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2021 year in review : Preventing chronic disease

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      Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) had its most successful year to date in 2021. Despite the challenges of working during the pandemic, PCD published 4 important collections, published the most widely read article in its history, and continued to appoint distinguished researchers, evaluators, community interventionists, health economists, statisticians, and other public health specialists to the journal’s Editorial Board, Associate Editor team, and Statistics Review Committee. PCD content continues to resonate with its readership, as evidenced by an increase in the journal’s impact factor. In 2021, PCD received a journal impact factor of 2.803, a big jump from the previous year’s 2.144, in the Web of Science Journal Citation Reports. PCD’s 5-year impact factor also saw an impressive increase, up to 3.215 from last year’s 2.822. In addition, PCD is now ranked 4th out of 27 open-access US public health journals by SJR (Scimago). PCD published high-quality peer-reviewed papers on a variety of critical topics in public health: chronic disease prevention and control efforts among multi-comorbidities, health systems research, COVID-19 and chronic diseases, use of GIS for public health planning, advancing health equity science research, and improving health and wellness across the life stages. PCD’s acceptance rate dropped slightly from the previous year to 21.5%, a reflection of PCD’s continuing emphasis on manuscripts of the highest quality and scientific rigor. PCD’s focus overall was on manuscripts that provided insights on the development, implementation, and evaluation of population-based interventions to prevent chronic diseases and control disease effects on quality of life, morbidity, and mortality. PCD’s 4 published collections addressed long-standing and emerging public health challenges. In March, PCD published its collection, “Oral Health Behaviors and Availability of Dental Services Among Children and Adults,” which features 8 articles that discuss contemporary dental public health challenges and opportunities. These include inequities in access to dental care, disparities in the prevalence of oral disease, risk behaviors related to oral disease, the relationship between oral health and chronic diseases, and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on oral health. In April, PCD published the collection, “Global Perspectives on Improving Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Diverse Settings.” This collection features 15 peer-reviewed articles published over 4 years, from March 2017 to December 2020. This global collection includes articles from North America (United States), South America (Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala), Europe (Spain, Denmark, UK global authors), Asia (Taiwan, Iran, South Korea), Africa (South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal), and Australia. The articles are grouped into 2 themes: 1) chronic disease outcomes such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, as well as the impact of COVID-19; and 2) behaviors and strategies (such as healthy food, smoking cessation, breastfeeding, and physical activity) that either prevent chronic diseases or aid in chronic disease management. In July, the journal published the collection, “PCD 2021 Student Research Collection: Building Public Health Research Capacity in Real-World Settings.” This collection of student papers marked the 10-year anniversary of our efforts to build scientific publishing skills and abilities among students. The primary aims of PCD’s student manuscripts have evolved over the years.
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