Addiction Biology

Cover image for Vol. 20 Issue 5

Edited By: Rainer Spanagel, Editor for North America: Markus Heilig

Impact Factor: 5.359

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 1/18 (Substance Abuse); 43/290 (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

Online ISSN: 1369-1600

Associated Title(s): Addiction

Author Guidelines


**Effective with the 2012 volume, this journal will be published in an online-only format**

The focus of Addiction Biology is on neuroscience contributions, which aim at advancing our understanding regarding aspects on the action of drugs of abuse and addictive processes. Papers are accepted whose content is geared towards behavioral, molecular, genetic, biochemical, neuro-biological and pharmacological fields of animal experimentation and clinical research.

Please read the instructions below carefully for details on the submission of manuscripts, the journal's requirements and standards as well as information concerning the procedure after a manuscript has been accepted for publication in Addiction Biology. Authors are encouraged to visit Wiley-Blackwell Author Services for further information on the preparation and submission of articles and figures.

The editorial staff would be most grateful for your assistance in relation to the matters listed below. Please follow these guidelines carefully when preparing a submission.

Manuscripts are examined by the editorial staff and are generally sent to the Reviewing Editors and to outside reviewers. We encourage authors to suggest the names of possible reviewers but reserve the right of final selection. Decisions about manuscripts will usually be given within four weeks.


Addiction Biology adheres to the below ethical guidelines for publication and research.  Submission is a representation that neither the manuscript nor its data have been previously published (except in abstract) or is currently under review at another journal or under consideration for publication.

All authors should have been personally and actively involved in substantive work leading to the report, and will hold themselves jointly and individually responsible for its content.

Procedures involving experiments on human subjects should be in accord with the ethical standards of the Committee on Human Experimentation of the institution in which the experiments were done and/or in accord with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975. In particular, authors must ensure that patient confidentiality is in no way breached, and that a statement of informed consent is made.

The experiments should have been carried out in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and/or with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals as adopted and promulgated by the National Institutes of Health and the EU. An explicit statement must be provided in the Methods section of the manuscript.

Authorship and Acknowledgements

Authorship: Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that the manuscript has been read and approved by all authors and that all authors agree to the submission of the manuscript to the Journal. ALL named authors must have made an active contribution to the conception and design and/or analysis and interpretation of the data and/or the drafting of the paper and ALL must have critically reviewed its content and have approved the final version submitted for publication. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding does not justify authorship.

A section on Authors contribution where each single contribution from each author is listed in detail is required and should be stated following the discussion. An example for Authors contribution is listed below:

Example for Authors contribution:

PA, JC, and ECN were responsible for the study concept and design. AA and PA contributed to the acquisition of animal data. JC performed the proteomics analysis. AA, PA, and JC assisted with data analysis and interpretation of findings. ECN drafted the manuscript. AA, PA, and JC provided critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content. All authors critically reviewed content and approved final version for publication.

It is a requirement that all authors have been accredited as appropriate upon submission of the manuscript. Contributors who do not qualify as authors should be mentioned under Acknowledgements.

Acknowledgements: Under Acknowledgements please specify contributors to the article other than the authors accredited. Please also include specifications of the source of funding for the study and any potential conflict of interests if appropriate including financial disclosures.

Copyright Assignment
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they 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 below:
CTA Terms and Conditions

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 and visit

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:

Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources.


With the increasing popularity and impact of the journal, we have experienced a marked increase in submission of high quality papers. As a result, we now increasingly must base acceptance decisions not only on absolute merit, but also on relative priority scores. Nevertheless, the pipeline of accepted papers has increased, and with it the lag time from acceptance to publication.

As a result of this, the journal is instituting a word limit on papers of 5000 words (excluding abstract, references and figure legends). The maximum number of references is now limited to 50. If necessary, we encourage authors to provide additional material as online supporting information. Occasionally, when there is need to exceed this limit, editorial approval to do so can be sought, but page charges for additional pages will have to be carried by the authors. If, when you receive the PDF proof, your paper exceeds 8 pages you will incur a charge of £60GBP per extra page. This will take effect for all papers accepted after 1 March 2011.

Page charges quoted in Sterling will be converted into the equivalent US Dollar or Euro rate depending on the billing area of the author if outside the UK.


Addiction Biology has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts, for online manuscript submission and peer review. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits including:

  • Quick and easy submission
  • Administration centralised and reduced
  • Significant decrease in peer review times

All submissions to the journal must be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance then click the Get Help Now link which appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page. If you cannot submit online, please contact Christine Roggenkamp in the Editorial Office by e-mail (


Original Articles and Reviews: Please be aware that Original Articles and Reviews should be limited to a maximum of 5,000 words and 50 references. If necessary, additional material can be supplied as online supporting information. Occasionally, when there is need to exceed this limit, editorial approval to do so can be sought, but page charges for additional pages will have to be carried by the authors. For more information on page charges, please see the ‘Page Charges’ section above.

Addiction Biology also publishes invited editorials and invited commentaries on articles.


Submissions should be double-spaced and clearly legible.

