The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

Publishing & Resources


This is an excellent resource developed by the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors(ISAJE). The self-guided tutorial has been specially designed for pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral research fellows, clinical interns, senior research assistants, junior faculty investigators, and to a lesser extent, established investigators in the addiction field. The self-guided tutorial is broken down into ten training modules. For further details visit their website.  

Where to get Published - A Listing of Addiction Journals:

EMCR Subcommittee tips for choosing a journal: Look at the scope of the journal and search for what articles they have published in your area to make sure your work is a good fit. International journals with higher impact factors are likely to have higher rejection rates as they often receive many more papers than they can publish each year. Many higher impact journals do have fast turnaround times, so it might be worth submitting to these journals when you have a solid study design with few limitations and findings that are important for policy and practice. In addition, your findings need to be relevant for an international audience, so make sure the introduction and discussion places the work in an international context.

For example, think about why someone in New York or Germany would be interested in your findings. Journals based in different geographic locations may have more of a focus on work where findings are directly relevant to that location. If the findings of your work have a very local focus, keep this in mind when choosing a journal. Consideration should be given to who your audience is.  Perhaps that audience sits outside the drug and alcohol sphere. It is worth considering journals in other disciplines e.g. Mental Health, Policy, Education, or Public Health.

*Please note the below list is NOT a comprehensive list of addiction journals. We recommend visiting the ISAJE database containing a list of Addiction journals worldwide.

Disclaimer: The information provided below has been taken from each journal’s website on 14 April 2016 (IF updated 2018). Although care is taken APSAD is not responsible for the accuracy or content of the information contained therein. 

Drug and Alcohol Review

IF: 2.789

Drug and Alcohol Review is the Asia-Pacific's leading multidisciplinary journal addressing issues related to alcohol and drug-related problems. As the official journal of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD), Drug and Alcohol Review is an international meeting ground for the views, expertise and experience of all those involved in studying alcohol, tobacco and drug problems. The Journal examines and reports on alcohol and drug use from a wide range of perspectives including: clinical; biomedical; epidemiological; psychological; sociological.

Tobacco Control

IF: 6.221

Tobacco Control aims to study the nature and consequences of tobacco use worldwide; tobacco's effects on population health, the economy, the environment, and society; efforts to prevent and control the global tobacco epidemic through population level education and policy changes; the ethical dimensions of tobacco control policies; and the activities of the tobacco industry and its allies.

Addiction Biology

IF: 4.223

The focus of Addiction Biology is on neuroscience contributions, which aim at advancing our understanding regarding aspects on the action of drugs of abuse and addictive processes. Papers are accepted whose content is geared towards behavioral, molecular, genetic, biochemical, neuro-biological and pharmacological fields of animal experimentation and clinical research.


IF: 6.851

Its goal is to serve international and interdisciplinary scientific and clinical communication, to strengthen links between science and policy, and to stimulate and enhance the quality of debate. We seek submissions that are not only technically competent but are also original and contain information or ideas of fresh interest to our international readership. We seek to serve the developing as well as the developed world.

Drug & Alcohol Dependence

IF: 3.466

Drug and Alcohol Dependence is an international journal devoted to publishing original research, scholarly reviews, commentaries, and policy analyses in the area of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and dependence. Articles range from studies of the chemistry of substances of abuse, their actions at molecular and cellular sites, in vitro and in vivo investigations of their biochemical, pharmacological and behavioural actions, laboratory-based and clinical research in humans, substance abuse treatment and prevention research, and studies employing methods from epidemiology, sociology, and economics.

Nicotine & Tobacco Research

IF: 3.786

Nicotine & Tobacco Research is one of the world's few peer-reviewed journals devoted exclusively to the study of nicotine and tobacco.

It aims to provide a forum for empirical findings, critical reviews, and conceptual papers on the many aspects of nicotine and tobacco, including research from the bio-behavioral, neurobiological, molecular biologic, epidemiological, prevention, and treatment arenas.

Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research

IF: 3.235

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research was founded by the National Council on Alcoholism (now the NCADD). Alcoholism and alcohol abuse causes significant social and medical harm, and research into the etiology and consequences of alcohol use is essential to guide prevention, treatment and policy. 

International Journal of Drug Policy

IF: 4.528

The International Journal of Drug Policy provides a forum for the dissemination of current research, reviews, debate, and critical analysis on drug use and drug policy in a global context. It seeks to publish material on the social, political, legal, and health contexts of psychoactive substance use, both licit and illicit. The journal is particularly concerned to explore the effects of drug policy and practice on drug-using behaviour and its health and social consequences. It is the policy of the journal to represent a wide range of material on drug-related matters from around the world.

