Publisher:

Dietitians Association of Nigeria (DAN) is a national professional association of dietitians and assistant dietitians in Nigeria. The Association promotes health through food, nutrition and diet planning. It is working hard with government to establish the Dietitians Registration Council to regulate the professional training and practice of dietitians. The Association is working to ensure standardization of dietetic practice through accreditation and reaccreditation of recognized dietetic education programmes. It encourages its members to adopt evidence-based, ethical practices and life-long continuous professional development. It advocates for dietitians in Nigeria and looks forward to providing a quality assurance programme for accredited dietetics education programmes, dietetic internship. It encourages its members to adopt applied research and best practices in nutrition and dietetics.

Sources of Support:

The journal is sponsored with funding support from Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), sales of hard copies and article processing charges

Peer Review:

All submitted manuscripts are examined by Editorial Board and sent out to two referees. Authors are usually notified within 8 to 10 weeks as to the acceptability of their manuscripts. The corresponding or submitting author submits the paper to the journal email which jdanscientific@gamil.com. The journal’s editorial office checks the content of the manuscript and arrangement in-line with journal’s author guidelines to make sure it includes the required sections and style of the journal. The quality of the paper is not assessed at this point. The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) checks that the paper is appropriate for the journal and is sufficiently original and interesting. If not, the paper may be rejected without being reviewed any further. The handling editor sends invitations to 2 reviewers who will conduct a thorough review of the manuscripts double blind (the authors name (s) and affiliation (s) is/are removed before sending out and the author (s) do not know the reviewer). An initial 21 days (subject to extension) is given to the reviewers to review the manuscripts and make recommendations using the journal reviewers’ guide. Based on the recommendation of the reviewers, the manuscript is sent to the corresponding author for revision. After the authors have revised the manuscript, a decision is taken by Editor-in-Chief whether the manuscript will be accepted/needs further revision/rejected based on the reviewers’ recommendation. The final decision is take by the EIC. After which, authors are asked to pay article processing charge (APC) as determined by the editorial board if their manuscript was accepted for publication. Before the final prints, galley proofs are sent to authors to read and effect final minor corrections.

Open Access Policy:

All research articles published in Journal of Dietitians Association of Nigeria are fully open access: immediately freely available to read, download and share. Articles are published under the terms of a Creative Commons license which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Publication Scheduling:

This journal publishes one volume with two issues per year.

General:

OFFICERS OF DIETITIANS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (DAN)

Dtn. Prof. Mrs. E. K. Ngwu                           National President

Dtn. Emmanuel Ukwondi                               1st National Vice President

Dtn. Rotimi Titilope                                        2nd National Vice-President

Dtn. Emma Ogbuigwe                                    National Secretary

Dtn. Ogbonna Patrick                                                 Assist. National Secretary

Dtn. Chinedu Okpara                                     National Publicity Secretary

Dtn. Dr. Chika Ndiokwelu                             ICDA Representative/Immediate Past President

Dtn. Gloria Okafor                                         National Treasurer

Dtn. Nelly Akuchie                                         National Financial Secretary

Dtn. Victor Odudu                                         National Auditor

Dtn. Prof. Uchenna A. Onyechi                     Editor-in-chief

 

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Journal of Dietitians Association of Nigeria (JDAN) is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record. As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) the journal follows the COPE guidelines on how to deal with potential acts of malpractice. COPE was established to provide a range of services and products aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at editors and publishers of academic journals and to provide advice and guidance on best practice for dealing with ethical issues in journal publishing. COPE consults editors and publishers on allaspects of publication ethics and, in practically, how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct. It is possible to find an example of a recognized publication ethics and malpractice statement at https://publicationethics.org/files/2008%20Code%20of%20Conduct.pdf. A code of conduct and guidelines can be found at https://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines.

All the editors, authors and reviewers of the Journal of Dietitians Association of Nigeria agree upon standards of proper ethical behavior and accept the responsibility for fulfilling the following duties and responsibilities as set by the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors

(https://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines). Our key expectations of authors, peer-reviewers and editors, and penalty for malpractice are as follows:

Editors’ Responsibilities

  • Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article.
  • To accept an article when reasonably certain.
  • Editors should have no conflict of interest with respect to articles they reject/accept.
  • When errors are found to promote publication of correction or retraction.
  • To preserve anonymity of reviewers.
  • To act in a balanced, objective and fair way while carrying out their expected duties, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors.

Editors Should:

  • Persist general duties and responsibilities of editors.
  • Editors should be responsible for everything published in their journals.
  • Strive to meet the needs of readers and authors.
  • Constantly improve the journal.
  • Ensure the quality of the material they publish.
  • Champion freedom of expression.
  • Maintain the integrity of the academic record.
  • Preclude business needs from compromising intellectual standards.
  • Always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

Reviewers’ Responsibilities

  • To contribute to the decision-making process, and to assist in improving the quality of thepublished article by reviewing the manuscript objectively.
  • Reviewers should have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research founders.
  • Reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited.
  • Reviewed articles should be treated confidentially.

