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About the Journal

"[T]he simple word Care may suffice to express [the journal’s] philosophical mission. The new journal is designed to promote better patient care by serving the expanded needs of all health professionals committed to the care of patients with diabetes. As such, the American Diabetes Association views Diabetes Care as a reaffirmation of Francis Weld Peabody’s contention that “the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient." —Norbert Freinkel, Diabetes Care, January–February 1978

Aims and Scope

Diabetes Care is a journal for the health care practitioner that is intended to increase knowledge, stimulate research, and promote better management of people with diabetes. To achieve these goals, the journal publishes original research on human studies in the following categories: Clinical Care/Education/Nutrition/Psychosocial ResearchEpidemiology/Health Services ResearchEmerging Treatments and TechnologiesPathophysiology/Complications, and Cardiovascular and Metabolic Risk. The journal also publishes ADA statements, consensus reports, clinically relevant review articles, letters to the editor, and health/medical news or points of view. Topics covered are of interest to clinically oriented physicians, researchers, epidemiologists, psychologists, diabetes educators, and other health professionals.

Info. and Statistics

Acceptance rate: 11.06%

Frequency: monthly

Impact factor (2021, most recent available): 17.152 

Indexed by: Medline/PubMed, PubMed Central, European PubMed, Scopus, EBSCO

Launch date: 1978

Lead times: Average time to first decision: 18 days

ISSN: Print 0149-5992; Online 1935-5548

Diabetes Care Online

In order to make original research available faster than traditional print publishing allows, articles accepted for publication in Diabetes Care are published online ahead of print 5–6 weeks after acceptance, after copyediting, composition, and proofreading. Online Ahead of Print articles are citable by DOI. DOIs for ADA journals articles begin with 10.2337, followed by the article number assigned when the manuscript was submitted online via the manuscript submission system (e.g., 10.2337/dc16-1234). 

Free Access

All articles become freely accessible 12 months after the print publication date. In addition, the following are freely available immediately upon publication:

  • Articles featured on the cover
  • ADA-authored articles, including ADA Position Statements and the annual Standards of Medical Care supplement
  • Commentaries
  • Symposia articles
  • Invited articles
  • Online-only letters and Observations
  • In This Issue article summaries
  • Supplemental material
  • Errata and retractions
  • Addenda 

The access icons found to the right of the article title on the article page, table of contents, and search result views indicate whether the article is freely available () or accessible with an active subscription () / available for purchase ().

Privacy Policy

For information about ADA's information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used by ADA, please refer to ADA’s Privacy Policy.

Copyright and Public Access

The American Diabetes Association holds copyright on all content published in ADA journals, unless otherwise noted. Readers may use the content as long as the work is properly cited and linked to the original source, the use is educational and not for profit, and the work is not altered. Articles may not be included without ADA permission in educational materials that are sold to students or used in courses for which tuition or other fees are charged.


Immediately upon acceptance, authors are permitted to submit the accepted version of their manuscript (also known as the “Author Accepted Manuscript,” or AAM), with a CC BY license or a CC BY-ND license if required, to their funding body or institution for inclusion in their funding body or institution's database, archive, or designated repository (such as PubMed Central). The AAM is the version of the paper accepted for publication after changes resulting from peer review, but before editing, formatting, and production of the final PDF by ADA staff. For details see:  Copyright Notice and Public Access Policy.

National Institutes of Health

As a courtesy to authors, the final print versions of articles funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are deposited in PubMed Central (PMC) at no cost. In compliance with the NIH policy, these articles will appear on PMC 12 months after print publication in Diabetes Care, Diabetes, Clinical Diabetes, and Diabetes Spectrum.

All articles, regardless of funding body, are delivered to PubMed for inclusion in the PubMed index.

Open Choice

Diabetes Care offers an “Open Choice” option for authors who wish to make their final published article immediately accessible to nonsubscribers. By paying an additional article-processing charge, authors may elect to have their articles freely available on the journal's website immediately after the final version of the article is published online and in print. Upon receipt of payment and on behalf of the author, ADA will also deposit the final version of the published paper into PubMed Central. For details regarding article-processing charges, see the Instructions for Authors.

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