Author Guidelines

Authors can submit manuscripts that have not been published or submitted for publication in another journal. Authors should follow the guidelines accurately so as not to delay the publication process. The manuscript, prepared in accordance with the guidelines for authors, must be sent via e-mail in word format to

For any help in preparing the manuscript, please contact the editorial office:



The Italian Journal of Eating Disorders and Obesity is an online peer-reviewed journal with no fee charge for the author in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, public health, nutrition, dietetics and medicine.

The mission of the journal is to advance the knowledge needed for understanding, treating and preventing eating disorders and obesity and for this reason the contributions of national and international researchers and clinicians is rigorously evaluated.

The articles featured in the journal describe research on the theory, methodology, etiology, clinical practice and health policies related to eating disorders and obesity. Scientific contributions that have a clinical implication are privileged.


Manuscript categories

Original articles
These contributions report research that is novel or complex enough to require a longer communication.

  • Limite massimo di parole: 4.500 (escluso abstract, voci bibliografiche, tabelle e figure)
  • Word limit: 4,500 (excluding abstract, references, tables or figures)
  • References: maximum of 60
  • Figures: maximum of 4
  • Tables: maximum of 4

Brief reports
These contributions report studies with straightforward research designs, pilot or “proof of concept” studies, replications or comments:

  • Limite massimo di parole: 2.000 (escluso abstract, voci bibliografiche, tabelle e figure)
  • Word limit: 2,000 (excluding abstract, references, tables or figures)
  • Abstract: 200 words
  • References: maximum of 20
  • Figures: maximum of 2
  • Tables: maximum of 2

Clinical cases
These contributions report describe in detail key elements of clinical cases where there is novelty in presentation, pathology or treatment. This category includes also rare biological or psychological presentation. Reports of rigorously conducted studies employing single-case experimental designs are welcome.

  • Word limit: 2,000 (excluding abstract, references, tables or figures)
  • Abstract (uno in inglese e uno in italiano): 200 parole
  • Abstract: 200 words
  • References: maximum of 20
  • Figures: maximum of 1
  • Tables: maximum of 1

These contributions critically review the status of a of a specific research area and propose new directions for research and/or clinical practice. Narrative, systematic and meta-analytic reviews are welcome.

  • Word limit: 7,000 (excluding abstract, references, tables or figures)
  • Abstract: 250 words
  • References: maximum of 100
  • Figures: no maximum
  • Tables: no maximum

The systematic and meta-analytic reviews must follow the PRISMA guidelines ( summarized in the open access article Moher et al. (2009). Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses: The PRISMA Statement. J. Clin. Epidemiol DOI: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2009.06.005

Commentaries are solicited by the Editors when multiple perspectives or critical evaluations of an article could help in placing that article in context. Unsolicited comments are not considered for publication.

  • Word limit: 2,000 (excluding abstract, references, tables or figures)
  • Abstract: 200 words
  • References: maximum 5
  • Figures: none
  • Tables: none

Authors who wish to submit an Editorial should first consult one of the two Editors.


Files to send to submit a manuscript

1. Cover letter

The corresponding author must send a letter of presentation to one of the editors describing the nature of the manuscript, its purposes and main results, and if ethical standards and potential conflicts of interest are observed.

2. Manuscript file

The file must contain the manuscript text, including the tables and figures. The text should be presented in the following order:

Title page
– Title (informative and without abbreviation)
– Full names of all the authors
– The authors’ institutional affiliations
– Word counts (abstract and main text, excl. tables and references), number of tables and figures)
– Extended address of the corresponding author (institution name, street, ZIP code, city, e-mail and telephone)
– Funding
– Acknowledgments

Abstract and key words
– With the exception for the Commentaries, it should be structured as follows: Objectives, Methods, Results, Discussion
– Key words: maximum of 7

Main text
With the exception of Commentaries that do not include divisions, the main text should be divided into the following sections:
– Introduction
– Material and methods
– Results
– Discussion

