Child and Adolescent Obesity
Q&A with Carl-Erik Flodmark, Editor-in-Chief
About the journal
Child and adolescent obesity is a growing societal and public health problem that needs more attention. Child and Adolescent Obesity (CHAO) provides a platform for different stakeholders - clinicians, policymakers, nurses, physiotherapists, dietitians, and the public - to effectively communicate about ways to combat obesity in children and adolescents.
Editor-in-Chief: Carl-Erik Flodmark
Deputy Editors: Inge Lissau, Luis A. Moreno, Kurt Widhalm
Interview with Carl-Erik Flodmark
Q: Tell us a little about your academic and professional background before becoming Editor-in-Chief of CHAO.
A: I started researching childhood obesity in 1986. I developed a new treatment model based in brief therapy and systemic family therapy that resulted in a regional childhood obesity center in Malmö Sweden in 2002.
Q: Describe the aims and scope of CHAO in one sentence.
A: CHAO wants to be a forum for all professionals treating and performing research in childhood and adolescent obesity as well as policy makers in the field.
Q: What was the main reason for launching the journal?
A: There is a need for more journals that publish papers in childhood obesity in a smooth and efficient way. Our aim is to support the scientific investigation of childhood obesity, including psychological-based treatment and clinical practice. We want to give space for all research areas, including basic sciences, public health, clinical work, and policy making regarding childhood obesity.
"Child and adolescent obesity is a severe and growing public health issue all over the world. To tackle this, we need an international, multi-disciplinary effort where research and knowledge is shared quickly and widely."
Q: Why did you decide to make CHAO an open access-only publication?
A: We want to promote an open discussion in the field. As a fully open access journal, all research published in CHAO will be freely available worldwide to researchers, policymakers, and the public.
Q: What role do you think CHAO will play in influencing healthcare policy?
A: Influencing healthcare policy around childhood obesity is one of our major aims. We want to help policymakers to understand the importance of childhood obesity, and to build a bridge between professionals and overweight children and their relatives.
Q: Why should researchers consider publishing in CHAO over other publications? What makes the journal unique?
A: Child and adolescent obesity is a severe and growing public health issue all over the world. To tackle this, we need an international, multi-disciplinary effort where research and knowledge is shared quickly and widely. A new open access journal devoted to the subject is therefore needed to facilitate this global scientific exchange of ideas and a new systems approach. CHAO is unique in having Editors and an Editorial Board of professionals that have been practically active in this field. We hope that our clear focus on influencing policy will also set us apart from other journals in this field.
"CHAO is unique in having editors and an Editorial Board of professionals that have been practically active in this field."
Q: What support can you give to authors who are considering publishing in the journal?
A: We have a supportive Editorial Board and will ensure that submitted manuscripts benefit from a high-quality and rigorous peer review process. Our publisher, Taylor & Francis, also offer support and resources for authors via their Author Services website.
Q: How can someone who is looking to publish in CHAO do so?
A: Full instructions on how to submit a manuscript can be found on our journal webpage.
Benefit from a full APC waiver when you submit before 2020
Child and Adolescent Obesity is offering submitting authors a full waiver on the usual article publishing charge of $650 when submitting before 31st December 2019.
Authors who submit after this date will not benefit from this waiver.