The American Journal on Addictions

Cover image for Vol. 25 Issue 3

Edited By: Thomas R. Kosten, MD

Impact Factor: 1.929

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 15/35 (Substance Abuse (Social Science))

Online ISSN: 1521-0391

Author Guidelines

Early View
We are happy to announce that The American Journal on Addictions is now part of the Wiley-Blackwell Early View service. Articles will now be published on a regular basis online in advance of their appearance in a print issue. These articles are fully peer reviewed, edited and complete - they only lack page numbers and volume/issue details - and are considered fully published from the date they first appear online.

Note to NIH Grantees
Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley-Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMedCentral upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see Frequently asked questions are answered here.

Author Guidelines

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
The American Journal on Addictions

The American Journal on Addictions publishes special overview articles, original clinical or basic research papers, clinical updates, brief reports, case studies, international perspectives, book reviews and letters within the area of addictions. Submission of material to this Journal, published eight times per year, is understood to imply that it, or substantial parts of it have not been published, accepted for publication, or submitted for consideration elsewhere.

Submission Procedure. To facilitate reviewing and processing of manuscripts, papers should be submitted electronically via Manuscript Central (MCentral) Manuscripts submitted via email will not be considered.

A cover letter must also be submitted indicating that the material is intended for publication, and specifying for which section of the Journal it is to be considered (i.e. Standard Manuscript, Case Report or Case-Series, Brief Reports, Review Article, Editorial or Commentary). All accepted manuscripts, artwork and photographs become the property of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP). A PC-based format using MS Word or WordPerfect is required; please do not send pdfs. Please ensure completion of all elements of submission requirements on the MCentral site, including all questions in the "Details and Comments" section. The cover letter and the "Details and Comments" section are significant elements of the initial review process that determine appropriateness of the submitted materials for AJA readership.

Peer Review. The Journal uses a single blind-review process. All manuscripts, including invited manuscripts, are subject to peer review by at least two subject-matter experts. To facilitate the review process, during the manuscript upload process in MCentral, authors are required to submit a minimum of 6 "preferred" reviewers. Suggested reviewers might best be comprised of authors whose work has been cited in the references, with an emphasis on those authors with the subject-matter expertise specific to the manuscript content. Due vigilance is required in ensuring that suggested reviewers have no potential conflict that would preclude their review of the manuscript in question. In order to insert the "preferred" reviewers in MCentral, at a minimum, the first and last name, and email address are needed.

Upon completion of the review (usually a 10-12 week process), the Author(s) may be advised of the decision on the manuscript via MCentral. If revisions are deemed necessary, this feedback will be based on, and detailed from, the reviews. Manuscripts accepted for publication consideration typically incur 2 or more reviews prior to acceptance. Depending on the level of revisions requested, revised material is due within 4-8 weeks of the decision letter, and by the due date specified on the decision letter. At the discretion of the Editor-In-Chief (EIC), reviewer comments will be included with the return of rejected manuscripts. Please note that all reviews remain anonymous. Persons interested in becoming reviewers for the AJA should check the appropriate box when establishing their MCentral account.


Manuscripts, including tables, figures, and references, should be prepared in accordance with the American Medical Association Manual of Style, Tenth Edition. All manuscripts must be typed double-spaced on 8.5" x 11" paper with a 1" margin all around.

Title Page. The opening page should contain the article title (centered) and first and last names of all submitting authors including academic degrees and institutional affiliations of each (centered below the title). With the exception of standard manuscripts, the title of all other types of manuscripts submitted should be preceded with the descriptor to identify the type of manuscript submission (Editorial or Commentary, International Perspective, Case Reports or Case-Series, Brief Reports, and Review manuscripts). Example: “Brief Report: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Topiramate for Alcohol Use Disorders”. Affiliations are numbered, with the corresponding number superscripted after the author degree. On a separate line, please include a Running Head--a shortened version of the title consisting of no more than 50 characters. On the left, bottom corner of the title page after the title and author(s) name(s), include the following information in the order specified:

  • Corresponding author name and credentials, full mailing address (including city, state, and zip code), telephone number, fax, and e-mail.
  • Abstract: ___ (must be no more than 250 words)
  • Narrative: ___ (indicate total word count not including Abstract, Tables and Figures, and References)
  • Number of Tables: ___
  • Number of Figures: ___
  • Number of References: ___

Abstract. (250 WORD LIMIT) The abstract should be typed on a separate page, following the Title Page, and is limited to 250 words. Abstracts should be entered into the "Abstract" box in step one of the MCentral submission process, but should also be included as part of the manuscript in the File Upload step. Abstracts should be formatted within the following subheaders: Background and Objectives, Methods (include total N), Results, Discussion and Conclusions, and Scientific Significance.

