Publishing nutrition research: A review of study design, statistical analyses, and other key elements of manuscript preparation, part 1

Carol Boushey*, Jeffrey Harris, Barbara Bruemmer, Sujata L. Archer, Linda Van Horn

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Abstract

To enhance the Journal's position as the premier source for peer-reviewed research in the science of food, nutrition, and dietetics, members of the Board of Editors recognize the importance of providing a resource for researchers to ensure quality and accuracy of reporting in the Journal. This first monograph of a periodic four-part series focuses on the study hypothesis, study design, and collaboration with a statistician. The basics of study design start with a clear hypothesis or research question and a definitive outcome measure. Throughout the development of a research project, the questions of what is to be discovered and why the research is being conducted need to be addressed. Decisions about parameters to measure and study design most appropriate to test a hypothesis create the foundation for future conclusions. Collaboration with a statistician can aid in the research development process. Documentation that coherently communicates the research process will advance the science of evidence-based practice in nutrition and dietetics. Real examples from published literature are provided, as well as references to books and online resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-96
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Dietetic Association
Volume106
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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