ISSN 0717-7518 online version
ISSN 0716-1549 print version


Scope and policy

The journal publishes editorials, article updates, essays, research papers, clinical report, letters to the Editor and technical notes in the area of nutrition and related sciences.

Arbitration system for mailed articles for publication in the journal:

The publisher receives the paper proposed for publication, upon which it is registered and acknowledged. If you do not meet the standards of format or areas of interest set for publication, it will be returned to the main author.

If it meets the standards of publication, it is submitted to three reviewers of the Editorial Board, who evaluate the manuscript form as established by the Journal. Within 2 to 3 weeks the reviewer should return the result of that assessment.

If the Publisher considers it appropriate, the paper is subjected to the evaluation of new experts in the field of study.

If approved, the paper is published in the next issue which has the capacity for it, which is reported to the principal author.

If the paper is approved with modifications, it is returned with the directions of the principal reviewers for their correction. Once corrected, the publisher will re-introduce it to the initial reviewers. If approved, it will be published.

If the paper is returned, it comes back to the principal author with comments from reviewers.

If the reviewers disagree on the assessment of the work, it will be subjected to further experts.

The Journal has a system of reviewers external to the editor and associate editor. They are experts in different areas for evaluating the research work submitted to them.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

Guidelines for the preparation of manuscripts

Update topics include critical reviews on topics of interest in the field of nutrition and related sciences, or general discussions which contain criteria or recommendations for practice. Must be 15 double-spaced pages maximum.

Research paper related to the results of experimental or descriptive studies carried out in a way which allows the deduction of valid conclusions. The maximum length is 20 pages.

The tests are focused analysis of a topic from a personal perspective of the author (or authors). It must have more than 15 pages.

The clinical report consists in the presentation of patients with medical problems of nutritional interest. The maximum pages are 10 pages.

Letters to the Editor are short notes of up to 3 pages on preliminary results of an ongoing investigation (of the problem, personal results and short bibliography), topics of general interest, comments or criticisms of any contributions published in the Journal.

The revisions are the technical notes that correspond to short communications (3 pages maximum) on methods and techniques developed by the authors.

Contributions to the journal should be written by computer, double-spaced, letter size, with left and right margins of not less than 3 cm.

Sent by e-mail to the editor. This implies a commitment that it will not be sent to another journal for publication. Any publication or prior partial must be shown by a footnote on the first page of the original.

Manuscripts can be written in Spanish or English, depending on the preference of the author.

Paper will not be accepted that in the opinion of the Editor, has an unnecessary extension.

Acceptance of the original for the Journal is subject to the outcome of the review carried out by specialists in the corresponding discipline which are part of the Editorial Board or are appointed as "ad-hoc" advisers.

Correspondence relating to a number of original authors will be established with the author who submitted it.

Organization of manuscript:

It is recommended to organize each manuscript as follows:

Title: The first page of the manuscript should contain full title in upper and its translation into English, full name(s) of author(s), institution of origin with initial letters capitalized and the rest in lower case, indicating further the academic unit (school, institute or other) and the Department, Laboratory, Lecture, etc., respectively. The second page should indicate the position the each author holds and identified properly. The title should be concise and explicit enough. It should not contain abbreviations or formulas.

Key words: Enter up to five, separated by a comma and put at the end of the abstract.

Introduction: It should be presented in the second page and indicate clearly the purpose or hypotheses of the investigation and its relationship with other relevant work (self or others), avoiding lengthy bibliographic citations that can be identified with the reference number to the citation properly identified as noted below.

Material and methods: The description of materials and their origin should be in concise form. Where the techniques or procedures used have already been published, their bibliographic source will be indicated and include only details that represent a substantial modification of the original procedure. When using local or regional terms, they must be cleared by scientific name, or general use.

Results: These are presented where possible in tables and/or figures, which are supported by statistical calculations, avoiding repetition and choosing the way that in each case is appropriate for the best interpretation of the results. If there are branches, these shall be included with subtitles.

Figures and illustrations in size 13 (width) and 18 (height) cm shall be numbered with Arabic numerals and represented on separate pages in glossy paper, with the author's name and number on the back, lightly marked in written in pencil. When necessary, identify the top and bottom of the picture.

In case of drawings or diagrams, these will be in black ink on good quality paper. The location of each figure must be indicated in pencil, aside from the original text. The symbols must be specified in the actual picture.

The axes (coordinates) of figures and illustrations should have an indication of the variable key, representing units of measurement.

Each figure or illustration must be identified with the respective legend and have the data necessary for their interpretation. They must be submitted in PowerPoint, separate from the article.

Tables should be numbered (Arabic numerals) according to their order of presentation in the text and delivered in separate sheets.

Each table should contain a brief title that clearly indicates their content. Clarifications to tables should be made using footnotes on the same. Column headings should be short or abbreviated, including, in footnote, a clarification if necessary.

In each column indicate clearly the medium used, for example, mg/g. For concentrations do not use the expression % but, e.g.: G / dl. It should state clearly all the statistical tests used. Tables must have all necessary information for interpretation.

Do not show the same experimental material in the form of tables and figures.

Discussion. should be brief and restricted to significant aspects of the work. In the event that the authors' opinion of the nature of work permits it, the results and discussion may be presented together. Under the general heading of RESULTS and DISCUSSION.

Conclusion (optional). Must be based on results obtained and provide, if possible, plan a solution to the problem posed in the introduction. The most important conclusion can be highlighted in numbered form.

