Instructions for Authors

  1. General Information
  2. Requirements for Submitted Articles
  3. Ethical Principles
  4. The Review Process
  5. Appeals
  6. Proof Corrections
  7. Stages of Publication
  8. Open Access
  9. Offprints and Extra Copies
  10. Technical Matters
  11. Types of Articles Published in Addiction
  12. Supplements

1. General Information

Addiction welcomes submissions relating to clinical, epidemiological, human experimental, policy-related and historical aspects of behaviours that have addictive potential including, but not limited to, use of alcohol, opiates, stimulants, cannabis, tobacco, and gambling.

To review an article for Addiction, please see our reviewer guidelines.

 For a list of types of articles that Addiction publishes, with definitions, further instructions and word limits, see Section 11 below.

Addiction will not normally accept articles where there is a financial conflict of interest in the following categories: editorial, review and commentary. This includes any financial link (shares, consultancy, employment, paid lectures) between any of the authors in the past three years or pending and any commercial organisation directly involved with the topic of the article. This includes articles that are funded in part or in full by such an organisation.

To submit an article to Addiction please read our requirements and ethical principles below and submit your paper using our online system. We aim to get a response to authors within 12 weeks.

For help in writing randomised controlled trials and other feasibility studies, we recommend the Paper Authoring Tool, an online application for writing research papers in the field of addiction. Please see our editorial on the topic for more information.

Before submitting your manuscript, consider checking it with Penelope, an online tool that checks the completeness of scientific manuscripts, by using the link below.  Penelope checks your Word document in two minutes and does not share or store your document. Penelope was developed by Penelope Research ( in collaboration with the EQUATOR Network.

For further guidance on Addiction’s priorities when considering articles please see Addiction's priorities when evaluating submissions.

Addiction prefers authors to delay publicising the findings of submitted papers until the peer review process is finished. This is mainly to avoid confusion should peer review reveal that findings, as stated, are not borne out.

Preprint policy:  Please find the Wiley preprint policy here. This journal accepts articles previously published on preprint servers.

This journal will consider for review articles previously available as preprints on non-commercial servers such as ArXiv, bioRxiv, psyArXiv, SocArXiv, engrXiv, etc. Authors may also post the submitted version of a manuscript to non-commercial servers at any time. Authors are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article.

2. Requirements for Submitted Articles

Authors should pay special attention to the guidance on the website relating to the specific type of article being submitted.

A useful guide to writing up papers for journals such as Addiction can be found in the following checklist for writing up research reports.

The manuscript should comprise a single Word file unless it is essential to put figures in other files. All pages should be numbered.

Figures and tables: All tables and figures should be cited in the text. Do not insert tables and figures into the main body of the text; instead, indicate where they should appear in the text and place them at the end of the document.

Legends should include keys to any symbols. In the full-text online edition of the journal, figure legends may become truncated in abbreviated links to the full-screen version. Therefore, the first 100 characters of any legend should inform the reader of key aspects of the figure.

Front sheet(s): Front sheet(s) should always include title, list of authors, author affiliations and addresses, running head, word count (excluding abstract, references, tables, and figures), declarations of competing interest, and clinical trial registration details (if applicable).


  • Abstracts for research reports use the following headings: Aims (or Background and Aims, if appropriate), Design, Setting, Participants/Cases, Intervention(s) (and comparator(s)) (if appropriate), Measurements, Findings, Conclusions. In exceptional cases, abstracts for research reports can be structured under the following headings: Aims (or Background and Aims, if appropriate), Methods, Results, Conclusions.
  • Abstracts for reviews, if purely descriptive, use the following headings: Aims (or Background and Aims, if appropriate), Methods, Results, Conclusions. All others reviews, including meta-analyses, should use these headings: Aims (or Background and Aims, if appropriate), Design, Setting, Participants, Interventions (if appropriate), Measurements, Findings, Conclusions.
  • Abstracts for study protocols use the following headings:  Aims (or Background and Aims, if appropriate), Design, Setting, Participants, Intervention(s) (and comparator(s)) (if appropriate), Measurements, Comments.
  • Abstracts for Methods and Techniques papers:  Where a study is presented, the abstract should be structured (250-word limit) and include the following headings: Aims, Design, Settings, Participants, Measurements, Findings, Conclusions; in the case of non-empirical articles, other abstract structures will be allowed.

