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About the Substance Abuse journal
Now in its 4th decade of publication, Substance Abuse journal is a peer-reviewed journal that serves as the official publication of the 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, including:

  • Interdisciplinary addiction research, education, and treatment
  • Clinical trial, epidemiology, health services, and translation addiction research
  • Implementation science related to addiction
  • Innovations and subsequent outcomes in addiction education
  • Addiction policy and opinion
  • International addiction topics
  • Clinical care regarding addictions

Substance Abuse journal accepts original research, brief reports, review articles, case studies, letters to the editor, commentaries, and editorials. The journal is pleased to receive all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts website ( ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for RAPID SUBMISSION of original and revised manuscripts as well as RAPID DISSEMINATION of accepted manuscripts awaiting print publication through an “epublication ahead of print” mechanism. Current and prior issues of Substance Abuse journal may be accessed via Taylor and Francis Online (

Substance Abuse journal is abstracted and/or indexed in: Medline; Academic Search Alumni Edition; Academic Search Complete; Academic Search Premier; CAB International Abstracts; CINAHL Database; Educational Research Abstracts; PsycINFO; SOC Index; Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE); Social Work Abstracts; and Studies on Women & Gender Abstracts.

The journal has a long history of editorial expertise under Marc Galanter, MD, who served as the Founding Editor. In the fall of 2012, the Editorial Office of Substance Abuse journal transitioned to Pittsburgh, PA under the Editorship of Adam J. Gordon, MD MPH FACP FASAM. The journal is comprised of a multidisciplinary Editorial Board which represents the full strength and range of AMERSA, ISAM, and INCASE’s experience in research, education, policy, and administration regarding addiction. Substance Abuse is published by Taylor & Francis Group.

The editorial office can be reached via the contact form.

Impact Factor

The journal has a current (2016) Thompson Reuters’ Impact Factor of 2.655 and a 5 year Impact Factor of 2.4.

The journal is ranked 8/18 in the Substance Abuse (Science) category, and 11/34 in the Substance Abuse (Social Science) category.