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Lifestyle Genomics

Guidelines for Authors

Aims & Scopes

Lifestyle Genomics aims to provide a forum for highlighting new advances in the broad area of lifestyle-gene interactions, and their influence on health and disease.
The journal welcomes novel contributions that investigate how genetics may influence a person's responses to lifestyle factors such as diet and nutrition, natural health products, physical activity, and sleep amongst others. Additionally, contributions examining how lifestyle factors influence the expression / abundance of genes, proteins and metabolites in cell and animal models, as well as humans, are also of interest.
The journal will publish high quality research articles, brief reports, reviews outlining timely advances in the field, and brief method papers pertaining to lifestyle genomics. The journal will also have a unique section 'Market Places' presenting articles from companies active in the area of lifestyle genomics.

In addition to the standard Article Types, we also invite contributions to the following sections:

Market Place:
Product Reviews and Perspectives from companies active in the area of lifestyle genomics.

Should you have any problems with your submission, or would like to discuss the possibilty of publishing a supplementary issue of Lifestyle Genomics, please contact the editorial office:

Esther Bettiol
S. Karger AG

Only papers written in English are considered. The articles should be comprehensible to a reader who is fluent in English and should be edited prior to submission to ensure that standard English grammar and usage are observed. Use of a professional language editing service prior to submission can help avoid delays with the review process.

All manuscripts are subject to editorial review.

The presentation of manuscripts should follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Karger journals adhere to the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines.

By submitting an article for publication, the authors agree to the transfer of the copyright to the publisher upon acceptance. Accepted papers become the permanent property of Lifestyle Genomics and may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the written consent of the publisher.

The Submission Statement with original (hand-written) or pdf signatures is to be provided upon submitting the paper. If it is not possible to collect all signatures on a single document, individual copies should be provided for each author. Manuscripts may be accompanied by a cover letter in addition to the Submission Statement if additional information is to be communicated to the Editor(s)-in-Chief.

It is the authors’ responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce illustrations, tables, etc., from other publications.


All submitted manuscripts must contain a Statement of Ethics and a Disclosure Statement after the main body of the text, but before the reference list. More information on statements can be found in the article samples downloadable in the Article Types section.


Whether intentional or not, plagiarism is a serious offense. If evidence of plagiarism is found before or after acceptance, or after publication of the paper, the author will be offered a chance for rebuttal. If the arguments are found to be unsatisfactory, the manuscript will be retracted and the author sanctioned from publishing papers for a period to be determined by the responsible Editor(s).

Further Conditions

Research articles will undergo rigorous scientific, as well as statistical/bioinformatic, review to ensure excellence.

Lifestyle Genomics is a peer-reviewed journal that uses a single-blind peer review system. Our aim is to provide authors with timely and constructive feedback regarding their submitted manuscript. The Editor(s)-in-Chief and the international editorial board ensure a thorough and fair peer review process and the highest scientific publishing standards. Editors guide the peer review process for papers in their areas of expertise.
During online submission, you will be asked to list complete mailing addresses, including the e-mail addresses, of potential reviewers of your paper. Reviewers must have a recent publication record in the area of the submitted paper, must not have published with the authors in the previous three years, and must not be from the same institution as the authors.
The Editor(s)-in-Chief is/are responsible for maintaining a high-quality peer review of papers submitted to the journal. Their decision concerning the acceptance or rejection of submitted manuscripts is final.


Article Preparation

Brief Reports

A sample can be downloaded here.
Brief Reports are short and/or rapid announcements of research results. They must contain data derived from cutting-edge research and be of potential interest to a large proportion of the readership. They are independent, concise reports representing a significant contribution to the field. Such communications should represent complete, original studies and should be arranged in the same way as full-length manuscripts except that the separate sections should not be formally titled.
Manuscripts intended for publication as Brief Reports must present new findings of sufficient importance to justify their accelerated acceptance.

Word Count: 100-word structured abstract, 1,400 word body text, approx. 5–10 references, 1–2 figures and/or tables


A sample can be downloaded here.
Editorials are discussions related to a specific article or issue written by an editor or other member of the publication staff.

Methods Article

A sample can be downloaded here.
Methods Articles primarily describe methods or procedures used to perform an experiment or research rather than report the results of the research.

Word Count: 100-word structured abstract, 1,400 word body text, approx. 5–10 references, 1–2 figures and/or tables

Market Place Articles

A sample can be downloaded here.
Product Reviews are review articles specifically focused on hardware, software packages, or other media.