Unless otherwise indicated, abstracts should generally be no more than 300 words. Any numbers provided in the abstract must match exactly those given in the main body of the text or tables. With quantitative studies involving statistical tests, abstracts must provide p values or effect sizes with confidence intervals for key findings. The conclusion must provide the main generalisable statement resulting from the study; i.e. the sentence(s) that someone citing the study could use to describe the findings without modification. Do not use abbreviations in the abstract conclusion.  See also our guide to writing conclusions in abstracts.  Six to 10 key words should be provided.

Headings: Please follow this guide to show the level of the section headings in your article:

  • FIRST-LEVEL HEADINGS (e.g. Introduction, Method, Discussion) should be in bold, upper case.
  • Second-level headings should be in bold, lower case with an initial capital letter.
  • Third-level headings should be in italics, with an initial capital letter.
  • Fourth-level headings. These should be in italics, at the beginning of a paragraph, with an initial capital letter. The text follows immediately after a full stop (full point, period).

Please do not number headings.

Null findings: Authors should only report ‘no difference’ between conditions or lack of associations if they can demonstrate this by calculating Bayes Factors. A Bayes Factor of less than 0.3 would normally be required to be confident that there really is no difference or association. Otherwise null findings should be framed as ‘the findings were inconclusive as to whether or not a difference/association was present’ or some similar wording.

P-values and confidence intervals: Authors should cite exact p-values for primary statistical tests. Addiction adopts the conventional 5% value for statistical significance and does not accept terms such as ‘trend’ for cases where p<0.10. In general estimated values should include 95% confidence intervals or Bayesian credibility intervals.

References: As a convenience to authors, initial submissions can employ any widely-used reference format.  Those submissions ultimately accepted for publication must follow the basic numbered Vancouver style. Provide up to the first six authors and then follow by et al, then the last author if this person is the senior author for the paper. Issue/part numbers are not required. Do not include citations to conference abstracts or unpublished work to support substantive claims but do use them if needed to give credit where appropriate. Please ensure that the introduction and discussion sections of your article cite the most recent relevant literature and not just literature from your own research group, region or country. Papers may include systematic reviews and one or two of the pivotal studies that a review has summarised.

Defamatory statements:  Authors should refrain from making defamatory statements about specific individuals or organisations, whether or not they believe these are justified. We will continue to raise issues and make comments about the behaviour of sectors such as the alcohol industry, and we will analyse and critique research and claims made by vested interests. 

Hypothesis tests: Addiction expects that authors claiming to test hypotheses will have pre-registered these and the proposed analysis plan, with a date stamp, to provide evidence that the hypothesis was generated prior to viewing the results. A simple way to do this is through the Open Science Framework ( Hypotheses that have been pre-registered can be given the label ‘pre-registered hypothesis’ with a link to the OSF reference.  More information is available here.

Permission to reprint source material: If a paper uses all or parts of previously published material, the author must obtain permission from the copyright holder concerned. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain these permissions in writing and provide copies to Addiction.

Histograms: Do not include histograms with three-dimensional blocks or shading as this can make interpretation difficult.

Colour illustrations: Authors are expected to pay the full cost for reproducing colour artwork. Therefore, please note that if there is colour artwork in your manuscript when it is accepted for publication, Wiley-Blackwell require you to complete and return a colour work agreement form before your paper can be published. Please note we can only accept original copies of the form. Faxed or scanned forms are not acceptable.

Preparation of electronic figures for publication: Although low quality images are adequate for review purposes, print publication requires high quality images to prevent the final product being blurred or fuzzy. Submit EPS (lineart) or TIFF (halftone/photographs) files only. MS PowerPoint and Word Graphics are unsuitable for printed pictures. Do not use pixel-oriented programmes. Scans (TIFF only) should have a resolution of 300 dpi (halftone) or 600 to 1200 dpi (line drawings) in relation to the reproduction size (see below). EPS files should be saved with fonts embedded (and with a TIFF preview if possible). For scanned images, the scanning resolution (at final image size) should be as follows to ensure good reproduction: lineart: >600 dpi; half-tones (including gel photographs): >300 dpi; figures containing both halftone and line images: >600 dpi. Further information can be obtained at Wiley-Blackwell ’s Electronic Artwork Guidelines.

