General Information for Authors
In January 2012, Preventing Chronic Disease began publishing articles weekly. We may post articles in advance of official publication.
Fees and charges
There are no fees or charges associated with publishing manuscripts in PCD. The journal is available free of charge.
Types of articles
PCD publishes a variety of article types, including original research, community case studies, systematic reviews, special topics, briefs, letters, essays, Tools and Techniques, multimedia, book reviews, and announcements. Visit the section on types of articles for complete descriptions, including guidelines on article length.
How to Submit an Inquiry
PCD welcomes inquiries from authors to determine the suitability of a manuscript for PCD. Make sure your inquiry includes the following information:
- Article title
- Type of article
- Abstract (300 words or less) with the following information:
- Study/Intervention/Project description
- Dates when study was conducted
- Dates when data were collected
- Research methods and data analyses
- Implications for public health practice
Submit inquiries to the Editor in Chief at PCDeditor@cdc.gov for consideration.
The author hereby grants, transfers, and assigns to the United States Government for the full term of copyright and all extensions thereof the full and exclusive rights comprised in the copyright in and to the report, article, or other paper (the "work") published by PCD and the material and contributions contained therein, any Revised Editions thereof and all derivative works based thereon, and all other proprietary rights thereto, in all languages and forms, and in all media of expression now known or later developed, throughout the world. The United States Government will commit the work to the public domain and allow it to be used and reproduced by anyone without permission. An author that includes materials that are copyrighted by a third-party agrees to obtain written permission to ensure that the United States Government may place the work, including said material, in the public domain. If the work was funded by an NIH grant, the author and United States Government agree that author retains the rights necessary to provide the manuscript to (and for display by) PubMed Central.
How to submit a manuscript
PCD uses Manuscript Central for manuscript submission and tracking. Before submitting your manuscript, however, please read all instructions provided for authors in the following sections: types of articles, manuscript requirements, and how to submit a manuscript. Submit a manuscript by visiting PCD Manuscript Central.
Editorial review process
After your article has been accepted for publication, it undergoes a thorough editorial and production process. You will be able to see it at least once (during the proofing stage) before it is published electronically and usually twice (first following an initial edit and second during the proofing stage).
PCD editors review your manuscript in its Word version for organization, clarity, and style. At this point, we adapt your paper to conform to our specifications, which rely primarily on the AMA Manual of Style, 10th Edition. We may make minor changes, but we may also make substantive changes. All changes are made toward one purpose: to make all articles as readable and accurate as possible.
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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