Peer Review History

Original SubmissionApril 1, 2022
Decision Letter - Hoh Boon-Peng, Editor

PONE-D-22-09680U.S. Household Food Acquisition Behaviors During the COVID-19 PandemicPLOS ONE

Dear Dr. Ellison,

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ACADEMIC EDITOR:

Both reviewers find the study interesting. However there are several minor comments to be addressed before the manuscript can be accepted for publication.

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Hoh Boon-Peng, PhD

Academic Editor

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Reviewer #1: Yes

Reviewer #2: Yes

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2. Has the statistical analysis been performed appropriately and rigorously?

Reviewer #1: Yes

Reviewer #2: N/A

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3. Have the authors made all data underlying the findings in their manuscript fully available?

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Reviewer #1: Yes

Reviewer #2: Yes

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4. Is the manuscript presented in an intelligible fashion and written in standard English?

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Reviewer #1: Yes

Reviewer #2: Yes

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5. Review Comments to the Author

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Reviewer #1: Authors aim to analyze eight food acquisition activities (in person grocery shopping; online grocery shopping; ordering from a meal kit service; indoor restaurant dining; outdoor restaurant dining; ordering take-out from a restaurant; visiting a food bank; and visiting a farmer’s market) at different points in the pandemic, which allows them to evaluate how food acquisition changed as case rates changed and vaccine rollouts occurred.

Abstract

OK. However, conclusions are not completely clear for me. I can see many results, but not conclusions. Authors should clearly highlight their conclusions.

Introduction.

Authors properly settled the context and pointed out their aims as well as the study’s contributions.

Methods

They collected data from three nationally representative online samples in September 2020, December 2020, and March 2021. In each cross-sectional wave of the survey, they recruited approximately 1000 U.S. consumers to complete an online survey in the Qualtrics survey platform.

They did not recruit the same individuals to participate in each wave of the survey; each sample was recruited to be representative of the U.S. population in terms of gender, age, income, and geographic region. Individuals were eligible to participate if they were 18 years of age or older and responsible for at least 50% of the grocery shopping in their household.

Survey used a very short form to analyze how households acquired foo throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants were also asked to complete a series of sociodemographic questions, including questions related to gender, age, income, education, race, geographic, metropolitan status, political affiliation, and nutrition assistance recipient status.

Inclusion and exclusion criteria were defined. Finally, they evaluated changes across time and across demographics using a multivariate probit model.

Results

OK

Discussion/Conclusion

Although not mandatory, this section should be splitting into Discussion and Conclusions. This could be related with the problem I found into the Abstract. Conclusions can be drafted as a take-home message.

Reviewer #2: I would like to congratulate the authors for this study, it is very interesting. This study shows the more frequent food acquisition activities from U.S consumers during different periods of time of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, the manuscript has been written appropriately, providing literature related to the topic.

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Reviewer #1: No

Reviewer #2: Yes: Marta Sancho Navarro

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Revision 1

Please see attached document and cover letter.

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Decision Letter - Hoh Boon-Peng, Editor

U.S. Household Food Acquisition Behaviors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

PONE-D-22-09680R1

Dear Dr. Ellison,

We’re pleased to inform you that your manuscript has been judged scientifically suitable for publication and will be formally accepted for publication once it meets all outstanding technical requirements.

Within one week, you’ll receive an e-mail detailing the required amendments. When these have been addressed, you’ll receive a formal acceptance letter and your manuscript will be scheduled for publication.

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Kind regards,

Hoh Boon-Peng, PhD

Academic Editor

PLOS ONE

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Reviewers' comments:

Reviewer's Responses to Questions

Comments to the Author

1. If the authors have adequately addressed your comments raised in a previous round of review and you feel that this manuscript is now acceptable for publication, you may indicate that here to bypass the “Comments to the Author” section, enter your conflict of interest statement in the “Confidential to Editor” section, and submit your "Accept" recommendation.

Reviewer #1: All comments have been addressed

Reviewer #2: All comments have been addressed

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2. Is the manuscript technically sound, and do the data support the conclusions?

The manuscript must describe a technically sound piece of scientific research with data that supports the conclusions. Experiments must have been conducted rigorously, with appropriate controls, replication, and sample sizes. The conclusions must be drawn appropriately based on the data presented.

Reviewer #1: Yes

Reviewer #2: Yes

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3. Has the statistical analysis been performed appropriately and rigorously?

Reviewer #1: Yes

Reviewer #2: Yes

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4. Have the authors made all data underlying the findings in their manuscript fully available?

The PLOS Data policy requires authors to make all data underlying the findings described in their manuscript fully available without restriction, with rare exception (please refer to the Data Availability Statement in the manuscript PDF file). The data should be provided as part of the manuscript or its supporting information, or deposited to a public repository. For example, in addition to summary statistics, the data points behind means, medians and variance measures should be available. If there are restrictions on publicly sharing data—e.g. participant privacy or use of data from a third party—those must be specified.

Reviewer #1: Yes

Reviewer #2: Yes

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5. Is the manuscript presented in an intelligible fashion and written in standard English?

PLOS ONE does not copyedit accepted manuscripts, so the language in submitted articles must be clear, correct, and unambiguous. Any typographical or grammatical errors should be corrected at revision, so please note any specific errors here.

Reviewer #1: Yes

Reviewer #2: Yes

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6. Review Comments to the Author

Please use the space provided to explain your answers to the questions above. You may also include additional comments for the author, including concerns about dual publication, research ethics, or publication ethics. (Please upload your review as an attachment if it exceeds 20,000 characters)

Reviewer #1: I would like to congratulate the authors for this version of the manuscript.

Reviewer #2: I think that authors have done a good job with the revision of the manuscript. It is an interesting topic regarding to the changes in food acquisition behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Reviewer #1: No

Reviewer #2: Yes: Marta Sancho Navarro

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Formally Accepted
Acceptance Letter - Hoh Boon-Peng, Editor

PONE-D-22-09680R1

U.S. Household Food Acquisition Behaviors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Dr. Ellison:

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