Shameless self-promotion

22 Jun

It is shameless self-promotion time! One of the first papers I ever submitted – and my first systematic review – has finally made its way into press.

Emily J. Kothe, Barbara Mullan, (2011) “Increasing the frequency of breakfast consumption”, British Food Journal, Vol. 113 Iss: 6, pp.784 – 796


Purpose – A number of interventions aimed at increasing breakfast consumption have been designed and implemented in recent years. This paper seeks to review the current research in this area with the aim of identifying common features of successful interventions and strengths and weaknesses in the current research methodology.

Design/methodology/approach – A systematic review of interventions aimed at increasing breakfast-eating frequency in a non-clinical sample was conducted.

Findings – A total of 11 interventions were identified and reviewed; of these, only three resulted in an increase in breakfast consumption at follow-up. The three studies that were successful in changing breakfast consumption all included a psychosocial component that was successful in increasing positive attitudes towards nutrition in the intervention protocol. Many of the breakfast-eating interventions included in this review have methodological weaknesses, including difficulties in implementing interventions, small sample sizes, and selection biases, which future researchers should consider when designing and evaluating their own interventions.

Research limitations/implications – These findings highlight the importance of including psychosocial components in interventions designed to increase breakfast consumption, while also signalling issues that should be addressed when designing and reporting future interventions.

Originality/value – This review was the first to investigate the efficacy of interventions aimed at increasing breakfast consumption. The identification of weaknesses in the current body of research, and of successful and unsuccessful intervention practices is an important step in developing successful interventions in the future.

It is strange to see it go into print now because I can see how much my research has moved on since I did this – but hopefully now it is officially published it will start doing some good in the world 🙂

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4 Responses to “Shameless self-promotion”

  1. Jennifer June 27, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    Congratulation! Must be very proud of your first paper. I know I would. Haha! Any good tips in writing/submitting paper? I need to present my first paper in Aug. Scary!

  2. emilyandthelime June 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Thanks 🙂

    I’ve actually had a few papers published before this one – but it is nice to finally get some of my PhD out there in the real world.

    The main thing I would say about writing a paper is to make sure that you have a couple of options in mind for where to submit it. I talked to a journal editor once who said that we should aim high (in terms of impact factor) because sometimes we underestimate the value of our work (and because feedback from good reviewers can be worth its weight in gold). But you also want to make sure that you have options for if it gets rejected.

    My other piece of advice is to keep in mind that almost nothing gets accepted without any revisions. It is easy to read your revisions and think that they’re a personal attack on you and that the reviewer hates you and that the sky is falling in. But in my experience, if I take a deep breath and re-read the comments a couple of days later most of the comments actually seem quite helpful.

    • Jennifer June 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

      Thanks for the great tips. I got nearly the same tips from others too. Aim high! Haha! Hope I can at least produce my first paper soon. 🙂

      • emilyandthelime June 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

        What is the topic of your paper? Hopefully you can find something similar that you can try and use as a basic template – I find that helps me start writing.

        I also try and remind myself that it doesn’t have to be ‘perfect’ before it can be sent out for review – the reviewers are always going to want you to make changes anyway 😛

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