Publishing Addiction Science is a comprehensive guide for addiction scientists facing the complex process of contributing to scholarly journals. Written by an international group of addiction journal editors and their colleagues, it discusses how to write research articles and systematic reviews, choose a journal, respond to reviewers’ reports, become a reviewer, and resolve the often difficult authorship, ethical and citation issues that arise in addiction science publishing.
As a “Guide for the Perplexed,” Publishing Addiction Science helps novice as well as experienced researchers to deal with these challenges. It is suitable for university courses and forms the basis of the training workshops offered by the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE).
Co-sponsored by ISAJE and the scientific journal Addiction, the third edition of Publishing Addiction Science gives special attention to the challenges faced by researchers from developing and non-English-speaking countries and features new chapters on guidance for clinician-scientists and the growth of infrastructure and career opportunities in addiction science.
Written by an international group of experts, PAS3 is a comprehensive publication guide geared toward addiction professionals. With its broad approach to current issues in scholarly publishing, the revised and updated 3rd edition of this open access classic is appropriate for current students in various graduate programs other than addiction science. Course instructors and dissertation supervisors now have an authoritative source to which they can refer their students on topics from the perennial how to write scholarly articles and how to choose a journal for publication to more contemporary ones, such as how to write systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Also notable is the wealth of practical advice on how to prepare the actual manuscript and respond to reviewers.
It was a fascinating and rewarding experience to work with top scholars in the field of addiction and addiction publishing from all over the world. I was invited to co-author three chapters by Thomas F. Babor, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, published at the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies. Dr. Babor was our keynote speaker at the 37th annual conference of the Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists (SALIS) in San Diego, CA in 2015. Listening to his talk on the infrastructure of addiction science, it was obvious that he considers libraries and librarians as extremely valuable contributors.
“Judit was the Director of Information Services at the Center of Alcohol Studies at that time as well as the chair of SALIS,” says Thomas F. Babor. “She was in charge of the country’s oldest addiction collection and had a lot of experience with the questions that addictions researchers and students need to answer when it comes to publishing. Her mastery of the current developments in addiction publishing was critical to the drafting of several chapters, in addition to background provided by Andrea Mitchell, the Executive Director of SALIS, who also consulted on library-related issues.”
Jean O'Reilly, Editorial Manager at Addiction, was in charge of coordinating the collaboration of 28 co-authors from various countries, such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Nigeria, South Africa, the UK, and the USA.
“Because of the large number of authors involved in the book, all working for free in their spare time, it was necessary early on to form a small editorial team to steer the project and handle the many incidental but time-consuming tasks that accompany revising a book: commissioning new material, setting budgets and timetables, finding sponsors, contracting and liaising with the publisher, copyediting, arranging copyright permissions, and so on. The editorial group held regular teleconferences, increasing in frequency and hysteria as we approached the deadline, to check our actual progress against the proposed schedule. This approach allowed us to make quick decisions when needed while leaving the majority of our co-authors in peace to revise their chapters, and it allowed a potentially unwieldy project to progress efficiently.”
PAS3 is also exceptional with its coverage of ethical issues in scholarly publishing, such as selective or coercive citations and gift or surprise authorship. A chapter highlights the “Seven deadly sins of scientific publishing and how to avoid them,” listing seven major ethical issues with examples, from unintentional but questionable practices, such as citation bias and redundancies, to undeclared conflict of interest, plagiarism, and serious scientific fraud. In our era of so much potential for publication misconduct, researchers do need guidance. Libraries and librarians are ready to help all over the world.
It is also remarkable that all this content is now available for anyone, including libraries and researchers from developing countries, who usually can’t afford to purchase all the books they would like to.
“We were attracted to the model developed by our publisher, Ubiquity Press, which makes their books fully open access, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license,” adds Thomas F. Babor, who also noted that “the traditional print copy version of the book is available as well for a reasonable price.”
SALIS librarians kept asking about the publication date. When the notification went out to the list, they were pleased to share it with their users – the best use of a librarian-coauthor for promotion!
Babor, T et al. 2017. Publishing Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed. London: Ubiquity Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/bbd
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Published on May 24, 2017