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Call for contributions: UN Nutrition Journal #1

Call for Contributions

UN Nutrition Journal #1, year 1

Transforming Nutrition

Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2022

The 1st edition of the UN Nutrition Journal (UNNJ), the annual thematic peer reviewed journal of UN Nutrition, will focus on the theme Transforming Nutrition.

2021 has been an important year for global nutrition and the UN Nutrition Journal invites potential contributors to capture conclusions, lessons and gaps from the processes and events that took place during the year, such as the UN Food Systems Summit (September 2021) and the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit (December 2021), as well as COP15 on Biodiversity and COP26 on Climate Change (October-November 2021), and more.

They would particularly welcome contributions with insights on the potential of commitments made during UNFSS and N4G summit to transform nutrition.

Also, they would welcome examples of the advances in the digital world for nutrition transformation, in follow up to the previous UNSCN Nutrition 45 on Nutrition in a Digital World.

UNNJ#1 welcomes academically rigorous research studies and reviews, perspectives, and insights on what works and how, and on examples of new programming approaches to enable cross cutting action for transforming nutrition, to upscale implementation of the whole spectrum of multiple duty policies and programme options that simultaneously address malnutrition in all its forms, climate change and inequalities, while ensuring solutions are developed in a participatory and inclusive way and human rights are progressively realized.

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Contributions are welcome along, but not exclusively, the following perspectives:

•             What are examples of concrete actions interlinking the Nutrition Decade’s action areas that are transforming nutrition for the better?

•             How can social protection be used as a transformative tool? What are examples linking up social protection, food, and health systems?

•             What are examples of innovative tools and approaches for inter-sector nutrition programming and/or capacity building?

•             How can transformative nutrition action be designed and implemented within new development paradigms, such as participatory economies?

•             How can trade and financial investments be tapped upon and leveraged for transforming nutrition?

•             What are examples or insights on embedding the human right to adequate food in laws and regulations along all action areas?

•             What are examples of inclusive processes contributing to better nutrition by creating an enabling food environment?

•             What transformative actions can strengthen good governance for nutrition at all levels to ensure safe and supportive environments that tackle inequalities?

Contributions can be submitted on the following categories:

Feature articles: 3,000 words articles related to the general topic of the publication observing the perspectives listed above. The articles will be submitted to peer review and can include conceptual contributions or original research with preference for operational studies.

Innovations: 1,500 words articles highlighting an innovative approach, technology, apps, or others that have proven or high potential capacity to transform nutrition.

Insights: 1,500 words articles with the authors’ views regarding the perspectives listed above. The section sometimes features a counterpoint by another author holding an opposite opinion to stimulate debate.

Letter to the editor: 500 words letters to the editor can be published at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

Contributions are welcome from academia, researchers, programme managers, programme designers, implementers, and hands-on field teams from all over the world.  UNNJ particularly encourages contributions from the various stakeholders’ groups from low- and mid-income countries.

On-line submission:

Please submit your contributions by using the UN Nutrition Publications and Events Manager platform available here. If you encounter difficulties in using the system, please inform the UN Nutrition Secretariat by sending an email to with the title “Publications and Events Manager malfunction”. You will then be assisted in using the system.

For editorial information, please refer to the UN Nutrition Journal Guidelines for Contributors available here.