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How to Submit a Manuscript

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) uses PCD Manuscript Central for manuscript submission and tracking. Before you submit your manuscript, however, please read the instructions below in addition to the information provided.

  • Check your manuscript file against the Simplified Checklist for New Submissions.
  • Prepare a formal cover letter on official letterhead addressed to the editor in chief. Indicate the type of article you are submitting and provide any additional information such as requests to be considered in a special collection. Submit the cover letter when you submit your manuscript. Include statements addressing each of the following items:
    • Conflicts of interest. The cover letter should disclose any and all conflicts of interest. Disclosure should include any information about the authors’ professional or financial affiliations that could be perceived to influence, or that give the appearance of potentially influencing, the content of the manuscript. Financial conflicts include employment, salary, consulting fees, honoraria, stock or equity interests, expert testimony, and intellectual property rights (eg, patents, royalties, copyrights).
    • Prior publication. Describe any previous presentation of the material.
    • Responsibility for the work. All authors must have participated in the work and must have seen and approved the manuscript before submission.
    • Financial support. The cover letter should also disclose all financial support for the work described in the manuscript. Include grant numbers, if applicable.
    • Institutional review and approval. Authors should disclose whether institutional review board approval was needed and. If so, name the granting institution.


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Page last reviewed: January 13, 2022