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PCD Impact Factor Increases to 2.144

Announcement posted 7/17/20

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) has just received its new Journal Impact Factor, 2.144, a jump from 2.038 the previous year in the Web of Science Journal Citation Reports. PCD’s 5-Year Impact Factor is 2.822, very close to last year’s 5-Year Impact Factor of 2.844. The journal has a Scimago Journal & Country Rank (SJR) of 22 out of 145 US journals in the category of Public, Environmental and Occupational Health; PCD is ranked 3rd out of 19 open access US journals in this category.

Editor in Chief Leonard Jack, Jr, PhD, MSc, credits this success to the journal’s expansion of Associate Editors, Editorial Board members, and Statistical Review Committee members, who bring to PCD a broad range of public health expertise. He also credits the journal’s success to the support of senior leadership within NCCDPHP, dedicated peer reviewers, authors from around the world, and the high quality standards maintained by PCD staff. Last year, PCD published a record number of 5 collections on a wide range of important topics: health systems and population health, Indian health and wellness, program evaluation, Colorectal Cancer Control Program, and GIS spatial perspectives on chronic disease. Content across these collections has been well received and cited in published literature. According to Dr. Jack, “Over the past two years PCD has taken targeted steps to fine-tune its peer review processes, identify relevant public health topics of interest to its readers, and identify peer reviewers who can provide timely, high-quality feedback to authors. PCD remains committed to serving as a valuable resource to promote dialogue among researchers, evaluators, practitioners, and policy makers worldwide.”

PCD plans to continue its success this year by publishing a supplement on the US public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, featuring 16 commentaries from leading researchers, evaluators, and practitioners that address the bidirectional relationship between COVID-19 and chronic disease. Please visit the supplement page to access commentaries published to date and check back for future commentaries to be published over the next several weeks.

In addition, PCD plans to publish its first collection of articles highlighting the contributions of public health and pharmacy in improving population health in the US.

And finally, PCD is continuing to expand content in new and emerging areas that include: chronic disease prevention and control efforts among children and young adults; the impact of psychological, emotional, and mental health on chronic disease management; translational research and chronic disease; and systematic reviews on timely public health topics.

Please visit the PCD website for more information on the journal’s content.

 

 

 

 

Call for Papers: “Addressing Health Disparities and Improving Population Health in Diverse Communities and Settings”

Announcement posted 4/08/20

Background

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) invites authors to submit manuscripts describing innovative and effective work that addresses factors contributing to health disparities and improvement of population health. The burden of chronic disease is a major contributor to poor health outcomes, reduction in quality of life, and increases in health care costs. Reducing the burden of chronic disease remains a challenge that requires diverse collaborations and dissemination and adoption of effective interventions in multiple settings.

Over the past decade, there has been a range of community-based, technically innovative, and clinically driven prevention strategies in public health to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic conditions worldwide. PCD seeks manuscripts that provide timely information on effective ways to improve population health in a variety of settings through diverse and necessary partnerships and collaborations.

Examples of topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Maintaining mental well-being and maximizing productivity during extended periods of teleworking.
  • Impact of COVID-19 on mental health status of at-risk populations.
  • Integrating physical activity, relaxation techniques, and stress reduction approaches while working from home.
  • Engaging diverse communities in identifying and implementing shared community solutions that address localized health concerns.
  • Identifying factors that contribute to persistent health disparities among at-risk populations.
  • Establishing surveillance methods to detect, monitor, and report the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Communicating health risk and risk reduction practices to various audiences (e.g., general population, low-literacy, English as a second language).
  • The interrelation between chronic disease, COVID-19 pandemic, and health disparities.
  • Collaborating with public health agencies at local, state, and national levels, and partnering with faith-based and community-based organizations, schools, academic institutions, transportation, housing, public safety, and others to implement public health and clinical strategies to address chronic disease (eg, diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, obesity, cancer, reproductive health, oral health, asthma, oral health, mental health).
  • Developing the infrastructure necessary to establish appropriate methods to collect, track, and report health outcomes.
  • Conducting needs assessment through joint work with public health agencies, communities, institutions (schools, health systems, families) to identify and implement shared health improvement goals based on assessment findings.
  • Leveraging health care systems, including hospitals, health centers, and health plans, and the community to facilitate greater improvements in population health.
  • Demonstrating effective approaches that improve population health through health screenings (eg, diabetes, cholesterol, osteoporosis) and chronic disease management  in health care and/or community settings.
  • Using trained community health workers and/or patient navigators as critical members in the delivery of team-based care to improve clinical outcomes, including patient satisfaction and referring patients for follow-up care and disease management opportunities.