Supporting information:  Additional material such as video clips and lengthy appendices (e.g. extensive reference lists or mathematical formulae/calculations), that are relevant to a particular article but not suitable or essential for the print edition of the journal, may also be considered for publication. Please refer to all supporting information in the manuscript using Table S1, Figure S1, etc., and supply such information as separate files (i.e. not embedded within the main manuscript). Supporting information will be published exactly as supplied, so it is the author's responsibility to ensure that the material is clearly laid out, adequately described, and in a format accessible to readers. Further information on suitable file formats etc. may be found at Author Services.

English-language editing: If English is not the first language of authors, they are advised to have their manuscript edited by a native English speaker before submission. However, we will do our best to accommodate papers from authors in countries where the resources do not exist for this.

Unsubmitting articles: A manuscript that does not comply with journal requirements will be unsubmitted and returned to the author.

3. Ethical Principles

The journal supports the ethical principles enshrined in The Farmington Consensus. As such, when submitting papers online, authors will be asked to state that

  • the material has not been published in whole or in part elsewhere;
  • the paper is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere;
  • all authors have been personally and actively involved in substantive work leading to the report, and will hold themselves jointly and individually responsible for its content;
  • all relevant ethical safeguards have been met in relation to patient or subject protection, or animal experimentation, including, in the case of all clinical and experimental studies review by an appropriate ethical review committee and written informed patient consent. It is expected that the research will comply with the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.

Authorship  Addiction adheres to the definition of authorship set up by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which requires authorship to be based upon a) substantial contributions to the conception and design of the study, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; b) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and c) final approval of the version to be published. Every author should meet conditions a, b and c.  For all articles, the journal mandates the CRediT (Contribution Roles Taxonomy).  For more information please see Author Services.

Declarations of interest: These are required for all submissions and should appear after the list of authors and addresses. Declarations of interest do not indicate wrongdoing but they must be declared in the interests of full transparency. Authors should declare sources of funding, direct or indirect, and any connection of any of the researchers with the tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, pharmaceutical or gaming industries or any body substantially funded by one of these organisations. Authors are also required to declare any financial conflict of interest arising from involvement with organisations that seek to provide help with or promote recovery from addiction. Any contractual constraints on publishing imposed by the funder must also be disclosed.  Declaring a conflict of interest is the responsibility of authors and authors should err on the side of inclusiveness In line with the ICMJE conflict of interest policy, the time window for these financial links is within 3 years of the date of article submission. If an undeclared conflict of interest comes to light, we reserve the right to publish this prominently and to place it on a public register using words along the lines of '[name] has the following conflict of interest which h/she has not declared'.

Data files and command files: As a precaution against fraud and violation of ethical principles, Addiction may ask authors for original data or copies of original supporting paperwork during the review process. In any event, Addiction encourages authors to provide anonymised data files used in studies wherever possible as well as statistical command files. These should be included as supplementary files to go online with the paper and should be referred to in the paper.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism involves using someone else’s work without appropriate attribution. If sections of text numbering more than 10 words have been copied verbatim these must be put in quotation marks and a full citation given. Copying more than a few lines verbatim is not normally acceptable unless a specific reason can be given and permission has been obtained from the owner of the copyright (and the author, if different). We will treat plagiarism as serious professional misconduct and respond accordingly.

Violations: If serious violation of these ethical standards has been found to occur (e.g. fraud, attempts at duplicate publication or failure to declare obvious and major conflicts of interest), Addiction may take action beyond rejecting the manuscript, including barring authors from submitting to the journal or reporting authors to appropriate authorities.

4. The Review Process

Each manuscript is read by a Senior Editor and those that are considered clearly uncompetitive or unsuited to this journal will be declined without going to full review. This happens to approximately 50% of manuscripts. This process should take no more than 4 weeks.

Manuscripts that pass this stage are sent to an Associate Editor who may return the manuscript before reviews if he or she identifies a serious limitation. Otherwise, the Associate Editor invites reviews and on the basis of these makes a recommendation to the Senior Editor. If the recommendation is to continue with the review process, the Senior Editor will send the manuscript for a methods/statistics review. Following this, the Senior Editor will communicate his or her decision to the authors, taking account of the comments and recommendations received from the Associate Editor and all reviewers. This process should take no more than three months.

If authors are invited to revise a manuscript and resubmit it, they should submit the revised version within 6 weeks. An extension will usually be granted if requested. A decision on the revised version may be taken by the Senior Editor or he or she may consult an Associate Editor or put the revision through another full review process, depending on the nature of the revisions that had been requested. A decision on the revised version should normally take less time than the original review process.

Reviewers have the option of disclosing their identity to the authors by adding their name to the bottom of their review comments. We encourage this in the interests of transparency.

