Recent Progress in Nutrition (ISSN 2771-9871) is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. This periodical is devoted to publishing high-quality papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research in all areas of nutritional sciences. Its aim is to provide timely, authoritative introductions to current thinking, developments and research in carefully selected topics. Also, it aims to enhance the international exchange of scientific activities in nutritional science and human health.

Recent Progress in Nutrition publishes high quality intervention and observational studies in nutrition. High quality systematic reviews and meta-analyses are also welcome as are pilot studies with preliminary data and hypotheses generating studies. Emphasis is placed on understanding the relationship between nutrition and health and of the role of dietary patterns in health and disease.

Topics contain but are not limited to:

  • Macronutrients
  • Micronutrients
  • Essential nutrients
  • Bioactive nutrients
  • Nutrient requirements
  • Nutrient sources
  • Human nutrition aspects
  • Functional foods
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Health claims
  • Public health
  • Diet-related disorders
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Malnutrition
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Sport nutrition

It publishes a variety of article types: Original Research, Review, Communication, Opinion, Comment, Conference Report, Technical Note, Book Review, etc.

There is no restriction on paper length, provided that the text is concise and comprehensive. Authors should present their results in as much detail as possible, as reviewers are encouraged to emphasize scientific rigor and reproducibility.

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 6.7 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 16.1 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 6 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

Current Issue: 2024  Archive: 2023 2022 2021

Special Issue

Food, Diet, and Nutrition: Connecting Underlying Determinants of Health in the 21st Century

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2025 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Adelheid Onyango, PhD

World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville, Congo

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Research interests: Public health; Health and well-being of population groups; Environment and health; Nutrition and food safety; Tobacco control and non-communicable disease prevention; Social and commercial determinants of health; Prevention of violence, Injuries and disability; Health promotion and protection

Rene Loewenson, PhD

Training and Research Support Centre, Harare, Zimbabwe

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Research Interests: Participatory action research; policy analysis; equity in health; social and commercial determinants of health; social participation in health; policy change in family and child health and wellbeing; public health law and practice; health impact assessment; urban food systems; urban health and wellbeing

Laetitia Ouedraogo Nikiema, MD, PhD

World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville, Congo

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Research Interests: Quantitative and qualitative research in public health nutrition and food security; cluster randomized controlled trials on malnutrition and dietary practices; cost-effectiveness evaluation of nutrition interventions; nutrition and food policy analysis.

About This Topic

Nutritional well-being is the product of a complex interplay of factors that directly or indirectly affect what people consume and how their bodies break down and utilize it. Equating malnutrition with hunger changed as evidence grew that underweight and obesity could co-exist in individuals and households. Reference to the double burden of malnutrition emerged (or triple burden, recognizing the coexistence of micronutrient deficiencies with underweight and overweight). As interlinkages between overweight/obesity and noncommunicable diseases became evident, the science shifted focus to food environments as influenced by socio-economic, commercial, environmental factors and policies. The field has evolved from being concerned with balanced diets that satisfy basic energy and nutrient requirements to understanding what influences the food choices that result in healthy or unhealthy dietary habits.

This special issue aims to highlight Food, Diet, and Nutrition at the intersection of multiple determinants of health; namely, climate and environmental changes that affect food production and distribution; commercial interests that drive food manufacturing, processing, distribution, and marketing; economic, social, and cultural determinants of households’ and individuals’ consumption choices based on affordability, palatability, and social status perceptions; and the psychosocial realities that influence feeding and dietary habits in the 21st century. It draws contributions and learning from work on how these determinants and environments can be tackled, from interventions on the more immediate conditions that shape food systems to the deeper policy, legal, economic, and other structural interventions that control harmful conditions or that promote healthy food systems.


Food systems; social determinants; commercial determinants; obesity; malnutrition; climate; health

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted through the LIDSEN Submission System. Detailed information on manuscript preparation and submission is available in the Instructions for Authors. All submitted articles will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process and will be processed following the Editorial Process and Quality Control policy. Upon acceptance, the article will be immediately published in a regular issue of the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website, with a label that the article belongs to the Special Issue. LIDSEN distributes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License in an open-access model. The authors own the copyright to the article, and the article can be free to access, distribute, and reuse provided that the original work is correctly cited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Research articles and review articles are highly invited. Authors are encouraged to send the tentative title and abstract of the planned paper to the Editorial Office ( for record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.

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