Submission by authors implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a conference or symposium. Once the manuscript is prepared in accordance with the guidelines, it should be submitted via email to

Manuscript Categories

Research Article: These articles provide the clear description of new findings of chief importance. The word limit is 5000 words excluding abstract, references, tables or figures and other annexes.

Review Article: These articles provide the systematic insights of latest advancements and current happenings in the field of alcohol and drug abuse. Systematic reviews; meta-analysis of research findings; invited commentaries on topics of special interest to the field; and report on dissemination or implementation of alcohol and drug abuse interventions. The word limit is 5000 words excluding abstract, references, tables or figures and other annexes.

Short Communication: These articles communicate a clear description of novel findings or ideas in the field of alcohol and drug abuse without covering detailed background information about the problem or intervention but rather give key pointers that other scholars can interrogate. The word limit is 2500 words excluding abstract, references, tables or figures.

Policy Briefings: These articles are concise summary of a particular issue, policy option or recommendation for best practices. The word limit is 2500 words excluding abstract, references, tables or figures and other annexes.

Editorial: These articles convey views on any theme relevant to the journal’s concerns that contain no more than 1200 words excluding references.

Letters: Letters are written to convey any views or perspectives on current research interests or problems. The word limit is 1200 words excluding references. There should be no figures and tables in this type of manuscript.

Preparation of the Manuscript

Manuscripts should be presented in the following order:

  1. Title page
  2. Abstract and key words
  3. Introduction
  4. Methodology
  5. Results and Discussion
  6. Conclusions
  7. Acknowledgement for funding (if any)
  8. Figures and Tables
  9. References

Other articles that are not empirically based should be presented as follows:

  1. Title page
  2. Abstract and key words (if any)
  3. Main Text
  4. Acknowledgement for funding (if any)
  5. Figures and Tables (if any)
  6. References

Other requirements

  • Written permissions to use non-original material
  • Declaration of conflict of interest

Manuscript Formatting Guidelines

Title Page: Title must be precise, self-explanatory and brief (not more than 25 words). The Font Size of the title should be Times New Roman 14, bold and centered.

Corresponding author details with their affiliation(s) (surname, other names, institution and Country) must be mentioned below the Title. The corresponding author should be starred in the authors list. Corresponding author should be provided with complete affiliation, contact number and e-mail address.

Abstract: Each manuscript must contain an abstract of no more than 300 words for all articles. An abstract need to be concise, informative, self-explanatory and must be free from citations. It should be single spaced, Font 11, Times New Roman.

Keywords: Keywords should be precisely picked from the manuscript and comprise of those most commonly used words in the article. The limit is 8 keywords.

Introduction: This section should lay a strong background for the study to enable the readers to understand the purpose and need for the study. This section should contain citations of previously published research studies and literature relevant to the topic that are used in the article. The introduction should clearly highlight the empirical and theoretical literature review, research gaps, research focus, research questions and objectives.

Methodology: This section should provide detailed procedures; techniques; and methods applied in the research e.g. study design, sample and sampling techniques, instruments and procedures, data analysis and other methodological details critical for replication.  This section may have multiple sub-sections as per the number of methods and methodologies used.

Results:  This section should describe the results of the study. They should be in line with the objectives and analytical framework while providing a summary of the most remarkable findings.

Discussion: This section aims at analyzing, interpreting and synthesizing the findings in the context of existing literature while suggesting future directions for research, new methods and explanations for deviations including support for previously published results from credible sources.

Conclusions: This should clearly articulate the outcome of the synthesis of the findings while giving a sense of completeness and a final impression on the reader showing the importance of the research statement.

Acknowledgements and Funding

The author should acknowledge people, grants, funds, etc. that contributed towards the success of the work. Authors should also declare whether or not they have competing interests.

Figures and Tables: All figures and tables should include the relevant captions, titles, description or footnotes using the APA format.

Reference Formatting

AJADA publishes all reference lists in APA style (Publication Manual of the APA, Latest Edition). Non authoritative sources should not be used for references. The following is a sample of a reference list entry for a journal article and a book chapter.


Journal Articles

Warner, L. A., White, H. R., and Johnson, V. (2007). Alcohol initiation experiences and family history of alcoholism as predictors of problem-drinking trajectories. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70, 56–65.

Book Chapters

McCord, J. (1991). Identifying developmental paradigms leading to alcoholism. In D. J. Pittman and H. R. White (Eds.), Society, culture, and drinking patterns reexamined (pp. 480–491). New Brunswick, NJ: Alcohol Research Documentation, Inc.


Please consult the Publication Manual of the APA for additional details about styling reference lists. More information is also available at: