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
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