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Announcing PCD’s Top Peer Reviewers of 2018

Announcement posted 2/07/19

Our top 5% of reviewers for 2018 have fulfilled the highest standards of scientific research, measured not only in the timeliness and quantity of reviews they completed but also in the exceptional quality of their reviews as rated by our Editor in Chief and Associate Editors.

PCD’s top reviewers receive:

  • Personal thank-you letter from PCD’s Editor in Chief
  • Letter of recognition directed to the reviewer’s institution or supervisor
  • Opportunity to receive Continuing Education credit (CME, CPE, CNE, or CPH)

See the full list of Top 2018 PCD Peer Reviewers.

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

Announcement posted 2/05/19


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 October 31, 2019. 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.



10 Most Talked About Articles of 2018

Announcement posted 1/11/19
Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is excited to announce its most popular articles of 2018, as rated by Altmetric. Thousands of conversations about scholarly content happen online every day. Altmetric tracks a range of sources to capture, collate, and score this activity.

    1. Percentage of Deaths Associated With Inadequate Physical Activity in the United States
    2. Impact of the Tips From Former Smokers Campaign on Population-Level Smoking Cessation, 2012–2015
    3. Assessing the Relationship Between a Composite Score of Urban Park Quality and Health
    4. Patterns and Trends in Cancer Screening in the United States
    5. Creating Walkable Communities: Understanding Trade-Offs
    6. E-Cigarette Use Among Adolescents Not Susceptible to Using Cigarettes
    7. Trends in Unit Sales of Flavored and Menthol Electronic Cigarettes in the United States, 2012–2016
    8. Eating Veggies Is Fun! An Implementation Pilot Study in Partnership With a YMCA in South Los Angeles
    9. National and State-Specific Unit Sales and Prices for Electronic Cigarettes, United States, 2012–2016
    10. Public Libraries As Partners for Health



PCD Pilots Simplified Submissions for Authors

Announcement posted 7/5/17

As part of our ongoing efforts to accelerate the dissemination of research findings and to improve customer service, PCD is piloting a simplified submissions process from July through October 2017. During this period, PCD hopes to make the process of submitting manuscripts faster and easier by reducing formatting and technical requirements in tables, figures, and other supporting files. In addition, references may be submitted in varied formats as long the format is used consistently and includes all information. In adopting this streamlined submission process, we strongly encourage authors to focus on research results and implications for practice in their papers. Those papers that move through peer review to the revision stage will be required to conform to PCD guidelines. We hope through this 4-month pilot effort to streamline the submissions process, reduce the burden on authors, and shorten the overall turnaround time in bringing important quality research to publication. Visit our updated Simplified Submission Process page for more information.


Watch and Learn: How to Get Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Announcement posted 6/13/17

Did you miss the Public Health Reports webinar on how to get published in peer-reviewed journals? Watch a recording of the presentationexternal icon and hear what Public Health Reports Editor in Chief Frederic E. Shaw, MD, JD, PCD Editor in Chief Leonard Jack, Jr, PhD, MSc, and fellow public health and editorial experts had to say about organizing a writing strategy when preparing an article for peer-reviewed literature, including how to structure it, how to plan it, how to execute it, and how to position it so that it will be attractive to journals and peer reviewers.


PCD Named Top HHS Innovator

Announcement posted 5/10/17

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) has been recognized as part of the HHS family of products ranked number 1 in the Reuters Top 25 Global Innovators: Government category for 2017. HHS rose from 4th place in 2016, largely due to its increasingly influential patent portfolio, which saw a rise in the number of citations by researchers at other institutions around the world. To create the ranking, Reuters News relied on Clarivate Analytics to identify more than 600 global organizations (including educational institutions, nonprofit charities, and government-funded institutions) that published the most articles in academic journals. Then they identified the total number of patents filed by each organization and evaluated each candidate on factors including how many patents it filed, how often those applications were granted, how many patents were filed to global patent offices in addition to local authorities, and how often the patents were cited by other patents. Candidates were also evaluated in terms of the number of articles published by researchers in academic journals, how often those papers were cited by patents, and how many articles featured a co-author from industry. PCD is honored to be among these prestigious innovators.


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