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PCD Article Metrics

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is committed to excellence in scholarly publishing and collects a variety of metrics that show trends in chronic disease prevention research and practice and help to inform PCD’s future direction. PCD annually reports its rank among public health journals through its impact factor and in Google Scholar and Scopus. In addition, PCD collects metrics on scholarly citations, webpage views and downloads, media attention, and social media visibility and engagement. These metrics, which are regularly updated on our website, provide us with the most accurate and complete picture of the journal’s impact and reach with our readers, scholars and practitioners in the field, the news media, and the general public.

The “Most Viewed” metric indicates the number of times a PCD article has been viewed during a certain period. This metric is the sum of web page views and views of the downloadable PDF version of the article.

The “Most Viewed” metric indicates the number of times a PCD article has been viewed over a certain time period. This metric is the sum of “page views” which are web page views, and “PDF downloads” which are views of the PDF version.
# Quarter 4
Top 10 Most Viewed
Article Title
Page Views
1 Defining Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables: A Nutrient Density Approach 31,163
2 An Easy Approach to Calculating Estimated Energy Requirements 11,389
3 Prevalence of Multiple Chronic Conditions Among US Adults, 2018 6,001
4 Psychosocial Correlates of Insomnia Among College Students 5,065
5 Health Care Industry Insights: Why the Use of Preventive Services Is Still Low 4,555
6 Public Health 3.0: A Call to Action for Public Health to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century 4,443
7 Advancing Health Equity, Eliminating Health Disparities, and Improving Population Health 3,294
8 Effect of Inadequate Sleep on Frequent Mental Distress 3,105
9 Combating Racism Through Research, Training, Practice, and Public Health Policies 3,066
10 Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Adult Obesity in the United States: CDC’s Tracking to Inform State and Local Action 3,043


The “Most Cited” metric is the number of citations a PCD article has in the bibliographic database Scopus.

The “Most Cited” metric is the number of citations a PCD article has in the bibliographic database Scopus
# Quarter 4
Top 10 Most Cited
Article Title
Top Most Cited Score
1 Recommendations for Keeping Parks and Green Space Accessible for Mental and Physical Health During COVID-19 and Other Pandemics 228
2 Prevalence of Multiple Chronic Conditions Among US Adults, 2018 215
3 Men and COVID-19: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Understanding Sex Differences in Mortality and Recommendations for Practice and Policy Interventions 162
4 Underlying Medical Conditions and Severe Illness Among 540,667 Adults Hospitalized With COVID-19, March 2020–March 2021 117
5 COVID-19 and Chronic Disease: The Impact Now and in the Future 93
6 Social Determinants of Health–Related Needs During COVID-19 Among Low-Income Households With Children 72
7 Culture Matters in Communicating the Global Response to COVID-19 66
8 Community Pharmacists’ Contributions to Disease Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic 65
9 Oral Health and COVID-19: Increasing the Need for Prevention and Access 59
10 Incorporating Geographic Information Science and Technology in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic 53


The “Most Altmetric Attention” metric is the number of citations a PCD article has in the bibliographic database Scopus.

The “Most Attention” metric is the number of citations a PCD article has in the bibliographic database
# Quarter 4
Top 10 Most Altmetric Attention
Article Title
Altmetric Attention Score
1 Short Sleep Duration: Children’s Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders and Demographic, Neighborhood, and Family Context in a Nationally Representative Sample, 2016–2019 31
2 Linking Local-Level Chronic Disease and Social Vulnerability Measures to Inform Planning Efforts: A COPD Example 22
3 Changes in Sales of Tobacco and Nicotine Replacement Therapy Products Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic 10
4 Public Belief in the Maternal Health Benefits of Breastfeeding — United States, 2018 and 2021 8
5 Investigating the Relationship Between Physical Activity Disparities and Health-Related Quality of Life Among Black People With Knee Osteoarthritis 8
6 Changes in Physical Inactivity Among US Adults Overall and by Sociodemographic Characteristics, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2020 Versus 2018 7
7 Using the Prevention Impacts Simulation Model to Estimate Long-Term Impacts of Multisector Community Partnerships’ Efforts to Address Social Determinants of Health 6
8 CDC’s Guiding Principles to Promote an Equity-Centered Approach to Public Health Communication 5
9 Creating and Implementing a Community Engagement Strategy for the 2022–2027 Illinois Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan Through an Academic–State Public Health Department Partnership 4
10 Effect of Applying Best Practices for Physical Activity and Screen Time to Family Childcare Homes 4

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