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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 presentation 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.


Student Paper Contest Update

Announcement posted 4/12/17

Thank you to all the students who submitted manuscripts to this year’s PCD Student Research Paper Contest. The journal received a record 70 submissions this year and the review process is underway. Contest winners will be announced soon.


PCD Introduces New Article Type: Implementation Evaluation

Announcement posted 3/30/17

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) recognizes that public health and clinical interventions are often collaborative, multifaceted, multicomponent, and multisite with diverse program participants, stakeholders, and partnerships. As such, evaluation of these efforts cannot rely on linear approaches to assess the complex mix of individual, familial, organizational, economic, and environmental contextual factors that contribute to the success of interventions. PCD’s new Implementation Evaluation article type will be a platform for researchers to provide information to program planners, policy makers, evaluators, researchers, and diverse stakeholders on how to refine evaluation methods; make health system improvements; strengthen collaborations and partnerships; build organizational infrastructure; measure return on investments; and enhance data collection approaches. Implementation Evaluation articles will also allow researchers to provide insights into understanding factors that affect the ability of public health practice to successfully package and disseminate effective interventions implemented and evaluated in real-world settings. More information is available on our Article Types page.


2016’s Top 10 Articles

Announcement posted 1/10/17

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is excited to announce its most popular articles of 2016, 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. The complete list of top 10 articles are available here.


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