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Journal of Applied Nutritional Sciences
An International Journal
For Authors


Articles should be submitted to the Journal of Applied Nutritional Sciences (JANS) by one of the article authors through the online article tracking system. Only Word (.doc, .docx) files can be submitted, and there is no page limit. Submissions by anyone other than one of the authors will not be accepted. The submitting author will be nominated as the corresponding author and takes responsibility for the article during submission and peer review.

Terms of submission

Articles must be submitted on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere and are only being considered by JANS (Please refer to the JANS publication ethics). The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that the article has been approved by all the other co-authors. It is also the corresponding author’s responsibility to ensure that the article has all necessary institutional approvals. All inquiries concerning the publication of accepted articles should be addressed to jans@naturalspublishing.com.

Peer review

The submitted articles will be subjected to assessment and peer review to ensure editorial appropriateness and technical correctness. For an article to be accepted for publishing, the JANS editor will first consider if the article meets minimum editorial standards and fits within the scope of the journal. Then the editor will ideally solicit at least two external peer reviewers (whose identities will remain anonymous to the authors) to assess the article before confirming a decision to accept. Decisions to reject are at the discretion of the Editor. The JANS follows a double-blind reviewing procedure. Therefore, authors are requested to submit a blinded article without any author names and affiliations in the text or on the title page. Self-identifying citations and references in the article text should be limited.

Concurrent submissions

To ensure sufficient diversity within the authorship of the journal, authors will be limited to have three articles under review at any point in time. If an author has three articles under review in the journal, he/she will need to wait until the review process of at least one of these articles is complete before submitting another article.


The JANS supports the deposition of articles in preprint servers and does not consider this to compromise the novelty of the results. Articles based on content previously made public only on a preprint server, institutional repository, or in a thesis will be considered. The preprint should be cited.

Online Submission

Please go to the journals website (http://dx.doi.org/10.18576/JANS) and create an account, then follow the new user link and fill out all of the required information. After creating an account, go to the new article link and upload all of your article files according to the instructions on the screen. Please include all relevant editable source files. Failure to submit these source files may result in unnecessary delays in the review and production processes. If you encountered any technical difficulties while uploading files, please send them to the following e-mail address. Journal email: jans@naturalspublishing.com, Editor in Chief email: mohamed.ismail@hec.menofia.edu.eg.

Article types

Authors should indicate the intended publication format (original research articles, review articles, meta-analysis, case-report, and letters to the editor).

Article Preparation

1-   Text Formatting

Save your file in Docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions). Double-spaced with wide margins on one side of the article. Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 12-point Times New Roman for text and heads 14 pts). The paper size should be B5 (3 cm up, 3.75 bottom, 3 cm left, and 3.75 cm right). Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages. All the pages should also be provided with continuous line numbers on the left side.

2-   Title Page

A separate title page, containing title, author names, affiliations, and the contact information of the corresponding author should be provided. Any acknowledgments, disclosures, or funding information should also be included on this page. The following information should be included

(a) The full title of the article should be short (maximum 20 words), informative, not exceed two lines, and numbers and abbreviations should NOT be included.

(b) Authors names, the names should be in the order: first name, initials of middle names and then surname (family name), (Example, Mohamed M. Ismail1, Tarek A. Afifi). Check that all names are spelled correctly. Provide the ORCID for each author (if you do not have an ORCID please visit orcid.org and register).

(c) Author(s) affiliations: Full designation, professional address with postal code, country name of all the authors (Example, Nutrition and Food Sciences Dept. Menoufia University, Egypt). Do not write any academic title. The primary affiliation for each author should be the institution where the majority of their work was done. Addresses will not be updated or changed after the publication of the article.

(d) Authors e-mail addresses.

The corresponding author should be identified (include a mobile number, fax number, and e-mail address).

3-   Abstract and keywords

Articles should be provided with an informative abstract, which should be self-contained, citation-free, and should not exceed 250 words, stating concisely the background, objective, methodology, results, and conclusion. Please provide 4 to 6 keywords that can be used for indexing purposes (do not use words written in the title), they should be arranged alphabetically.

