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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 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 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 for greater accuracy, no journal is completely free of such error of omission. However, to preserve and ameliorate the scientific, rigorous, peer-reviewed status of our journal we have explicated this important category, "Original Research" that will underscore 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 writing style guidelines. This change is necessary so that we do to deprive 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 will expedite and increase the likelihood of publication of such informational items.

Finally, we shall from this issue, make diligent 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,Ph.D.

Editor, Journal of Alcohol and

Drug Education

Associate Professor,

Community Health Education

University of Nebraska at Omaha

6001 Dodge Street

Omaha, NE 68182-0216

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Date:Dec 22, 2000
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