Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Addiction and Health is a peer-reviewed biannual journal in English. This publication offers an opportunity to researchers to publish findings of their research into the impact of addiction, in its broad sense, on health, of any sort, in all areas of psychiatry, psychology, medicine, etc. In addition to original articles, taking priority, critical review articles and case reports, the journal welcomes short communications and letters to editors. 

Articles may be submitted via journals website at: http://ahj.kmu.ac.ir or be sent via our email address: addiction_health@kmu.ac.ir

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Original Article(s)

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Article(s)

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Communication(s)

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Report(s)

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letter(s) to Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Once the manuscript is received by the journal office, a blind copy is sent to the editorial board for initial reviewing. The comments of editorial board are discussed in the weekly meetings of the editorial board. Possible decisions in this step may be rejection, requiring minor revisions before being sent to the reviewers or sufficient enough to be sent to the reviewers. A notification letter, along with the article code for all further correspondences, is sent to the corresponding author. Those articles with sufficient quality for peer-reviewing are sent to four experts in the field to be reviewed via a double-blinded process. As soon as receiving at least 3 reviewers’ comments, they are discussed in the editorial board meeting. Possible decisions in this step may be accepting as it is, requiring revision to be published or rejection. In the case of needing revision the reviewers’ comments are forwarded to the corresponding author for final revision. After receiving the revised manuscript, provided that the authors fulfill all reviewers’ comments, the manuscript is scheduled for publication in the next issue.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Section A: Publication and Authorship

  1. All submitted papers are subject to strict peer-review process by at least two international reviewers that are experts in the area of the particular paper. Reviewers are being selected by Associate Editors and Editor in Chief. Author also can propose reviewers for some journals and article types.
  2. The factors that are taken into account in review are relevance, originality, readability, statistical validity and language.
  3. The possible decisions include acceptance, minor revisions, major revision or rejection.
  4. If authors are encouraged to revise and resubmit a submission, there is no guarantee that the revised submission will be accepted.
  5. Rejected articles will not be re-reviewed.
  6. The paper acceptance is constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
  7. No research can be included in more than one publication, whether within the same journal or in another journal.

Section B: Authors' Responsibilities

  1. Authors must certify that their manuscript is their original work.
  2. Authors cannot withdraw their articles within the review process or after submission, or they must pay the penalty defined by the publisher.
  1. Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere, or even submitted and been in reviewed in another journal.
  2. Authors must participate in the peer review process and follow the comments.
  3. Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
  4. All Authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research. Level of their contribution also must be defined in the “Authors’ Contributions” section of the article.
  5. Authors must state that all data in the paper are real and authentic.
  6. Authors must notify the Editors of any conflicts of interest.
  7. Authors must identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript.
  8. Authors must report any errors they discover in their published paper to the Editors.
  9. Authors must not use irrelevant sources that may help other researches/journals.

Section C: Peer Review/Responsibility for the Reviewers

  1. Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.
  2. Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
  1. Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author. No self-knowledge of the author(s) must affect their comments and decision.
  2. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments in 500 to 1000 words.
  3. Reviewers may identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.
  4. Reviewers should also call to the Editor in Chief's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Section D: Editorial Responsibilities

  1. Editors (Associate Editors or Editor in Chief) have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article.
  2. Editors must not change their decision after submitting a decision (especially after reject or accept) unless they have a serious reason.
  1. Editors are responsible for the contents and overall quality of the publication.
  2. Editors should always consider the needs of the authors and the readers when attempting to improve the publication.
  3. Editors should guarantee the quality of the papers and the integrity of the academic record.
  4. Editors should publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.
  5. Editors should have a clear picture of a research's funding sources.
  6. Editors should base their decisions solely one the papers' importance, originality, clarity and relevance to publication's scope.
  7. Editors should not reverse their decisions nor overturn the ones of previous editors without serious reason.
  8. Editors should preserve the anonymity of reviewers (in half blind peer review journals).
  9. Editors should ensure that all research material they publish conforms to international accepted ethical guidelines.
  10. Editors should only accept a paper when reasonably certain.
  11. Editors should act if they suspect misconduct, whether a paper is published or unpublished, and make all reasonable attempts to persist in obtaining a resolution to the problem.
  12. Editors should not reject papers based on suspicions; they should have proof of misconduct.
  13. Editors should not allow any conflicts of interest between staff, authors, reviewers and board members.

Section E: Publishing Ethics Issues

  1. All editorial members, reviewers and authors must confirm and obey rules defined by COPE.
  2. Any notes of plagiarism, fraudulent data or any other kinds of fraud must be reported completely to COPE.
  1. Corresponding author is the main owner of the article so she/he can withdraw the article when it is incomplete (before entering the review process or when a revision is asked for).
  2. Authors cannot make major changes in the article after acceptance without a serious reason.
  3. All editorial members and authors must will to publish any kind of corrections honestly and completely.

 

Authorship

As stated in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, credit for authorship requires substantial contributions to: 1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND 2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND 3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND 4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

All authors must sign authorship form attesting that they fulfill the authorship criteria. Your submitted manuscript will not be processed unless this form is sent. There should be a statement in manuscript explaining contribution of each author to the work. Those contributors who did not fulfill authorship criteria should be listed in acknowledgments.

Any change in authorship after submission must be approved in writing by all authors. All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship. The order of authorship should be a joint decision of the co-authors. Assurance that all authors of the paper have fulfilled these criteria for authorship should be given in the covering letter.

 

Publication Fee

There is no charge for publication in this journal.