5.  Appeals

Requests for appeal will be considered only where the author makes a case that the decision is clearly based on substantive mistake. Evidence is required in support. An appeal will not be heard where there is a difference of opinion about the importance of the findings or where the author believes that issues can be rectified in a revision. Please address appeal communications in writing, containing a paragraph titled ‘nature of the substantive mistake’, to the Editor-in-Chief and send to the Journal Manager:

6.  Proof Corrections

When proofs are ready, the corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. It is therefore important that the corresponding author provide a current, working email address. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe website. The file can be opened, read on screen, and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proofs. In your absence, please arrange for a colleague to access your e-mail to retrieve the proofs. Proofs must be returned to the Production Editor within three days of receipt.

As changes to proofs are costly, we ask that you only correct typesetting errors. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.

Other than in exceptional circumstances, all illustrations are retained by the publisher. Please note that the author is responsible for all statements made in his or her work, including changes made by the copy editor.

7. Stages of Publication

Accepted Articles

Addiction is covered by Wiley-Blackwell’s Accepted Articles service. Accepted Articles publishes peer reviewed, accepted articles online within ten days of their acceptance for publication, prior to their ultimate inclusion in a print or online issue and without having been copy-edited. This service ensures the earliest possible circulation of research papers immediately after acceptance. Readers should note that articles published within Accepted Articles have been fully refereed, but have not been through the copy-editing and proof correction process. The Society for the Study of Addiction and Wiley-Blackwell cannot be held responsible for errors or consequences arising from the use of information contained in these papers; nor do the views and opinions expressed necessarily reflect those of The Society for the Study of Addiction or Wiley-Blackwell. Accepted Articles papers appear in PDF-only format, without the accompanying full-text HTML. Accepted Articles are fully citable via their Digital Object Identifier (DOI). After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

Early View

Addiction is covered by Wiley-Blackwell’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a print or online issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so they articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

Allocation to an issue

Articles will normally be allocated to an issue and appear within 6 months of acceptance. At this stage the article will have volume, issue and page numbers.

8. Open Access

Open Access is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication. With Open Access, the author, the author’s funding agency, or the author’s institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency’s preferred archive. The journal website contains a full list of terms and conditions. Any author wishing to publish his or her paper via Open Access must complete the payment form available from the Wiley-Blackwell website Do not inform the editorial office that you intend to publish your paper Open Access until after your paper has been accepted. All Open Access articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal’s standard peer-review process and are accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

9. Offprints and Extra Copies

Free access to the final PDF of your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits this service offers. Additional author offprints may be ordered online.

10. Technical Matters

Copyright assignment: If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting him or her to login into Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) he or she will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement:  If the OnlineOpen option is not selected, the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs.

For authors choosing OnlineOpen:  If the OnlineOpen option is selected, the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

  • Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services. If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit the Wiley Funder Agreement page. Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources.

Author name change policy: In cases where authors wish to change their name following publication, Wiley will update and republish the paper and redeliver the updated metadata to indexing services. Our editorial and production teams will use discretion in recognizing that name changes may be of a sensitive and private nature for various reasons including (but not limited to) alignment with gender identity, or as a result of marriage, divorce, or religious conversion. Accordingly, to protect the author’s privacy, we will not publish a correction notice to the paper, and we will not notify co-authors of the change. Authors should contact the journal’s Editorial Office with their name change request.

Open Research Badges: This journal is part of Wiley’s Open Research Badges program.

Online production tracking:  Online production tracking is available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services. Via Author Services, authors track their accepted articles through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production.

Article promotion:  Wiley gives its authors free access to Kudos, a web-based service that provides authors with a set of tools to explain and share their published work for greater usage and impact.  Authors also receive access to a publication dashboard where they can view downloads, citations, and altmetrics for their articles.

11. Types of Articles Published in Addiction

The paragraphs below describe the types of article published by Addiction and provide additional guidance for people seeking to contribute each type of article.

Asterisks (*) signal articles types that are by invitation only. If authors are interested in contributing such an article they should email the London office ( setting out their proposal. Other types of article may also be invited. If an article is formally invited, it will still undergo peer review and may be rejected. When it comes to submitting invited articles authors should be sure to select “Europe, Africa & Asia” as the Regional Office.  For more information on commissioned/invited articles, see our Getting Commissioned page.

