2010 Year in review : Preventing chronic disease : public health research, practice, and policy
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2010 Year in review : Preventing chronic disease : public health research, practice, and policy

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      Accomplishments in 2010

      • Increasing the publication schedule of the journal from 4 issues per year to 6 issues per year. Our new schedule allows us to manage the increased volume of accepted articles and offer faster turnaround from date of acceptance to date of publication.

      • Publishing a collection of articles in the July, September, and November 2010 issues of PCD on the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) project. Two of these papers were listed in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s top 20 articles in 2010.

      • Collaborating with the editors of Chronic Diseases in Canada, a peer-reviewed scientific journal published quarterly by the Public Health Agency of Canada, to jointly publish a series of articles on Aboriginal health, which appeared in the January 2011 issue of PCD.

      • Surveying PCD’s subscribers to learn more about their interests, the topics in PCD that have been most helpful, and the kinds of features PCD should include.

      • Adding a “Post a Comment” feature, which allows readers to offer feedback and stimulates discussions in a public forum.

      • Introducing a new type of article. The Brief was introduced this past year and was immediately popular with authors. The Brief is a 1,000-word peer-reviewed research report that benefits authors who wish to submit their report in a condensed form for quick review and publication.

      Plans for 2011

      • Preparing to change to a rolling publication schedule, further reducing the time to publication. As technology develops, PCD is working to adapt and integrate new technologies into our publishing enterprise.

      • Providing articles in an e-reader format. Although we already provide courtesy copies of journal articles as printable PDFs, a growing number of readers, particularly students, work in a virtually paperless environment. E-reader technology prepares PCD for that changing research dynamic and keeps us ahead of the curve in innovation.

      • Continuing to improve our production processes to reduce authors’ turnaround time from submission to publication, including reduced editing and proofing workloads.

      • Introducing a new student contest to recognize exceptional students in the field of chronic disease prevention and health promotion, to encourage and promote scientific research and writing, and to provide an opportunity for students to publish their work.

      • Seeking submissions on chronic disease prevention in the active duty military and veterans populations to raise awareness, to highlight public health issues or conditions that disproportionately affect this population, to identify unique public health programs, and to document research on implementation, methodologies, effectiveness, and lessons learned.


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