IJDP Special Issue

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DRUG POLICY

CALL FOR PAPERS

SPECIAL ISSUE: New Psychoactive Substances and Human Enhancement Drugs

Guest editors:

Caroline Chatwin, Fiona Measham, Kate O’Brien & Harry Sumnall.

We are pleased to invite outline abstracts (300 words maximum) for contributions to a forthcoming special issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy with a focus on New Psychoactive Substances and Human Enhancement Drugs (including Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs (PIEDs), sexual enhancers, cognitive enhancers and mood/behaviour enhancers). The International Journal of Drug Policy is published monthly as of 2015, has an Impact Factor of 3.19, and is ranked in the top five academic journals in substance use (See: www.ijdp.org).

We invite the following types of contribution:

Social research papers based on empirical or theoretical research (~5,000, and          exceptionally, 8,000 words)

Review papers, particularly systematic reviews (~4,000 words)

Policy analysis (~4,000 words)

Commentaries (~3,500 words)

At this stage of the call, we are interested in considering abstracts for any papers concerning either New Psychoactive Substances or Human Enhancement Drugs, however, we are particularly interested in the following:

  • Social research studies which focus on the experiences and motivations of the users of Human Enhancement Drugs.
  • Policy analyses which critically analyse the social, cultural and political impacts of New Psychoactive Substances and Human Enhancement Drugs.
  • Contributions which consider New Psychoactive Substances and Human Enhancement drugs in an international and/or global context.
  • Contributions which consider the motivations for and implications of New Psychoactive Substance use and Human Enhancement Drug use side by side, and which draw out the similarities and differences between them.
  • Contributions which consider the impact that both New Psychoactive Substance use and Human Enhancement Drug use have on traditional drug markets and on traditional drug policies.

Qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods, and historical research are welcome. Papers must discuss the implications of their findings for policy.

Abstracts should be emailed to c.chatwin@kent.ac.uk by October 31st. The email subject heading should read “IJDP Special Issue”. The editors will inform authors by November 30th whether to proceed to full submission. If selected, complete manuscripts will be due in April 2016. All manuscripts are subject to the normal IJDP peer review process. The special issue will be published in 2016.

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