Obesity Journal Symposium at ObesityWeek

The Editorial Team of Obesity seeks submission of high-quality manuscripts for the 3rd annual Obesity Journal Symposium to be presented at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. The Editors will select 4 winning papers to be presented at this symposium during The Obesity Society meeting November 2-7 (exact date and time to be announced). The session will be promoted to the obesity research community and to the press. In addition, the winning papers will be published in a special section of the November 2015 issue of Obesity.


Obesity Journal Symposium presentations: An author of each winning paper will give a 10-minute oral presentation followed by a 5-minute discussion.

Obesity publication: A special section at the front of the November 2015 issue of Obesity will be reserved for the Symposium winners.

Criteria for selection of winners:

  • For scoring of manuscripts, highest priority will be given to novel studies that expand scientific knowledge of:
    • the mechanisms underlying obesity,
    • prevention and treatment of obesity, and
    • the translation of findings from the lab to the clinic and from the clinic to the community.
  • We seek state-of-the-art papers dealing with the mechanisms of the control of energy balance, innovative clinical or translational studies that challenge current paradigms, and novel "proof of concept" studies.
  • Authors must abide by the instructions for authors available at the Obesity submission site (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/obesity). When submitting your manuscript, follow the instructions for Original Articles but select "Obesity Symposium" as the Manuscript Type. Please note that the usual page charges policies will apply to all manuscripts accepted for publication.
  • At submission, authors must mention the 3rd Annual Obesity Journal Symposium in the cover letter accompanying their manuscript.
  • An author of each winning paper must agree to attend the Obesity Journal Symposium to present the paper. Please note that travel funds are not available from Obesity.
  • The presenting author must be a current member of The Obesity Society. To join, go to http://www.obesity.org/membership/join.htm
  • Authors who enter the competition must agree to continue consideration for publication in Obesity if their paper is accepted for journal publication but is not selected as a Symposium winner.
  • The deadline for online manuscript submission is June 1, 2015.

To be considered for the Obesity Journal Symposium, please submit your manuscript online by June 1, 2015, at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/obesity


Frequently asked questions:

  • When will I know my paper has been selected for presentation at the ObesityJournal Symposium?
    • For papers entering the competition and submitted by June 1, 2015, this subset of papers will be fast-track reviewed, with the winners announced during summer 2015.
  • What happens to my paper if it is not selected as an ObesityJournal Symposium winner?
    • Manuscripts accepted for journal publication but not selected as Symposium winners will be published in the December 2015 issue of Obesity.
  • Does submission of a manuscript mean that I can't submit a poster or oral presentation of the work?
    • You may still submit your abstract for ObesityWeek, but if your manuscript is selected as a Symposium winner, you will be asked to withdraw your poster or oral presentation.
  • If my manuscript is selected for the Obesity Journal Symposium, will my travel be paid for by The Obesity Society or by Obesity? Will I receive an honorarium? Will I get free registration?
    • Your travel expenses cannot be paid by the journal or The Obesity Society. You will not receive an honorarium. Please note that authors are responsible for their own conference expenses. The journal's page charges policy also will apply for all submissions accepted for publication.
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