References should follow the style of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).
Detailed information can be found on the website of the APA website.
References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’, etc., placed after the year of publication. Examples:

  • Scientific articles:: Van der Geer, J., Hanraads, J. A. J., & Lupton, R. A. (2010). The art of writing a scientific article. Journal of Scientific Communications, 163, 51–59.
  • Libri: Strunk, W., Jr., & White, E. B. (2000). The elements of style. (4th ed.). New York: Longman,
  • Books: Mettam, G. R., & Adams, L. B. (2009). How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In B. S. Jones, & R. Z. Smith (Eds.), Introduction to the electronic age (pp. 281–304). New York: E-Publishing Inc.
  • Website: Cancer Research UK. Cancer statistics reports for the UK. (2003). aboutcancer/statistics/cancerstatsreport/ Accessed 13 March 2003.
  • Presentations and posters: Engle, E.K., Cash, T.F., & Jarry, J.L. (2009, November). The Body Image Behaviours Inventory-3: Development and validation of the Body Image Compulsive Actions and Body Image Avoidance Scales. Poster session presentation at the meeting of the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Each table must be numbered in order of appearance in the text with Arabic numerals and be cited at an appropriate point in the text. They must be complementary not duplicates of the text. They should be edited in Microsoft Word or similar. All abbreviations must be specified in footnotes. Footnote symbols should be used in the following order †, ‡, §, ¶. *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as standard deviation (SD) or standard error of the mean (SEM) should be identified in the headings.

Figure legend

Each figure should report a brief title that describes the entire figure. The figure and the legend should be concise but comprehensive without reference to the text. Axes for figures must be labeled with appropriate units of measurement and description. Definitions of any symbols used, and units of measurement must be included.

3. Figures
Figures must be numbered in progressive order with Arabic numerals, indicating in the text, in brackets, their location. They must be sent in a separate file. Journal quality reproduction requires grey scale and color files at resolutions of 300 dpi in one of the following formats: JPEG, TIFF, EPS, PowerPoint.


Observation of ethical standards

To ensure objectivity and transparency in research and that accepted principles of ethical and professional conduct are followed, authors should include information on sources of funding, potential conflicts of interest (financial or non-financial), informed consent (if the research concerned human beings), and a declaration on animal welfare (if the research concerned animals).

Editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts that do not comply with the guidelines mentioned above. The author will be held responsible for false declarations or failure to comply with the above guidelines.


Conflict of Interest

The journal requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise that might be perceived as influencing an author’s objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or directly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript.

The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and collectively to disclose with the submission all pertinent commercial and other relationships.


Editorial review and acceptance

A rigorous evaluation of the material presented by expert reviewers is essential to ensure that the journal achieves its mission. To facilitate timely feedback to authors and to avoid burdening reviewers, the journal uses a two-tiered review process for all contributions. The first tier includes an initial editorial pre-screening implemented within a few days of receipt of a submission. If the manuscript is considered to have potential for publication in the journal, the second tier involves peer review, usually by two experts.



Authors should list all funding sources in the Acknowledgments section. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their funder designation.



The list of authors should accurately illustrate who contributed to the work and how. All those listed as authors should qualify for authorship according to the following criteria:

  1. Have made substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data.
  2. Been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content.
  3. Given final approval of the version to be published.
  4. Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.


After acceptance


The open-access articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.


Once the paper is typeset, the author will receive an email with a PDF typeset page proof to verify the presence of errors in composition or conversion and the completeness and accuracy of the text, tables and figures. Substantial changes in content are not allowed without the approval of the Editor. The correct drafts must be returned within 48 hours from receipt.

After the online publication, further changes can only be made in the form of an Erratum, which will be linked via hyperlinks to the article


All articles are published online at (free full-text) without publishing fees for authors.


Journal contact details

Author queries regarding manuscript under review or accepted articles in production should be directed to the Editorial Office


Updated February, 1st 2019