Research Reports (including Short Reports)

Research reports are papers reporting original findings from individual studies (or groups of studies). The study or studies may be qualitative or quantitative and may involve experimental or non-experimental designs. Addiction does not publish research involving non-human animals; such papers can be sent to Addiction Biology.

Authors of research reports should aim for no more than 3500 words excluding abstract, tables and references.  However, we recognise that clinical trials and studies with complex methods/analyses may require greater length to ensure full reporting of all relevant aspects of methods and results. Qualitative manuscripts may be up to 4500 words to facilitate the inclusion of direct quotations within the main text, but this is in lieu of any tables.  There is no minimum word length. Authors wishing to submit longer reports should contact the editor to discuss. Articles under 2000 words excluding abstract, tables and references should use the category ‘short report’.

Please note that we no longer publish case reports or case series.

We may commission commentaries on research reports.

Research reports should be structured:

  • Front sheets (see section 2 above for details)
  • Abstract (see section 2 above for details)
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Acknowledgements (if applicable)
  • References
  • Figures and tables with legends (see section 2 above for details)

The following instructions relate to particular kinds of research report.

  • Randomised controlled trials: Contributors should report randomised controlled trials using the CONSORT guidelines or one of its extensions. Authors should pay close attention to use of CONSORT when writing abstracts. A CONSORT participant flow diagram must be included as a figure and a CONSORT checklist must be submitted as an additional file for review. Addiction normally requires clinical trials to have been registered in a publicly accessible database. The name of the trial register and the clinical trial registration number should appear on the front page of the manuscript along with the URL for a hyperlink, if possible. A full list of registers can be found via the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP). Contributors should make clear when registration took place relative to the start or end of data gathering. Any discrepancies between the trial protocol and the study itself must be reported and justified in the methods section of the submitted paper. Addiction also encourages contributors to pre-register their statistical analysis plan, including command syntax, on a publicly available site such as Open Science Framework, prior beginning analysis of data. The link to the location of the statistical analysis plan at the site should be provided. More information is available here. Addiction recognises that reports of randomised controlled trials will need thorough descriptions of methods and procedures. We encourage authors to be economical and aim to ensure the main text does not exceed 4,500 words.
  • Qualitative studies: Contributors are advised to refer to, and use, Addiction’s guidance on qualitative articles and include a checklist.
  • Surveys and longitudinal studies: Contributors should use and refer to the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational studies in Epidemiology guidance (STROBE) and the Transparent Reporting of Evaluations with Nonrandomized Designs (TREND).
  • Descriptions or evaluations of interventions: Descriptions or evaluations involving interventions should use the TIDieR checklist. Those involving behavioural interventions must include full manuals or protocols (or at least very detailed descriptions) of those interventions as supplementary files to be included published with the online version of the article.
  • Descriptions of studies involving diagnostic accuracy or validity: Contributors should use the STARD checklist.
  • Economic evaluations: Contributors should use and refer to the Consolidated Health Economic Evaluation Reporting Standards guidance (CHEERS).

If you are not sure which guidelines are the most relevant for your type of study, the EQUATOR Network and Penelope Research have developed an online tool to help you find the right checklist for your work.  


Reviews draw together a body of literature to reach one or more major conclusions. They are expected to use and refer to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA).  A PRISMA checklist must be submitted as an additional file for review.  It is expected that reviews will be ‘systematic’, which means they will set out very clearly the search strategy (including key words where appropriate), the selection criteria for articles to include, and the basis for integrating findings. A review may be up to 4000 words. Reviews that do not conform fully to PRISMA may be considered if authors can provide a convincing case that the procedures used are not likely to lead to bias in the conclusion.

We may commission commentaries on reviews.  Addiction will not normally consider unsolicited reviews written by authors with a specific conflict of interest relating to the topic of the review.

Reviews should be structured:

  • Front sheets (see section 2 above for details)
  • Abstract (see section 2 above for details)
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Acknowledgements (if applicable)
  • References
  • Figures and tables with legends (see section 2 above for details)


Addiction publishes solicited and unsolicited letters. They may express opinions about articles published in the journal, report on a development, or comment on some issue of potential interest to the readership of the journal. They will normally be refereed. Addiction does not generally use letters to report new findings unless they extend findings of a paper published in the journal.  Letters concerning articles that have appeared in the journal or are part of a sequence arising from such an article should normally refrain from raising additional issues beyond those already under discussion. If a letter comments upon a paper already published in the journal, this should be cited at the beginning of the letter. The author of that paper may be given a right of reply. Letters should normally be no longer than 500 words with up to 19 references.