Authors’ Responsibilities

  • Authors are obliged to participate in peer review process.
  • All authors have to contribute significantly to the research.
  • Statements that all data in the articles are real and authentic.
  • All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
  • No plagiarism, no fraudulent data is allowed.
  • It is forbidden to publish same research in more than one journal.
  • Authors should ensure that any studies involving human or animal subjects conform to national, local and institutional laws and requirements.

Publication Ethics Issues

  • Monitoring/safeguarding publication ethics by the editorial board.
  • Maintain the integrity of the academic record.
  • Preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards.
  • Always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed

Monitoring: The EIC must ensure to establish the mechanism for monitoring and safeguarding of publishing ethics. All the complaint received from the reviewers or the authors or anybody else should be taken into the proper consideration and an appropriate action will be taken promptly for such complaints.

Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted and permission has been obtained where necessary.

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have influenced the reported work and that give the work appropriate context within the larger scholarly record. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source.

Plagiarism takes many forms, from ‘passing off’ another’s paper as the author’s own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others.  Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical behaviour and is unacceptable. Thus, in the event that a JDAN publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct the publisher or editor shall deal with allegations appropriate.

Duplicate Publication: If duplicate publication is found or noticed from other sources, editorial board should check the status. If the duplicate publication is confirmed as intentional thing, then the following actions will be carried out: This should be reported to editorialboard, author(s), and president of every author’s institute; This should be sent to the publisher who published same (or very similar) article; Article will be removed; All authors’ name willbe marked as black list, and these authors cannot submit any article to Journal of Dietitians Association of Nigeria for 5 years or for an indefinite period.

Plagiarism (including self-plagiarism): If plagiarism is found or noticed from other sources,

editorial board should check the status. If the plagiarism is confirmed as intentional thing, then the following actions will be carried out: This should be reported to editorial board, authors, and president of every author’s institute; This should be sent to publisher who published same or similar article; Article will be removed; All authors’ name will be marked as black list, and this author(s) cannot submit any article to Journal of Dietitians Association of Nigeria for 5 years or for an indefinite period.

Duplicate submission: If duplicate submission was found or noticed from other sources, the editorial board should check the status. If the duplicate submission was confirmed as intentional thing, then the following actions must be imposed: Review process will be terminated; The reason should be sent to reviewers, editorial board, authors, and president of every author’s institute; All authors’ names will be marked as black list, and these authors cannot submit any article to Journal of Dietitians Association of Nigeria for 5 years or for an indefinite period.

Retraction & Corrections: The published articles will be retracted if there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable. The retraction can be a result of scientific misconduct or honest error. To maintain the integrity of the scientific record, the retracted article will not be removed from the journal's website, however a notice of retraction will be posted and is made freely available to all readers. Retraction can be published by the authors or the editor or the publisher. In rare cases involving legal infringement, the Publisher may remove an article. Bibliographic information about the article will be retained to ensure the integrity of the scientific record. We follow the COPE guidelines in such case. Sometimes it may be necessary to publish corrections/erratum in an article published in the Journal to maintain the integrity of the academic record. An appropriate notice regarding the correction will be placed and made freely available to the readers. We are always willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

Article withdrawal:
We expect our authors to comply with best practice in publication ethics as well as in quality of their articles. To avoid withdrawal of articles we sincerely request the corresponding author to undertake the issues related to authorship, publication ethics and accurateness of data and results at the time of submission of manuscript.

If an article found to violate the ethical publishing guidelines of the journal such as duplicate submission, fraudulent data, plagiarism, false claim of authorship etc. the article will be withdrawn by the journal. In case the article is under ‘Online first’ stage the journal will remove the article from website and an appropriate note for article withdrawal will be posted.
No response from the authors to journal communication after review and provisional acceptance is also considered as withdrawal of article.

Preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards:
We believe that the funding agencies and sponsors should not be able to influence the author's findings or the decision making. The editor should maintain the integrity of the academic record, preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards, and always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed.

Ethics approval and consent to participate
Manuscripts reporting studies involving human participants, human data or human tissue must: include a statement on ethics approval and consent (even where the need for approval was waived), include the name of the ethics committee that approved the study and the committee’s reference number if appropriate. In addition, studies involving animals must include a statement on ethics approval. If your manuscript does not report on or involve the use of any animal or human data or tissue, please state “Not applicable” in this section.

Conflicts of interest
Authors must declare all sources of support for the research and any association with a product or subject that may constitute conflict of interest.

Consent for publication
If your manuscript contains any individual person’s data in any form (including individual details, images or videos), consent for publication must be obtained from that person, or in the case of children, their parent or legal guardian. All presentations of case reports must have consent for publication. You can use your institutional consent form if you prefer. You should not send the form to us on submission, but we may request to see a copy at any stage (including after publication).

Availability of data and materials
All manuscripts must include an ‘Availability of data and materials’ statement. Data availability statements should include information on where data supporting the results reported in the article can be found including, where applicable, hyperlinks to publicly archived datasets analysed or generated during the study. By data we mean the minimal dataset that would be necessary to interpret, replicate and build upon the findings reported in the article. We recognize it is not always possible to share research data publicly, for instance when individual privacy could be compromised, and in such instances data availability should still be stated in the manuscript along with any conditions for access.

Journal Identifiers


eISSN: 2635-3326
print ISSN: 2141-8209