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We welcome ideas for articles and submissions on nutrition policy, programming and research from around the world. We accommodate and value different styles of writing from people working at all levels. Here is some useful information to get you started.  

What kind of articles does Field Exchange publish? 

The types of original articles found in Field Exchange and their associated word limits are:

Field articles – Detailed accounts of programming experiences or policy changes, challenges faced, and lessons learned (2,500 words) 

Views – Articles that share a particular individual or agency’s perspective on a relevant topic (2,500 words)

Letters – We welcome letters from our readers which add to previous debates that have featured in our publication or introduce something new (1,000 words)

Field Exchange also includes short articles that summarise previously published content:

Research snapshots – Summaries of published peer reviewed papers (500 words)

Report summaries – Summaries of key reports published elsewhere (500 words)

What topic areas is Field Exchange most interested in? 

We publish a wide range of content on nutrition policy and programming. We are interested in nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programming, plus institutional arrangements and coordination to support the treatment and prevention of all forms of malnutrition. We have a particular focus on fragile contexts, either due to conflict or natural disasters, and countries with high burdens of undernutrition, many of which also have increasing burdens of overnutrition.

How do I submit an idea for an article?

Due to the number of submissions that we receive, we are only able to review proposed articles in the form of short abstracts (400 words maximum) which outline your idea. We suggest including a brief explanation of ‘what we know so far’ (background), ‘what this article is about’ (methods used), and ‘what does this article add which is new’ (key learnings). We may then ask for further information once we have reviewed an abstract. Bullet points are fine. Please send your abstracts to Field Exchange for review.

If your research has already been published elsewhere and you would like us to consider including a summary in Field Exchange, please do send us an email at the same address.

How often is Field Exchange published?

We aim to publish three issues of Field Exchange each year. Under our current model, all articles are published both online and in print – although we have featured online only articles in the past. See the Field Exchange pages of our website for a catalogue of our previous issues.

In what language can I submit an idea for an article?

We welcome submissions in both English and in French.

What is the process for reviewing submissions?

Our experienced editorial team meets regularly to review submissions. We consider each individual piece against a series of set criteria, including originality, quality of the evidence shared and ability to provide interesting and relevant lessons learned for Field Exchange readers. When we receive a lot of submissions, we also have to weigh up the value of potential articles against each other. We will confirm receipt of your submission and will aim to give you an answer within two weeks. In busy times, this may take a little longer.

What happens if my submission is successful? 

If your submission is successful, we will inform you directly and may provide a suggested framework to develop your ideas around. We may also suggest having a phone call with you to find out more about your programme or research to inform this. We will also share our writing guide that covers the details of Field Exchange’s writing style and agree a deadline for submission of your first draft.

What support will I receive when writing an article?

Our experienced editorial team will provide all of the support that you need at each stage to develop your idea into a finished article. On submission of your first draft, we will provide a detailed technical review, providing suggestions for changes and requests for more information where needed. We will then return this to you to help guide your revisions. It usually takes several rounds of revision over several weeks to create a finished piece ready to publish. We will always make sure that you are happy with the final article before we share it.

How do I subscribe to Field Exchange?

Subscribing is free and is very easy. Please visit our subscription page to find out more.

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