Addiction History

Articles may look at any addictive behaviour from a distant or contemporary historical perspective. The article must be based on original historical research, arising from archival research and/or the analysis of original documents as well as a thorough literature review that sets the article in the context of existing work. It should not simply provide a review of material that has already been published. It must also be relevant: we expect the discussion section to offer some commentary on current and future theory, policy, or practice. The material on which the paper is based must be fully referenced. This category provides an opportunity for historians to publish where they will have impact on the addictions field. A length of 3500 words is preferred (excluding notes and references) but we will consider longer articles where the additional length is justified.

Addiction history articles should be structured:

  • Front sheets (see section 2 above for details)
  • Abstract (see section 2 above for details)
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Acknowledgements (if applicable)
  • References
  • Figures and tables with legends (see section 2 above for details)

Data Insight

Articles in this category provide important findings and analysis from major population-level studies that do not require extensive introduction or discussion. Contributions are welcome from researchers who have analysed data from population-level data sets of acknowledged quality, from which they derive important conclusions that require little by way of introduction or explanation. Papers will normally be up to 2000 words with an introduction that may be limited to a brief statement of the research aims, rationale and relevant prior evidence. We believe this series can serve a useful function in allowing researchers to disseminate important findings of international significance about populations without having to go through unnecessary machinations to hone the introduction and discussion sections.  For further information, see introductory editorial note here

Methods and Techniques

Articles in this category may be invited or unsolicited. Articles for this category deal with methodological issues. Papers will include descriptions, assessments or comparisons of 1) methods of diagnosing or quantifying addiction or dependence; 2) any measures or instruments (biochemical, physiological, behavioural, questionnaire-based etc.) used to study addictive behaviours, their features, causes or consequences; 3) statistical methods; 4) methods for obtaining study participants; 5) study designs; and 6) discussion or investigation concerning the nature and publication of addiction research. The scope of the category is wide, ranging from state-of-science primers on methods that are popular but frequently misunderstood through methods that are emerging and underused to original techniques.

It is expected that the articles will be written in a style that will engage readers without specialist statistical expertise and have a strong relevance to research in the addictions. Methods articles should be a maximum of 3500 words excluding abstract, tables and references. Where a study is presented, the abstract should be structured (250-word limit) and include the following headings: Aims, Design, Settings, Participants, Measurements, Findings, Conclusions; in the case of non-empirical articles other structures will be allowed.

Further details for authors considering writing under this category are given in the editorial note, “Research methods and statistical techniques in Addiction” (Addiction 2012; 107(10): 1724-1725). Prospective authors are invited to send ideas and outlines to the Statistics and Methodology Editor (via  Download a proposal form here: /files/download/documents/Addiction M-T Proposal Form.docx

Articles in this category can be structured in a way that is appropriate to the content but must include:

  • Front sheets (see section 2 above for details)
  • Abstract (see section 2 above for details)
  • Acknowledgements (if applicable)
  • References
  • Figures and tables with legends (see section 2 above for details)


Addiction publishes occasional monographs of 4,000-10,000 words, excluding references, abstract, title, tables and figures. Monographs constitute major pieces of writing that cannot be expressed within the usual length limits. Monographs might include extensive systematic reviews of major topics or a series of linked studies addressing a common research question. These articles will go through the usual peer review process; however, the editor will only accept monographs that are of substantial importance. There will be no appeals for rejected monographs, but rejection will not preclude authors from submitting papers based on the material as standard research reports.

Authors who are interested in submitting such a piece are advised to contact the Editor-in-Chief first via Otherwise authors wishing to submit monographs for consideration should submit in the usual way, but should add a note in their cover letter explaining that they would like the submission to be treated as a monograph. Monographs should carry structured abstracts (no more than 300 words) and include headings similar to those of research reports or reviews.

Monographs should be structured as research reports or reviews as appropriate.

Study Protocols

Addiction is interested in publishing protocols for trials that are expected to make a substantial contribution to advancing clinical practice. These should relate to definitive evaluations of interventions - either pharmacotherapies, psychosocial interventions, or both. Study protocols of pilot trials and proof-of-concept studies (i.e. without any results) will not be considered (though Addiction will consider submissions reporting the findings of these as research reports). Trials are expected to 1) be registered before enrolment of participants and conform to CONSORT; 2) use justifiable, or field standard, measures of outcome that are of clinical significance; 3) describe the rationale and calculation for an sample size that will achieve at least 90% power to detect a clinically meaningful difference; 4) have a clearly summarised statistical analysis plan (including management of missing data); 5) describe clearly the fidelity-monitored exposures offered to participants; and 6) summarise the expected timeline for completion of fieldwork. The word limit is normally 4,000 words but may be longer for complex interventions.

