Bahram H Arjmandi, PhD

Editor In Chief

Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences
The Florida State University, USA Read Interview session

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Dr. Bahram H. Arjmandi is the honorable Editor-in-chief of the journal, Journal of Food & Nutritional Disorders. Bahram H. Arjmandi, PhD, RD is currently Margaret A. Sitton Named Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences at the Florida State University (FSU) where he is a member of the FSU Biomedical Advisory Committee, the College Advisory Council and the Director of the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging at FSU. He received his PhD from the Department of Human Nutrition at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS and Post Doctorate from University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX

Research Interest

Dr. Bahram H. Arjmandi focus on investigating the etiologies of bone loss due to ovarian hormone deficiency and osteoarthritis due to up-regulation of estrogen synthesis in the joints using in vitro, in vivo and ex vivo methods. His current research emphasis is women’s health including osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and cardiovascular health.


1. What makes an article top quality? 

Response: Hypothesis-driven, novelty, generates enthusiasm, and clarity.

2. Do you think that journals determine research trends?

Response: Yes, most definitely. A journal can have a broad range of articles in research areas that encourage the readers to pursue similar research, e.g. gut microbiota, brain-gut crosstalk, etc.

3. What makes a good position paper?

Response: Should address topics of significance within the field and answer questions of concern such as the relationship between soy consumption and breast cancer and whether it prevents or promotes breast cancer.

4. What are the qualities you look for in an article?

Response: I look for articles with a clear and answerable hypothesis, a novel topic, well-written with but with simplicity, and will make a real contribution to science.

5. Can you give us a broad indication of the types of themes a scientific journal should cover?

Response: Functional foods and dietary supplements and their relationship with human health and chronic disease prevention/treatment, gut microbiota, effect of diet on longevity.

6. What sorts of research methods and frameworks do you expect people to use, and how will they balance conceptual and applied research?

Response: Relevant methods should be precise, accurate, and detailed enough to be followed and/or replicated. For instance, if it’s a clinical trial it should include an overview of methods, inclusion/exclusion criteria, and description of questionnaires used. Research should follow ethical guidelines.

7. How would you describe the journal’s mission and editorial objectives to our readers?

Response: I would describe the mission of the Journal of Food & Nutritional Disorders as: delivering up-to-date research findings that will have an impact on the promotion of health and well-being of individuals nationally and internationally through dietary means.

8. If you could be granted dream articles, what would they be on?

Response: Osteoarthritis, its etiology and possible cure, prevention and reversal of osteoporosis via dietary means, cardiovascular disease and its relationship with endothelial function in aging.

9. Are there any particular areas which you would like to see, or expect to see, collaborate?

Response:Osteoarthritis, its etiology and possible cure, prevention and reversal of osteoporosis via dietary means, cardiovascular disease and its relationship with endothelial function in aging.

10. How does the research published percolate through to practitioners?

Response: Typically research is communicated practitioners through Medline/Pubmed indexing, as well as google scholar and press releases. Hence, I suggest that our journal pursue Pubmed/Medline indexing.

11. How can a publisher ensure the authors/readers a rigorous peer review and quality control?

Response: Compile a list of well-respected experts in various categories and encourage them to peer review and give them permission to suggest an alternative reviewer including their own postdoc if they are unable to review the manuscript.

12. Your editorial policy is to be eclectic and welcome perspectives from other disciplines and schools. How does this translate into the types of contributions you encourage?

Response: My suggestion is that the editor-in-chief and section editors have an annual meeting to discuss various issues related to the journal. Also, it is important that the editor-in-chief of this journal communicate directly with prospective authors and reviewers (only if they receive monetary compensation for his/her time).

13. What do you see as the merits of journals, as opposed to book series, as a means of scholarly communications?

Response: The merit of submitting to a journal is that it will typically be indexed in Pubmed which is considered high quality and can then be seen and cited nationally and internationally.

14. How do you differentiate Journal of Food & Nutritional Disorders Research with other journals in the field?

Response:I thank the journal staff for taking this initiative to improve the journal’s quality. The name of this journal is rather unique and sets the journal apart from other related journals. In my opinion, the differentiation is made by the quality of the papers published in this journal. To publish better quality paper, section editors should be identified with respect to the areas of emphasis in the journal. Editors should be assigned to section editors in order for the journal to recruit quality papers from well-known laboratories. The editor-in-chief and editorial board members should meet annually as mentioned earlier to discuss, update, and plan the future of the journal. Again, it is very important that the journal pursue indexing in Pubmed/Medline as this will improve the quality of the submissions. Many researchers are not interested to publish in a non-Pubmed journal.

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