The first sheet should contain the title of the paper, full names of authors, the address where the work was carried out, and the full postal address including telephone, fax number and Email to whom correspondence and proofs should be sent.

The second sheet should contain an abstract of not more than 250 words in one paragraph and keywords (no more than six, in alphabetical order).

The entire manuscript should be structured into Abstract, Introduction, Materials and methods, Discussion, Acknowledgements, Authors contribution, References. The manuscript and all references, tables, figures, and any other material, should be numbered in one sequence from the title page onwards. Figures and tables should not be inserted in the text but each provided separately and numbered. Footnotes to the text should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. Supplementary information should be provided as an extra file.

Please submit your manuscript in Microsoft Wprd (.doc or .docx) or rich text (.rtf) format.


Tables: These should be typed on separate sheets. Tables must not duplicate information contained elsewhere in the manuscript. Each table should include a brief descriptive title and be numbered in order of its mention in the text with arabic numerals. Only horizontal rules are permissible.

Figures: These should not be inserted in the text but each provided separately and numbered. Illustrations should be prepared about twice their final size. All photographs, graphs and diagrams should be referred to as Figures and should be numbered consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals (e.g. Fig. 3). Only high quality figures and images are accepted. The use of 'three-dimensional' histograms is strongly discouraged when the addition of the third dimension gives no extra information. Please do not prepare figures using Powerpoint software, as that is unsuitable for typesetting. Figures should be uploaded separately, ideally in TIFF format (not EPS), although PDF format is acceptable for line art.

Figure Legends: A list of legends for the figures should be submitted on a separate sheet; this should make interpretation possible without reference to the text and should include keys to any symbols.

Further information can be obtained at Wiley-Blackwell Publishing’s guidelines for figures:

Permissions: If all or parts of previously published illustrations are used, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder concerned. It is the author's responsibility to obtain these in writing and provide copies to the Publisher.

Supporting Information (online only)
Additional material such as video clips, lengthy Appendices (e.g. extensive reference lists or mathematical formulae/calculations), etc, 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). Further information on suitable file formats etc may be found here


List references alphabetically by author, on a separate page(s), at the end of the article, and cite them in text parenthetically using authors' name and year of publication. List all authors of papers, books, and chapters in the references. Periodical abbreviations should follow those used by Index Medicus. References should be styled as follows:


Geschwind DH (2000) Mice, microarrays, and the genetic diversity of the brain. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 97:10676-10678.
Gaasterland T and Bekiranov S (2000) Making the most of microarray data. Nature Genetics 24:204-206.
Cowan WM, Kopnisky KL, Hyman SE (2002) The human genome project and its impact on psychiatry. Annu Rev Neurosci 25:1-50.


Cohen J (1988) Statistical power analysis for the behavioral sciences. 2nd ed.
Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum. Feldman RS, Meyer JS, Quenzer LF (1997) Principles of Neuropsychopharmacology. Springer: Heidelberg.

Chapter in Edited Book

Mully AG (1990). Equity and Variability in Modern Health Care. In: The Challenges of Medical Practice Variations. Andersen TF, Mooney G (eds). Palgrave: New York. pp 145-286.
Faulkenaur E, Marchand A (2002) Clustering microarray data with evolutionary algorithms. In Evolutionary computation in bioinformatics. Corn D and Fogel G (eds) Taylor and Francis: London. pp. 123-156.

Website address

Department of Health and Human Services (2005) National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings. Available at: http// Accessed 10 January 2009.

The editor and publisher recommend that citation of online published papers and other material should be done via a DOI (digital object identifier), which all reputable online published material should have - see for more information. If an author cites anything which does not have a DOI they run the risk of the cited material not being traceable.

We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here: .


Upon acceptance of a paper for publication, the manuscript will be forwarded to the Production Editor who is responsible for the production of the journal.

The corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing a link to a website. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. 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 following web site: Proofs are supplied for checking and making essential corrections, not for general revision or alteration. Proofs should be corrected and returned to the Production Editor within 48 hours of receipt.

Early View

Addiction Biology is covered by Wiley-Blackwell’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their inclusion in an issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled 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 Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore 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.

Online Open

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, 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. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at: Prior to acceptance you should not inform the editorial office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Brain and Behavior

This journal works together with Wiley's Open Access Journal, Brain and Behavior, to enable rapid publication of good quality research that is unable to be accepted for publication by our journal. Authors will be offered the option of having the paper, along with any related peer reviews, automatically transferred for consideration by the Editor of Brain and Behavior. Authors will not need to reformat or rewrite their manuscript at this stage, and publication decisions will be made a short time after the transfer takes place. Brain and Behavior is a Wiley Open Access journal and article publication fees apply. For more information please do to

Author Services

Online production tracking is now available for your article through Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more. Author Material Archive Policy Please note that unless specifically requested, Wiley-Blackwell will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted two issues after publication. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office or production editor as soon as possible if you have not yet done so.

Offprints and Extra Copies

Free access to the final PDF offprint of your paper 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 the service offers. Additional paper offprints may be ordered online. Please click on the following link, fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields: If you have queries about offprints please e-mail

Note to NIH Grantees

Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley-Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see