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Nutrition and Sports Science Open Access Research


Welcome to our Nutrition and Sports Science page featuring content selected by our Editors. Here we will highlight relevant journals and articles, blogs, themed content, information on recent and upcoming events and more.

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International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity attends #ISBNPA2017: Winning papers and society award winners announced

Maternal feeding practices and fussy eating in toddlerhood: a discordant twin analysis, Holly A. Harris et al.

The effect of changing the built environment on physical activity: a quantitative review of the risk of bias in natural experiments, Jack S. Benton et al.

Cost effectiveness of a multi-component school-based physical activity intervention targeting adolescents: the ‘Physical Activity 4 Everyone’ cluster randomized trial, Rachel Sutherland et al.

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BEST ORAL PRESENTATION (EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER) - Rebecca Frankie, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, United States

BEST ORAL PRESENTATION (STUDENT) - Lee Ashton, School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia

BEST POSTER (EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER) - Amanda McClain, Harvard University, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Nutrition, Boston, MA, United States

BEST POSTER (STUDENT) - Nicholas Kuzik, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada 

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Exercise and Eating Disorders: Raising the bar in the treatment of over-exercise in people with AN

Exercise is the neglected “Cinderella” of eating disorder phenomenology. Its restriction in treatments is often strongly resisted and poorly understood. Journal of Eating Disorders is calling for papers on all aspects of compulsive exercise in eating disorders, and especially those that address its management, in order to improve understanding of its assessment and treatment. ​​​​​​​Submit to the Exercise and Eating Disorders article collection

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Exercise as medicine for metabolic dysfunction and obesity: eschewing generalities by defining specifics​​​​​​​

“Exercise is medicine”, however, for exercise to be universally embraced as a viable alternative to pharmaceutical intervention, more than a captivating catchphrase is required. BMC Sports Science, Medicine and RehabilitationBMC Endocrine DisordersBMC Obesity, and Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome have come together to provide a forum that establishes this foundation, in this new cross-journal article collection

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Nutrition & Diabetes 

Nutrition & Diabetes is a peer-reviewed, open access journal bringing to the fore outstanding research in the areas of nutrition and chronic disease, including diabetes, from the molecular to the population level.

Here is just a taste of the articles published by the journal:
Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and type 2 diabetes incidence in Thai adults: results from an 8-year prospective study

A systematic comparison of sugar content in low-fat vs regular versions of food

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Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology

Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology is a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal in the field of clinical and translational gastroenterological diseases, seeking to promote timely medical research in gastroenterology and hepatology. 

Here is just a taste of the articles published by the journal:
​​​​​​​Diagnostic Accuracy of Methylated SEPT9 for Blood-based Colorectal Cancer Detection: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

How to Conduct and Interpret Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

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A Day in the Life of Our Nurses

On International Nurses Day, May 12, we celebrated the hard work and contributions of our nurses. Articles recently published in BMC Obesity, BMC Nursing and BMC Research Notes seek to better understand the concerns at hand in this recent blog, A Day in the Life of Our Nurses.

Read the research published in BMC Obesity:
Understanding perceived determinants of nurses’ eating and physical activity behaviour: a theory-informed qualitative interview study


Here we will be showcasing content across a variety of topics on nutrition, obesity, sport and exercise from our lifestyle cluster of journals: BMC Nutrition, BMC Obesity, and BMC Sports Science, Rehabilitation and Medicine 

New Video Abstract: The influence of a Healthy Welcoming Environment on participation in club sport by adolescent girls: a longitudinal study

Introducing a new video abstract by BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Featured article: Team sport athletes’ perceptions and use of recovery strategies: a mixed-methods survey study

In this study, the perceptions and usage of recovery by different competition levels of team sport athletes are investigated, highlighting a need for athlete and coach education by demonstrating that athletes may actually not be aware of the specific effects of such strategies on physical recovery.

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Featured article: Exploring the benefits of menu labelling in the UK

In this study examining menu labelling using energy expenditure equivalents, an increase in the perception of natural content, weight control, health concern and mood associated with the food choice was seen for all 3 labelling formats whilst calorie labelling proved the most effective in improving food choice.

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Featured article: Carotenoids as indicators of a quality diet. 

A study based on two online dietary assessment tools has determined that blood concentrations of carotenoids, used as an indicator of fruit and vegetable intake, correlates with an energy-adjusted diet, leading the authors to propose that carotenoids could be objective biomarkers in assessing diet quality in clinical practice.


International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity is pleased to present a brand new video abstract on How to get kids moving based on the research article ‘The theory of expanded, extended, and enhanced opportunities for youth physical activity promotion’. 

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Relevant Journals

Browse through our selection of open access journals publishing Nutrition and Sports Science research. 

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Archives of Public Health 

Archives of Public Health aims to better the understanding of the health of populations and contributes to public health knowledge, enhances the interaction between research, policy and practice, and stimulates public health monitoring and indicator development. The journal considers submissions on health outcomes and their determinants, with clear statements about the public health and policy implications. 

The official journal of the Belgian Association of Public Health. Supported by a grant from the Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment.

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BMC Nutrition

Launched in 2015, BMC Nutrition has already received over 8,000 articles accesses. The journal considers articles on all aspects of nutritional sciences, including public health nutrition and global interventions, nutritional epidemiology, the biological underpinnings of nutrition in the body, clinical nutrition, health and nutrition throughout the lifecourse, and dietary supplementation for improvement in health and performance. The journal also welcomes papers on developments in nutritional research tools and novel technologies. 