4-   Introduction

The introduction section should explain the background to the study, its objectives, a summary of the existing literature, and why this study was necessary or its contribution to the field of nutritional sciences. This section should be concise, with no subheadings. Also, the study objectives should be written at the end of this section. The objectives should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.

5-   Methods

The methods section should include (a) the study design and setting of the study, (b) the characteristics of participants or description of materials, (c) clear descriptions of all processes, interventions, and comparisons, (d) type of statistical analysis used, including a power calculation if appropriate, (e) enough detail for others to be able to replicate the study, and (f) if the method from a previous article is used, then this article should be cited.

6-   Results

This section should include the findings of the study including, if appropriate, results of statistical analysis which must be included either in the text or as tables and figures. Do not repeat the results and present it as tables or figures.

7-   Discussion

This section should discuss the implications of the findings in context of existing research and highlight limitations of the study.

8-   Conclusions

This should state clearly the main conclusions and provide an explanation of the importance and relevance of the study reported.

9-   Citation

The JANS following Vancouver style in citation. References should be cited in the Text by numbers [1], [2], [3] etc. Authors should in the list of reference which list all the sources that have been cited in the text of the articles. The list of references should be inclusive showing books, journals etc. listed in one list, not in separate lists according to source type. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references following the Vancouver style.

In the references list:

  • References should be listed in numerical order, and in the same order in which they are cited in the Text.
  • The reference list should include all and only those references that have been cited in the Text.
  • Abbreviate journal titles according to the style used in the NLM Catalog.
  • Check the reference details against the actual source - you are indicating that you have read the source when you cite it.
  • Be compatible with your referencing style across the document.
  • Ideally, the names of six authors should be given before et al in the references list

Examples for Vancouver Style:

a)      Book: print

Author, Title(italics), Series title and number, Edition, Place of publication, Publisher, and  Year of publication

Example: Simons NE, Menzies B, Matthews M. A Short Course in Soil and Rock Slope Engineering. London: Thomas Telford Publishing; 2001.

b)     Book: online/electronic

Author, Title (italics), Series title and number, Edition, Place of publication, Publisher, Year of publication, and Available from: URL

Ex. Grech ED. ABC of interventional cardiology. 2nd ed. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell; 2011 Available from: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/imperial/detail.

c)      Book: chapter in an edited book

Author, Title of chapter followed by In, Editor (always put (ed.) after the name), Title of book (italics), Series title and number, Edition, Place of publication, Publisher, Year of publication, and Page numbers (use Pp)

Ex. Partridge H, Hallam G. Evidence-based practice and information literacy. In: Lipu S, Williamson K, Lloyd A. (eds.) Exploring methods in information literacy research. Wagga Wagga, Australia: Centre for Information Studies; 2007. p.149–170.

d)     Journal article: print

Author, Title of journal article, Title of journal (italics), Year of publication, Volume number (Issue number), and Page numbers of the article.

Ex. Ismail MS, Abuzaid OI, El-Ashmawy IM. Effect of aqueous extract of tops of date palm leaves on blood glucose of diabetic rats. Pak. J. Pharm. Sci. 2017; 30(5): 2031-2037.

e)      Journal article: online/electronic

Author, Title of journal article, Title of journal (italics), Year of publication, Volume number (Issue number), Page numbers of the article and Available from: URL.

Ex. Read B. Anti-cheating crusader vexes some professors. Chronicle of Higher Education. 2008; 54 (25). Available from: http://global.factiva.com/

f)       Web page/website

Author/Editor, Title (italics), Available from: URL, and Date of access.

Ex. European Space Agency. Rosetta: rendezvous with a comet. Available from: http://rosetta.esa.int [Accessed 15th June 2015].

g)      Pre-print journal articles

Author, Title of journal article, Submitted to/ To be published in (if available), Title of journal (italics), Name of repository (italics), [Preprint], Year of writing, and Available from: URL.

Ex. Silas P, Yates JR, Haynes PD. Density-functional investigation of the rhombohedral to simple cubic phase transition of arsenic. To be published in Physical Review B. Arxiv. [Preprint] 2008. Available from: http://arxiv.org/abs/0810.1692.