Word Count: 100-word structured abstract, 1,400 word body text, approx. 5–10 references, 1–2 figures and/or tables

Research Articles

A sample can be downloaded here.
Research Articles report on primary research. They should represent original research in basic, translational, or clinical science. They must describe significant and original observations. Consideration for publication is based on the article’s originality, novelty, and scientific soundness, and the appropriateness of its analysis.
Research Articles are reports of original work (including systematic reviews and meta-analyses). Authors are asked to follow the *CONSORT guidelines*24 for Research Articles.
Prior approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) or an Ethics Review Committee is required for all investigations involving human subjects.

Word Count: 450-word structured abstract, 3,000 word body text, approx. 25 references, 2–3 figures and/or tables

Review Articles

A sample can be downloaded here.
Review Articles are considered reviews of research or summary articles. They are state-of-the-art papers covering a current topic by experts in the field. They should give evidence on and provide answers to a well-defined aspect or question in a particular area. Review Articles must include a critical discussion of the reported data and give a clear conclusion with potential impacts on the standard of care.
Review Articles are usually invited by the editors but may be unsolicited. Potential authors are asked to contact the editorial office before submission in order to avoid clashes with other pending reviews. (This does not include Book Reviews or Product Reviews).

Word Count: 450-word structured abstract, 4,000 word body text, approx. 50 references, 1–2 figures and/or tables

The preferred word processing program for manuscripts is Microsoft Word. Page and line numbering should be activated, and subtitles within the document should be numbered for clarity.
Footnotes should be avoided. When essential, they should be numbered consecutively and appear at the foot of the appropriate page.
Abbreviations (with the exception of those clearly well established in the field) should be explained when they are first used both in the abstract and in the main text.
Units of measurement should be expressed in SI units wherever possible.
Generic names of drugs (first letter: lowercase) should be used whenever possible. Registered trade names (first letter: uppercase) should be marked with the superscript registration symbol ® or ™ when they are first mentioned. The manuscript, tables, figures, and submission statement must be submitted in separate files.
For further technical specifications, including tables, figures, and illustrations, please refer to the Karger website.

Title Page

The first page should contain a short and concise title plus a running head of no more than 50 characters. Abbreviations should be avoided.
Below the title, list all the authors’ names as outlined in the article sample, which can be downloaded under Article Types. Each listed author must have an affiliation, which comprises the department, university, or organization and its location, city, state/province (if applicable), and country.
Place the full postal address of the corresponding author at the bottom of the first page, including at least one telephone number and e-mail address.
Key words relevant to the article should be listed below the corresponding author information.


Please refer to the Article Types section of the Guidelines for Authors for information on the relevant article structure, including maximum word counts and downloadable samples.

Supplementary Material

Supplementary files may be used to enhance a publication and increase its visibility on the Web. Supplementary files (directly relevant but not essential to the conclusions of the paper) will undergo editorial review and should be submitted in a separate file with the original manuscript and with all subsequent submissions. The editors reserve the right to limit the scope and length of supplementary material. Supplementary material must meet production quality standards for publication without the need for any modification or editing and should not exceed 10 Mb in size. Figures and tables must have titles and legends, and all files must be supplied separately and named clearly. Acceptable files and formats are Word or PDF files, Excel spreadsheets (if the data cannot be converted properly into a PDF file), and multimedia files (MPEG, AVI, or QuickTime formats). All supplementary material should be referred to in the main text. A DOI number will be assigned to supplementary material, and it will be hosted online at https://karger.figshare.com under a CC BY license.

In-text Citation

References in the text should be identified using Arabic numerals [in square brackets]. The reference list should not be alphabetized, but the references should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text.
Material submitted for publication but not yet accepted should be noted as ‘unpublished data’ and may not be included in the reference list.

Material submitted for publication but not yet accepted should be noted as ‘unpublished data’ and may not be included in the reference list.

Reference Management Software

The use of EndNote is recommended to facilitate formatting of citations and reference lists. The journal output style can be downloaded from the EndNote website.

Karger Publishers offers a range of services to assist authors with the preparation of their manuscript, including discounts for language editing services offered by third parties.
More information is available on the Author Resources section of the Karger homepage. A guide to scientific publishing can also be downloaded here.
When submitting a manuscript, authors can add their ORCID number to their Karger account to ensure that their paper is accredited to them correctly.


Cost of Publication

Please note that adherence to word limits indicated in previous paragraphs does not guarantee excemption from APCs or page charges. Charges are calculated purely on the final page count of the accepted and edited article.

