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, 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. 

Article Processing Charge (APC) 

The article processing charge of $350 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 Manuscripts will not be published by JEN until the APC payment is received and processed. 

Upon acceptance of a dissertation or thesis, the APC of $550 USD must be processed by JEN prior to publication. Due to the large volume of information, pages, and citations typically contained in a dissertation or thesis, a nominal increase in APC is required. 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 Manuscripts will not be published by JEN until the APC is fully processed. 

Open Access

The Journal of Exercise and Nutrition (JEN) is an open access journal whereby all manuscripts are required to undergo the peer review process. Open access content published in JEN is freely available to authors, readers, and institutions. Any user is allowed to read, copy, download, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Guidelines for Human Subjects Research

Authors must state within the manuscript that written informed consent was obtained and the university or institutional review board approved the study. A statement must be included in the manuscript stating “subjects provided informed consent to participate in the study.” Authors are prohibited from providing private and identifiable information of research participants in a manuscript. If a photo is used within a manuscript to illustrate an example of the methods, etc. then the individuals face and other identifiable information must be concealed, blurred or boxed out. All studies, including experimental and non-experimental (surveys, questionnaires, etc.) must ensure complete anonymity for all participants. Any institutional review board exemptions must be explained and identified in the manuscript and information must be included why approval was not required.

Guidelines for Animal Research

Authors must state within the manuscript the university or institutional review board approved the study for animal use. A statement must be included in the manuscript stating ethical treatment of animals was utilized at all times. Authors must disclose information about animal housing, treatment, and if needed, disposal in the manuscript. Any institutional review board exemptions must be explained and identified in the manuscript and information must be included as to why approval was not required. If ethical approval is not required due a national law exemption or lack of national law, then a detailed explanation must be provided.

Manuscript Guidelines

Please use the JEN Template to prepare your manuscript.


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


Manuscripts must include an abstract totaling 200-250 words with the following subheadings: Introduction, 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.


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.


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.  When required, all tools should be cited for validity and reliability. 


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. 


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.

Manuscript Types

Direct Original Research
Direct Original Research manuscript is original research written as a condensed manuscript. Direct Original Research should adhere to the following simple guidelines:

  • Abstract must be less than 200 words
  • 1,000-1,500 words, not including abstract and references
  • Maximum of three tables and/or figures
  • Brief introduction of 1-2 paragraphs
  • Clear and well-articulated methods section
  • Results are supported with the appropriate statistics
  • Discussion section details the main findings confirmed/disconfirmed with citations
  • Recommended less than 20 references

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. It is recommended that case studies be less than 2000 words, not including abstract and references, and 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.  There are no length requirements or limitations for tables and figures. 

Brief Review
Breif 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..

Technical Report

A Technical Report is a manuscript that outlines a series of methods or concepts implemented in less controlled environment such as team sports. The report then provides progress, results, further questions or issues that arise from the experimental methods or conceptual framework implemented. Data is required to support results or progress detailed in a report, however, a complex statistical analysis may or may not be provided due to limitations. Technical Reports are primarily designed for practitioners in the field such as strength coaches and sports nutritionists to report methods and outcomes in less controlled environments. 

Dissertation or Thesis
An adapted (formatted for the journal) Dissertation or Thesis is to be properly formatted using the JEN Dissertation/Thesis Template. An author can submit their work but must provide institutional notification or signatures from their committee that their dissertation or thesis was successfully defended. This notification must be submitted to the editor as part of the submission process. Each submission will undergo single peer-review. Single editorial peer-review is utilized since the work has already passed rigorous institutional peer-review. After single peer-review, an author will receive either a reject, revisions, or accepted for publication decision.

Rationale for Dissertation/Thesis Dissemination

JEN provides authors the opportunity to publish their dissertation or thesis in an open access, peer-reviewed journal. A dissertation is a scholarly work completed as part of the final requirement for a doctoral degree. Whereas, a thesis is a scholarly work completed as part of the final requirement for a master’s degree. The adapted Dissertation and Thesis is an effective dissemination tool for authors after completing a demanding period of intense research, peer evaluation, editing, revisions and data presentations in front of a professional committee whose purpose is to rigorously evaluate the work of the candidate.

Each university or institution differs regarding the requirements, style, and formatting of a dissertation or thesis. JEN recognizes institutional differences exists, however, the content of a dissertation and thesis is valuable in the field and should be citable and published like all other rigorously peer-reviewed research. A dissertation or thesis has been peer-reviewed by at least two, frequently 3-4 or more, academic and research trained professionals. Therefore, JEN is committed to provide authors with a systematic approach to submit and publish their dissertation or thesis scholarship, if it accepted after editorial peer-review.

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. 


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.”


Manuscripts must follow the citation style in medical journals created by the American Medical Association (AMA or JAMA) 11th edition format. The JAMA citation style is available in EndNote. Authors should avoid adding excessive citations that do not enhance the manuscript.