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As a guide, one page is approximately equal to 1000 words. We also welcome shorter articles, but please try not to exceed 1000 words (including any references). Occasionally, if we agree the subject merits, we can take up to 2000 words for a major article. If space is at a premium, the article may be shortened, in consultation with author.
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Figures and tables
These should be kept to a minimum. Tables should be as Word format, not Excel. For figures, most commonly used formats are acceptable. There is no charge for colour.
These should be styled as below, numbered and listed in the order in which they appear:
Robinson SM, Jacard C, Persaud C et al. Protein turnover and thermogenesis in response to high-protein and high-carbohydrate feeding in men. Am J Clin Nutr 1990;52(1):72-80
WHO. Protein and Amino Acid Requirements in Human Nutrition. Geneva, WHO, 2007
Lemon PWR. Chapter 5 in: Lanham-New S, Stear S, Shirreffs S & Collins AL (eds) Protein and Amino Acids in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
Daily Mail, 2 May 2015 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3065494/Protesters-strip-Hyde-Park-latest-campaign-against-Protein-World-s-controversial-fat-shaming-adverts.html (accessed 4th May 2015)
Protein World website http://www.proteinworld.com/ (accessed 4th May 2015)
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