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COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

Call for Papers: Clinical Advances in the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa and Related Restricting Eating Disorders

New Content ItemA great deal has been published in recent years about the treatment of anorexia nervosa and other restrictive eating disorders, and it is a matter of perspective whether one sees the glass as half full or half empty. It is beyond any doubt, however, that there are many unanswered questions about what treatments work for whom and more importantly how treatments work and how different service contexts shape treatments and contribute to their outcomes. The aim of this Special Issue is both to summarise existing knowledge and to take a forward look, raising new questions for future research. We particularly welcome papers that integrate knowledge and expertise across different fields and different theoretical domains. Please visit this page for more information.

Edited by: Prof. Dr. Ivan Eisler, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Schmidt and Prof. Dr. Daniel Le Grange

Submission deadline: 30 April 2021

Call for papers: Eating Disorders in the time of COVID-19 outbreak - Implications for now and the future

New Content ItemAll of us have been stunned by the impact of this viral pandemic. Whilst the focus has of course been on the public health needs to contain its spread and care for individuals with acute infection and the most vulnerable, only now are the wider impacts on people’s mental health being thought about. In this regard, people with Eating Disorders may be particularly vulnerable, because of their frequently compromised physical health, as well as problematic relationships with food in a time of food insecurity and panic buying, and often impoverished social and interpersonal lives in a time of severe “social distancing’. 
We call for papers informing on all aspects of the impacts that this global crisis may have, or is having, on people living with an eating disorder, their health and treatment, and the wider research community. This includes consequences for research programs and research governance such as  peer review. We encourage papers reporting case histories and novel solutions to care where face to face contact is curtailed.

Edited by: Hubert Lacey, Phillipa Hay and Stephen Touyz
Submission deadline: 30 April 2021 (Final call)

Call for Papers: Management of the Malnourished Patient

New Content ItemEarly publications on eating disorders were on the medical and nutritional care for young women with anorexia nervosa in the nineteenth century.  Since that time there have been major advances in the science of starvation and physical health restoration but practice can vary and consensus can be elusive. We have also learned that individuals with eating disorders (both men and women) can demonstrate the physical and psychological effects of malnutrition even at a normal or above normal weight. There is not a shared understanding of the physiological changes in starvation nor optimal strategy to best manage malnutrition for patients with anorexia nervosa.  Whilst there are Centres with established refeeding practices lead by clinicians of considerable experience,  research is needed  to address questions such as how best to provide nutrition, including  nutrients (calories and micronutrients/supplements) as well as refeeding strategies and the management of early medical complications. This special issue of the journal welcomes submissions that address management of the malnourished patient with an eating disorder across the weight and age spectrum.

Edited by: Michael Kohn, FRACP, FACPM and Neville H. Golden, MD

Now closed for submissions.

Call for papers: Machine learning and artificial intelligence

New Content ItemIt’s a time of “big data”. Machine learning and artificial intelligence are being increasingly utilised in healthcare settings. These technologies have potential to aid in the rapid and cost-effective prevention, detection, and treatment of mental disorders. We call for papers for this Special Issue that further our understanding of the utility of machine learning and artificial intelligence in the field of eating disorders.

Edited by: Ross Crosby and Jasmine Fardouly
Submission deadline: 30 March 2021


  1. Authors: Jennifer Couturier, Danielle Pellegrini, Catherine Miller, Neera Bhatnagar, Ahmed Boachie, Kerry Bourret, Melissa Brouwers, Jennifer S. Coelho, Gina Dimitropoulos, Sheri Findlay, Catherine Ford, Josie Geller, Seena Grewal, Joanne Gusella, Leanna Isserlin, Monique Jericho…

    Content type: Guideline

Thematic series

Eating disorder treatment practice standards

Eating Disorders in the time of COVID-19 outbreak - Implications for now and the future (Edited by Profs. Hubert Lacey, Phillipa Hay and Stephen Touyz)

Eating Disorders, Emotions and Mood Disorders (Edited by Profs. Phillipa Hay and Stephen Touyz)

Diabetes and Eating Disorders – a complex co-morbidity (Edited by Prof. Paul Copeland)

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Indexing news

We are pleased to announce that Journal of Eating Disorders has recently been accepted to be indexed in Clarivate Analytics' Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) and Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI). The journal is expected to receive its first impact factor in 2020.

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Aims and scope

Journal of Eating Disorders is the first open access, peer-reviewed journal publishing leading research in the science and clinical practice of eating disorders. It disseminates research that provides answers to the important issues and key challenges in the field of eating disorders and to facilitate translation of evidence into practice.

Journal prize winners

Journal of Eating Disorders Editors 2020 Prize, for the research paper that was selected on scientific merit from the papers that had the highest citation contribution in the years relevant to the 2019 Journal Impact Factor calculation is awarded to Sahib S. Khalsa for 
What happens after treatment? A systematic review of relapse, remission, and recovery in anorexia nervosa

The Journal of Eating Disorders Editors also sponsored the following:

The Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders & Academy of Eating Disorders Virtual International Conference on Eating Disorders poster prize to Caroline West, for Dietary Self-Efficacy in the Presence of Food Buffers the Association between Food Insecurity and Uncontrolled Eating in Low-Income Adolescents

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