Special Issue: Research and Application in Combat Athletes

Instructions for Authors

When submitting your manuscript to JEN be sure to type and submit the manuscript using the JEN Template and be sure to indicate the manuscript type (Case Study, Research Briefs, and Original Research, Short Reviews) on the template. The submitted manuscript must include all tables, figures, and properly formatted references as they will be presented for the final copy of the manuscript. 

On the manuscript submission page, the corresponding author must include all pertinent contact information and include a certifying statement that all work is original, not previously publish in any journal, that all authors agree to the transfer of copyright to JEN, and that all authors made significant contributions to the manuscript.   

JEN only accepts original works not published or under review in any other peer-reviewed journal. The journal reserves the right to reject research for flaws in research design, statistical analyses, overall low impact, and content outside of the aims and scope. The journal can also reject research due to typographical errors and failure to format according to the template provided below. For additional questions, please contact the editorial board at editor@jexercisenutrition.com.

Manuscript Publication Fee

The nominal manuscript publication fee of $300 USD must be paid after a manuscript has been “accepted” following the peer review process. If a manuscript is accepted for publication, an email including a payment link will be sent to the corresponding author. Manuscripts will not be published by JEN until payment is received and processed. 

Graduate Student 1st Author Rate

The nominal manuscript publication fee of $300 USD is reduced to $100 USD for 1st author graduate students at the time of submission. First authors must be a current graduate student and the reduced fee does not apply to graduate student coauthors. After a manuscript has been “accepted” following the peer review process, JEN must confirm graduate student status prior to publication.

Open Access

JEN is an open access journal whereby all manuscripts are required to undergo the peer review process. Accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts are open access immediately after publication and are available for viewing, downloading, and citing.

Manuscript Guidelines

Please use the JEN Template to prepare your manuscript.

Title

Provide a clear and informative title the closely reflects the study. Following the title, include each author's name and affiliation. 

Abstract

All manuscripts must include an abstract of less than 200 words with the following subheadings: Purpose, Methods, Results, Conclusion. Be sure to include main findings followed by a succinct conclusion statement. After the abstract, provide three key words that are not included in the title.

NOTE: All manuscript types should include the following

Introduction

The JEN strongly encourages an introduction that is brief (one paragraph is strongly encourage for Case Studies and Brief Reports) and include a clear purpose statement at the end of the paragraph. Original Research should also include a brief introduction that is clear and concise. Be sure to avoid information that does not enhance the purpose of the study.

Methods

The manuscript should include a detailed methods section to precisely explain all aspects of the methods, measurement tools, and statistical analyses utilized in the study. 

Results

Verbally explain the results and/or present the findings as clear tables and figures. Do not replicate the results in both the paragraph and a data table. Support all findings with appropriate statistics and significance levels. 

Discussion

Explain the main findings of the study and how the results can be applied. Support main findings with citations as needed. Avoid exhaustive conclusions that do not add to the literature or support the results.

Media-Friendly Summary

Aimed for the public and media, please provide a summary (maximum 150 words) of your results. The focus of this summary is to bring exposure to your research from outlets other than just the academic community. Keep it general and avoid advanced terminology.

Manuscript Types

Case Studies

Case studies should include detailed findings with specific application for a novel methodological aspect of the specific aims of the journal. Case studies are small sample sized studies, typically N = 1 or N = 2. Case studies should be a maximum of 1000 words, not including abstract and references, and a maximum of three tables or figures.

Research Brief

Research briefs are original research written as a condensed manuscript. Research briefs should be a maximum of 1000 words, not including abstract and references, and a maximum of three tables or figures.

Original Research

Original research should be novel and original in design with a focus on how the study applies to advancing the aims and scope of the journal. Original research should be a maximum of 2500 words and a maximum of five total tables or figures.

Short Reviews

Short reviews are concisely written reviews that compare, contrast and summarize recent research in the field. Reviews should be no more than 3500 words and a maximum of five total tables and/or figures with no more than 25 references.

Reporting Information

Units of Measurement

All units of measurement must be reported using the International System of Unit (SI) unless a traditional system of measurement is more appropriate to enhance the reader's understanding. For example, if reporting distance for American football, use yards/miles to report distance.

Tables and Figures

Authors are strongly encouraged to present data in a visually appealing format. Figures and graphs are encouraged over length data tables. 

Acknowledgements

Authors can acknowledge any notable persons or agencies that made the study possible that are not authors of the study after the conclusion section within the manuscript. If grant funded, please provide the grant awarding organization and the grant number in this section.

Conflict of Interest

Be sure to acknowledge if any financial benefits were provided to you or any authors of the study. If you have no conflict of interest please state, “No conflict of interest.”

References

Manuscripts must follow the citation style in medical journals created by the American Medical Association (AMA or JAMA) 10th edition format. The JAMA citation style is available in EndNote. Case Studies and Research Briefs should consist of no more than 15 references and Original Research should include no more than 25 references that specifically support the study and the results. Avoid adding citations that do not enhance or support the results or add to the brief introduction.