Published in the May 2023 issue of JNEB
by Lauren Haldeman, PhD, JNEB Editor in Chief
JNEB’s reputation as the premier journal for nutrition education and behavior is due in large part to our excellent group of reviewers. As an important platform for researchers and practitioners to share their findings and insights, it is vital that the articles published in JNEB are of high quality and rigorously reviewed. While it does take some time, the importance of reviewing papers and the benefits it brings to the academic and professional communities are numerous.
First, reviewing papers for JNEB is important because it ensures the credibility and validity of the research published in the journal. Peer reviewers help to identify and correct errors, biases, and flaws in the research, which may impact the validity and reliability of the findings. As we strive to be inclusive and equitable in our research methodologies and analyses, reviewersplay a crucial role. By having experts review the research, JNEB can ensure that the conclusions drawn are sound, appropriate, and evidence based. This, in turn, enhances the credibility of the journal and the academic community.
Second, reviewing papers for JNEB is important because it promotes communication among researchers and practitioners. By providing constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement, reviewers can help authors to strengthen their research and increase its impact. Additionally, the review process allows reviewers to learn from the work of others and stay up to date with the latest developments in the field. These types of interactions are key for advancing the field of nutrition education and behavior and developing innovative solutions to the food and nutrition challenges currently facing society.
Finally, reviewing papers for JNEB is important because it helps to identify emerging trends and issues in the field. Reviewers can identify gaps in the research, highlight new and promising areas of investigation, and provide critical insights into the challenges facing the field. By keeping abreast of the latest research, reviewers can contribute to the development of new theories and approaches, and ultimately, help to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities.
But how does serving as a peer reviewer help you? Reviewing papers is important because it helps to develop your skills and expertise in the field. By participating in the review process, reviewers can improve their critical thinking, analytical, and writing skills, as well as deepen their knowledge of the field. Also, serving as a reviewer can enhance your national and international professional reputation and visibility, which may lead to new opportunities for collaboration and career advancement. By participating in the review process, researchers and practitioners can contribute to the body of literature that highlights the effectiveness of nutrition education for helping to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities.
JNEB wants you to be a part of the trajectory of nutrition education and behavior now and into the future. If you are interested in learning more about how to serve as a JNEB reviewer, please contact Dr. Lauren Haldeman, Editor-in-Chief, at firstname.lastname@example.org.