Drugs, Habits and Social Policy journal is committed to bringing together research on the cultural, social and material contexts of drug use, policy, and professional practices. Previously published as Drugs and Alcohol Today (ISSN: 1745-9265).
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.
DHSP 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.
DHSP is committed to the use of sensitive and inclusive language and encourages submissions that are critical of disease-informed models of drug use. It is our aim to provide a platform for open and mindful reflections in high-quality research about drugs from across the world. DHSP welcomes original research articles using qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods designs, practitioner papers, policy papers, brief study reports and commentaries.
All submissions are subject to a double-blind peer-review process and are made accessible and relevant to a wide and varied audience, including scientific community, policy makers and practitioners. Regular and special issues include commentary and papers on the newest developments in social drug research. We also welcome viewpoint commentaries on ongoing political changes for a publication on our related blog.
Intended as a tool to assist in the search for better solutions and different thinking around drugs and the people who use them, DHSP covers, among others, the following subjects:
- international harm reduction practices
- innovative treatment agendas and treatment policy in general, as well as critical and novel conceptualization of recovery
- developments and challenges in the international drug policy environment
- novel theoretical and methodological approaches to rethinking and studying drugs and the world they inhabit
- research into drug markets and supply control measures
- emerging patterns and practices of drug use, new drug use (sub)cultures
- practitioner and service user perspectives.
DHSP is a member of the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors and endorses the ethical principles set out in the Farmington Consensus and DORA. Authors are required to disclose any financial relationships with organizations and people that could influence their work, including potential conflict of interest arising from employment, consultancies, stock ownership, paid conference presentations, and research grant funding. To learn more about conflict of interest in addiction research, please consult our author guidelines and ISAJE Conflict-of-interest Declaration Form.
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Previously published as Drugs and Alcohol Today.
University of Southampton - UK
- Shawnee Harkness
Nnamdi Azikiwe University - Nigeria; and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation - Germany
Director of the Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies, University of Exeter - UK
University of the West Indies at Cave Hill - Barbados
Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse - Nigeria; and Global Drug Policy Observatory, Swansea University - UK
- Emeka Dumbili
Emerald Publishing - UK
- Jo Sharrocks
Journal Editorial Office (For queries related to pre-acceptance)
- Ruchita Dattaram Chavan
Supplier Project Manager (For queries related to post-acceptance)
- Vinayak Krishna Salunke
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (Addiction and Offender care Directorate) - UK
Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, Aarhus University - Denmark
Director of Education for the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR), University of Kent - UK
Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD), Stockholm University - Sweden
University of Central Lancashire - UK
St George’s University London - UK
University of Aarhus and Institute for Scientific Analysis - Denmark
Author and Medical Historian - UK
Independent Consultant - UK
International Drug Demand Reduction Consultant - UK
University of Liverpool and The Loop - UK
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction - Portugal
3D Research - UK
Deputy Director of the Monash Addiction Research Centre in Melbourne, Monash University - Australia
Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse (CRISA) - Nigeria
Lancaster University - UK
National Addictions Centre, King's College London - UK
Head of the UCL Social Research Institute, University College London - UK
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies - Switzerland; and the International Center for Drug Policy Studies, Shanghai University - People's Republic of China
Institute of Policy Studies and Director of its Drug Policy Project - USA
Sigmund Freud Private University (SFU) and the Austrian National Public Health Institute (Gesundheit Österreich GmbH, GÖG) - Austria
Centre for Drug Research, Goethe University Frankfurt - Germany
Forum Droghe and National Committee of Bioethics - Italy
The Institute for Social Drug Research, Ghent University - Belgium
- Dima Abdulrahim
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