Guidelines for Reviewers of New Educational Resources

Part of JNEB's mission is to provide its readers with accurate, timely, and useful reviews of nutrition and health-related resources for personal or professional selection and recommendation. When a new resource is submitted and deemed appropriate for JNEB, the Reviews Editor invites an SNEB member or guest reviewer to evaluate the material and write a review of the material. For these authors, we have developed the following guidelines:

General Format

  1. Start your review by copy/pasting the bibliographic data and summary provided in the Title Block of the proposal information sheet. This information should remain exactly as it appears there and be single spaced.
  2. Insert a page break.
  3. Double-space the body of your review, using a 12-point font and 1-inch margins. Apply consecutive line numbers to the document, beginning with page 1 (this feature can be found under the "Layout" tab of "Page Setup" in most versions of Microsoft Word).
  4. Aim for a length of 350 to 600 words; 600 words is the maximum. The word count also includes the bibliographic data and summary referenced in number 1 above and your name, title, and institution which should be added at the end of the review.
  5. If you refer to other publications, citations should follow the system described in the American Medical Association Manual of Style (11th ed. New York: Oxford University Press; 2020). Helpful examples are:

    Journal Article
    Olson CM. Tracking of food choices across the transition to motherhood. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2005;37:129-136.

    Glanz K, Rimer BK, Lewis FM, eds. Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice. 3rd ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers; 2002.

    Web site
    National Cancer Institute. Cancer Health Disparities. Accessed September 15, 2008.

  6. LAST PARAGRAPH OF THE REVIEW: End the review with your name including degree(s) and certification(s), title and/or institution/affiliation, and mailing address including zip code.
  7. Submit your review to your account in the Editorial Manager under "My Accepted Invitations."


  1. Try to attract the reader's attention in the opening paragraph making a declarative statement or placing the book in the context of current trends and interests.
  2. Summarize and evaluate the material (about 20% of your review should summarize, and about 80% should evaluate).
  3. Your summary should include, but not be limited to:
    • An overview of the content and subjects covered.
    • A description of the intended audience.
    • Mention of anything unique about the format, use of graphics, etc.
  4. Your evaluation should include, but should not be limited to:
    • Commendation of strengths and tactful criticism of weaknesses, with examples.
    • Assessment of timeliness, originality, accuracy, organization, readability, usefulness, references, graphics and/or appropriateness for intended audience.
    • Suggestion of specific improvement(s), if appropriate.
    • Website reviews should remark on the experience as a user navigating the website, indicating particular sections/pages emphasized (if applicable), if only a portion of the website is evaluated; also note pertinent hyperlinks.
  5. Avoid direct quotes, except for very short phrases.
  6. In your closing remarks, include comments about the overall soundness or usefulness of the material. Briefly (one or two sentences) describe how it could be used by JNEB’s readers and in what setting(s). If appropriate, state the specific type(s) of nutrition professional(s) the material would be best suited for.

Your review will be edited for length, clarification, accuracy and consistency, if necessary. It will be returned to you for revisions, if necessary. If a reviewer should accept the review and find they are unable to complete the review in the specified time, the reviewer is expected to ship the resource back the JNEB office at their expense.

Thank you for your contribution to JNEB.