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BMC Obesity

BMC Obesity journal considers articles on all aspects of human obesity across the lifecourse. These include the prevention, causes, treatment, management, and implications of obesity, incorporating lifestyle, epidemiology, policy and community/environmental interventions, related approaches for weight loss and the prevention of weight gain, management of the condition including the use of drugs and surgery, and basic science relating to the causes and effects of obesity. Research from developing country contexts is encouraged. 

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BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation 

BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation is an open access, peer reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of sports medicine and the exercise sciences, including rehabilitation, traumatology, cardiology, physiology, and nutrition.

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Cardiovascular Diabetology

Cardiovascular Diabetology considers manuscripts on all aspects of the diabetes/cardiovascular interrelationship and the metabolic syndrome; this includes clinical, genetic, experimental, pharmacological, epidemiological and molecular biology research.

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Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology

Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology is a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal published by Springer Nature, in the field of clinical and translational gastroenterological diseases, seeking to promote timely medical research in gastroenterology and hepatology. 

Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology is the official journal of the American College of Gastroenterology.

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European Review of Aging and Physical Activity

European Review of Aging and Physical Activity (EURAPA) disseminates research on the biomedical and behavioural aspects of physical activity and aging. The main issues addressed by EURAPA are the impact of physical activity or exercise on cognitive, physical, and psycho-social functioning of older people, physical activity patterns in advanced age, and the relationship between physical activity and health.

The official journal of the European Group for Research into Elderly and Physical Activity (EGREPA).

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Genes & Nutrition

Genes & Nutrition is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-review journal for research on the relationship between genetics and nutrition, with the ultimate goal of improving human health. The journal publishes original research articles and two types of review articles. First, reviews of preclinical research data coming largely from animal, cell culture and other experimental models. Such data will provide the basis for future product development and/or human research initiatives. Secondly, critical evaluations of human experimental data to help deliver products with medically proven use. This journal also serves as a forum for nutritionists, healthcare providers and all those interested in preventive medicine.

Genes & Nutrition is affiliated with the European Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO). ​​​​​​​

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International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (IJBNPA) is devoted to furthering the understanding of the behavioral aspects of diet and physical activity and is unique in its inclusion of multiple levels of analysis, including populations, groups and individuals and its inclusion of epidemiology, and behavioral, theoretical and measurement research areas.  IJBNPA prioritises research based on randomised controlled trials (RCTs), systematic reviews (with or without meta-analyses, as appropriate), and observational studies.

The official journal of The International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA)

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Journal of Eating Disorders

Journal of Eating Disorders is the first open access, peer-reviewed journal publishing leading research in the science and clinical practice of eating disorders. The journal publishes research on all aspects of eating disorders namely their epidemiology, nature, determinants, neurobiology, prevention, treatment and outcomes. The scope includes, but is not limited to anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and other eating disorders. Related areas such as important co-morbidities, obesity, body image, appetite, food and eating are also included. Articles about research methodology and assessment are welcomed where they advance the field of eating disorders.

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Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition

Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition brings together research on all aspects of issues related to population, nutrition and health. The journal publishes articles across a broad range of topics including global health, maternal and child health, nutrition, common illnesses and determinants of population health.

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Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition focuses on the acute and chronic effects of sports nutrition and supplementation strategies on body composition, physical performance and metabolism. JISSN is aimed at researchers and sport enthusiasts focused on delivering knowledge on exercise and nutrition on health, disease, rehabilitation, training, and performance. The journal provides a platform on which readers can determine nutritional strategies that may enhance exercise and/or training adaptations leading to improved health and performance.

Official Journal of The International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN).

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Lipids in Health and Disease 

Lipids in Health and Disease is aimed at all scientists, health professionals and physicians interested in the area of lipids. Lipids are defined here in their broadest sense, to include: cholesterol, essential fatty acids, saturated fatty acids, phospholipids, inositol lipids, second messenger lipids, enzymes and synthetic machinery that is involved in the metabolism of various lipids in the cells and tissues, and also various aspects of lipid transport, etc. 

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Nutrire publishes new evidence for clinical nutrition practice, advancing basic and experimental nutrition and food science research, and providing the groundwork for improving public health through evidence-based nutritional and behavioral interventions. The journal offers a fast publication schedule while maintaining rigorous peer-review.

Nutrire is the official journal of the Brazilian Society for Food and Nutrition (SBAN)

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Nutrition & Diabetes

Nutrition & Diabetes is a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal published by Springer Nature, bringing to the fore outstanding research in the areas of nutrition and chronic disease, including diabetes, from the molecular to the population level.

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Nutrition & Metabolism

Nutrition & Metabolism publishes content focused on the integration of nutrition, exercise physiology, clinical investigations, and molecular and cellular biochemistry of metabolism.

The areas of interest of Nutrition & Metabolism encompass studies in obesity, diabetes, lipidemias, metabolic syndrome and exercise physiology that have an underlying basis in metabolism. Likewise, we seek submission of manuscripts on the biochemistry of metabolism, cell signaling, molecular and cellular biology of nutrients, nutrient gene interactions and other areas that have implications for human nutrition and medicine.

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Nutrition Journal

Nutrition Journal publishes novel surveillance, epidemiologic, and intervention research that sheds light on i) influences (e.g., familial, environmental) on eating patterns; ii) associations between eating patterns and health, and iii) strategies to improve eating patterns among populations. 

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BMC Health Services Research and Health Systems Global have partnered to deliver a series of webinars aimed at researchers at a variety of career stages. 

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Featured News: BMC Research Notes goes back to its roots

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We are excited to announce that BMC Research Notes has renewed its focus on publishing short research notes and potential dark data from all scientific and clinical disciplines.

Find out more about this new article type and our widened scope