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Thursday, June 14, 2012

New open-access journal fills niche for addictions research

A new open-access journal dedicated to international perspectives on substance use and addictions research was launched at the annual meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol.

The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research (IJADR), the Society’s official peer-reviewed publication, was created with support from Canada’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and funding from the U. S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Although there are other addictions journals, this publication serves several important new functions, notes CAMH Scientist and Editor-in-Chief Dr. Kathryn Graham.

“Access to many journals is often limited for researchers in low-and middle-income countries, as most have costs either for readers or authors,” says Dr. Graham. “This journal is free for both readers and researchers, and will increase access to papers of the highest scientific standard on cross-cultural research on substance use.”

In a joint editorial with Co-Editor-in-Chief Dr. John C. Clapp of San Diego University, she also notes, “We are particularly interested in papers that examine drug use from an international perspective and that explore how issues related to drug use and the social and health-related consequences of such use impact nations, regions and cultures.”

The first issue is based on research presented at a thematic meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society in Uganda. Papers include:

  • Global perspectives on alcohol research: Facilitating interdisciplinary and international collaborations to address prevailing challenges.
  • Alcohol and the process of economic development: Contributions from ethnographic research
  • Socio-economic determinants for alcohol consumption in a Ugandan student population.
  • Community-based prevention of alcohol-related injuries: Possibilities and experiences.
  • Distress and drinking: Cross-cultural connections and contexts.
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