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ADDICTOLOGY is a peer-reviewed open access journal publishing original articles, review articles, study protocols, short reports, education and practice reports, letters to the Editor, and book reviews relevant to the field of addiction science.

ADDICTOLOGY journal only publishes articles in English. Please ensure that you use good quality English and inclusive language.

Articles submitted to the ADDIDTOLOGY journal should neither be published previously nor be under consideration for publication in another journal. Any contribution sent must be accompanied by a written statement declaring that it has not been and will not be made available to any other periodical for release. The published work becomes the property of the journal, and any part of it or any figure accompanying it may be used in another publication only when the original is quoted.

Journal accepts offers to publish monothematic special issue aimed at mentioned fields. Suggestion for special issue is required to be submitted to Editor-in-Chief.

ADDICTOLOGY is committed to enhance the quality of publications in the field and adheres to the Farmington Consensus (Addiction, 1997, 92, 1617–1618).

Periodicity: Four issues in one volume annually.

Publication Programme: Online Only.

Publishing Model: Open Access (Content is available for all internet users with no limitations and registration requirements).

Article Processing Charge: EUR 300.00 + VAT (21%) (free of all additional fees)

Where reasonable, the EUR 300.00 fee may be reduced or not applied at all, especially regarding the articles requested by the editorial office and/or papers which are not affiliated with, or receiving financial support from, grant projects. Each case will be considered individually by the publisher based on the information provided by the editorial and executive boards. The author(s) will be notified of the decision in writing. In all other cases, the author(s) will be required to cover the fee at the moment of the paper being approved for publishing. If this is not fulfilled, the paper will not be published in the journal.

The journal has a policy of “single-blind” reviews, meaning that authors are revealed to the reviewers, but reviewers are anonymous during the review process.

  • Peer-reviewed articles (at least 2 independent reviews)

Original articles reporting original research results. Provide scientific accounts of issues under study, keeping to the usual text format: introduction, methods, results, discussion, and conclusions.

The text must not exceed 14 standard pages of article (1 standard page = 1,800 characters including spaces), without a bibliography and graphic items. The article can include up to 8 figures (tables and/or graphs) and 2 photographs.

Review articles provide cogent summaries of topical issues; the author’s own experience is not the underlying theme of the paper.

The maximum extent is 16 standard pages (1 standard page = 1,800 characters including spaces, without bibliography and graphic items).

Study protocols for ongoing and proposed prospective studies providing the rationale for the study. The study protocol should describe the knowledge gap, objectives, design of the study, materials and methods, discussion including the strengths and limitations of the study.

Short reports are rigorous accounts of authors’ own results in the area of diagnosis and therapy and their own clinical experience, usually with the intention of responding to recently published articles dealing with the topic under consideration.

The maximum extent is 6 pages, with not more than 10 bibliographical citations. The short reports may include 2 figures (tables and/or graphs).

Education provides a platform for issues related to undergraduate and postgraduate instruction in addictology, psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, social work and policy, and teaching and special teaching, as well as summaries of training and further education programmes that relate to the areas in question.

Contributions should not exceed 3 pages and do not need to include a bibliography.

Practice presenting experience in the field of addiction treatment and prevention, not necessarily including theoretical or research sections.

They may be accounts of experience in the form of a case study or reporting on the practical experience of a certain treatment approach, method, etc. The maximum length is 8 pages.


Authors are encouraged to use the following guidelines when writing the following types of articles:


randomized controlled trials


studies of diagnostic accuracy


systematic reviews and meta-analyses


observational studies in epidemiology


meta-analyses of observational studies in epidemiology

Stroup, D. F., Berlin, J. A., Morton, S. C., Olkin, I., Williamson, G. D., Rennie, D., Moher, D., Becker, B. J., Sipe, T. A., & Thacker, S. B. (2000). Meta-analysis of observational studies in epidemiology: A proposal for reporting. Meta-analysis Of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (MOOSE) group. JAMA, 283(15), 2008–2012.


  • Articles without peer review

The Discussion and Letters to the Editor sections provide pertinent and apt comments in response to recently published articles and to any professional activities in the given area in general, presenting either congruent or different views or adding more information. The maximum length is 2 pages.

The New Books and Reviews section presents news about the latest publications, both Czech and foreign, in the field of psychiatry and related areas.

The News caption must include the same data as a citation of a monograph (or a miscellanea). The maximum extent is 3 pages.

International News—what we heard or read and want to share with you; maximum 1 page.

Contributions of any other extent than specified above or those including colour graphic items should be discussed with the editor’s office.

Any article sent to the editor’s office must meet the following formal requirements. Please note that articles not conforming to these guidelines may be returned or rejected even prior to the review procedure.

WORD TEMPLATE is available for this journal.


3.1 Title page

Article must include article type, title, author names and affiliations, abstract, keywords, grant affiliation, and corresponding author in the following order:

  • Article type: Indicate the article type (original paper, review paper, study protocol, short report, etc.) on the title page.
  • Title: The title should be concise and informative and not exceeding 15 words.
  • Author name(s): Indicate the given name(s) and last name(s) of each author of the article. Include email addresses of all authors.
  • Institutional affiliation(s): Indicate the author’s institutional affiliations. All affiliations should contain university name, faculty name, department name (or organization name), city, and country.
  • Abstract/Summary (max. 250 words): A structured abstract is required for original articles and study protocols. A summary is required for the review articles. In most cases, the abstract should be a single paragraph following the recommended structure and headings: (1) Introduction or background, (2) Methods, (3) Results, (4) Conclusions.
  • Keywords: Provide 5 to 10 keywords.
  • Grant affiliation (Funding): List funding sources in the article or indicate that the study has no grant support.
  • Corresponding author: Indicate the name of the author authorized to handle the correspondence with the editorial office. Include the corresponding author’s academic rank, full postal address of the affiliated institution, and email address.

Title page and main article text should not be divided into separate documents. Title page must be a part of the main article text.


3.2 Main text structure

In most cases, the article should follow the recommended structure: Introduction or Background, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and References.


Articles should be submitted in Microsoft Word format. Use 12-point Times New Roman, single-column, paragraphs left-aligned, 1.5 line spacing.

Tables should be submitted in Microsoft Excel format (1 table = 1 single Excel file). Figures should be submitted in high resolution. Charts must be submitted in single files with original data. Tables and Figures must be saved separately from the main text and must contain numbered legend (e.g., Table 1, Figure 1).


  • FIRST-LEVEL HEADINGS of the article sections are in bold, upper case, and numbered.
  • Second-level headings are in bold, lower case with an initial capital letter, and numbered (e.g., 1.1; 1.2; …).
  • Third-level headings are in italics, lower case with an initial capital letter.


3.3 Disclosure and statements of the author(s)

Articles must provide the Authors’ contributions and Declaration of interest statements at the end of the main article text and before the References.

  • Authors’ contributions: Authors should provide a short specification of the involvement of each author while writing the article.

Example of Authors’ Contributions:

Author AB designed the study and proposed study design. The author performed the statistical analysis and participated in data interpretation, and article preparation. Author CD designed the initial form of the article. Author EF conducted a literature review and summary of related work. Author GH supervised the statistical analysis and participated in the preparation of the article. All authors contributed to the emergence article and approved the final version of the article.

  • Declaration of interest: All authors must disclose any financial, personal, or other conflicts of interest that could potentially influence their research.
  • Acknowledgments (optional): Authors can acknowledge individuals and institutions that provided their help during the research but are not listed as authors of the article.


3.4 References

This journal uses American Psychological Association (APA), 7th edition reference style.

Review the APA reference style guidelines at Articles that do not comply with these guidelines will be returned to the authors. Use the appropriate type of work for your reference.

The reference list at the end of an article must be alphabetical and not numbered.


Reference examples:

Journal article references

Mellers, B. A. (2000). Choice and the relative pleasure of consequences. Psychological Bulletin, 126(6), 910–924.

Klimoski, R., & Palmer, S. (1993). The ADA and the hiring process in organizations. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 45(2), 10–36.


Book reference

Beck, C. A., & Sales, B. D. (2001). Family mediation: Facts, myths and future prospects. American Psychological Association.


Chapter in an edited book

Aron, L., Botella, M., & Lubart, T. (2019). Culinary arts: Talent and their development. In R. F. Subotnik, P. Olszewski-Kubilius, & F. C. Worrell (Eds.), The psychology of high performance: Developing human potential into domain-specific talent (pp. 345–359). American Psychological Association.


When reporting on experiments involving human beings, state whether the study was approved by the (local) ethical board prior to implementation.

Where experiments involving animals are the case, state whether the constitutional and national regulations and guidelines for the breeding and experimental use of animals were observed or attach a statutory declaration proving that consent was granted by the ethical board.

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the article to be published. Authors should identify Individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance.

Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note.

The requirement for informed consent should be included in the journal’s instructions for authors. When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the published article.

– International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (“Uniform Requirements for Articles Submitted to Biomedical Journals”) — February 2006

Articles should be submitted via the Editorial Office’s email address

The editorial office will confirm that the contribution has been received within 10 days. Articles complying with the above-specified requirements will be peer-reviewed and the result will be communicated to the author. Contributions failing to adhere to the guidelines for authors will be disregarded.

Authors are encouraged to suggest people who they believe would be suitable reviewers for the article (indicate their names, institutional affiliation, and email address).

Once an article is accepted, the files the article comprises will be assessed by the editorial office to ensure they are ready for publication. Authors may be contacted if any updates are required.

Updated on 1 July 2022