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Diabetes journal: Quick facts and submission tips

Editage Insights | Aug 5, 2014 | 36,037 views


Aims and Scope

  • Diabetes publishes original research about the physiology and pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus. Submitted manuscripts can report any aspect of laboratory, animal, or human research.
  • Emphasis is on investigative reports focusing on areas such as the pathogenesis of diabetes and its complications, normal and pathologic pancreatic islet function and intermediary metabolism, pharmacological mechanisms of drug and hormone action, and biochemical and molecular aspects of normal and abnormal biological processes.


American Diabetes Association 

Frequency of publication


Editorial Information



  • Diabetes does not accept studies in the areas of diabetes education or the application of accepted therapeutic and diagnostic approaches to patients with diabetes mellitus.
  • Diabetes publishes: original articles, brief reports, perspectives and review articles, and supplemental Articles (considers two types of review articles: Methodological Reviews and Perspectives in Diabetes).
  • All clinical trials submitted to Diabetes must be registered. Registries must be approved by ICJME. Approved registries include:,, and



  • Publication Policies and Procedures are adopted from the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for guidance on policies and procedures related to publication ethics.
  • Manuscripts must be submitted online:
  • A Manuscript Submission Form must be completed for each article submitted. Submissions are incomplete until this form has been uploaded/received. The form can be downloaded from here:

  • All submissions to the journal will be scanned for possible duplicate or prior publication using the CrossCheck/iThenticate plagiarism detection system ( Authors who submit previously published work to the journal will be banned from submitting future manuscripts to the journal, and their funding body and/or institution will be notified.
  • For other detailed guidelines around study design, authorship, plagiarism, etc., visit this page:
  • Diabetes requires reporting on HbA1c levels in both traditional, DCCT-derived units (as %) and SI, IFCC-recommended units (as mmol/mol). Authors are advised to use the NGSP converter for HbA1c, available at, to calculate HbA1c values as both % and mmol/mol. 



Diabetes journal, American Diabetes Association



  • Be sure to read through the Publication Policies and Procedures to take appropriate actions:
  • The document contains information on the following:
  • Study Design
  • Originality and Prior Publication
  • Authorship and Contributions
  • Acknowledgments
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Clinical Trials, Systematic Reviews, and Meta-Analyses
  • Plagiarism
  • Digital Image Manipulation
  • Responses to Possible Scientific Misconduct
  • Peer Review
  • Editorial Decisions
  • Prepublication of Accepted Articles
  • Reuse, Post-Prints, and Public Access
  • Errata
  • Media Embargos
  • Advertising
  • Supplements





  • Impact factor: 7.895* 
  • Ranks #6 out of 121 journals in the category of “Endocrinology & Metabolism” *
  • Acceptance rate:  34% for original articles and 19% for brief reports.

*Source: 2012 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2013)



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