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Substance Use Open Access Research

Welcome to our page dedicated to research on substance use where we showcase journal news, article collections, highlights and recent campaigns, as selected by our Editors. 

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Journal of Cannabis ResearchJournal of Cannabis Research is open for submissions!

The Journal of Cannabis Research is an innovative, open access journal covering all aspects of research related to cannabis and its constituents in 10 journal sections. Thanks to the Institute of Cannabis Research and Colorado State University - Pueblo, authors do not pay an article-processing charge for accepted articles.

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About our journals

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Addiction Science & Clinical Practice​​​​​​​Addiction Science & Clinical Practice

A leading open access journal in the clinical addiction research field providing a platform for clinically relevant research and perspectives that contribute to improving the quality of care for people with unhealthy alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use. Welcoming submissions on an array of clinical prevention and treatment practices, including management of health consequences associated with substance use.

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Harm Reduction JournalHarm Reduction Journal

Publishing 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. Defining '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'.

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Journal of Cannabis ResearchJournal of Cannabis Research

An international journal encompassing not only clinical and scientific research, but also research into social, economic, legal, environmental and ethical impacts of cannabis. Providing an outlet for experts across disciplines, driving public discourse and innovation around this timely issue.

Now open for submissions



Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and PolicySubstance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy

Encompassing a range of substance use issues, with a special focus on policy. Encouraging new ideas on reducing substance misuse and allows researchers to rapidly publish their findings. We welcome submissions on diverse topics, which include legislation, correctional supervision, medical treatment and screening, mental health services, research, and evaluation of programs.

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A call for papers by Harm Reduction Journal

State of the art and best-practice interventions for reducing harm among illicit stimulant users

State of the art and best-practice interventions for reducing harm among illicit stimulant users - Harm Reduction JournalMany studies and interventions aim for reductions or abstinence in stimulant use rather than other crucial domains of functioning, such as physical and mental health, social functioning, and quality of life. Therefore, we invite you to submit manuscripts for our special issue to increase research in this area.
Edited by: Caleb Banta-Green and Peter Blanken

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The Involvement and Engagement of Peers in Research

The Involvement and Engagement of Peers in Research - Harm Reduction JournalWe are seeking research reports on:
• Both peer-led and collaborative research projects;
• Methodological articles explaining how peer-based research was undertaken;
• Reviews or historical articles on peer involvement in research;
• Commentaries, for example on personal experience of peer involvement in designing and conducting studies, or writing up and disseminating research findings.
Edited by: Annie Madden, Prof Jo Neale & Prof Carla Treloar

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Highlighted research on substance use

Archives of Public HealthBy Archives of Public Health

Driven by the goal of improving the understanding of the health of populations, this inclusive journal publishes sound science, enhancing the interaction between research, policy and practice, stimulating public health monitoring and indicator development. 

Impact of alcohol disorder and the use of illicit drugs on tuberculosis treatment outcomes: a retrospective cohort study

By Health & Justice

Open to submissions from public health, criminology and criminal justice, medical science, psychology and clinical sciences, sociology, neuroscience, biology, anthropology and the social sciences, and cover a broad array of research types.

Hepatitis C virus screening and treatment in Irish prisons from a governor and prison officer perspective - a qualitative exploration

Protocol for a randomized controlled trial of the Breaking Free Online Health and Justice program for substance misuse in prison settings

Lifetime prevalence and correlates of self-harm and suicide attempts among male prisoners with histories of injecting drug use

Injury EpidemiologyBy Injury Epidemiology

The premier venue for epidemiologic studies of unintentional and intentional injuries, including morbidity and mortality from motor vehicle crashes, drug overdose/poisoning, falls, drowning, fires/burns, iatrogenic injury, suicide, homicide, assaults, and abuse.

The impact of recreational marijuana commercialization on traumatic injury

Associations between implementation of Project Lazarus and opioid analgesic dispensing and buprenorphine utilization in North Carolina, 2009–2014

Challenges in studying statewide pedestrian injuries and drug involvement

Epidemiology of alcohol-related unintentional drowning: is post-mortem ethanol production a real challenge?​​​​​​​

Israel Journal of Health Policy ResearchBy Israel Journal of Health Policy Research

Publishing research on health policy, health services research, public health, health promotion, health economics, health care management, and the ethics, sociology, and political science of health care in Israel, with the aim of promoting intensive intellectual interactions among scholars and practitioners from Israel and other countries.

The evolution of Israeli public policy for drug-using backpackers

Harm reduction when it’s for our own kids: comment on Hagit Bonny-Noach, “The evolution of Israeli public policy for drug-using backpackers

Knowledge and risk perceptions of Israelis towards combustible cigarettes: the need for immediate remedial action

Population Health MetricsBy Population Health Metrics

Publishing cutting-edge methodology studies that measure population health at a global level, encompassing topics relating to concepts, methods, ethics applications, and results in the measurement of the health of populations.

Alcohol-impaired driving in US counties, 2002–2012

By Public Health Reviews

A multidisciplinary journal dedicated to publishing contemporary topics in public health across Europe and the rest of the globe, with special emphasis on the integration of state of the art knowledge and translational issues, interdisciplinary approaches, innovations, and emerging public health issues

Human rights in patient care: drug treatment and punishment in Russia