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Nutrire, the official journal of the Brazilian Society for Food and Nutrition, enters a new phase by joining BioMed Central


  • Received: 24 March 2016
  • Accepted: 14 April 2016
  • Published:


In 1992, the Brazilian Society for Food and Nutrition launched a journal called Cadernos de Nutrição, whose goal was to publish review articles of interest for the Brazilian nutrition researchers and professionals’ community. Then, in 2000, the journal title changed to Nutrire and the scope was reformulated to include original research articles so as to reflect the extraordinary growth of the Brazilian scientific output in the areas of nutrition and food science that had occurred in the previous years. Finally, last year, aiming to internationalize the journal and professionalize its management, the Society took another major step partnering with BioMed Central, a prestigious publisher which pioneered open-access publishing. I am now pleased to introduce you to Nutrire in its new phase as well as to invite you to consider the journal for your next research article.

Nutrire is a Latin word for “to nourish.” The process of nourishing or being nourished has passed through important transformations in the last decades. We have to deal not only with old nutritional problems such as malnutrition and micronutrients deficiencies but also with modern maladies such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The development of new technologies has enabled the investigation of nutrients and their interactions with genetics at a molecular level. In the era of nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics, researchers have been able to explore the genetic basis of individual differences in response to the same nutritional intakes [1]. These are just examples of new, exciting areas of research in nutrition and food sciences. There are many others, such as epigenetics and nutritional therapy, and they may explain not only the growing number of researchers interested in these topics but also the explosive growth of articles on food and nutrition published across the world that we have seen in the last years. A simple PubMed search for “nutrition” will pull out more than 340,000 results—of which about one third has been published just in the last 5 years.

Aims, scope, and ethos

The journal scope has not changed, though it has been refined. We aim to publish 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. Our mission is to unify the bench and the clinic by publishing work across the fields of nutrition and food science, including interdisciplinary studies spanning multiple areas. Nutrire will also be a home for Society position statements on important food and nutrition issues affecting both research and clinical practice.

On the BioMed Central platform, articles will be published within a few weeks upon editorial acceptance, thus offering a fast publication schedule while maintaining rigorous peer review. Our editorial board includes myself as the Editor-in-Chief, three Associate Editors, and an international group comprised of 27 experts in the field of food and nutrition [2]. All manuscripts submitted to the journal will be peer-reviewed by one Editor and at least two reviewers. Nutrire is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), a forum for editors and publishers to discuss all aspects of publication ethics. As a COPE member, we are expected to follow the Code of Conduct for Journal Editors [3].

Authors’ benefits

We expect that, among other benefits, the partnership with BioMed Central will increase the visibility of the journal and the articles published. Under the CC-BY license, the authors retain the copyright of their work and any third party is allowed to use, reproduce, and disseminate the author’s original work, as long as credits are given.

The open-access publishing model transfers the costs of publication from the subscribers to the researchers and funders; however, authors of articles accepted in Nutrire will not need to pay an article processing charge as all publication costs are currently covered by the Society. We realize the importance of indexing databases (e.g., PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus), and we are working hard to have the journal submitted to those services in the near future, when the journal develops to meet their selective criteria.

It is my great pleasure to announce this new phase in the journal’s history. I would like to thank the Brazilian Society for Food and Nutrition and the Editorial Board Members for their continued support. We look forward to seeing your submissions!


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Authors’ Affiliations

Internal Medicine Department, Botucatu Medical School, Sao Paulo State University - UNESP, Rubião Júnior s/n, Botucatu, SP, 18618-970, Brazil


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