NIDA Renames Addiction Journal

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NIDA's journal on addiction, formerly called Science & Practice Perspectives, is now being published as Addiction Science & Clinical Practice. The new name highlights the publication's goal of encouraging the exchange of ideas between researchers, clinicians, and others in the field of addiction science.

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The first issue of the renamed journal—December 2007—introduced two other major changes: an increase in the number of issues from one to two per year and the journal's inclusion in the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE (Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online) database. MEDLINE is the largest component of PubMed, an online database of biomedical journal citations and abstracts.

"Changing the name to Addiction Science & Clinical Practice reflects our ongoing commitment to bringing the latest in addiction science from the laboratory to the clinical field as quickly as possible," says NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow. "In addition, publishing the journal more frequently and broadening its access through MEDLINE will increase visibility and impact."

The journal promotes dialog between scientists and addiction treatment professionals with the aim of improving drug abuse treatment and research. It helps their programs keep pace with emerging knowledge and maximize treatment outcomes, while providing researchers with tools to construct new hypotheses and to design studies highly relevant to the needs of providers and patients. Each issue includes:

  • Reviews by leading researchers of critical topics in the science of drug abuse prevention and treatment;
  • Service providers' perspectives on what can and does work in diverse community treatment settings;
  • Panel discussions on the practical implications of most articles; and
  • Examples of successful addiction research-practice collaborations.

For more information and free subscriptions, go to: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice.