The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

Drug and Alcohol Review

Drug and Alcohol Review is the official journal of APSAD, and was first published in 1982. The Journal is an international forum for the views, expertise and experience of all those involved in the study of treatment of alcohol, tobacco and drug problems. The journal represents an important source of information to clinicians, drug and alcohol agency staff, researchers, policy makers and alcohol service administrators.


Circulation Print distriution: Approximately 400
Available to 9000 institutions through EBSCO and Wiley Online
Readership Clinicians, researchers and decision-makers involved in the multi-disciplinary nature of the alcohol and drug research community and field: criminology, psychology, public health, philosophy, political science, epidemiology, sociology and economics are amongst the disciplines published
Printed Seven issues annually (January, February, March, May, July, September, November)
Impact Factor 4.042 (2021)
ISSNs Print: 0959-5236
Online: 1465-3362
Indexing Services Addiction Abstracts, Applied Social Science Index and Abstracts (ASSIA), Australasia Medical Index, Current Contents/Social & Behavioural Sciences, e-psyche, Health-ROM, Index Medicus/MEDLINE, National Criminal Justice Reference Services Abstracts, Psychological Abstracts/PsycINFO/PsycLIT, Research Alert, Social Sciences Citation Index, Social SciSearch, Studies on Women and GenderAbstracts, Tobacco and Health Abstracts (NISC), Toxibase, Violence and Abuse Abstracts: A Review of Current Literature on Interpersonal Violence.


Members of APSAD receive the Journal as part of their annual subscription. Members can also enjoy free online access by logging on to the Members section and following the link to the journal website.

Accessing the Drug and Alcohol Review online for Non-Members 

Accessing the Drug and Alcohol Review online for Members  - Enter your username and password in the logon fields located on the left hand side of the home page. Your login name (your email) and password are set up by you when you join APSAD.

If you don't remember your password use the forgot password link to create a new one. Your username is you email address, if you are unsure which email you used, please contact the APSAD office between 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday. Once you are logged in go to the Member's Area tab on the home page of the website and select Drug and Alcohol Reveiw Online.


Contributors to the journal examine and report on alcohol and drug abuse from a wide range of clinical, psychological and sociological standpoints. The principal criterion for publication of papers is their quality.

The Drug and Alcohol Review features articles in the following categories:

  • Original Papers – reports of new research findings or conceptual analyses that make a significant contribution to knowledge (up to 3500 words). Papers analysing qualitative fieldwork or documentary materials (normally without tables) may have up to 5000 words (see under “Reporting Guidelines” below for further details). Ordinarily, original papers should include no more than 40 references.
  • Commentaries and For Discussion – evidence-based opinion pieces involving areas of broad interest (up to 1500 words) and invited commentaries. Comments are pieces where the editors have decided to invite comments (up to 1000 words) from scholars on another paper.
  • Reviews – reviews of literature on a defined topic (up to 3500 words).
  • Comprehensive Reviews - including systematic reviews and meta-analyses, can have up to 5000 words.
  • Brief Reports – brief reviews of the literature providing a timely update on emerging areas in the alcohol and other drugs field and related matters (up to 2000 words). To enable such timely summaries of critical topics for clinicians, service managers, policy makers and/or researchers, components of the systematic review process may be simplified or omitted (e.g. limiting time frames, databases, bias assessments or other methodological aspects of a typical systematic review) to produce an information summary in a short period of time (Tricco et al. 2015). A rapid review article would typically be commissioned and follow normal peer review processes, although authors are welcome to contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a brief proposal for consideration.
  • Case Reports and Case SeriesDrug and Alcohol Review will only publish a limited number of case reports and case series (up to 1500 words), limited to high quality descriptions of cases that make a unique contribution to the literature through description of an unusual presentation, support or contest a hypothesis, or offer new insights into a condition or treatment. The submission should provide new information on diagnosis or clinical care that can lead to practice change care relating to drug and alcohol use. See under “Reporting Guidelines” below for further details.
  • Obituaries –Drug and Alcohol Review will publish obituaries related to the life and works of prominent researchers and others who have substantially contributed to the alcohol and other drugs field (approximately 350-500 words). Typically commissioned, obituaries are brief overviews of the deceased person’s life and major contributions. Along with an appreciation of their work and personal traits, please include the person’s birth and death years, place of birth, names and cities of the major institutions where the person worked, positions of importance held, and other interests outside work in the field. Approaches to publish obituaries should be made to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Editorials – are usually commissioned but unsolicited material may be considered. Please approach the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before submitting this material.
  • Letters to the Editor – are welcomed and will be summarily reviewed (up to 1000 words).
  • Critiques – reviews of books or grey literature are welcomed, but please approach the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before submitting a review (up to 800 words).
  • Special Issues and Special Sections on topics of interest are also regularly published. A proposal must be approved by the Editorial Board, and should initially be sent to the Editorial Office. Papers for a Special Issue or Section should be submitted as the appropriate article type (e.g. Original Paper, Review). Please include a note in the cover letter to indicate which special section the paper is intended for.

If you are submitting a paper for publication in Drug and Alcohol Review please read the author guidelines.

All manuscripts are to be submitted electronically on the Drug and Alcohol Review manuscript submissions website. New users should first create an account. Once you are logged onto the site, submissions can be entered via the Author Centre.

Please feel free to contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any queries.


The scientific quality and professional standards of the Drug and Alcohol Review are guaranteed by the editors and a panel of expert peer reviewers. The Editorial team endeavours to continually expand its panel of reviewers, and is particularly interested in identifying younger researchers, academics and research-oriented clinicians whose scientific reputation may not yet have received international recognition. The Editorial team is immensely grateful to the Journal's reviewers, on the basis of whose efforts the international reputation of the Drug and Alcohol Review is founded.