Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada: Research, Policy and Practice

COVID-19 update for authors, reviewers, editors and readers

The Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Journal continues to operate normally at this time to provide timely open access publication of research content. However, in light of the current situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and our ties to public health, we appreciate that challenges may arise in your work, your ability to conduct and/or review research, and your ability to prepare or revise manuscript submissions.  As such, the Journal will remain supportive and flexible with editorial and production deadlines. We encourage authors, peer reviewers and editors to reach out to us if you need additional time or accommodation.

Call to action for open access publications from the Chief Science Advisor to members of the scholarly publishing community.

Open call for papers: COVID-19 pandemic
With a rapid publication process

The societal impact of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is multifaceted, and all Canadians, one way or another, have been affected. From a public health perspective, we also see this pandemic colliding with the slow-motion chronic disease epidemic that is affecting all parts of the globe.

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 HPCDP Journal is hereby inviting original quantitative and qualitative research papers, commentaries, editorials and At-a-glance manuscripts that address the links between the COVID-19 pandemic and health promotion, chronic disease and health equity.

There are many relevant topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Associations between chronic diseases (and their risk factors) and the risk for infection, severe illness and poorer outcomes.
  • The longer-term health effects of COVID-19 on survivors, including long-lasting mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and more.
  • Studying the public health response and its impact and unintended consequences at the individual level (e.g. physical and mental health, health and health-seeking behaviours), family level, and the community or societal level.
  • The delivery of preventive health care during the pandemic.
  • Emerging scientific evidence, including through natural experimental studies, about promising interventions to improve the public health response (e.g. social distancing measures, protecting people with underlying chronic conditions) or to mitigate the negative impacts of the response (e.g. mental health consequences).
  • Health equity and the social determinants of health as cross-cutting issues.

To ensure lasting relevance, we expect all submissions to discuss the implications of their findings for the recovery phase of the current crisis, and beyond.

Manuscripts will be considered as they are received. Those selected for further consideration will be assigned to a special editorial committee dedicated to this series, as well as to two peer reviewers if appropriate for the article type.

We will strive to provide an initial editorial decision on submitted manuscripts within 15 business days of completed submission for peer-reviewed papers and five business days for non-peer-reviewed manuscripts. Accepted manuscripts will be prioritized for publication and will appear online, in HTML format, and be indexed as “ahead of print” articles prior to being produced in PDF and included in a regular issue of the Journal.

Refer to our website for information on invited article types and detailed submission guidelines for authors.

For any pre-submission questions about suitability or scope, please direct inquiries to PHAC.HPCDP.Journal-Revue.PSPMC.ASPC@canada.ca.

Submission information: Kindly refer to this call for papers in your submission covering letter and submit manuscripts by email to PHAC.HPCDP.Journal-Revue.PSPMC.ASPC@canada.ca. This call will continue until further notice.

Submission deadline: Open until further notice.

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