A consequence of our rising Impact Factor is a large increase in new submissions to Nutrients. Whilst it is pleasing to see so many high quality articles now being published, an accompanying increase in poorer quality submissions is placing a greater burden on our editorial system and causing frustration for authors, editors and reviewers alike, especially in cases where a manuscript is rejected after undergoing a full peer review. It is in the interest of all parties, therefore, that intending authors adhere to the journal’s Instructions to Authors and conventional standards of publication for original articles in their field of research (e.g. the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors proffer suitable standards for clinical research) and that the preliminary editorial evaluation of new submissions is sufficiently rigorous to ensure that sub-standard manuscripts do not proceed to peer review.
For the purpose of preliminary evaluation, keywords are used to direct manuscripts to editors with expertise in the relevant field of research. It is essential, therefore, that authors select keywords that appropriately reflect the content of their submission and that editors regularly review their own keywords to ensure that they accurately reflect their current expertise. In determining whether or not a manuscript should proceed to peer review, editors are asked to consider several criteria, including but not limited to the following: novelty of content; potential impact in the relevant field of research; standard of English usage; suitability for Nutrients. Where appropriate, limited feedback may be provided to authors if their manuscript is deemed unsuitable for peer review.
We thank you for your cooperation and continuing support of Nutrients.
Peter Howe & Jon Buckley
We have implemented several minor changes to support users browsing and discovering content on www.mdpi.com. Readers will notice new buttons on the right and left side of each article and issue page. These buttons facilitate navigation through an issue or volume. Related articles from our journals and other publishers are displayed on the abstract page of our Web of Science and PubMed covered journals. Further, keywords on article pages are now linked for a convenient search across all MDPI journals.
Nutrients is pleased to announce that its new impact factor for 2014 is 3.148. This impact factor ranks Nutrients as 23rd out of 78 journals that are presently published in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics, placing it in the second quartile of journals in the field. This is a significant achievement given the journal was only launched in 2009, and first added to scientific indexing databases in 2011. Nutrients received its first impact factor of 0.676 in 2012; this increased to 2.072 in 2013, and has now increased again to reach 3.148.
The increasing impact factor has resulted in an increasing number of submissions to Nutrients, with almost 600 submissions being received in 2013. While Nutrients is an open-access, on-line journal and is therefore not restricted in the number of papers it can publish per year, we aim to publish only high quality papers after rigorous peer-review and, to this aim, our rejection rate now exceeds 50% of submissions. This decision to publish only quality research papers has no doubt contributed to the rapid increase in the journals impact factor and the rapidly growing reputation of Nutrients as an important journal in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics research.
In addition to its growing reputation and increasing impact factor, the number of published articles being accessed on-line has also grown in recent years, with more than 70,000 full papers being accessed in 2013. This demonstrates the substantial contribution that Nutrients now makes to keeping the research community informed of some of the most recent and exciting developments in Nutrition and Dietetics research and to advancing knowledge in the field.
The Editors-in-Chief are very grateful to our Editorial Board members and to the staff of the publisher of Nutrients (MDPI) for their significant efforts in the five years since Nutrients was launched. Without these efforts, Nutrients would not be experiencing its current level of success, nor would it be having such immediate impact in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics research. We also thank our contributors for their interest in the journal and encourage them to keep submitting their best work to Nutrients, confident that it will be widely read and cited. We encourage professional societies to affiliate with Nutrients and we will be announcing special discounts in the near future for members of affiliated societies and institutions. We look forward to working with all concerned to further build the reputation of Nutrients into the future.
Jon Buckley and Peter Howe
Joint Editors-in-Chief of Nutrients
Nutrients would like to share with our readers some encouraging statistics on the journal’s progress through 2013.
We would like to thank our readers for their continuing interest and support which has enabled Nutrients to make great progress in its first four years. We also acknowledge the efforts of our Editorial Board members, those who have guest edited our special issues and the many expert reviewers who have so generously, often repeatedly, given their valuable time to ensure the quality of our publications. We trust that Nutrients will continue to fulfil a need for on-line, open access scientific communication in your field and we hope that we can expand this role by encouraging the promotion and reporting of conferences and other relevant events through the Nutrients website.
Peter Howe & Jonathan Buckley