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

Articles submitted to the ADDICTOLOGY journal should neither have been published previously elsewhere 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.

The journal accepts offers to publish monothematic special issues on the fields mentioned above. Suggestions for special issues should be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief.

ADDICTOLOGY is committed to enhancing 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 or registration requirements).

Article Processing Charge: EUR 400.00 (no additional fees are charged)

Where reasonable, the EUR 400.00 fee may be reduced or not applied at all, especially regarding 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 on the basis of 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 If this is not fulfilled, the paper will not be published in the journal.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 two independent reviews)

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

The body of the article must not exceed 14 standard pages (one standard page = 1,800 characters including spaces), excluding references and graphic items. The article can include up to eight graphic items (tables and/or figures) and two 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 (one standard page = 1,800 characters including spaces, without references 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, and 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 length is six standard pages, with not more than ten bibliographical citations. Short reports may include two graphic items (tables and/or figures).

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 under consideration.

Contributions should not exceed three standard pages and do not need to include references.

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 eight standard pages.

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


CONSORT randomised controlled trials
STARD studies of diagnostic accuracy
PRISMA systematic reviews and meta-analyses
STROBE observational studies in epidemiology
MOOSE 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 two standard 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 three standard pages.

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

Contributions of any other length 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. A WORD TEMPLATE is available for this journal.


    3.1 Title page

    The article must include the article type, title, author’s name(s) and affiliation(s), abstract, key words, grant affiliation, and corresponding author in the following order:

    • Article type: Indicate the article type (original article, review article, study protocol, short report, etc.) on the title page.
    • Title: The title should be concise and informative and not exceeding 15 words.
    • Author’s name(s): Indicate the given name(s) and surname of each author of the article. Include all authors’ email addresses.
    • Institutional affiliation(s): Indicate the author’s institutional affiliations. All affiliations should contain the university name, faculty name, department name (or organisation 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 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.
    • Key words: Provide five to ten key words.
    • 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 authorised 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.

    The title page and main body of the article should not be divided into separate documents. The title page must be an integral part of the main body of the article.


    3.2 Main text structure

    In most cases, the article should follow the recommended structure: Introduction or BackgroundMethodsResultsDiscussionConclusion, and References.


    Articles should be submitted in Microsoft Word format. Use 12-point Times New Romansingle-columnparagraphs left-aligned1.5 line spacing.

    Tables should be submitted in Microsoft Excel format (one table = one 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 a numbered legend (e.g. Table 1Figure 1).


    • FIRST-LEVEL HEADINGSof the article sections are in bold, upper case, and numbered.
    • Second-level headingsare in bold, lower case with an initial capital letter, and numbered (e.g., 1.1; 1.2; …).
    • Third-level headingsare 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 body of the article and before the References section.

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

    Example of the Authors’ contributions section:

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

    • 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 the 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) ethics 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 relevant ethics 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 their written informed consent to 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 an assurance that the alterations do not distort the 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 ten 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 affiliations, and email addresses).

The author is obligated to provide a certificate of English Proof-Reading, which certifies that the manuscript has been proofread by a professional and reputable Publishing House (Elsevier’s Author Service is recommended: or by the department of languages of the university, where the author is affiliated. The certificate is required as a last step before publication (the author will be asked for that). Author who is an English native speaker can sign a statement about the quality of English. The quality of language will be checked.

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.