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The new appearance of the journal of alcohol and drug education.



With this issue, upon the suggestions of our readership, the members of the Editorial Board, and the American Alcohol and Drug Information Foundation, we are given a new and improved appearance to the Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education. The first change, which is not really a change, will be that the peer-reviewed articles will be published under the caption of "Original Research." Over the past three years that I have been the co-editor of the Journal, we have had acceptance rates that have ranged between 20 to 30 percent. Undoubtedly, this has strengthened the scientific rigor rigor /rig·or/ (rig´er) [L.] chill; rigidity.

rigor mor´tis  the stiffening of a dead body accompanying depletion of adenosine triphosphate in the muscle fibers.
 of the articles that have been published and placed the acceptance rates on par with some of the top of the line journals in our field. However, historically talking to Noun 1. talking to - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
lecture, speech

rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to
 the previous editors and the Foundation members, I have been told that in the past the acceptance rates or articles ranged in excess of 80 percent. In the past, some readers have even pointed out to the scientific inaccuracies of some articles that have been published. While, all scientific journals aspire as·pire  
intr.v. as·pired, as·pir·ing, as·pires
1. To have a great ambition or ultimate goal; desire strongly: aspired to stardom.

2.
 for greater accuracy, no journal is completely free of such error of omission. However, to preserve and ameliorate a·mel·io·rate  
tr. & intr.v. a·me·lio·rat·ed, a·me·lio·rat·ing, a·me·lio·rates
To make or become better; improve. See Synonyms at improve.



[Alteration of meliorate.
 the scientific, rigorous, peer-reviewed status of our journal we have explicated this important category, "Original Research" that will underscore The underscore character (_) is often used to make file, field and variable names more readable when blank spaces are not allowed. For example, NOVEL_1A.DOC, FIRST_NAME and Start_Routine.

(character) underscore - _, ASCII 95.
 the scholarship of the publications chosen under this heading. Of course, this change in policy will take time to reflect the enhanced quality of scholarship. We would think that, over time, the articles published under this category would reflect the state-of-the-art, cutting edge, empirical, data based, research in our field and assist in strengthening our profession. We will restrict the publication of such original research articles between one and three (often two) per issue.

Complementing the first change, from this issue we will introduce a sections of "Letters to the Editor." Manuscripts chosen under this heading would follow the guidelines of maximum of twelve pages and ten pertinent references. Manuscripts submitted under this section will not necessarily meet the criteria of peer-review but would include important opinions, reviews, commentaries, preliminary studies, descriptive case accounts, and adherence to American Psychological Association The American Psychological Association (APA) is a professional organization representing psychology in the US. Description and history
The association has around 150,000 members and an annual budget of around $70m.
 writing style guidelines. This change is necessary so that we do to deprive de·prive
v.
1. To take something from someone or something.

2. To keep from possessing or enjoying something.
 our growing readership of some interesting articles that may not meet the rigor and yet convey some important preliminary hypotheses generating kind of ideas. We shall restrict the publication of such letters between one and three (often two) per issue.

Third and most important, would be the initiation of new section, "News and Announcements," that will bring to the addition to our readership latest information about various upcoming seminars, conferences, news releases, and other important matters of concern that relate to our field. Our readership has constantly expressed this "felt need" and it has become essential for us to incorporate this section. Denise Kreski, my editorial assistant, has agreed to take up the responsibility of compiling this information. Readers and other interested people may send us information materials that they may want included under this section. Again as, required for all manuscripts, in submitting materials, word-processed filed using computer software such as Microsoft Word A full-featured word processing program for Windows and the Macintosh from Microsoft. Included in the Microsoft application suite, it is a sophisticated program with rudimentary desktop publishing capabilities that has become the most widely used word processing application on the market.  will expedite ex·pe·dite  
tr.v. ex·pe·dit·ed, ex·pe·dit·ing, ex·pe·dites
1. To speed up the progress of; accelerate.

2.
 and increase the likelihood of publication of such informational items.

Finally, we shall from this issue, make diligent dil·i·gent  
adj.
Marked by persevering, painstaking effort. See Synonyms at busy.



[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin d
 efforts to include "Book Reviews" on regular basis as opposed to sporadically, in the past. Therefore, we encourage our readers, authors, and reviewers to submit book reviews that include recently published books that relate to our field. Publisher are also encouraged to forward copies of recent books they want reviewed to our editorial office. With this policy, in place and my mandate to catch up on the backlog of the issues before the end of this year, readers may have to bear with greater number of reviews coming out from my desk that I would like.

October 2001

Manoj Sharma, MBBS MBBS, MBChB n abbr (BRIT) (= Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) → título universitario

MBBS, MBChB n abbr (Brit) (= Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) →
,Ph.D.

Editor, Journal of Alcohol and

Drug Education

Associate Professor,

Community Health Education

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