Submission Guidelines

Cover letters to the Editor in Chief are required and must state that the submission is for consideration in the PCD supplement: Call for Papers: Addressing Health Disparities and Improving Population Health in Diverse Communities and Settings. Papers should be submitted for consideration on or before December 31, 2020. If interested, authors can submit an inquiry detailing the article type, title, authors, and focus of the paper to the journal for feedback. Inquiries should be submitted to pcdeditor@cdc.gov with the subject: Inquiry for Call for Papers: Addressing Health Disparities and Improving Population Health in Diverse Communities and Settings. Further information on submitting a manuscript is available in PCD’s Author’s Corner.

About the Journal

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 improve population health. For more information about the journal, please visit PCD at www.cdc.gov/pcd.

 

 

 

PCD Call for Papers:

Global Perspectives on Improving Health and Well-Being in Diverse Settings

Announcement posted 6/27/19

Background

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) invites authors to submit manuscripts describing innovative and effective work to improve population health in diverse settings worldwide. Around the globe, the burden of chronic disease is a major contributor to poor health outcomes, reduction in quality of living, and increases in health care costs. Reducing the burden of chronic disease remains a global challenge requiring diverse collaborations and dissemination and adoption of effective interventions in multiple settings. Over the past decade, there has been a range of innovative community-based, clinically-driven, and technology-informed innovation for prevention strategies used in public health to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic conditions worldwide. PCD seeks manuscripts that provide timely information on effective ways to improve population health in diverse global settings.

Examples of topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Collaboration among public health agencies at local, state, and national levels, and partnership with key agencies including faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, schools, academic institutions, transportation, housing, public safety, and others to implement public health and clinical strategies to address chronic disease (diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, obesity, cancer, reproductive health, oral health, mental health).
  • Identification of the main structural and systemic factors that promote, for example, obesogenic environments, and innovative strategies to ameliorate those factors across life stages.
  • Development of the infrastructure necessary to establish appropriate methods to collect, track, and report health outcomes.
  • Public health agencies, communities, institutions (schools, health systems, families, etc) working jointly to conduct needs assessment to identify and implement shared health improvement goals based on assessment findings.
  • Leveraging health care systems, including hospitals, health centers, health plans, and the community, to facilitate greater improvements in population health.
  • Policy, systems, and environmental strategies to create/promote conditions that support healthier lifestyle practices in settings where individuals live, work, play, and pray.
  • Demonstration of effective approaches that improve population health through health screenings (eg, diabetes, cholesterol, osteoporosis) and disease management (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma) in health care and/or community settings.
  • Use of trained community health workers and/or patient navigators as critical members in the delivery of team-based care to improve clinical outcomes including patient satisfaction and refer patients for follow-up care and disease management opportunities.
  • Identification of ways health care and public health data can guide initiation and sustainability of individual preventive health decisions relative to high cholesterol and blood pressure, physical inactivity, diets low in fruits and vegetables, and diets high in sodium and saturated fats.
  • Identification of training opportunities that have increased global public health workforce skills and abilities (eg, program development, surveillance, communication, leadership, systems thinking, evaluation, performance monitoring, etc) to improve population health.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts submitted for this collection require prior approval of the abstract by the Editor in Chief. Authors should send the abstract only, indicating the article type, to pcdeditor@cdc.gov with the subject: Abstract for Global Perspectives on Improving Health and Well-Being in Diverse Settings. Do not send the full manuscript; authors who submit full manuscripts will have their manuscripts returned. Abstracts are due on or before November 30, 2019. Authors who receive approval of their abstract should submit their final manuscript to PCD on or before September 30, 2020. Authors should not send either abstracts or full manuscripts to co-editors. Manuscripts will be reviewed and, if accepted, published on a rolling basis. Articles will be assembled into a PDF collection accessible on the PCD website after all accepted papers have been published. Manuscripts must follow the instructions for PCD article types. Further information on submitting a manuscript is available in PCD’s Author’s Corner.

