How Do I Apply to Be an Author, Reviewer or Content Advisor for Position and/or Practice Papers?
Author/Reviewer/Content Advisor Application
To be considered as a position or practice paper author, content advisor or reviewer, each applicant must complete a "Duality of Interest Disclosure Form" that calls for the disclosure of any relevant relationships with or interests in any companies whose products or services are indirectly related to the subject matter of the paper. Applicants are asked to disclose any relationship or other information that might affect or influence their conduct in the selected role.
In addition, authors, reviewers and content advisors must be able to allocate a specified amount of time to the development of the paper:
- An author's commitment to developing a paper is 6-18 months and must have the ability to participate in several conference calls (4-6) during the period of paper development.
- Reviewers must have the availability to accommodate a 30-day turnaround of the draft paper.
- Content Advisors must be available for 6-18 months and must have the ability to participate in all conference calls during the period of paper development.
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Qualifications to Serve as Author, Content Advisor or Reviewer for Academy Position and/or Practice Paper
It is important for individuals applying to serve as an author of an Academy Position or Practice Paper, to understand that the published paper is a paper of the Academy, and not that of the individual. The Academy holds all rights to the paper, including ownership of copyright, and the author assigns and conveys all rights to the Academy. The position of author is a volunteer position. Serving in this volunteer role should be viewed as a contribution to the profession. Acknowledgement of authors, content advisors and reviewers occurs when the paper is published in the Journal or online, as detailed below. Position papers are published in the Journal of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics. The abstract of a practice paper is published in the Journal and the entire practice paper is published on the Academy Web site as a member benefit.
We are looking for authors who meet the following criteria:
- Demonstrates good writing skills as evidenced by previous professional publications
- Possess expertise with thorough and current knowledge of the topic
- The ability to synthesize scientific data
- the ability to meet deadlines.
In addition, the author(s) will be expected to create tables/figures, as well as format references according to the American Medical Association style for references: AMA Manual of Style (10th edition), as required by the Journal. The author must have the ability to participate in several conference calls (4-6) during the period of paper development. More than one author can be selected. An author's commitment to developing a paper is 12-18 months. The author will have staff support at the Academy Headquarters, including use of Academy librarian to search databases for appropriate articles.
Content Advisor Qualifications
The content advisor is a key member of the APC workgroup. The selected individual must be an expert in the field, demonstrate thorough and current knowledge of the topic. The content advisor participates on all APC workgroup conference calls (4-6) during the period of paper development and must have the ability to meet deadlines. The individual will assist the workgroup in understanding the current science and practice of dietetics in the subject area. The content advisor assists the authors in outline development and provides critiques of the draft manuscript.
A reviewer must be an expert in the field with in-depth knowledge of the topic. Current practice experience is preferred. The reviewer must be available to complete the review within 30 days. Organizational units, such as DPGs, may review a paper as a group or may suggest individuals to serve in this capacity.
Recognition for Authors, Reviewers, and Content Advisor
Those involved in the development of the position and/or practice papers will be acknowledged at the end of the paper. The position papers are published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The abstract of a practice paper is published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The entire practice paper is published on the Academy Web site (member-only) as a member benefit. It will be available for a fee on the Academy's Shop Online for non-members, other health professionals and the public.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Donna L. Wickstrom (800/877-1600, ext. 4835 or firstname.lastname@example.org