Academic Journals

The below list includes substance misuse and other addiction journals. Some of the web addresses are links to the publisher of the journal, in which case online access is by subscription only. Others are direct links to free online journals.


Publishes peer-reviewed research reports on alcohol, illicit drugs, tobacco and behavioural addictions, bringing together research conducted within different disciplines.

Addiction Biology

Covers all biomedical aspects of alcohol, tobacco and substance abuse and toxicity. It includes clinical and experimental research in the biochemical, clinical, genetic, metabolic, nutritional, pathological and toxicological aspects of all potentially abused agents.

Addictive Behaviors

An international, peer-reviewed scientific journal publishing human research on substance abuse. The journal specifically focuses on studies related to the abuse of alcohol drugs and nicotine. Articles represent interdisciplinary endeavors with research in such fields as psychology, psychiatry, epidemiology, medicine, pharmacology

Addictive Disorder and Their Treatment

A quarterly international journal devoted to practical clinical research and treatment issues. Directed toward an audience of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychopharmacologists, and primary care practitioners.

Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research (ACER)

Includes current research findings on the nature and management of alcoholism and alcohol-related disorders.

Alcohol and Alcoholism

Focuses on the biomedical, psychological and sociological aspects of alcoholism and alcohol research.

Alcohol Research and Health Alcohol Research & Health

A quarterly, peer-reviewed journal (formerly Alcohol Health & Research World). Produced by the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Provides a medically-oriented forum between the various modalities involved in the study and treatment of drug abuse and alcoholism.

British Medical Journal

One of the world’s most well known and influential medical journals. Journal content includes original research, review and educational articles as well as papers commenting on social and economic factors affecting health. Free full-text access is available after one year.

Chinese Journal of Drug Dependence


Cochrane Reviews: Drugs & Alcohol

Cochrane Reviews are internationally recognised as the highest standard in evidence-based health care. This website includes a library of systematic reviews consisting of primary research in human health care and health policy.

Criminal Justice Ethics

Published three times a year and designed to focus greater attention on ethical issues in criminal justice by and for philosophers, criminal justice professionals, lawyers and judges, and other contributors to an informed social discourse. Its editorial scope includes topics relating to the police, the courts, corrections, and broader issues in legal philosophy that bear on criminal justice and its processes.

European Addiction Research

Forum for the exchange of information on all aspects of addiction research.

Harm Reduction Journal

Open access, peer-reviewed, online journal whose focus is 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.

International Journal of Drug Policy

Official Journal of the International Harm Reduction Association, this journal focuses on exploring the effects of drug policy and practice on drug-using behaviour and its health and social consequences.

Journal of Addiction Medicine

Designed for physicians and mental health professionals who need to keep up-to-date with clinical research and the treatment of addiction disorders

Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse

An interdisciplinary forum for the publication of information on clinical and investigative efforts concerning the assessment, prevention, and treatment of child and adolescent substance abuse.

Journal of Dual Diagnosis

Contains the latest research in the co-occurrence of mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders. It identifies current trends in research and practice as well as case studies from treatment programmes internationally.

Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse

Includes research on ethnicity and cultural variation in alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and abuse.

Journal of Maintenance in the Addictions

Official journal of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, this journal focuses on maintenance therapy in opioid addiction. Topics include pain management and chemical dependency, patient advocacy, women’s and perinatal issues.

Journal of Psychoactive Drugs

Addresses issues such as the disease concept of addiction, drugs and mental health, use and abuse of hallucinogens, ethnographic drug research, drug dependence and the family.

Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions

Designed to help social work practitioners stay abreast of the latest developments in the field of addictions. The journal focuses on research findings, health care, social policies, and programme administration directly affecting social work practice in the addictions.

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

An international bi-monthly journal publishing peer-reviewed research into diverse aspects of alcohol and other substances of misuse. The range of materials includes biological, medical, epidemiological, social, psychological, and other aspects of alcohol and other drug use, abuse, and dependence.

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.

Journal of Teaching in the Addictions

Journal of the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education (INCASE), it focuses exclusively on addictions counsellor education and training and covers the full spectrum of effective teaching strategies, evaluation methodologies for in-service and pre-service educational and training programs, accreditation and certification issues, and other issues in academia.

The Lancet

Weekly international general medical journal that has occasional articles on substance misuse.

Pharmaceutical Journal

Official journal of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (UK) that provides news about developments in prescribing and the pharmaceutical world.

Psychology of Addictive Behaviours

Publishes peer-reviewed original articles related to the psychological aspects of addictive behaviors. The journal includes articles onalcohol and alcoholism, drug use and abuse, eating disorders, smoking and nicotine addiction, and other excessive behaviours.

Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy

Encompasses all aspects of research concerning substance abuse, with a focus on policy issues. 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.


3 Comments on “Academic Journals”

  1. Lisa Luger
    July 2, 2011 at 20:43 #

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  3. Savanna Lecato
    January 19, 2012 at 05:15 #

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