Submissions should generally follow the format established in the Abstract. They should adhere to the following word count specifications:

  • Standard manuscripts - no more than 3,500 words + 250 word abstract + up to 4 tables and figures + up to 35 references
  • Review papers - no more than 5,000 words + 250 word abstract + no more than 6 tables and figures + up to 45 references
  • Editorial or Commentary - no more than 500 words + up to 5 references
  • Case series or Case Reports - no more than 1,500 words + 100 word abstract + up to 2 tables and figures + up to 20 references
  • Brief Report - no more than 1,500 words + 100 word abstract + 1 table or figure + up to 10 references

Any acknowledgements should be set in a separate paragraph after the last paragraph of the manuscript text. Financial acknowledgements appear first, and should include any grant numbers, the name and location (city, state) of the granting institution, and the name of the recipient. If the recipient is not one of the authors of the paper, their full name and affiliation should be provided. A second paragraph should be used, if necessary, to acknowledge the assistance of other researchers or study participants.

Declaration of Interest.
This section follows the Acknowledgements. Any potential conflicts of interest should be included here. If there are no conflicts of interest, the please insert the standard wording - "The authors report no conflicts of interest. The authors alone are responsible for the content and writing of this paper."

Tables and Figures.
Tables and figures should not be embedded in the manuscript narrative. Instead, these should be uploaded as separate files, using the preset tags/labels designated as "Table" and "Figure" available during the upload process through MCentral. When saving your tables and figures in your word processing program, please label them as "Table 1, Table 2," "Figure 1, Figure 2," etc. so that these are easily discernable to the reviewer. Each table and/or figure should include a short descriptive header, be fully labeled, and include a legend. Please take into account the necessary size reduction as may be necessary for type-setting purposes. When configuring the tables and figures, please keep in mind that these are printed in color in the electronic version of the Journal; in black-and-white in the hard-copy version of the Journal. At the author's request, tables and figures may be printed in color in the hard-copy version of the Journal, but these costs are borne by the author at a cost of $500 per table or figure. The publisher has requested that figures be sent in any of these three formats--EPS, PDF, or Tiff, with a resolution of 300 dpi for photographic images, or 600 dpi for line art and combination images containing photographs and labeling. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at

References. References should be listed on separate pages following the text and should be typed double-spaced. References must be in numeric format and listed in the order of appearance in the text; the appropriate superscripted reference number follows the text citation. Do not arrange the reference list alphabetically. Please ensure that all references have been cited in the text. Manuscript citations made in the Reference List should include the names of all the authors, unless there are more than six. In this case, the names of the first three are used, followed by "et al." Journal names should be abbreviated as the appear in Index Medicus; journals not currently indexed there should not be abbreviated. Authors should follow the guidelines in the American Medical Association Manual of Style, Tenth Edition. Lack of compliance with References formatting as per journal specifications may result in the automatic return of your manuscript without review and will require resubmission of your manuscript, thus delaying processing time.

Sample journal reference:
Brook JS, Ning Y, Brook DW. Personality risk factors associated with trajectories of tobacco use. Am J Addict. 2006;15:426-433.

Supplementary Materials. Materials that provide added value to the manuscript such that the absence of this information potentially compromises a full appreciation of manuscript content are considered "supplementary" materials. There are a few instances that would satisfy this criteria, and authors are encouraged to exercise appropriate due diligence in using this feature. Please keep in mind that supplementary materials are not accessible to reviewers and, as such, forego the review process. Further, supplementary materials do not undergo typical pre-production processes (including copy-editing, type-setting, and proofs).

Proofs. Upon manuscript acceptance, one set of electronic page proofs will be sent to the designated corresponding author following completion of the type-setting and related pre-production processes. Proofs should be checked and returned within 48 hours.

Offprints and Complimentary Copies. Information on ordering hardcopy offprints will accompany the electronic page proofs. Free access to the final PDF offprint of an article is available to authors via Author Services at

Permissions. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources.

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 Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

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If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

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