Co-editors for this collection are Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, PhD, MPH, Professor, Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, Georgia State University; Tung-Sung Tseng, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Department, School of Public Health, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; and Victor D. Sutton, PhD, MPPA, Director for the Office of Preventive Health and Health Equity, Mississippi State Department of Health.

About the Journal
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 improve population health. For more information about the journal, please visit PCD at https://www.cdc.gov/pcd.

 

 

 

2020/2021 PCD Publishing Opportunity for Students

Announcement posted 2/13/20

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is looking for students at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels, and recent post-graduates to submit papers relevant to the prevention, screening, surveillance, and population-based intervention of chronic diseases, including but not limited to arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Accepted papers will become part of PCD’s special Student Research Collection.

PCD’s 5 primary goals for this publication opportunity for students and post-graduates are to:

  • Provide applicants with an opportunity to become familiar with a journal’s manuscript submission requirements and peer-review process;
  • Assist applicants to connect their knowledge and training on conducting quality research with a journal’s publication expectations;
  • Develop applicants’ research and scientific writing skills to become producers of knowledge rather than consumers of knowledge;
  • Provide applicants with an opportunity to become first author on a peer-reviewed paper;
  • Promote supportive, respectful, and mutually beneficial author―mentor relationships that result in strengthening applicants’ ability to generate and submit future scholarly manuscripts.

Submission Requirements

PCD uses PCD ScholarOne Manuscriptsexternal icon for manuscript submission and tracking. Before submitting your manuscript, please read the instructions below in addition to the information provided on the PCD website under Manuscript Requirements.

Eligibility

  • Student applicants must be currently enrolled in a high school, undergraduate, or graduate degree program. Post-graduate applicants must have received their graduate degree within the past 12 months and be participating in a medical residency, post-doctoral fellowship, or similar training program under the supervision of a mentor, advisor, or principal investigator.
  • Applicants should meet the standard to serve as first author. The first author is the person who conducted or led the topic being presented and prepared the first draft of the manuscript. The first author must also ensure that all other authors meet the criteria for authorship.
  • Applicants and coauthors are expected to demonstrate the highest ethical standards in submitting scholarly work to the journal for consideration. Applicants and coauthors should become familiar with the journal’s Editorial Policy.
  • Applicants (not mentors) must serve as the corresponding author for manuscripts submitted in conjunction with the student research collection. No exceptions will be allowed.
  • Manuscripts must report on research done while in one of the qualifying student or post-graduate categories listed above.
  • The research must have been completed within the last 12 months.
  • Manuscripts must not be published previously or submitted elsewhere for publication.
  • Manuscripts must represent original research submitted as Original Research or GIS Snapshots article types. Other article types will not be considered. For a detailed explanation, see information on Original Research and GIS Snapshots articles on PCD’s Types of Articles page.
  • Students and recent post-graduates must submit a cover letter indicating their interest in being considered for the Student Paper Collection and the name and contact information of their advisor. The cover letter must also indicate current level of academic enrollment: high school, undergraduate, or graduate degree, or applicable post-graduate residency, fellowship, or other training program. In addition, applicants should address all routinely required disclosures in the cover letter. Learn more about general cover letter requirements on PCD’s How to Submit a Manuscript
  • Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from their advisor confirming either the student’s enrollment in a degree program or the post-graduate candidate’s residency or fellowship. The advisor must confirm that the research was conducted while in training under the advisor’s supervision. The advisor’s letter must confirm that the applicant conceptualized the analysis and was the primary author of the manuscript. The advisor’s letter must also acknowledge that the advisor recognizes that no one other than the applicant can serve as corresponding author.
  • Applicants should submit the cover letter and advisor letter when they submit the manuscript.

