Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Aims

As the official journal of the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol (KBS), the overall goal of the International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research (IJADR) is to further the main aims of the Kettil Bruun Society which are to promote social and epidemiological research on alcohol and foster a comparative understanding of alcohol use and alcohol problems in a spirit of international cooperation.

In furtherance of this overall goal, the aims of the International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research are to:

  • publish high quality, peer reviewed articles addressing substance use and substance-related problems, as well as addictive behaviours generally, from an international perspective,
  • increase international knowledge and understanding about substance use and substance-related problems by providing mentoring and other assistance to research colleagues in countries where there are fewer resources and less infrastructure and traditional support of research on alcohol and drugs,
  • promote involvement of early career researchers and researchers from less resourced countries in all aspects of the journal operations, and
  • provide an open access online journal accessible to the research community, educators, policy makers and others interested in the area of substance use and substance-related issues.

Scope

The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research publishes both quantitative and qualitative research as well as scholarly commentaries, case studies, book reviews and other types of reports relating to all aspects of alcohol and drug use provided the focus is on enhancing understanding from an international perspective. This includes research reports from countries where there is little current knowledge about substance use as well as cross-national comparisons and other studies that have global implications.

Disclaimer

Materials published by IJADR represent the opinions of the authors and do not reflect the opinions of the journal or the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol unless specifically endorsed by the journal or the society.

Abstracting/Indexing

IJADR is currently addressing requirements of various indexing sites such as DOAJ, EBSCO, PsychINFO, PubMed, SSCI, and ProQuest.

 

Section Policies

Letter to the Editor

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Opinion

For opinion pieces.

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

The Editorial Team manages submissions to the International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research by assessing whether the manuscript addresses the aims of the journal and is of sufficient scientific quality to be considered for publication. That is, the study must meet an acceptable level of scientific rigor and make a significant contribution to knowledge to be considered for peer review. Each manuscript is sent to two experts in the topic area for peer review. This review process is managed by one of the Editorial Team directly or through one of the Consulting Editors or Special Issue Editors.

Submitted manuscripts are evaluated using the following guidelines:

  • originality, contribution to the field of substance use and substance-related issues,
  • soundness of methodology,analyses and interpretation/discussion of analyses,
  • clarity of presentation, and
  • ability to communicate to readers (grammar, language). 

The Editorial Team may suggest advice from or collaboration with a Consulting Editor or a mentor from the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) mentoring program to authors of manuscripts that have the potential to meet the aims of the journal but require extensive revisions. The Editorial Team is committed to providing mentorship to authors who are early career researchers and/or researchers from less resourced countries.

 

Open Access Policy

The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

The journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

 

Editorial Ethics Policy

Editorial Independence

The Kettil Bruun Society (KBS), the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), The Ohio State University (OSU) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) respect and endorse the independence of the International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research Editors and exerts no authority over them.

Farmington Consensus

The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research endorses and adheres to the ethical publishing guidelines for addiction journals outlined in the Farmington Consensus (Addiction (1997) 92(12), 1617-1618). http://www.parint.org/isajewebsite/farmcon.pdf

Editorial Ethics

The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research is committed to a high standard of editorial ethics. Members of the Editorial Team of the journal have provided the following statements relating to their own research interests, funding sources, commercial relationships, or other interests that may be, or seem to be, potential sources of conflict of interests or to influence their editorial independence and/or judgments. The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research editors and reviewers may be excluded from reviewing papers if they appear as an author on the paper, are from the same institution/organization, have conflicts related to financial interests, or have a personal conflict that have or appear to have an influence on their ability to be an impartial reviewer. 

Co-Editors-in-Chief

Kathryn Graham is employed full-time by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, a public hospital. Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Travel costs to present research findings have been paid by various sources, most recently by the Australasian Drug Strategy organizers (Victoria Police, Australia) and the Responsible Hospitality Institute.

John D. Clapp is employed full-time by The Ohio State University where he is Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development in the College of Social Work. He is also currently the Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug and Violence Prevention which is housed in the Educational Development Corporation (EDC), Newton MA. His work and travel has been funded by NIAAA, NIDA, U.S. Department of Education, and the State of California. 

Sandra Kuntsche is employed full-time at the Research Institute of Addiction Info Switzerland, a NGO specialised on the prevention, documentation and research of substance use. Her research has been funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Travel costs to present research findings have been paid by funders and Addiction Info Switzerland.

Mark B. Reed is a full-time faculty member at San Diego State University where he is an Assistant Professor of Social Work as well as a Research Fellow in the Center for Alcohol and Drug Studies. His research and travel has been supported by the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, NIAAA, and the State of California.

Associate Editor

Neo Morojele is the Deputy Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council, and an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), World Health Organization (WHO), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Consulting Editors

Lynda Berends is employed full-time by Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, which is part of a regional health service. Her research has been funded by state and national governments, AUSaid, the National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund, and the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research.

Christina Chambers is employed full-time by the University of California San Diego where she is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics with joint appointments in Family and Preventive Medicine and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She directs the California Pregnancy Risk Information Line, and directs a North American research center located at the University of California focused on the safety of medications and vaccines in pregnancy. Her work and travel are funded by NIAAA, NIGMS, AHRQ, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, the State of California, and several pharmaceutical companies.

James E. Lange is employed full time by San Diego State University as the Coordinator of AOD Initiatives. He is also Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Social Work, and Doctoral Faculty in the Graduate School of Public Health. He is a frequent consultant to RADD, The Entertainment Industries Voice for Road Safety, and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. He volunteers as the California State Coordinator for The Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues, and is the Region VI representative for the NASPA AOD Knowledge Community. Travel expenses have been paid for recent meetings organized by the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug and Violence Prevention. He currently is the Principal Investigator of a grant from the NIAAA.

Robert Mann is employed full-time by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, which is a public hospital. He is also an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. His research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Networks of Centres of Excellence program, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. Additional support for survey research and program evaluation is obtained from Public Health Units in Ontario, and the Back on Track remedial measures program for convicted drinking drivers.

Monica H. Swahn is employed full-time as an Associate Professor in the Institute of Public Health at Georgia State University. She is also the Associate Director for Research for the Emory Center for Injury Control. Her research has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Travel costs to present research findings have been paid by funders and the university.

Kathleen A. Parks is a Senior Research Scientist at the Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) at the University at Buffalo and an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior in the  School of Public Health and Health Professionals. Her research has been funded by RIA, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation (ABMRF).

Svetlana Popova is employed full-time as an Independent Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), a public hospital in Toronto, Canada. She is cross-appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Epidemiology Division and Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. Dr. Popova’s research is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Makerere University College of Health Sciences. His current financial support is from a NIMH grant through Social and Behavioral Science HIV Research Capacity Building Project in Uganda.

Shoshana Weiss is an independent alcohol researcher, formerly the Director of Research, Israel Society for the Prevention of Alcoholism, the chief editor of "Alcohol in Israel - Interdisciplinary Scientific Journal", and a board member of the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE). She has published over 80 journal articles in English and hundreds in Hebrew. She was a candidate for UNESCO Prize for Women in Science, 1997, and has been a member of the Kettil Bruun Society since 1986.

Manuscript Coordinator

Kayal Luttrell, The Ohio State University.