Publishing fees will be applied according to section or article type. Please note that additional complete or partial pages will incur a page charge.
– Original Research Articles (word count: 3'000) CHF 1'400.–
– Brief Research Methods (word count:1'500) CHF 500.–
– Reviews (word count: 4'000) CHF 1'600.–
– Brief Research Communication CHF 500.–
– Market Places (word count: 1'500) CHF 2'500.–

Authors will be charged a processing fee for hosting supplementary material.
Fee for Online Supplementary Materials: CHF 250.00

Online edition: Color illustrations are reproduced free of charge. In the print version, the illustrations are reproduced in grayscale. Please avoid referring to colors in the text and figure legends.
Standard color fee: Up to 6 color illustrations per page in print at CHF 960.00 per page.

Karger Publisher’s Author’s ChoiceTM service broadens the reach of your article and gives all users worldwide free and full access for reading, downloading, and printing at www.karger.com. The option is available for a one-time fee, which is a permissible cost in grant allocation. More information can be found at www.karger.com/authors_choice.
The final, published version of the article may be posted at any time and in any repository or on other websites, in accordance with the relevant Creative Commons license as well as the current Karger self-archiving policy for Open Access articles. Karger supplies all articles to PubMed Central for indexing.
Fee for Author's Choice: CHF 3,000.00


Journal Policies

Manuscripts accepted for publication by Karger Publishers are subject to copyediting. Karger Publishers’ house style is based on internationally recognized standard manuals, including The Chicago Manual of Style.
An email containing a link to download the PDF proofs will be sent to the corresponding author.
The authors should check the RTF document and respond to any questions that have been raised during proofreading within 48 hours.
Alterations made to proofs, other than the correction of errors introduced by the Publisher, are charged to the authors and may require editorial approval.
Please note that the revised proofs are not sent to the authors prior to typesetting and online publication unless there are exceptional circumstances. The article layout will be created according to the Karger standard.

A DOI number will be available as a unique identifier on the title page of each article. DOIs are useful for identifying and citing articles published online without volume or issue information (for more information, see www.doi.org).

All articles are published electronically with a DOI number as soon as we have received the authors’ approval to print.

The Submission Statement outlines the licensing and copyright terms. A copy of the Submission Statement originally hand signed by all authors must be received by the editorial office. Please print and sign the form, and upload it during submission to make it legally binding. A brief cover letter may also be included if additional information is to be communicated to the Editor(s)-in-Chief.

Karger permits authors to archive their preprints (i.e., before peer review) or postprints (i.e., accepted manuscripts after peer review but before production) on their personal home page or institution’s repository, provided that these are not used for commercial purposes, are linked to the publisher’s version, and acknowledge the publisher’s copyright.
In addition, authors may post their accepted manuscripts in public Open Access repositories and scientific networks (e.g., ResearchGate or Mendeley) no earlier than 12 months following publication of the final version of their article. For all self-archiving, the posted manuscripts must:

  • Be used for noncommercial purposes only
  • Be linked to the final version on www.karger.com and include the following statement:

‘This is the peer-reviewed but unedited manuscript version of the following article: [insert full citation, e.g., Cytogenet Genome Res 2014;142:227–238 (DOI: 10.1159/000361001)]. The final, published version is available at http://www.karger.com/?doi=[insert DOI number].’

It is the author’s responsibility to fulfill these requirements.
For papers published online first with a DOI number only, full citation details must be added as soon as the paper is published in its final version. This is important to ensure that citations can be credited to the article.
Manuscripts to be archived in PubMed Central due to funding requirements or that have been published under the Author’s ChoiceTM scheme will be submitted by Karger on the authors’ behalf, as outlined under Funding Organizations.

If the authors are affiliated with an organization that has an offsetting agreement with Karger Publishers which may allow them to publish their article free of charge, this should be communicated in a cover letter at the submission stage, so that eligibility can be assessed.

NIH-Funded Research

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy mandates that accepted, unedited version of NIH-funded manuscripts to PMC upon publication. The final, peer-reviewed article is made available after a 12-month embargo period. Where the authors have chosen to make their paper freely available under Karger’s Author’s Choice™ service, this embargo does not apply.

Other Funding Sources

Karger also complies with other funders’ requirements (including the Wellcome Trust and RCUK) for submission to PMC. Authors should include information on their grants in the Funding Sources section of their papers.
More information on funding sources can be found on the Karger website.



Manuscripts should be submitted online via the submission portal.
Before submission, please read the Guidelines for Authors for specific requirements for manuscript preparation.

A Submission Statement signed by all authors must be received by the editorial office. Please print and sign the form, and upload it during submission to make it legally binding. A brief cover letter outlining in how far the work is interdisciplinary and what is new in regard to the current literature on the topic may be included, but this is not essential.