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BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health aims to present the best available evidence of the impact of nutrition and lifestyle factors on the health of individuals and populations. The journal will present robust research on the key determinants of health including the social, economic, and physical environment, as well as lifestyle and behaviour. It will explore dietary factors, exercise and healthcare interventions and technologies, which aim to maintain and improve health and wellbeing and to prevent illness and injury.

Editorial policy

BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health publishes continuously online and aims to operate a fast submission and review process, to ensure timely, up-to-date research is available worldwide. The Journal adheres to a rigorous and transparent peer review process and all papers are considered on the basis of ethical and methodological soundness rather than their novelty, significance, or relevance to any particular audience.

Submissions should be made through the Journal’s online submission system, which is available here. Articles should not be under review by any other journal when submitted to BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health.

As an open access journal, BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health adheres to the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of open access. Articles are published under an exclusive licence or non-exclusive licence for UK Crown employees or where BMJ has agreed CC BY applies. For US Federal Government officers or employees acting as part of their official duties, the terms are as stated in accordance with our licence terms. Authors or their employers retain copyright. Such open access articles can be reused under the terms of the relevant Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content. please refer to the BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health Author Licence. More information on copyright and authors’ rights.

Manuscript transfer

Your article will not automatically be transferred to BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health if rejected from another BMJ Journal, however, you will be able to choose BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health as an alternate journal when submitting an article to any BMJ Journal. Any reviewer comments will be shared, resulting in a reduced time to decision.

Manuscripts will be evaluated separately by the BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health editorial team, with different criteria for acceptance.

Article publishing charges

BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health is an open access journal and levies an Article Publishing Charge (APC) of 1,350 GBP (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors).

There are no submission or page charges and no colour charges. Payment of the APC may be made online by credit card, or by bank transfer following receipt of an invoice.

For more information on open access, funder compliance and institutional programmes please refer to the BMJ Author Hub open access page.

Data Checks

BMJ is a member of CrossCheck by CrossRef and iThenticate. iThenticate is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. iThenticate checks submissions against millions of published research papers, and billions of web content. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting

Data sharing

BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health adheres to BMJ’s Tier 3 data policy. We strongly encourage that data generated by your research that supports your article be made available as soon as possible, wherever legally and ethically possible. All research articles must contain a Data Availability Statement. For more information and FAQs, please see BMJ’s full Data Sharing Policy page.


BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health mandates ORCID iDs for the submitting author at the time of article submission; co-authors and reviewers are strongly encouraged to also connect their ScholarOne accounts to ORCID. We strongly believe that the increased use and integration of ORCID iDs will be beneficial for the whole research community.

Please find more information about ORCID and BMJ’s policy on our Author Hub.

Submission guidelines

For guidelines on policy and submission across our journals, please click on the links below:

Authors may find it useful to consult our pre-submission checklist.

For further support when making your submission please refer to the resources available on the BMJ Author Hub. Here you will find information on writing and formatting your research through to the peer review process and promoting your paperYou may also wish to use the language editing and translation services provided by BMJ Author Services.

If your article is accepted you can take advantage of BMJ’s partnership with Kudos, a free service to help you maximise your article’s reach.

Article Types

Please review the below article type specifications including the required article lengths, illustrations, table limits and reference counts. The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements, contributions and references. Manuscripts should be as succinct as possible.

Original research

Original research papers should follow the basic structure of abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, references, and tables and figures as appropriate.

Supplementary and raw data can be placed online separately from the text, and we may request that you separate out some material into supplementary data files to make the main manuscript clearer for readers.

Word count: up to 3500 words
Abstract: up to 300 words
Tables/Illustrations: maximum 8 tables and/or figures
References: up to 40


Reviews will usually be solicited by the Editor in Chief and are subjected to a review process.

Authors wishing to submit a review should seek the advice of the Editor in Chief in advance. The inclusion of additional material, e.g. video clips and sound files, and links to useful websites is strongly encouraged.

Word count: 5000 words maximum – bullet points encouraged
Tables/Illustrations: should not normally exceed 5
References: should not normally exceed 40


BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health welcomes editorials. The purpose of an editorial is to provide a novel perspective on a clinically-relevant issue. We welcome suggestions for possible topics and authors.

Word count: 1500 words
Tables/Illustrations: 1 table or figure
References: should not normally exceed 25

Practice Patterns and Guidelines

These are tightly focused descriptions of procedures for improving health with nutritional and other lifestyle interventions. Please note that systematic reviews, metaanalyses and other summative evaluations do not fit this submission category.

These paper should be structured as follows:

  • A brief Background section should set out current knowledge and need for a new practice pattern.
  • The following section should describe concisely the proposed Practice Pattern. Use tables and figures, if any, only in this section.
  • The next section should outline the Evidence that supports the proposed Practice Pattern.  Known or expected benefits should be described, typically relating to health, wellbeing, performance, or other practically important outcomes. Known harms, risks, and economic implications should be discussed as far as they are relevant for evaluation of the proposed Practice Pattern.
  • The submission should conclude with a Summary and Perspective section of not more than 80 words.

Word count: up to 800 words
Tables/Illustrations: Up to 2 tables and 2 figures
References: should not normally exceed 12

Brief reports

Topics suitable for presentation include reports of short, original research studies, or preliminary studies.

Word count: no more than 1500 words
Abstract: structured, 200 words
Tables/Illustrations: up to one of each
References: should not normally exceed 15


Letters should be related to a recent article published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health. Original data may be included if it is relevant and gives added weight to the comment on the previously published article.

Word count: up to 600
Tables/Illustrations: up to 2
References: up to 10


The BMJ Publishing Group journals are willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. Supplement proposals may be made at the request of:

  • The journal editor, an editorial board member or a learned society may wish to organise a meeting, sponsorship may be sought and the proceedings published as a supplement.
  • The journal editor, editorial board member or learned society may wish to commission a supplement on a particular theme or topic. Again, sponsorship may be sought.
  • The BMJPG itself may have proposals for supplements where sponsorship may be necessary.
  • A sponsoring organisation, often a pharmaceutical company or a charitable foundation, that wishes to arrange a meeting, the proceedings of which will be published as a supplement.

In all cases, it is vital that the journal’s integrity, independence and academic reputation is not compromised in any way.

For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines.

When contacting us regarding a potential supplement, please include as much of the information below as possible.

  • Journal in which you would like the supplement published
  • Title of supplement and/or meeting on which it is based
  • Date of meeting on which it is based
  • Proposed table of contents with provisional article titles and proposed authors
  • An indication of whether authors have agreed to participate
  • Sponsor information including any relevant deadlines
  • An indication of the expected length of each paper Guest Editor proposals if appropriate