ISSN 1481-8531 (On-line)
For readers interested in the PDF version, the document is available for download or viewing: CCDR: Volume 40-1, January 10, 2014 (PDF document - 473 KB - 6 pages)
January is a time of new beginnings and for CCDR it marks the start of a new volume. After publishing periodically over the fall, we will now be publishing every second Friday. Over 2014, we will publish 22 issues with a brief pause in August and December. We have a number of theme issues planned - on pertussis, Lyme Disease, tuberculosis and malaria to name a few. A lot of interesting work is underway.
The goal of CCDR is to provide timely and practical information for clinicians, public health professionals and policy makers on current and emerging infectious disease trends in Canada. We want CCDR to become the "go to place" for what's new in infectious diseases in Canada. We will be publishing scientific articles, summaries of advisory committee statements, trends in the prevalence of infectious diseases in Canada, and useful links to online resources, Canadian infectious disease articles and notices of upcoming webinars and conferences.
We welcome submissions of manuscripts with practical information on infectious diseases. This issue includes the new Information for Authors that describes what you need to know on how to prepare and submit a manuscript to CCDR. Upon request, we can send you templates that identify best reporting practices for different types of manuscripts that also reflect what peer reviewers are looking for when assessing them.
The Canada Communicable Disease Report (CCDR) is a bilingual, peer-reviewed, open-access online scientific journal published by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). It provides timely and practical information on infectious diseases to clinicians, public-health professionals, and policy-makers. It publishes surveillance reports, original research, vaccine and infectious disease guidelines, overviews, and editorials. Authors retain responsibility for the content of their articles; opinions expressed are not necessarily those of PHAC.
CCDR follows PHAC's Policy for the Publication of Scientific and Research Findings (available upon request). Authors should submit manuscripts that have practical content that is applicable to infection prevention, surveillance and control and can inform policy, program and practice. Manuscripts should not contain policy statements.
CCDR promotes the use of templates as these help authors organize their information, meet readers' needs, and respond to the Editor's and peer-reviewers' expectations. Each template provides guidance on word length and what information goes where. A general principle in scientific writing is: be comprehensive but brief. The shorter the manuscript, the more likely it is to be read.
The following templates are available upon request. (Note: the word lengths provided below are for text only and do not include the abstract, tables or references.)
Case Reports: Describes the first case (or cases) of an infectious disease, or an unusual presentation. (1000-1500 words)
Early Communications: Provides an initial report of an infectious disease outbreak including the results of preliminary investigations and any interim clinical and public health recommendations. (750-1500 words)
Editorials: Identifies an issue, usually linked to an article, places it in a larger context and discusses key points and their implications in relation to the issue. (1000-1500 words)
Epidemiologic Studies: Includes case-control and cohort studies on infectious diseases. (1500-2000 words)
Report on a New Intervention: Describes a new intervention to address an infectious disease issue (e.g. a new school-based curriculum, or a new screening technique). (1500-2000 words)
Outbreak Report: Provides information on an outbreak once it is complete, summarizing the epidemiology, risk factors, morbidity and mortality associated with the outbreak, the public health interventions and outcomes. (2000-2500 words)
Surveillance Report: Summarizes trends in the incidence or prevalence of an infectious disease or group of diseases. (2000-2500 words)
Systematic Reviews: Provides a review of the literature on an infectious disease topic according to the PRISMA guidelines. (2000-2500 words)
There is also Information on tables and figures that may be applicable to any of the templates. Other types of manuscripts may be appropriate; consultation with the Scientific Editor is advised.
Manuscripts may be submitted from within or outside of PHAC in the official language of choice of the author(s). Before formal submission, interested authors may seek initial feedback on their manuscript from the Scientific Editor to ensure that the manuscript falls within the purview of CCDR and format requirements are met.
For more specific information on developing manuscripts, contact the CCDR Editorial Office.
Manuscripts must be accompanied by a cover letter from the corresponding author that cc's all the authors and contains the following:
Finally, the manuscript must be accompanied by permission to reproduce previously published material such as previously published figures or illustrations, report information regarding identifiable persons, or acknowledge people for their contributions.
Once a manuscript is submitted, is found to fall within the purview of the journal, and meets the basic format requirements, the Editor will send it for blind peer review. Reviewers will assess the manuscript for content and methodological quality as well as the key features identified in the templates, and advise the Editor as to whether the manuscript is appropriate for CCDR and what improvements might be made.
Upon considering the reviewer comments, the Editor determines whether the manuscript is appropriate for CCDR. If the manuscript is found to be appropriate, the Editor will collate the reviewer comments, identify any additional revisions needed and send the manuscript back to the corresponding author for revisions. The revised manuscript is then sent back to the Editorial office and a final decision is made on the manuscript. When accepted, the Editorial Office will facilitate the approval process for web-posting.
Accepted manuscripts will need to be translated so they can be published in both official languages. For PHAC submissions, translation is generally arranged by the author. For external submissions, translation will be arranged by the Editorial office.
Where manuscripts are submitted by authors who are employed by the Government of Canada, the copyright of such manuscripts remains with the Government of Canada. Where manuscripts are submitted by authors who are not Government of Canada employees, authors will be asked to assign their copyright in writing.
It may take several months from the time a manuscript is accepted until it is published. Once the manuscript has been translated, web-coded and a pdf created, the lead author will be responsible to have both the pdf and HTML versions in both official languages checked for accuracy (the final quality control check). A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number will be assigned to each article, to facilitate electronic search and retrieval.
This information is consistent with the following policies and other resources:
Contact the CCDR Editorial Office for any questions or concerns relating to this information.
MMWR 2014 - Histoplasmosis Outbreak Associated with the Renovation of an Old House - Quebec, Canada 2013 Allard A, Décarie D, Grenier J, Lacombe M, Francine Levac F.
Nov 2013 - Antibiotic Resistant Organism Surveillance (ARO):2007-2011. Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program, Public Health Agency of Canada
Feb 19, 2014- Webinar: Lyme 101: An Introduction to Lyme Disease for Municipal Health. Ogden N, Deilgat M, Lindsay R.