Information For Authors

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Childhood Obesity delivers action-oriented content addressing prevention and management strategies during the formative years of childhood and adolescence.  Original manuscripts submitted to Childhood Obesity must not contain material that has been reported elsewhere (except in the form of an abstract published for a scientific meeting) or be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

All manuscripts must be submitted online using the following URL:

Please read all the instructions to authors before submitting your manuscript.



Prepare manuscripts double-spaced.  Original articles should be limited to approximately 3,000 words.  Leave ample margins on both sides, top and bottom.  The title page should include the authors’ names, academic degrees, complete affiliations and address(es), email address, and the funding source (if appropriate).  A corresponding author should be identified. Include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Abstracts of original articles should be structured and contain four paragraphs labeled as: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.  While Review articles require an abstract, it does not need to be structured.


Manuscript keywords (search terms): On the title page of the manuscript, include a minimum of three (3), maximum of six (6), search terms that will aid in the discoverability of the article in indexing services and search engines.  These terms may or may not be different from the terms you selected for the peer review process and areas of expertise.  You will be asked to retype these search terms in the submission form when uploading your manuscript.  These keywords will be included in the published article.  If the search terms entered do not match the manuscript, the manuscript will serve as the default.


Keywords (Areas of Expertise)

To facilitate the peer review process, select 4-6 keywords from the drop-down list of pre-selected terms when submitting your manuscript.   These keywords will assist in the selection of skilled reviewers in the field for the purposes of peer review.



Prepare each table with a title in a separate Word document. Use Arabic numerals to number tables. Each table must stand alone, i.e., contain all necessary information within the table or in table footnotes, and the table itself must be understood independently of the text. Information that appears in the text should not be repeated in the table, and tables should not contain data that can be given in the text in one or two sentences. 

Please submit artwork according to the following guidelines:

  • Do NOT embed art files into a Word or PDF document.
  • Line illustrations should be submitted at 900 dpi.
  • Halftones and color should be submitted at a minimum of 300 dpi.
  • Save as either TIFF or EPS files
  • Color art must be saved as CYMK - not RGB.
  • Black and White art must be submitted as grayscale – not RGB.
  • Do NOT submit PowerPoint, PDF, Bitmap or Excel files.

Please name your artwork files with the submitting author's name, i.e., SmithFig1.tif, SmithTable2.tif, etc.  Authors who do not follow these guidelines may have their submission returned to them without being reviewed.

You will be given directions on how to correct any files which do not pass.


Converting Word or Excel files:  Perhaps the best and easiest way to convert Word or Excel files into a format which is suitable for print is to scan them using the below guidelines:

  • All files should be scanned at 100% size.
  • 300 dpi
  • Final color mode: cmyk
  • Save file as: .tif or .eps

If you need directions on how to convert a Power Point slide to acceptable format go to 


Abbreviations of journal titles should follow MEDLINE.


Institutional affiliations, as indicated on the title page, should include all corporate affiliations and any funding sources that support the work.


Immediately following the Acknowledgments section, include a section entitled, “Author Disclosure Statement.”

In this portion of the manuscript, authors must disclose any commercial associations that might create a conflict of interest in connection with submitted articles. This statement should include appropriate information for EACH author, thereby representing that competing financial interests of all authors have been appropriately disclosed according to the policy of the Journal.

Consultancies, honoraria, stock ownership, equity interests, arrangements regarding patents, or any other vested interests should be disclosed in this section. It is important that all conflicts of interest, whether they are actual or potential, be disclosed. This information will remain confidential while the article is being reviewed and will not influence the editorial decision.

If no conflicts exist, the authors must state “No competing financial interests exist.”

Please see the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at for further guidance.


Patients and Study Participants
All manuscripts must comply with the privacy and confidentiality requirements outlined on the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals website. For more information, visit


When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study.

*This portion of Childhood Obesity’s Instructions for Authors has been quoted directly from the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals website. For more information, visit


List references in consecutive numerical order (not alphabetically). All subsequent reference citations should be to the original number.  Cite all references in the text or tables. Unpublished data and personal communications should not be listed as references.
References to journal articles should include: author name(s) (list et al after the first three); article title;  journal name (as abbreviated in Medline);year; volume number; inclusive page numbers, in that order.  Ex:  Waldrop J, Ferguson LA.  Pediatric overweight or obesity:  Does the label really matter?  J Am Acad Nurse Pract.  2008;20:251-258.