Deadline

Manuscripts must be received electronically no later than 5:00 PM EST on Friday, December 11, 2020.

Manuscript Review Process

  • Not all manuscripts submitted for consideration will undergo peer review. The Editor in Chief will screen and determine which manuscripts advance to peer review. The decision to advance papers to peer review will be made based on fit, quality, and available human capital to handle submission volume.
  • Applicants and advisors must understand that the decision-making process to identify which manuscripts will advance through the various stages of review is a lengthy process. Therefore, applicants and advisors must have patience as the decision-making process moves through review stages.
  • An applicant receiving comments and suggestions on a manuscript does not mean the manuscript will be accepted for publication.
  • Applicants interested in getting a sense of where manuscripts are in the review process are encouraged to contact the journal. Such inquiries should come directly from the applicant serving as corresponding author.

Helpful Hints

Please be sure to visit the Author’s Corner section of PCD’s website for important information on what to avoid when developing the manuscript, tables, and figures.

About the Journal

PCD is a peer-reviewed electronic journal established to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in chronic disease prevention and health promotion. The journal is published weekly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

 

 

 

Call for Papers: “Public Health and Pharmacy:
Collaborative Approaches to Improve Population Health”

Announcement posted 2/05/19

Deadline Extended to January 31, 2020

 

Background

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) invites authors to submit manuscripts describing innovative and effective work to link public health and pharmacy in ways that improve population health. Chronic diseases are a major cause of poor health outcomes, reduced quality of living, and increased health care costs worldwide. Reducing the burden of chronic disease remains a global challenge requiring diverse collaborations and dissemination and adoption of effective interventions in multiple settings. Over the past decade, there has been a range of innovative community- and clinically-driven prevention strategies used in public health and pharmacy to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic conditions. PCD seeks manuscripts that provide timely information on effective ways the disciplines of public health and pharmacy can collaborate to improve the nation’s health and/or improve population health globally.

Examples of topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Collaboration among public health agencies (eg, local and state health departments), schools/colleges of pharmacy, community pharmacies, health care partners, and others (eg, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, schools, academic institutions, transportation, housing, public safety) to implement clinical and nonclinical strategies, including the selection, tracking, and reporting of intermediate health outcomes.
  • Pharmacy (community, institutional, agency) and public health agencies (local and state health department) working jointly to conduct needs assessment to identify and implement shared health improvement goals based on assessment findings.
  • Demonstration of effective approaches that pharmacies and pharmacists can use to improve population health through health screenings (eg, diabetes, cholesterol, HIV, osteoporosis) and disease management (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, HIV, asthma) in health care and/or community settings.
  • Identification and execution of care coordination models and resources that support patients’ ability to optimally manage chronic conditions in health care and/or community settings.
  • Use of trained pharmacists as critical members in the delivery of team-based care to improve patient satisfaction and increase follow-up and referral to disease management opportunities in community settings.
  • Identification of ways health care and public health data can guide the integration of clinical and public health approaches to address high cholesterol and blood pressure, physical inactivity, diets low in fruits and vegetables, and diets high in sodium and saturated fats.
  • Implementation of transdisciplinary public health and pharmacy-driven approaches to improve population health that take into consideration the role of race or ethnicity, education, income, location, or other social factors.
  • Description of creative and innovative ways public health and pharmacy can work together to identify and implement monitoring systems that simultaneously track disease burden and health improvements in clinical and community settings.
  • Identification of training opportunities that have increased pharmacists’ public health skills and abilities to improve population health beyond traditional pharmacy functions.
  • Evidence of the role of pharmacy in chronic infectious disease screening, prevention and management (eg, HIV and Hepatitis C).
  • Delivery of USPHS evidence-based preventive services in community pharmacy.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted to PCD on or before January 31, 2020. Manuscripts submitted in response to this Call for Papers will be reviewed and, if accepted, published on a rolling basis. Articles will be assembled into a PDF collection accessible on the PCD website after all accepted papers have been published. Manuscripts must follow the instructions for PCD article types. Further information on submitting a manuscript is available in PCD’s Author’s Corner. Cover letters to the Editor in Chief are required and must state that the submission is for consideration in the PCD collection: Public Health and Pharmacy: Collaborative Approaches to Improve Population Health. Authors are encouraged to contact pcdeditor@cdc.gov if they have questions about appropriate topics for this collection.

