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Aims and scope

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (IJBNPA) is an open access, peer-reviewed journal offering high quality articles, rapid publication and wide diffusion in the public domain.

IJBNPA is devoted to furthering the understanding of the behavioral aspects of diet and physical activity and is unique in its inclusion of multiple levels of analysis, including populations, groups and individuals and its inclusion of epidemiology, and behavioral, theoretical and measurement research areas.  IJBNPA prioritises research based on randomised controlled trials (RCTs), systematic reviews (with or without meta-analyses, as appropriate), and observational studies. IJBNPA will also review other study designs such as strong or ground-breaking methodological papers, rigorous qualitative studies, debate papers and commentaries. IJBNPA publishes pilot studies only in exceptional circumstances and it does not publish protocol papers or letters to the editors.

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.

Announcing the launch of In Review

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

  • Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
  • Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
  • Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received 


The #ISBNPAXChange Initiative will launch on June 1st with the release of pre-recorded presentations of accepted 2020 abstracts. Live sessions will run from  June 15th to June 25th 2020, 9pm to 11pm (CEST). Within this period, we are planning to have two live keynote speakers, nine live symposia webinars, nine live questions and answers (Q&A) sessions of 10-15 pre-recorded oral presentations, offline Q&A, discussion boards, and an array of social engagement activities. 

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Society information

The International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) stimulates, promotes and advocates innovative research and policy
in the area of behavioral nutrition and physical activity toward the betterment of human health worldwide.

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (IJBNPA) is the official journal of The International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA). Members of the Society will receive a 20% discount on the article-processing charge for articles they publish in IJBNPA. Members of ISBNPA should go to the society website before proceeding with submission.

Celebrating IJBNPA's 15th Anniversary

2019 marked the 15th Anniversary of International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. To celebrate, we put together a page of the journal's milestones including the links to the journal's most cited and most talked-about articles. 

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"Physical activity and healthy nutrition can play a major role in the prevention and treatment of the leading non-communicable diseases. Research in this area is rapidly evolving and our journal aims to present research of the highest standard that will inform practitioners, policy makers and fellow researchers."

Hidde van der Ploeg, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity


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