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Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada: Information for Authors

Our Journal

Announcement

The Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada Editors are pleased to announce that the journal once again welcomes articles from all authors, regardless of affiliation.

We look forward to renewing ties with academia and non-government organizations conducting health-related research, and particularly population health intervention research, and invite you to submit your manuscripts to the journal for consideration. Our monthly model allows for reduced production timelines, giving articles a quick track from acceptance to publication.

To submit a manuscript, please visit the Submitting Manuscripts to the HPCDP Journal section.

Journal mandate

Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada: Research, Policy and Practice (the HPCDP Journal) is the monthly, online scientific journal of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch of the Public Health Agency of Canada. The journal is open access, and does not charge article processing fees.

The journal publishes articles on disease prevention, health promotion and health equity in the areas of chronic diseases, injuries and life course health. Content includes research from fields such as public/community health, epidemiology, biostatistics, the behavioural and social sciences, and health services or economics.

The journal fosters collaboration between researchers, public health practitioners, health policy planners and related community professionals. It accepts all articles presenting Canadian research, studies using Canadian data or based on interventions conducted in Canada, or relevant to the Canadian context.

The journal achieves high scientific credibility through central inclusion of external associate scientific editors and peer reviewers, as well as an Editorial Board with more than half of its members external to the government. These external advisors contribute their expertise to review papers and ensure that the work published in the journal is of high quality and expands upon the latest pan-Canadian knowledge in this field.

Submissions are selected based on scientific quality, national public health relevance, clarity, conciseness and technical accuracy.

Article Types

Peer-reviewed Articles
Original Research Articles

Article Reporting on Quantitative Research: Maximum 3500 words in English (or 4400 words in French) for main text body (excluding abstract, tables, figures, references) in the form of original research, surveillance reports, or methodological papers. Please include a structured abstract (maximum 250 words in English, or 345 words in French). No more than 50 references.

Article Reporting on Qualitative Research or Mixed Methods: Maximum 5000 words in English (or 6500 in French) for main text body (excluding abstract, tables, figures, references). Methodological papers welcomed. Process evaluations that accompany qualitative analyses are welcomed. Please include a structured abstract (maximum 250 words in English, or 345 words in French). No more than 50 references. The HPCDP Journal follows the guidelines for qualitative articles as set by Social Science and MedicineExternal Link.

Article Reporting on Public Health Intervention: "Population health interventions are policies, programs and resource distribution approaches that impact a number of people by changing the underlying conditions of risk and reducing health inequities." [CIHR, Population Health Research Initiative for Canada] Quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods studies and evaluations of interventions are welcomed. Maximum 3500-5000 words in English (4400-6500 words in French) for main text body (excluding abstract, tables, figures, references). Please include a structured abstract (maximum 250 words in English, or 345 words in French) with the following headings: Objectives, Participants, Setting and Context, Intervention, Evaluation Methods, Results, Conclusion. No more than 50 references.

Evidence Synthesis

Provides a systematic assessment of literature and relevant data sources (systematic review, meta analysis), a scoping review, realist review or an environmental scan. Authors should report the type of review they undertook and describe their methods for performing the review, including the ways information was searched for, selected, analyzed and summarized. Process evaluations that accompany systematic reviews are welcomed. Please follow accepted standards for the reporting of meta-analyses or systematic reviews (e.g. AMSTAR, PRISMA, QUORUM, MOOSE). Purely qualitative syntheses are accepted (e.g. realist reviews). Please follow accepted standards in qualitative reviewing (e.g. RAMSES for realist reviews/meta-narrative reviews). Maximum 4000 words in English (5000 words in French) for main text body (excluding abstract, tables, figures, references). Please include a structured abstract (maximum 250 words in English, or 345 words in French). References: no limit.

Evidence Brief

Describes results of interest to a broad audience of public health and related professionals. There should be no more than 6 figures or tables (total). Maximum 1500 words in English, or 1950 words in French. Please include an unstructured abstract (maximum 100 words in English, or 130 words in French). The unstructured abstract has no more than 5 sentences, each one corresponding to the subheadings in the body of the paper: Introduction, Methods, Findings, Discussion, Conclusion. No more than 30 references.

Non-Peer-reviewed Articles
Status Report

Describes ongoing national health promotion or chronic disease/injury prevention programs, studies or information systems bearing on pan-Canadian public health (maximum 2000 words in English, or 2600 words in French). May be peer reviewed and an abstract may be required at the request of the Editor-in-Chief. No more than 50 references.

At-a-Glance

Infographic, chart or diagram depicting trends or providing at-a-glance information on a specific public health issue with pan-Canadian relevance. May be accompanied by explanatory text of 500 words maximum (630 words in French) supporting or explaining the depicted information. No more than 6 references.

Release Notice

Short announcement of the recent or upcoming release of datasets or reports relevant to public health in Canada.

Book/Media Review

Usually solicited by the editors (maximum 800 words in English, or 1000 words in French), but requests to review are welcomed. Abstract not required.