About the Journal

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 improve population health. For more information about the journal, please visit the journal website at https://www.cdc.gov/pcd.

 

 

 

PCD Call for Papers:

Global Perspectives on Improving Health and Well-Being in Diverse Settings

Announcement posted 6/27/19

Background

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) invites authors to submit manuscripts describing innovative and effective work to improve population health in diverse settings worldwide. Around the globe, the burden of chronic disease is a major contributor to poor health outcomes, reduction in quality of living, and increases in health care costs. Reducing the burden of chronic disease remains a global challenge requiring diverse collaborations and dissemination and adoption of effective interventions in multiple settings. Over the past decade, there has been a range of innovative community-based, clinically-driven, and technology-informed innovation for prevention strategies used in public health to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic conditions worldwide. PCD seeks manuscripts that provide timely information on effective ways to improve population health in diverse global settings.

Examples of topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Collaboration among public health agencies at local, state, and national levels, and partnership with key agencies including faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, schools, academic institutions, transportation, housing, public safety, and others to implement public health and clinical strategies to address chronic disease (diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, obesity, cancer, reproductive health, oral health, mental health).
  • Identification of the main structural and systemic factors that promote, for example, obesogenic environments, and innovative strategies to ameliorate those factors across life stages.
  • Development of the infrastructure necessary to establish appropriate methods to collect, track, and report health outcomes.
  • Public health agencies, communities, institutions (schools, health systems, families, etc) working jointly to conduct needs assessment to identify and implement shared health improvement goals based on assessment findings.
  • Leveraging health care systems, including hospitals, health centers, health plans, and the community, to facilitate greater improvements in population health.
  • Policy, systems, and environmental strategies to create/promote conditions that support healthier lifestyle practices in settings where individuals live, work, play, and pray.
  • Demonstration of effective approaches that improve population health through health screenings (eg, diabetes, cholesterol, osteoporosis) and disease management (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma) in health care and/or community settings.
  • Use of trained community health workers and/or patient navigators as critical members in the delivery of team-based care to improve clinical outcomes including patient satisfaction and refer patients for follow-up care and disease management opportunities.
  • Identification of ways health care and public health data can guide initiation and sustainability of individual preventive health decisions relative to high cholesterol and blood pressure, physical inactivity, diets low in fruits and vegetables, and diets high in sodium and saturated fats.
  • Identification of training opportunities that have increased global public health workforce skills and abilities (eg, program development, surveillance, communication, leadership, systems thinking, evaluation, performance monitoring, etc) to improve population health.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts submitted for this collection require prior approval of the abstract by the Editor in Chief. Authors should send the abstract only, indicating the article type, to pcdeditor@cdc.gov with the subject: Abstract for Global Perspectives on Improving Health and Well-Being in Diverse Settings. Do not send the full manuscript; authors who submit full manuscripts will have their manuscripts returned. Abstracts are due on or before November 30, 2019. Authors who receive approval of their abstract should submit their final manuscript to PCD on or before September 30, 2020. Authors should not send either abstracts or full manuscripts to co-editors. Manuscripts will be reviewed and, if accepted, published on a rolling basis. Articles will be assembled into a PDF collection accessible on the PCD website after all accepted papers have been published. Manuscripts must follow the instructions for PCD article types. Further information on submitting a manuscript is available in PCD’s Author’s Corner.

Co-editors for this collection are Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, PhD, MPH, Professor, Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, Georgia State University; Tung-Sung Tseng, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Department, School of Public Health, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; and Victor D. Sutton, PhD, MPPA, Director for the Office of Preventive Health and Health Equity, Mississippi State Department of Health.

About the Journal
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 improve population health. For more information about the journal, please visit PCD at https://www.cdc.gov/pcd.

 

 

 

 

 


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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