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GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS
OF PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS
The editors of the
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
welcome manuscripts of a multidisciplinary
nature relevant to all aspects of
psychoactive drug use and abuse. The
publishes a wide variety of articles,
including critical and historical reviews,
theoretical analyses, and speculative theses
with a systematic focus, as well as reports
on basic or applied research (on humans) of
major significance. Because the
serves a readership of varied backgrounds,
the editors must decline the consideration
of papers that are overly technical or are
solely intended for the professional
colleagues of the author(s).
should be legible and produced on one side
of standard (81/2 x 11) paper.
Three copies should be submitted.
Authors should also keep a personal copy to
check against proofs.
All material (including references) must be
double-spaced with ample margins (at least
one inch on each side).
In order to insure anonymity during the
review process, a separate title page that
includes the title, name of authors, and
their affiliations should serve as the cover
page. In addition, the following page should
provide an abstract (maximum 200 words) that
briefly describes the nature and content of
the paper. There are no specific guidelines
on the length of papers, but in general
papers should not exceed 40 pages, including
references, tables, and figures.
appearing in the text should conform to the
author-date method of citation common in
scientific texts and preferred by
The Chicago Manual of Style.
In the author-date method both elements of
the citation are enclosed in parentheses:
Table II describes the incidence of toxemia
and low birth weight seen in heroin-addicted
women (Connaughton 1974). It is not
necessary to repeat the author’s name in the
citation if it has just been mentioned.
However, the date (enclosed in parentheses)
should immediately follow the author’s name.
In cases where multiple references are
cited, include all references within
parentheses in descending chronological
order and separate them with a semicolon:
(Davis 1975; Connaughton 1974). For works of
multiple authorship, use the full form of
citation for two or three authors: (Beachy,
Petersen & Pearson 1979). In the text, the
abbreviation “et al.” should be used for
four or more authors: (Stone et al. 1971). A
list of references, with complete
publication data, in alphabetical order (and
descending chronological order for identical
authors of multiple citations) should be
provided separately (also double-spaced) and
placed immediately after the textual
material. The standard bibliographic format
for reference citations may be found below.
Tables and Figures
should be kept to an absolute minimum and
should supplement rather than duplicate
textual material. Each table should be
provided on a separate sheet and placed
after the references section of the
manuscript. Figures should be submitted in
camera-ready form. Photographs
(black-and-white only) that are submitted as
figures should be glossy prints, uncropped,
and marked lightly on the back with a
of each article, short communication, book
review or letter to the editor will be sent
to the lead author in typescript form
following final acceptance and prior to
publication. These are to be reviewed
carefully and returned to the Journal’s
office within seven days. Proofs that are
not returned within this time limit will be
considered approved. Authors are cautioned
to compare all tabular material and quotes
against their copy of the original
manuscript. No page proofs are supplied.
Manuscripts should be sent to:
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
856 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, California 94117
FORMAT FOR REFERENCE LISTING
References should be listed in alphabetical
order according to the first author’s
surname. In the case of identical author(s),
references should be listed in descending
chronological order. Each citation should
include all authors’ names, date, title of
article, journal title, volume and issue
number, and page numbers, in that order. The
title of the article should be punctuated in
ordinary sentence style and followed by a
period. The journal or book title should be
in italics or underlined, indicating
should be in the format of the following
Entries with Single Author
Crisp, A.D. 1980. Making substance abuse
prevention relevant to low-income Black
neighborhoods. II. Research findings.
Journal of Psychedelic Drugs
12 (2): 139-56.
Entries with Two Authors
Spencer, P. & Schaumberg, H. 1975.
Experimental neuropathy produced by
2,5-hexadione—a major metabolite of the
neurotoxic industrial solvent methyl N-butyl
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and
38 (3): 771-75.
Entries with More than Two Authors
Sells, S.B.; Simpson, D.D.; Joe, G.S.;
Demaree, R.G.; Savage, L.N. & Lloyd, M.R.
1976. A national follow-up study to evaluate
the effectiveness of drug abuse treatment: A
report on Cohort 1 of the DARP five years
American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
3 (4): 545-46.
Weil, A.T. 1972.
The Natural Mind: A New Way of Looking at
Drugs and Higher Consciousness.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Book Entries with Editor(s)
Blum, K. (Ed.) 1977.
Alcohol and Opiates: Neurochemical and
New York: Academic Press.
Milkman, H.B. & Shaffer, H.J. (Eds.) 1985.
The Addictions: Multidisciplinary
Perspectives and Treatments.
Lexington, Massachusetts: Lexington Books.
Chapters from Edited Books
Savage, C. 1956. The LSD psychosis as a
transaction between psychiatrist and
patient. In: L. Cholden (Ed.)
Proceedings of the Round Table on Lysergic
Acid Diethylamide and Mescaline in
New York: Grune & Stratton.
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