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About the Journal

PCD Quick Stats

  • Current Impact Factor 4.354 (2021)
  • Five-year Impact Factor 4.041 (2021)
  • Ranked 4th of 30 open-access US public health journals by SJR (Scimago)
  • Ranked top 10% of 27,339 journals evaluated by SJR in 2021
  • Indexed in PubMed, PubMed Central, and DOAJ
  • Acceptance Rate: 22.2%


Our Mission

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is a peer-reviewed public health journal sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and authored by experts worldwide. PCD was established in 2004 by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion with a mission to promote dialogue among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers worldwide on the integration and application of research findings and practical experience to address health disparities, advance health equity, and improve population health.


Our Vision

PCD’s vision is to serve as an influential journal in the dissemination of proven and promising peer-reviewed public health findings, innovations, and practices with editorial content respected for its integrity and relevance to chronic disease prevention.


Primary Audience

  • Medical and healthcare professionals.
  • Researchers and evaluators.
  • Policy makers.
  • Public health practitioners.


Scope of Interests

  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of population-based interventions to prevent chronic diseases and control disease effects on quality of life, morbidity, and mortality.
  • Behavioral, psychological, genetic, environmental, biological, and social factors that influence health.
  • Interventions that reduce the disproportionate incidence of chronic diseases among at-risk populations.
  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of public health law and health-policy–driven interventions.

For more information on sending an inquiry about the suitability of a proposed manuscript, see our How to Submit an Inquiry page.

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Article Types

  • Implementation Evaluation
  • Program Evaluation Brief
  • Original Research
  • Research Brief
  • Systematic Review
  • GIS Snapshots
  • Tools for Public Health Practice
  • Essay
  • Letter

Please see detailed descriptions of Types of Articles in the “Author’s Corner” section.

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The opinions expressed by authors contributing to this journal do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the authors’ affiliated institutions.

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