10-              Supplementary materials

Supplementary materials are the additional parts to an article that might be of interest to readers. Authors can submit one file of supplementary material along with their article through the electronic submission system.

If available and urgently needed, a section titled “Supplementary Material” should be included before the references list with a concise description for each supplementary material file. Supplementary materials will not be modified by JANS editorial team. Authors are responsible for providing the final supplementary materials file that will be published along with their article.


11-    Preparation of figures, charts, graphs and pictures

  • Figures, charts, graphs and pictures should be planned to fit the journal’s page size.
  • Figures shouldnt be submitted in separate files and should be given in their order inside the word file of the article.
  • All figures should be cited in the article in a consecutive order.
  • Figures are normally published in black-and-white, but JANS may print pictures, figures and other illustrations in color at the request of the author(s) for a separate charge to the authors. Please contact the editorial office for information about fees.

12-    Preparation of tables

  • Tables should be double-spaced and planned to fit the journal’s page size.
  • Tables shouldnt be submitted in separate files and should be given in their orders inside the word file of the article.
  • All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals and should be cited consecutively in the text.
  • Every table must have a descriptive title explaining the components of the table and if numerical measurements are given, the units should be included. 
  • Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.
  • Summarize results of analysis and (where appropriate) estimates of effect (odds ratios, relative risk, rates, and means) with their confidence intervals. If a table exceeds one page, repeat all column heads.
  • Explain abbreviations in a footnote.  

13-    Units of measurement

Units of measurement should be presented simply and concisely using the International System of Units (SI) for all scientific and laboratory data. Temperatures should be given in degrees Celsius. For weights and measurements, and where appropriate, abbreviations rather than words are to be used, e.g., cm, mm, m, km, g, mg, kg, min, %, Fig., et al., etc.

14-    List of abbreviations

If abbreviations are used in the text, they should be defined in the text at first use and used consistently thereafter. A list of abbreviations should be provided.

15-    Conflicts of Interest

Authors must declare all relevant interests that could be perceived as conflicting. If there are none, the authors should state “The author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this article.”

16-    Funding Statement

Authors must state how the research and publication of their article was funded, by naming financially supporting body(s) (written out in full) followed by associated grant number(s) in square brackets (if applicable).

17-    Acknowledgments

All acknowledgments (if any) should be included at the very end of the article before the references. Anyone who made a contribution to the research or article, but who is not a listed author, should be acknowledged (with their permission).

18-    Ethical guidelines

When reporting a study that involved human participants, their data or biological material, authors should include a statement that confirms that the study was approved (or granted exemption) by the appropriate institutional and/or national research ethics committee (including the name of the ethics committee) and certify that the study was performed in accordance with the ethical standards as laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. Articles must include a statement that the experiment was conducted with the human subjects’ understanding and consent.

In the case of any animal experiments, the authors must provide a full description of any anesthetic or other procedure used, as well as evidence that all possible steps were taken to avoid animal suffering at each stage of the experiment.

19-    Proofs:

Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author and should be returned within 48 to 72 hours of receipt. It is important to ensure that all of your corrections are returned to us in one all-inclusive response. Subsequent corrections will not be possible, so please ensure your first communication is complete. Should you choose to mail your correction, please return them to the Editor-in-Chief.

20-    Copyright Agreements

Authors of accepted articles are required to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) for Journal of Applied Nutritional Sciences. This form is a condition of publication, and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless the form has been signed. Instructions for providing a signed CTA will be forwarded to the corresponding author only after an article has been accepted.

21-    Appeals

Authors may appeal if they feel that the decision to reject was based on: i) a major misunderstanding over a technical aspect of the article, or ii) a failure understand the scientific advance shown by the article. To lodge an appeal, please contact the journal by email, quoting your article number. Appeals will only be considered from the original submitting author.

Journal’s head office 

The Editor-in-Chief:

Professor. Mohamed Saleh Ismail

Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Shibin El Kom, Menoufia University, Egypt

Phone: (+2) 01017631433

e-mail: mohamed.ismail@hec.menofia.edu.eg



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