Reference. Where possible should be accessible in any country. The bibliographic citations are indicated by Arabic numerals in the text, in brackets and not in alphabetical order of authors.

For references at the end of the work, apply international standards, which are illustrated by the following examples:

  • Articles in magazines:
    Durante M. Cerletti P. Amino acid composition of seed proteins of Lupinos albus, J Agric Food Chem 1979; 27:977-978.
  • Books:
    Good, WJ. The family. Prentice-Hall Inc., NEw Jersey, 1964.
  • Books without individual author:
    Association of Official Agricultural Chemists. Official Methods of Analysis of the AOAC. 12 th ed. Washington, D.C., The Association, 1975, p. 30.
  • Article or chapter of author (s), noted in a book published by each publisher:
    Hosking WG, Charles M. Macaroni production Matz, S.A. ed. The Chemistry and Technology of Cereals as Food and Feed.
    Westport, Conn., The Avi Publishing Co., 1959, p. 274-320.
  • Quotes from digests or publications of summaries of Scientific Meetings:
    Example 1: Breks H, Henseleit, K. Urea formation in animal body: Chem. Astr. 26:5624, 1923.
    Example 2: Gonzalez E, Manz P, Cabrera R, Villarroel P, Fuchs R. Modification of ruminal parameters associated with infusion of nitrate in vivo. III Annual Meeting Chilean Soc Animal Prod. Valdivia (Chile), 1978, Abstracts of Communications, p. 37, (or No. abstract).

Summary in the original language of the article. This must be informative, submitted on separate pages of text and prepared in a clear and concise for the reader who has not read the text of the article. You must also specify the purpose, method, important results and major conclusions. You should have the comprehensive and coherent whole title. Should not exceed 150 words.

Abstract in english. All work must be accompanied by a summary in english, presented in a separate text, if the original work was in Spanish. If the work is in English, this summary will be presented in Spanish. The abstract should have a maximum of 150 words.

Abbreviations and acronyms. Internationally accepted abbreviations should be used (System of Current Contents). When using unusual acronyms that often recur in the manuscript, they must be completely indicated the first time used, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Preferably, the symbol should be used instead of the international language of original article: eg.: DNA, RNA, PCR, etc.. All abbreviations and acronyms are used without a point.

Nomenclature. Shall use the nomenclature of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (UNS) for vitamins and other nutrients. Units of measurement is used the Decimal Metric System or International System:



counts per minute


counts per second




degrees Celsius


disintegrations per minute


disintegrations per second








international unit
















revolution per minute


















average (statistical term)


not significant (statistic)


number of observations (statistic)


probability (statistic)


Note that any symbol or abbreviation is added "s" to indicate plural.

A more complete list of abbreviations and symbols commonly used in biology and medicine is published in Annals of Internal Medicine 1979;90:98-99.

For energy units calorie (cal) or Joules (J) will be used interchangeably.

Numerical Results. To note numbers, use the comma (,) to indicate decimals, e.g. 37.5, and a space to indicate thousands, millions, and so on. For example: 2 538.

Points. Must be requested at the time of submitting work for publication, at least 50 copies, which will be at the cost of the author. Solicit them from La Concepción 81, office 1307, Providencia, Santiago, Chile. Telephone-fax 236 9128.

Guide to Requirements for Manuscripts

Must be reviewed by the author responsible, marking approval in each box which corresponds. The co-authors must be identified and sign the back page. Both documents must be delivered together with the manuscript.

This work (or the most important parts of it) is unpublished and will not be sent to other magazines while waiting for the decision of the editors of this journal.
The text is written double-spaced, letter-size sheets.
A summary of up to 200 words is included in Spanish, and, where possible, translated into English.
Includes as bibliographic citations only material published in widely circulated magazines, or books. The abstracts of papers presented at scientific congresses and other meetings may be included only if citations are published in journals of wide circulation.
If this study was undertaken in humans or animals, in "Materials and Methods", make explicit that the intemacionally required ethical standards were met. For human studies, it should identify the institution or the ethic committee that approved the protocol.
The manuscript was arranged according to the "Instructions to Authors" published in each volume and 3 copies of all material, including photographs, is given.
Tables and figures were prepared considering the amount of data they contain and the font size that will result from the necessary reduction in print.
If reproduced tables or figures are taken from other publications, provide written permission from their authors or owners of publishing rights, as appropriate.
The photographs of patients and figures (x-rays, etc.) respect the anonymity of those involved in them.
Phone and fax numbers of the author are indicated who will maintain contact with the magazine.

Name and signature of the author who will maintain contact with the magazine.
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Authorship responsability

Each co-author must sign this declaration, which is required along with the manuscript and the "Guide to Requirements for Manuscripts." If there is insufficient space for the signatures of all co-authors, photocopies of this page may be used.


DECLARATION: I certify that I have directly contributed to the intellectual content of this manuscript, the genesis of the data and analysis for which I am able to make myself publicly accountable and accept that my name appears on the list of authors. I have reviewed and approved its final publication in the Revista Chilena de Nutrición.

As co-author I certify that it is an unpublished manuscript, which shall not be subject to publication in another journal, national or foreign, in identical wording, partial or modified without obtaining prior expressed permission of the Editor of this magazine.


Sending of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be sent to:

  • Editor
    Revista Chilena de Nutrición
    Dr. Santiago Muzzo B.

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