Author Guidelines

AADE in Practice     

Official Newsletter of American Association of Diabetes Educators

Executive Editor: Teresa Pearson, MS, RN, CDE
Managing Editor: Diana Pihos, MA
Senior Editorial Advisor: James Fain, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, FAAN

Information for Authors

AADE in Practice provides tools and strategies for the practical application of current research and best practices in diabetes education.

AADE in Practice only accepts original manuscripts that have not been published previously in print or electronic media and are not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts are considered for publication with the understanding that all persons listed as authors have participated sufficiently in the research, writing, or development process to take public responsibility for the content.

All authors must sign a copyright transfer releasing copyright authority to the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Published articles will appear in print in AADE in Practice and will be available online on the AADE website. All published texts become the written property of AADE in Practice and may not be reproduced without written permission of the publisher (SAGE Publications). Authors will receive credit for articles whenever they are reproduced or used.

Authors are responsible for disclosing any financial association or commercial interest they may have in a product or service featured in their manuscript, in addition to the source of financial and/or material support. The Executive Editor reserves the right to reject a manuscript based on a conflict of interest.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Authors should electronically submit the original manuscript to the managing editor at the following email address:

  • The manuscript must be emailed as a Microsoft Word attachment; PDFs, scanned documents, and hard copy manuscripts will NOT be accepted.
  • The subject line for the submission must include an Article Category (listed below).
  • Graphics should be attached to the original submission email, and must be in JPG format.
  • Emailed submission MUST include:
    • Title of the manuscript
    • Full name and credentials for each author
    • Institutional affiliation, including department name and city/state
    • Complete mailing address, with daytime telephone and fax numbers
    • Acknowledgment of financial and/or other support.
  • Any financial interest in the products or programs mentioned in the article must be disclosed by the author(s) in the submission email as well as any compensation for preparing the manuscript.

For questions regarding the submission process or technical assistance, please contact:

Diana Pihos, Managing Editor, at (800) 338-3633 x4864.

Article Categories

Practical Application of Diabetes Education
These articles should relate directly to the theme for each issue (refer to the Editorial Calendar) and offer readers concrete, practical advice and direction for incorporating best practices and principles of diabetes education into their day-to-day activities.
[600-800 words]

Tools for Improving Practice
This type of feature should introduce the reader to an original, useful tool developed for diabetes educators to use with patients or in their practice. The following elements should be included: (1) introduction with statement of the purpose and usefulness of the tool; (2) thorough description of the tool and its uses; (3) sample of tool (Microsoft Word Document, Adobe PDF, or jpg images); and (4) instructions for use and data collection, if applicable. Featured tools must be freely available and easily accessible by all educators.
[400-600 words]

Practice Pearls
This should be a short, timely, relevant tip, piece of advice or motivational message for practicing diabetes educators.
[300 words or less]

How To
These short articles explain in a straight-forward, step-by-step manner how to do something related to the practice of diabetes education.
[400-600 words] 

Continuous Quality Improvement
CQI is a necessary component of patient care and program management. These articles will detail the importance for diabetes educators to examine their practices’ effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of care and will provide helpful commentary, examples, or case studies for the implementation of a quality improvement process.
[500-700 words]

Business Aspects of Education
Articles should cover topics that relate to the business realities of the profession. Potential topics include: reimbursement, marketing one’s practice, proving the worth of diabetes educators, etc.
[500 words or less]

Translating Research into Practice
These articles provide essential information about how to conduct and use research to improve the practice of diabetes education and defend/prove its outcomes.
[500-700 words]

AADE7™ Self-Care Behaviors
These articles will provide a practice-based perspective for the use of the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors. Articles should focus on one of the following 7 behaviors: healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, reducing risks, and healthy coping.
[500-800 words]



Style Guidelines

All accepted manuscripts will be edited according to the Associated Press Stylebook. In consultation with the author(s), the newsletter reserves the right to edit manuscripts for clarity, length, readability, and consistency with the style of the newsletter.

Keep the following stylistics in mind when writing an article:

  • Throughout the manuscript, avoid using the personal pronouns “I” or “we.”
  • Employ nonsexist language.
  • Spell out abbreviations and acronyms on first mention followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Limit the overall use of abbreviations in the text.
  • Throughout the text, use generic, nonproprietary names for medications and devices. At the first mention, state the generic name followed in parentheses by the trade name with the register® or trademark™ symbol and the manufacturer’s name and city/state.
  • Indicate placement of tables, figures, illustrations, and photos in the text by referring to the graphic with the appropriate designation in parentheses (eg, Table 1, Figure 1) following the referent sentence.

A Note about Terminology:

  • The term diabetic should be used only as an adjective (appropriate: diabetic complications) and not a noun (inappropriate: Diabetics must learn how to monitor their blood glucose levels.).
  • According to recommendations about the diagnosis and classification of diabetes published in the July 1997 issue of Diabetes Care, the term insulin-dependent diabetes mellitis (IDDM) should be replaced with the term type 1 diabetes and the term noninsulin-dependent diabetes (NIDDM) should be replaced with the term type 2 diabetes.

About References:

Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of all reference and resources included in the reference list.

  • Reference lists will not be published with articles, but must be submitted with text of article. They will be kept on file at AADE for future reference and inquiries.
  • Include narrative in-text references for specific articles, studies or statistics. For example:
    • According to an article by researchers at Harvard Medical School…
    • The study, led by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…
    • In her 2006 US Endocrine Disease report, “Investigating Inhaled Insulin,” Virginia Zamudio asserts...
  • For questions about the proper format for reference lists, refer to the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” or the American Medical Association Manual of Style.

Material that has been accepted for publication but not yet published may be cited in the reference list with the journal name followed by “In press.” Unpublished material may not be cited. Electronic forms of documents may be included in the reference list and should be cited according to the style for each type of electronic source.