with the South African Code of Ethics for the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. The updated code will be used as soon as it is formally released.
    • The Journal will accept advertisements for infant-feeds, which are therapeutic in nature, for example lactose free feeds, breast milk fortifiers, hypo-allergic feeds and feeds designed for tube feeding. Any such advertisements shall include a phrase that normally exclusive breast milk feeding is the best food for babies.
    • There shall be full disclosure at all times of funding sources
    • The decision to reject an advertisement / sponsorship rests with the Editorial Board and should be recorded, so that further investigations can be conducted if required
    • Non-designated support will be accepted from interested organisations and shall be acknowledged in the Journal
    • The allocated editorial space for advertisements should not normally exceed 40% of the total editorial space in any one issue of the Journal; however, the costs of publication of the Journal should always be borne in mind in any one given situation
    • The Editor, in consultation with the Editorial Board as appropriate, will be responsible for the final acceptance of any advertorial material

 

Section Policies

Table of Contents

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Editor's Note

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Editorial

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Guest Editorial

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Review Articles

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Original Research

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Short Reports or Scientific Letters

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Editorials, Opinions, Issues in the field of Nutrition

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Letters to the Editor

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Obituaries

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Press Release

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CPD Questionnaire

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Society News

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News

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Invited Review

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ADSA Directions

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NSSA News

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SASPEN News

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Conference Reports

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Congress Abstracts

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Professional News

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Invited Communications

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Short Communications

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National Food Consumption Survey

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Abstracts

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Download Complete Supplement

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SASPEN Case Study

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Society News

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Nutrition Congress

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Author Instructions

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SASPEN Supplement

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Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for South Africa

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Paediatric Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for South Africa

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Correspondence

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Debate

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Case Study

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Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilises the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Advertising Policy

The Owners of SAJCN’s Advertising Policy – SAJCN Editions

  • SAJCN supports the principle of Evidence Based Medicine/Nutrition (EBM/N). EBM/N is defined as the conscientious, explicit, judicious use of current best evidence in making treatment decisions.
  • The editor of SAJCN will consider all advertisements but may elect not to accept advertisements for any form of medication or treatment modality, the use of which is supported by anecdotal evidence only.
  • Advertisements may be placed between articles.
  • Editorial contents will not be amended for the purpose of favouring an advertised product. If a product is favoured the article must show evidence of recently published (peer-reviewed) meta-analyses or follow a transparent scientific (e.g. EBM/N) process to do the analyses and conclusions. References should always be available.
  • Advertisements and editorials/content will be clearly separated in both the print and internet versions of SAJCN.
  • Advertisements must be factual and in good taste.
  • Alcoholic beverages, Tobacco products and other substances considered harmful to health may not be advertised in SAJCN.
  • Advertised products or services must be in compliance with Act 101, “The Code of Practice for the Marketing of Medicines in RSA�?, the National Drug Policy and regulations of the Medicines Control Council (MCC), Health Profession Council of SA (HPCSA) and the South African Code for the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.

 

Department of Education Accreditation (South Africa)

The South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition (SAJCN) is peer reviewed and an approved South African journal for the measurement of research output of public higher education institutions (Department of Education (DE) accredited).