Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Update on changes to CPDD's journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence

By Eric C. Strain
Editor in Chief, Drug and Alcohol Dependence

I have been asked to contribute to the CPDD blog regarding the College’s journal, Drug and Alcohol Dependence (DAD), as the new Editor in Chief of the journal.  I’m pleased to do so, and to outline a couple of the changes that have occurred over the past few months with the journal. 

First, there have been several changes in the ranks of the Associate Editors (or AEs).  I should explain that the AEs for DAD are true editors – each manages all aspects of their assignments.  I assign a new submission to an AE, but after that the AE invites reviewers, keeps track of getting reviews, makes decisions about whether to continue to consider the paper, and gives the authors feedback.  There are now seven AEs for DAD (and their topic areas follow each name): Deborah Hasin (Comorbidity, Psychiatric Epidemiology, Etiology, Nosology and Genetics); Kyle Kampman (Treatment and Services); Lin Lu (Neuropsychopharmacology and Treatment); Linda Porrino (Preclinical and Clinical Neuroscience); Craig Rush (Behavioral Pharmacology); Steffanie Strathdee (Etiology, Epidemiology, Prevention and Policy); and, Wim van den Brink (Etiology, Treatment and Human Genetics).  Craig, Lin, Linda, and Kyle are all new AEs as of this summer.

Another change in the wings is that the Instructions to Authors has recently been revised and updated.  Some of these changes are minor (such as fixing urls), but there are a couple of note.  One is that we are now asking that all abstracts be structured.  The second is that there are guidelines for word limits to papers.  We previously had a word limit for Short Communications (2000 words), but now have added recommendations for Regular Articles (4000 words) and Reviews (6000 words).  We also are now encouraging authors to suggest reviewers when they submit a paper. 

Another change is by the College, which has decided to no longer provide a paper copy of the journal to members as a membership benefit.  I’ll let the College fill you in on this change, but it looks like members will no longer get the paper copy starting in January of 2011. 

I want to end by encouraging all to be involved with DAD – the journal publishes terrific work, and it is seeking the best work from all fields of addictions research.  I hope that you will read the journal, submit your papers, and agree to help review.  I believe that addictions research is stimulating, challenging, and exciting – it brings together neuroscientists, clinicians, epidemiologists, policy makers, and countless others, all interested in bettering our understanding of substance abuse.  Don’t hesitate to let me know how DAD can further help to move our field forward.

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