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Call for Research Briefs

Announcement posted 08/04/16

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is encouraging submissions to its Research Briefs category. A Research Brief is a condensed version of an Original Research article. It undergoes the same peer review process as an Original Research article, but it has advantages:

  • Faster peer review
  • Faster decision on acceptance or rejection
  • Faster editorial and production process
  • Faster time to publication

Research Briefs may be submitted on any topic that is within scope for PCD but must follow these guidelines:

  • Word count: text, 1,000 words; abstract, 100 words 
  • References: 12
  • Tables/figures: no more than 2 figures or 2 tables or 1 of each

For more information on submitting a Research Brief to PCD, see our For Authors section.


PCD Announces Dr Leonard Jack as New Editor in Chief

Announcement posted 08/04/16

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is pleased to announce the selection of Leonard Jack, Jr, PhD, MSc, as PCD’s new Editor in Chief. Dr Jack joined the PCD team on July 25.

Dr Jack joined us having served as the director of CDC’s Division of Community Health (DCH) for the past 4 years. Before leading DCH, Dr Jack held several academic leadership positions, most recently at Xavier University in Louisiana, where he was Associate Dean for Research, Director of the Center for Minority Health, Health Disparities, Research and Education, the Endowed Chair of Minority Health and Health Disparities Research, Professor in the Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Professor; and Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences. Before joining the Xavier faculty and administration, Dr Jack held the Jim Finks Endowed Chair of Health Promotion and was Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center’s School of Public Health. Before that, he served as Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Interim Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Environmental Health at Jackson State University. Dr Jack has significant experience in scientific publishing, having served for four years as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Health Promotion Practice, published by the Society for Public Health Education.

As we welcome Dr Jack, we say a heartfelt farewell to Dr Samuel F. Posner, PhD, who has served as our Editor in Chief for the past 7 years. Dr Posner has moved on to become Associate Director for Science at CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, and we wish him all the best in his new role. Dr Posner’s legacy will be one of scientific excellence, technical innovation, and service. His initiative to transition PCD to rolling publication in 2012 reduced production turnaround time from months to weeks, and during his tenure PCD developed apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, established a Facebook page, collaborated with Medscape to offer CME credits, and pursued other tools and resources to expand the reach of PCD’s content. To improve the journal’s editorial quality and service to the public health community, Dr Posner created a team of associate editors to review manuscripts and established PCD’s Student Paper Contest, which has been a great success and exposed a new generation to PCD. All of us at PCD are grateful to Dr Posner for his leadership, dedication, and service over the years in distinguishing the journal for its innovation and quality content.


PCD Editor in Chief to Assist with APHA Writing Course

Announcement posted 06/27/16

Are you a public health practitioner looking to turn your work into a manuscript for publication? Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) Editor in Chief Samuel Posner, PhD, will be co-leading a learning institute on scientific writing at this year’s annual meeting of the American Public Health Association on October 29th in Denver, Colorado. Dr Posner will be joined by Michael Kogan, PhD, Director of Epidemiology and Research at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health. Drs Posner and Kogan will be assisted by other experienced authors and editors who will work with attendees on their partially completed manuscripts. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring with them an abstract, manuscript outline, data analysis results, or a draft of an article that they would like to publish. The course will be a mixture of presentations and hands-on work. To learn more about this class and to register, search for learning institute number LI1008 at Additional conference information is available at


Use a PCD Cover to Personalize Your Published Work

Announcement posted 06/2/16

A PDF cover page is now available for PCD authors. The cover is available for PDF download on the PCD website. Customize the cover by adding your article’s title to the text field and save for printing and digital sharing. Download Cover [PDF – 94 KB]


PCD  Releases 2015 Year in Review

Announcement posted 04/29/16

The 2015 Year in Review is now available. The Year in Review provides an overview of PCD's accomplishments for the year 2015. Our success would not be possible without the cooperation of the many dedicated individuals who engage in activities that improve the health and well-being of communities around the globe. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed to PCD's success and will remain committed to bringing their experiences and perspectives together to advance the fields of chronic disease prevention and health promotion. PCD 2015 Year in Review. [PDF – 3 MB]


PCD  Articles Now Feature Altmetric Scores

Announcement posted 03/31/16

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is excited to announce that we are now using Altmetric for Publishers to measure article impact. This month, you’ll see the Altmetric badge at the top of PCD articles. This tool tracks and scores a range of sources, including social media, media exposure, blogs, and author impact to capture and collate conversations surrounding scholarly content. The score is a calculated, weighted count of all of the attention an article has received based on volume, sources, and authors. By clicking on the article’s Altmetric badge, you can visit the Altmetric Details Page for the article and see the mentions and references that have contributed to the score. We are excited to offer this new feature.

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