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Authors submitting to Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs are expected to adhere to the following principles:

  • texts submitted should not have been published previously, either in part or in full (exceptions can be made for texts published in languages inaccessible to most journal readers, please inform the editors in which language the text has been published)
  • texts should not be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere
  • all authors must have contributed substantially to the article and assume responsibility for its content
  • the research on which the article is based abides by established ethical principles

Authors will be asked to declare any sources of funding as well as any conflicts of interest, together with the transfer of copyrights.

Authors will receive first proofs.

Accepted submissions will be published online (in open access PDF format) as well as in print.

Manuscript Length and Format

Original research articles should not exceed 7000 words (excluding figures and tables, each on separate pages). Indicate in the text where the tables and figures should appear. Footnotes are to be placed at the end of the text.

Other reports, commentaries and similar contributions may vary in length from around 1000 to 4000 words; book reviews should not exceed 2000 words.


Original research articles should include an abstract (approx. 250 words) with proposed key words. Where appropriate, the abstract should be structured under the following headings: Aims, Design (or Methods, Data), Results, Conclusions.

Before you submit a manuscript, please consider the following:

The manuscript should be anonymous. The uploaded manuscript file should not include revealing information about the author(s), as e.g. acknowledgements, endnotes etc. This information should be submitted separately. 

The uploaded manuscript file should not include a front page. The system will automatically construct one based on the information you will provide when you begin your submission.

When submitting your manuscript online, you will be asked to upload the following separate files:

  • Abstract
  • Manuscript (may include tables, figures, and references, each on separate pages)
  • Acknowledgement (optional)
  • Endnote (optional)
  • Appendix (optional)


All research reports undergo blind review. To avoid delays, the manuscript should be well prepared in accordance with the instructions.

Reference Style Guide

From january 2013 we are using the APA (American Psychological Association) citation style (6th edition). Below are some examples.

To quote a reference in the text, give the surname of the author, year of publication and page numbers if applicable, e.g. (Jonsson, Svensson, & Andersson 2011, p. 1134; Pettersson, 1982, pp. 25-38).

The list of references should list all sources used in alphabetical order, indicating the author’s surname, first name or initials, year of publication, title of the book or publication, place of publication and publisher. For journal articles, indicate the author’s surname and the first letter of author’s first name, year of publication, title of the article, name of publication, volume number, issue number and inclusive page numbers.

Examples: Davies, P., & Walsh, D. (1983). Alcohol problems and alcohol control in Europe. London, Canberra: Croom Helm.

Elster, J. (1999). Emotion and addiction: Neurobiology, culture and choice. In J. Elster (Ed.), Addiction: entries and exits. (pp. 239-276). New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Room, R. (1999). The rhetoric of international drug control. Substance Use and Misuse, 3(12), 1689–1707.

Lowman, J., & Palys, T. (2000, December 5). The research confidentiality controversy at Simon Fraser University. Retrieved from http://www.sfu.ca/~palys/Controversy.htm

For more information, visit the APA Style webpage: The APA Style wepage (opens in a new window)

Translations into English

NAD may in some cases be able to provide help with translations from and into English and other languages. Please contact the editorial team.


NAD does not have article processing charges (APCs) nor article submission charges.

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