Drugs, Habits and Social Policy: Call for papers

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List of topic areas

In the face of latest developments in drug policy and drug market fields, DHS is especially interested in receiving mixed-method, qualitative and critically analytical submissions on 

  • digital drug markets on darknet
  • selling and buying drugs on social media 
  • online harm reduction 
  • online advertisement of cannabis products 

Drugs, Habits and Social Policy (DHS) is a quarterly, international, peer-reviewed journal publishing research and theoretical contributions in the field of drug use and policy. The journal provides a platform for the dissemination of the current social drug policy research and seeks to stimulate critical debates about social, health and political consequences and contexts of drug use.

DHS aims to highlight cultural, social and material contexts of drug use, policy, and professional practices. We welcome submissions that highlight the lived experiences of people who use drugs and engage with evidence of harm reduction. National and international policy frameworks developed to control the production, distribution and use of psychoactive substances, both legal and illegal, are of particular interest. The journal aims to contribute to the critical debate on the international drug control regime, the dominant problematisation and medicalisation of drug use and the criminalisation of people who use drugs. In this mission, we also welcome practitioner papers that specifically address professionals and users engaged in drug services and the development of harm reduction initiatives on global and local scales.

This journal is abstracted and indexed by American Sociological Association Publishing Options Database, British Nursing Index, CINAHL, The Database for Statistics on Higher Education, Norway (Level 1), Drugs and Alcohol Findings, EBSCO Criminal Justice Abstracts, Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Illustrata, ReadCube Discover, Scopus, Social Care Online, ZETOC.

This journal is ranked by: Scopus (CiteScore 2.4 for 2022), and Clarivate Analytics (Impact Factor 0.9 for 2022).

Co-Editors-in-Chief: Aysel Sultan ([email protected]) and Marta Rychert ([email protected])
Managing Editor: Shawnee Harkness ([email protected])


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