References to books should include:  author name(s); chapter title (if any); editor(s); title of book; city/state (and country if outside the U.S.) of publication; publisher; year; inclusive page numbers, in that order.

Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the references and for their correct text citation.


The author must obtain permission to reproduce figures, tables and text from previously published material. Written permission must be obtained from the original copyright holder (generally the publisher, not the author or editor) of the journal or book concerned. An appropriate credit line should be included in the figure legend or table footnote, and full publication information should be included in the reference list. Written permission must be obtained from the author of any unpublished material and should accompany the manuscript.


Reprints may be ordered by following the special instructions that will accompany page proofs, and should be ordered at the time the corresponding author returns the corrected page proofs to the Publisher. Reprints ordered after an issue is printed will be charged at a substantially higher rate.


Childhood Obesity is published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., 140 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801-5215. Telephone: (914) 740-2100; Fax: (914) 740-2101; Email:; Website:

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By signing the copyright transfer statement, authors still retain a set of rights that allow for self-archiving.

Authors may archive their preprint manuscripts (version prior to peer review) at any time without restrictions. Authors may archive their postprint manuscripts (accepted version after peer review) in institutional repositories, preprint servers, and research networks after a 12 month embargo. The 12 month embargo period begins when the article is published online. Postprints must not be used for commercial purposes and acknowledgement must be given to the final publication, and publisher, by inserting the DOI number of the article in the following sentence: “Final publication is available from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers[insert DOI]”. Authors may archive on their personal website without an embargo provided their manuscript is updated with an acknowledgement to the publisher copyright and final published version.

The final published article (version of record) can never be archived in a repository, preprint server, or research network.


Publishing Open Access

Authors that wish to easily comply with funder or institutional open access mandates should consider publishing open access. Liebert Open Access option allows authors to make their research freely available online without restrictions. Additionally, Liebert Open Access option allows authors to retain copyright, archive and share the final published version of their article without restrictions. To publish open access please email or visit Liebert Open Access for more information.

NIH Public Access Policy: In order to assist our authors who have NIH funding to comply with this policy, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers will deposit the final accepted paper (after copy-editing and proofreading) to PubMed Central (PMC) on behalf of the authors. Authors need not take any action. The manuscript's public access posting on PMC will occur 12 months after final publication. This service is provided free of charge. Please note that authors may not deposit manuscripts directly to PMC or other sites without permission from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

Liebert Open Access

Ensure maximum visibility, discoverability, and impact for your article with our Liebert Open Access (OA) option

Does your research funder have an open access mandate or would you like to expand the dissemination of your research?

The Liebert Open Access option enables authors to publish open access in our esteemed subscription-based journals.

The benefits of Liebert Open Access include:

- High visibility; open access articles are freely available online upon publication

- You retain copyright with the open access license allowing broad dissemination of your research

- You can freely share your article in repositories and research networks without restrictions

- Easy compliance with open access mandates

- Rigorous editorial and peer-review

- Targeted email announcement featuring a direct link to article

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Open access articles are listed with an OA icon in journal tables of content (TOC), TOC alerts, and in marketing announcements. Open access articles are highlighted and promoted in targeted email announcements to thousands of research leaders in your field.

Copyright and Licensing
If you choose to publish with open access, you will retain copyright of your article and a Creative Commons license will be applied. The liberal Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC-BY) license is the default open access license used at Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The CC-BY license permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited.

At this time we allow authors to choose between the CC-BY or CC-BY-NonCommercial license. A limited number of journals offer NonCommercial licenses exclusively.

Ordering Open Access
Once your article has been accepted for publication in a journal, you will receive an email with information on ordering Liebert Open Access. If you would like more information about Liebert Open Access or would like to order open access, please email

Publishing open access includes an article publication charge (APC) and authors are asked to fill out a short open access order form.  You can pay by credit card or receive an invoice to be returned with payment or via bank transfer. Please remember that traditional subscription journals can carry mandatory or optional author fees. The Liebert Open Access APC does not cover or replace existing publication or author fees.

Publishing biomedical or biotechnology research?
Biomedical researchers should consider publishing in BioResearch Open Access, a fully open access peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing top research in the biomedical and biotechnology fields. For details, please visit the information for authors on the journal website.

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