Alcohol & Alcoholism

IF: 2.777

Alcohol and Alcoholism publishes papers on the biomedical, psychological, and sociological aspects of alcoholism and alcohol research, provided that they make a new and significant contribution to knowledge in the field. Papers include new results obtained experimentally, descriptions of new experimental (including clinical) methods of importance to the field of alcohol research and treatment, or new interpretations of existing results. Theoretical contributions are considered equally with papers dealing with experimental work provided that such theoretical contributions are not of a largely speculative or philosophical nature.

Addictive Behaviors

IF: 2.963

Addictive Behaviors is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing high quality human research on addictive behaviors and disorders since 1976. The journal accepts submissions of full-length papers and short communications on substance-related addictions such as the abuse of alcohol, drugs and nicotine and behavioral addictions such as compulsive gambling and internet excesses. We primarily publish behavioral and psychosocial research but our articles span the fields of psychology, sociology, psychiatry, epidemiology, social policy, medicine, pharmacology and neuroscience.

Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs

IF: 2.584

Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs (JSAD) is a multidisciplinary journal, publishing research on all aspects of the use of, abuse of, and dependence on alcohol, illicit substances, and inhalants; tobacco use and dependence; and the misuse of prescription medication. The range of topics includes, but is not limited to, the biological, medical, epidemiological, psychiatric, social, psychological, legal, public health, socioeconomic, genetic, and neuroscientific aspects of substance use.

Psychology of Addictive Behaviors

IF: 2.970

Psychology of Addictive Behaviors® publishes peer-reviewed original articles related to the psychological aspects of addictive behaviors. The journal includes articles on the following topics: alcohol use and alcohol use disorders; drug use and drug use disorders; smoking and nicotine use and disorders; eating disorders, and other addictive behaviors.

Experimental & Clinical Psychopharmacology

IF: 1.922

Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology ® publishes advances in translational and interdisciplinary research on psychopharmacology and drug abuse. The scope of research in these areas continues to expand and to benefit from collaborations across a broad range of disciplines, including behavioral science, brain imaging, genetics, neuroendocrinology, neuroscience, and pharmacology. One goal of the journal is to encourage increased attention to biologic factors that may influence both the pharmacodynamic and the pharmacokinetic effects of drugs. Recent research has shown the importance of examining the effects of sex and menstrual/estrous cycle phase on the effects of abused drugs, as well as responses to medications for the treatment of drug abuse and the alleviation of pain.

International Gambling Studies

IF: 2.016

International Gambling Studies is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal in gambling studies. Launched by a team of international experts with a commitment to the highest scholarly standards, International Gambling Studies adopts a transnational and comparative approach to the challenges posed by the global expansion of gambling in the 21st century.

Journal of Gambling Studies

IF: 2.555

The Journal of Gambling Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for research and discussion of the many and varied aspects of gambling behavior, both controlled and pathological. Coverage extends to the wide range of attendant and resultant problems, including alcoholism, suicide, crime, and a number of other mental health concerns. Articles published in this journal span a cross-section of disciplines including psychiatry, psychology, sociology, political science, criminology, and social work.

Journal of Addictive Diseases

IF: 1.712

The Journal of Addictive Diseases provides original research and reviews of the latest relevant findings in etiology, epidemiology, and clinical care. The journal is known for its scholarly commitment to the field, and reflects the highest standards of investigation, clinical practice, medical education, and evaluation of patient care. The journal presents the material from diverse aspects of the field: basic science, clinical aspects, self-help programs and philosophy, medical training issues, treatment outcome, and treatment evaluation perspectives, to provide the reader with valuable information from a wide range of disciplines.

European Addiction Research

IF: 1.957

'European Addiction Research' is a unique international scientific journal for the rapid publication of innovative research covering all aspects of addiction and related disorders. Representing an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of recent data and expert opinion, it reflects the importance of a comprehensive approach to resolve the problems of substance abuse and addiction in Europe. Coverage ranges from clinical and research advances in the fields of psychiatry, biology, pharmacology and epidemiology to social, and legal implications of policy decisions. The goal is to facilitate open discussion among those interested in the scientific and clinical aspects of prevention, diagnosis and therapy as well as dealing with legal issues. An excellent range of original papers makes ‘European Addiction Research’ the forum of choice for all.

Substance Abuse

IF: 2.986

Now in its 4th decade of publication, Substance Abuse journal is a peer-reviewed journal that serves as the official publication of Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) in association with The International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) and the International Coalition for Addiction Studies in Education (INCASE). Substance Abuse journal offers wide-ranging coverage for healthcare professionals, addiction specialists and others engaged in research, education, clinical care, and service delivery and evaluation. It features articles on a variety of topics.