Letter to the Editor

Commentary on recently published journal articles or issues will be considered for publication (maximum 500 words in English, or 630 words in French). Comments must be received within one month of publication date to be considered. Abstract not required. No more than 6 references.

Submitting Manuscripts to the HPCDP Journal

Kindly submit manuscripts to the Editor-in-Chief of the journal at Journal_HPCDP-Revue_PSPMC@phac-aspc.gc.ca. There is no article processing charge.

Since the HPCDP Journal generally adheres to the "Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals" as approved by the International Committee of Medical Journal EditorsExternal Link, authors should refer to this document (section on illustrations not applicable) for complete details before submitting a manuscript to the journal (see the International Committee of Medical Journal EditorsExternal Link).

To obtain a more detailed style sheet, please contact the Managing Editor at Journal_HPCDP-Revue_PSPMC@phac-aspc.gc.ca.

Checklist for Submitting Manuscripts

Cover letter/Conditions of authorship

Signed by corresponding or first author, stating that all authors have seen and approved the final manuscript. Must confirm that the material has not been published in whole or in part elsewhere and that the paper is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. Must state that all authors meet the following conditions of authorship: authors were involved in design or conceptualization of the study, and/or analysis or interpretation of the data, and/or drafting of the paper. Should declare if an author has a conflict of interest, if applicable.

Please fax or email a scanned copy of the signed letter to 613-960-0921 or Journal_HPCDP-Revue_PSPMC@phac-aspc.gc.ca.

First title page

Concise title; full names, institutional affiliations (including city and province) and highest academic degree of all authors; name, postal and email addresses, and telephone and fax numbers for corresponding author only; separate word counts for abstract and text; indicate number of tables and figures.

Second title page

Title only; start page numbering here as page 1.

Abstract

Structured (Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion) where applicable; include 3-8 key words (preferably from the Medical Subject Headings [MeSH] of Index Medicus).

Highlights Box

Maximum 100 words (130 in French) to describe the highlights of the paper in plain language, bullet style, in a maximum of 5 bullets. This section is mandatory for all types of articles. The "Highlights" are used to brief our top policy makers on journal content.

Text

In Microsoft Word. Double-spaced, 1 inch (25 mm) margins, 12-point font size. For Original Research articles, please structure the paper with the following subheadings: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion. The Discussion section should contain a "Strengths and Limitations" subsection. The Conclusion should avoid statements that are not supported by the results of the investigation. For Public Health Intervention articles, please structure the paper with the following subheadings: Objectives, Participants, Setting and Context, Intervention, Evaluation Methods, Results, Conclusion. The Conclusion should avoid statements that are not supported by the results of the investigation.

Acknowledgments

Include disclosure of financial and material support in acknowledgements; if anyone is credited in acknowledgements authors should state in their cover letter that they have obtained written permission.

References

In Vancouver styleExternal Link; listing up to six authors (first three and "et al." if more than six). Numbered in superscript in the order cited in text, tables and figures. Please do not use an automatic reference numbering feature found in word processing software. Any unpublished observations/data or personal communications used (discouraged) to be cited in the text in parentheses (authors are responsible for obtaining written permission). Authors are responsible for verifying accuracy of references and hyperlinks.

Tables and Figures

If created in Word, please place at the end of the main manuscript. If created in Excel, please place in one separate file. They must be as self-explanatory and succinct as possible; numbered in the order that they are mentioned in the text; explanatory material for tables in footnotes, identified by lower-case superscript letters in alphabetical order; figures limited to graphs, flow charts or diagrams, or maps (no photographs). If figures are submitted in Word, raw data will be requested if the manuscript is accepted for publication.

Data

The most recent source of available data should be used for research and analysis, unless comparing across time.

Ethics in Publishing

Since the journal generally adheres to the "Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals" as approved by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, authors should refer to this document for information regarding ethical considerations.

Revision Process

For peer-reviewed articles: Submitted articles first undergo an initial assessment by the Editor-in-Chief and an external Associate Scientific Editor as to the suitability of the manuscript for publication with our journal. If the manuscript fits within our mandate, it will need to pass through a streamlined institutional review process prior to peer-review. Then the article will undergo a double-blind peer-review process. Once the reviews have been received, the Associate Scientific Editor assigned to the article will adjudicate the reviews and make one of the following recommendations: "accept," "reconsider after minor revisions," "reconsider after major revisions" or "reject".

For non-peer-reviewed articles: Submitted articles first undergo an initial assessment by the Editor-in-Chief and, if deemed necessary, by an external Associate Scientific Editor as to the suitability of the manuscript for publication with our journal. If the manuscript fits within our mandate, it will then need to pass through a streamlined institutional review process. Revisions may be requested.

Copyright

The Public Health Agency of Canada requests that authors formally assign in writing their copyright for each article published in the journal. Once the article is accepted for publication, a copyright waiver will be distributed to the authors of the article for signature. For more information, please contact the Managing Editor at Journal_HPCDP-Revue_PSPMC@phac-aspc.gc.ca.