Protocol articles should be structured:

  • Front sheets (see section 2 above for details)
  • Abstract (see section 2 above for details)
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Discussion
  • Acknowledgements (if applicable)
  • References
  • Figures and tables with legends (see section 2 above for details)

Addiction Opinion and Debate*

Addiction Opinion and Debate articles (up to 3500 words in length) present opinions along with supporting arguments relating to the field of addiction or addiction research that: 1) challenge existing orthodoxy, 2) offer new perspectives, 3) propose new explanations, or 4) put forward debatable propositions. They should include a sufficiently comprehensive review of relevant literature, may - but do not have to - include new empirical data, and present arguments and counter-arguments in a balanced manner using language that appropriately reflects the level of confidence that can be reasonably ascribed to propositions. All relevant assumptions should be spelled out and the arguments should follow a clear and logical sequences.

Approximately 3-4 commentaries will usually be commissioned to accompany these articles. Commentators will be chosen to provide alternative opinions on the debatable issue. Once the commentaries have been accepted for publication, the author of the Addiction Opinion and Debate article will be given the opportunity to respond to the commentaries, and the response will be published alongside the Addiction Opinion and Debate article and its commentaries. Articles that present empirical data should include a structured abstract (250-word limit) with the following subheadings: Aims, Design, Setting, Participants, Measurements, Findings, and Conclusions. In the case of non-empirical articles, other abstract structures (e.g. Background, Argument/Analysis, Conclusions or Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion) will be considered.

For further information, see editorial note here.  Download a proposal form here: /files/download/documents/Addiction Opinion and Debate Proposal Form.docx


A commentary should add a further perspective or point of view to a particularly important research report or learned review. Rather than being a review of the article, authors should use the findings as a stepping stone to make one or two points of wider relevance to the field. Commentaries are commissioned by Addiction and are published alongside the paper on which they comment. A commentary should be approximately 500-750 words and up to 19 references. When commenting upon a research report or review, a reference should be made to this text at the beginning of the commentary and included in the reference list. There is no abstract, but commentaries should begin with a one or two sentence summary setting out the main point.

Commentaries should be structured:

  • Front sheets (see section 2 above for details)
  • Summary of main point
  • Commentary
  • Acknowledgements (if applicable)
  • References
  • Figures and tables with legends (see section 2 above for details)


Published at the start of every issue of Addiction, an editorial should be a significant piece of academic writing. An editorial is distinct from a review – it is shorter and provides a place in which one has the distinct aim of stimulating debate, identifying ideas, and pushing ideas further forward. It should make one or two key points that are more in the way of opinion rather than fact. The point(s) will normally challenge existing thinking, raise an issue that has been neglected, take a current issue forward, or reinforce one side of a debate that is currently under way. It can concern matters of policy, treatment, assessment/diagnosis, theory or methodology and should be written in a lively and engaging style with the point(s) very clearly stated. An editorial should also be written from an international perspective. Editorials should be under 1000 words and should contain no more than 19 references. Editorials begin with a separate one or two sentence statement that sets out the key point being made.  Download a proposal form here: /files/download/documents/Addiction Editorial Proposal Form.docx

Individual Series*

Addiction publishes individual commissioned series based on specific topics. These papers are normally limited to 3500 words.  See our Getting Commissioned page for more details on these.

Addiction Journal Club*

The Addiction Journal Club provides an opportunity to present an instructive discussion on published work of any kind (papers, reports, books). Addiction Journal Club articles may involve a detailed critique of the publication, assessing how far the conclusions it draws are justified, or draw attention to a publication that has particularly important implications that have not been picked up in the literature. The issues must be sufficiently important for the field and require explication beyond what can be achieved with a letter.

In the first instance, potential contributors should send a brief description of the concept to Addiction’s head office ( This will be discussed by the editorial team and if the idea looks promising an invitation will be issued.  Download a proposal form here: /files/download/documents/Addiction Journal Club Proposal Form.docx

The article need have no specific format but must include a 50-100 word summary at the front and in terms of general formatting and referencing conform to Addiction’s requirements. The usual word limit is 3000 excluding references.