IF: 2.039

Alcohol is an international, peer-reviewed journal that is devoted to publishing multi-disciplinary biomedical research on all aspects of the actions or effects of alcohol on the nervous system or on other organ systems. Emphasis is given to studies into the causes and consequences of alcohol abuse and alcoholism, and biomedical aspects of diagnosis, etiology, treatment or prevention of alcohol-related health effects.

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment

IF: 2.542

The Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (JSAT) features original research, systematic reviews and reports on meta-analyses and, with editorial approval, special articles on the assessment and treatment of substance use and addictive disorders, including alcohol, illicit and prescription drugs, and nicotine. JSAT values high quality empirical research that is relevant for translation by treatment practitioners from all disciplines and across any setting where persons with substance use problems are encountered.

American Journal on Addictions

IF: 1.946

The American Journal on Addictions is the official journal of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. The Academy encourages research on the etiology, prevention, identification, and treatment of substance abuse; thus, the journal provides a forum for the dissemination of information in the extensive field of addiction.

Each issue of this publication covers a wide variety of topics ranging from co-dependence to genetics, epidemiology to dual diagnostics, etiology to neuroscience, and much more. Features of the journal, all written by experts in the field, include special overview articles, clinical or basic research papers, clinical updates, and book reviews within the area of addictions.

American Journal of Drug & Alcohol Abuse

IF: 2.767

The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse is an international journal published six times per year and provides an important and stimulating venue for the exchange of ideas between the researchers working in diverse areas, including public policy, epidemiology, neurobiology, and the treatment of addictive disorders. The journal includes a wide range of translational research, covering preclinical and clinical aspects of the field. The Journal covers these topics with focused data presentations and authoritative reviews of timely developments in our field.  Manuscripts exploring addictions other than substance use disorders are encouraged. Reviews and Perspectives of emerging fields are given priority consideration.

Alcohol Research & Current Reviews

IF: 7.174

Alcohol Research: Current Reviews is the peer-reviewed journal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Each issue of Alcohol Research: Current Reviews presents an in-depth review of an important area of alcohol research. Topics cover a wide range of disciplines in the biomedical and social sciences. An Editorial Advisory Board meets annually to propose upcoming issue themes and to identify leaders in the field who are invited to contribute articles.

Journal of Addiction Medicine

IF: 2.699

Published six times a year, the Journal is designed for all physicians and other mental health professionals who need to keep up-to-date with the treatment of addiction disorders. Under the guidance of an esteemed Editorial Board, peer-reviewed articles published in the Journal focus on developments in addiction medicine as well as on treatment innovations and ethical, economic, forensic, and social topics.

Harm Reduction Journal

IF: 2.745

Harm Reduction Journal publishes research focusing on the prevalent patterns of psychoactive drug use, the public policies meant to control them, and the search for effective methods of reducing the adverse medical, public health, and social consequences associated with both drugs and drug policies. We define 'harm reduction' as 'policies and programs which aim to reduce the health, social, and economic costs of legal and illegal psychoactive drug use without necessarily reducing drug consumption'.

Journal of Psychoactive Drugs

IF: 1.865

It was the first journal established in the United States to focus on psychoactive drug abuse and continues to introduce groundbreaking work in topics such as drug use and criminality, therapeutic communities, dual diagnosis, psychotherapy/counseling, methadone maintenance treatment, and culturally relevant substance abuse treatment.

The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs publishes research, case reports and other studies dealing with the experimental and policy issues of drug use as well as the treatment of drug abuse.

Addiction Research & Theory

IF: 2.319

This cross-disciplinary journal examines addictive behaviours from a variety of perspectives and methods of inquiry. Disciplines represented in the journal include Anthropology, Economics, Epidemiology, Medicine, Sociology, Psychology and History, but high quality contributions from other relevant areas will also be considered.

The journal publishes articles on all aspects of addiction, placing particular value on contributions that explore creatively new avenues of inquiry. Submissions to Addiction Research and Theory are peer reviewed and published if they are both good of their kind and are within the journal’s focus. Articles include theoretical, philosophical and political essays, research papers, state-of-the-science reviews, and descriptions of how to apply research on addictive behaviours to evidence-based clinical practice.

Tobacco Induced Diseases

IF 1.889

The journal encourages the submission of articles from all medical, biological and psychosocial disciplines to match the multidisciplinary audience of the journal and the International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Diseases, ranging from medical and dental clinicians, through nurses and health professionals to basic biomedical scientists.

Substance Use & Misuse

IF: 1.383

Substance Use & Misuse features original, peer-reviewed articles, notes, and book reviews, as well as special issues devoted to single topics. The journal also publishes proceedings and symposia that describe and analyze the latest research; and information on clinical prevention, training, law enforcement, and policy efforts.

Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention Policy

IF: 2.101

The journal aims to provide an environment for the exchange of ideas, new research, consensus papers, and critical reviews, to bridge the established fields that share a mutual goal of reducing substance abuse. These fields include: legislation pertaining to substance abuse; correctional supervision of substance abusers; medical treatment and screening; mental health services; research; and evaluation of substance abuse programs.


IF: 3.167

Addictions publish original articles on treatment, prevention, basic and descriptive studies in the field of addictions.

Journal of Dual Diagnosis

IF: 1.338

Journal of Dual Diagnosis includes articles and perspectives from four overarching domains relevant to the field: Psychopharmacology & Neurobiology; Psychotherapy & Psychosocial Issues; Services & Policy; and Clinical Forum. Each issue serves to encourage integration of these domains. The Journal seeks to publish articles relevant to a wide range of people interested in dual diagnosis: researchers, physicians, clinicians, trainees, administrators, and policy makers. High-quality empirical research, brief reports, timely reviews, thought-provoking commentaries, and ongoing discussions of clinical issues will be considered for publication, all with the aim of developing a better understanding of the basis of, and optimal treatment for, co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders.

Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy

IF: 1.466

Drugs: education, prevention & policy publishes multi-disciplinary research papers, reviews and commentaries on policy, treatment, prevention and harm reduction issues regarding both the use and misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

The policy of the journal is to encourage submissions which reflect different cultural, historical and theoretical approaches to the understanding of the drug and alcohol field and the development of policy and practice. The journal provides a forum for communication and debate between researchers, policy makers and practitioners concerned with social, health and judicial policy responses to legal and illicit drug use.

International Journal of Mental Health & Addictions

IF: 1.420

The International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction offers a forum for up-to-date information and developments in mental health and addiction-related research, policy, phenomenology, literature, and treatment. Through publishing high-quality peer-reviewed articles, it is our aim to seek and lead an international debate on mental health and addiction-related issues, and to help make sense of how mental health and addiction affect individuals and societies.

Journal of Substance Use

IF: 0.815

Journal of Substance Use adopts an eclectic stance and aims to provide a forum for the discussion and dissemination around subjects of innovative and proven practice. This includes issues of prevention, treatment and policy whilst ensuring that issues are examined from a variety of perspectives for instance, clinical, managerial, service development, problem use, service use, and family perspective. Papers may explore legal issues, therapeutic interventions and treatments, and behavioral approaches.

Journal of Ethnicity & Substance Abuse  

IF: 1.113

The Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse presents rigorous new studies and research on ethnicity and cultural variation in alcohol, tobacco, licit and illicit forms of substance use and abuse. The research is drawn from many disciplines and interdisciplinary areas in the social and behavioral sciences, public health, and helping professions. The Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse is an international forum for identification of emergent and culturally diverse substance use and abuse trends, and the implementation of culturally competent strategies in harm reduction, individual, group, and family treatment of substance abuse. The Journal systematically investigates the beliefs, attitudes, and values of substance abusers, searching for the answers to the origins of drug use and abuse for different ethnic groups. The Journal publishes research papers, review papers, policy commentaries, and conference proceedings. The Journal welcomes submissions from across the globe, and strives to ensure efficient review and publication outcomes.

Heroin Addiction & Related Clinical Problems

IF: 0.333

Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems publishes Editorials, Regular Articles, Short Reviews, Reviews, Preliminary Communications, Short Communications, Reports, Expert Opinions, Case Reports, Letters to the Editor on subjects regarding heroin addiction and related clinical problems. Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems is particularly interested in therapies, including all aspects of translation from bench to bedside: identification of novel therapeutic targets, epidemiology, clinical trials, drug safety and meta-analyses. Reviews should include systematic revision of the literature concerning the topics treated and meta-analyses.  Short reviews are dedicated to particular aspects of heroin addiction.

Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse

IF: 0.688

The Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse addresses the treatment of substance abuse in all ages of children. With the growing magnitude of the problem of substance abuse among children and youth, this is an essential forum for the dissemination of descriptive or investigative efforts with this population. This Journal serves as a vehicle for communication and dissemination of information to the many practitioners and researchers working with these young people.

Nordic Studies on Alcohol & Drugs

IF: 0.875

Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs is a journal for social science research on alcohol and drugs, as well as other related substances and behaviours. The articles are published in English, but also in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish.

The journal publishes research, reports, commentaries, reviews, book reviews, conference reports, and Nordic alcohol statistics.

Journal of Addictions Nursing

IF: 0.453

Journal of Addictions Nursing (JAN) – JAN is the official journal of The International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA)and is a peer-reviewed quarterly international journal publishing original articles on current research issues, practices and innovations as they related to the field of addictions. Submissions are solicited from professional nurses and other health-care professionals engaged in treatment, prevention, education, research and consultation.