Addiction Journal Club articles will be subject to peer review and may be declined if the review process identifies problems with the analysis, assumptions or argument. In some cases the authors of the original publication being critiqued may be offered a right of reply after the Addiction Journal Club article has been accepted.

For further information, see editorial note here

Book Reviews*

Book reviews should be more than simply a summary of the book’s content and should place the book in the context of other literature in the field. Reviewers should aim to make them a ‘good read’. On occasion it may be appropriate for a reviewer to offer a negative appraisal of a book but vituperation is to be avoided. The books reviewed are selected to be of interest to the journal’s international readership and the reviews should identify what is good and worthwhile in the book for Addiction’s varied readers. Book reviews should be 500 to 800 words and up to 10 references.

12. Supplements

Supplements are issues of the journal that are in addition to the normal monthly run. We aim to make the editorial process friendly and interactive.

We can only consider supplement proposals that are sufficiently well developed that we can judge whether they are likely to make a strong scientific contribution. This means that the articles should all either be drafted or there should be sufficiently detailed summaries (at least the length of a normal abstract) to assess the methods and findings.

The first step is to make an informal approach to the Commissioning Editor Jo Neale via Molly Jarvis. This should state the topic of the proposed supplement, the likely length, summaries of the papers and the reason why it is believed that this will make a coherent body of work.

Supplements should normally include an introductory editorial written by the Guest Editor(s).

Proposers are normally expected to find the funds for the publication costs (see below) but if the Addiction editorial team believe that the issue is likely to be of particular importance and the proposer does not have funding, we may seek it on the proposer’s behalf from the Society for the Study of Addiction. Supplements are always free to access by readers.  This funding requirement only applies to supplements, not to regular issues of the journal.

If a supplement proposal is accepted, this does not guarantee acceptance of all the articles. Full acceptance will depend on the review process.

If a supplement proposal is accepted the following steps will then be undertaken.

  • The proposer confirms a Guest Editor or Editors (who may be the proposer).
  • The Guest Editor agrees with the Commissioning Editor the outline content for the supplement, including provisional articles types and titles.
  • The Guest Editor coordinates and implements peer review to bring the manuscripts to a standard that he or she believes could be published in Addiction. Individual manuscripts should follow Addiction’s author guidelines for the type of article involved (e.g. Review, Research Report etc.)
  • The Guest Editor uploads all the manuscripts on the Addiction online system (see below). This should only be done when all the manuscripts are ready. All manuscripts should use the manuscript type ‘Supplement’ on the online system. In the Manuscript Title field, it is essential to include 'Supplement' and Guest Editor’s name  together with the name of the paper– this is very important to differentiate supplement material from general submissions. For Regional Office please select ‘Europe, Africa or Asia’
  • Addiction assigns a Senior Editor to the Supplement. This person will review all the manuscripts and may seek further peer review if it is judged to be required.
  • The Senior Editor works with the Guest Editor to bring all the manuscripts to a satisfactory standard, or in exceptional cases to reject one or more of them giving reasons.
  • Once a final version all the manuscripts has been agreed this is delivered to the publisher.
  • The Exclusive License to publish each article is given to the Society for the Study of Addiction.

Contracts:  Contracts are not normally offered, but if individual sponsoring bodies require a contract one can be issued.  Financial negotiations will be directly between the sponsoring body and our publishers.

Costings:  These costings only apply to papers published in supplements, not to papers published in regular issues of the journal.  Contact Silvana Losito at Wiley-Blackwell Publishers who will be pleased to give you an estimate:  Silvana will need to know the approximate number of typeset pages anticipated. To calculate this from a typed manuscript you will need to do a word count of the text, divide the number of words by 850, allowing ½ to a full page for figures and calculate about 40 references per printed page.  Prices allow for:

  • editorial and referee fees
  • copy-editing of manuscripts by freelance copy-editor
  • in-house production costs, but not colour printing within the text
  • redrawing of figures (if necessary)
  • all typesetting costs
  • page proofs to corresponding authors/editors
  • incorporation of press corrections
  • online capture of final version
  • printing and binding
  • despatch and delivery of subscribers' copies

Timing:  Production time from receipt of finally accepted material by our publishers is usually around 10-12 weeks, and that means the point at which bound copies will be ready for despatch.  Please note that supplements are not allocated to a particular issue until all the final proof corrections have been received and the material is ready to be sent to press.