Harm Reduction Journal
Publisher: BioMed Central
Harm Reduction Journal (HRJ) is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, online
journal whose focus is prevalent patterns of psychoactive drug use, the
public policies meant to control them, and the search for effective
methods of reducing the adverse medical, public health, and social
consequences associated with both drugs and drug policies.
We are especially interested in studies of the evolving patterns of drug
use around the world, their implications for the spread of HIV/AIDS and
other blood-borne pathogens, and in accurate descriptions and rigorous
evaluations of innovative policies and practices for harm reduction in
diverse societies. HRJ also seeks to improve the access to authoritative
and current harm reduction literature for health professionals and
policy specialists in the non-English speaking world, by offering access
to translations of published articles, and their data sets.
While there are many fine print journals already published on drug
issue, the Open Access HRJ is the first to focus exclusively on this
public health model and to make contemporary research on harm reduction
freely available online - as well as providing full access to the large
body of factual reports and policy documents published by governments
and by the growing international network of harm reduction organizations.
Harm Reduction Journal (HRJ) considers the following types of articles:
* Research: reports of data from original research and scholarship.
* Book reviews: 1000-1500 words on recent and classic works in the
* Brief reports: brief reports of data from original research,
usually about 1500 words.
* Case reports: reports of clinical cases that can be educational,
describe a diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma, suggest an association, or
present an important adverse reaction.
* Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles on any
subject within the journal's scope. These articles are usually related
to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings or other HRJ
publications. They focus on specific issues and are about 1500 words.
* Methodology articles: present a new experimental method, test or
procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may
offer a better version of an existing method. The article must describe
a demonstrable advance on what is currently available.
* Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of important
subjects within the journal's scope. HRJ will regularly solicit these
and is open to proposals for additional topics. These have an
educational aim and are 2000-5000 words - with more extensive and wider
All articles will be published immediately upon acceptance (after peer
review) and soon after listed in PubMed.
Professor Ernest Drucker, PhD
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Abstracts available online. Articles available in HTML and PDF format.
Note: Harm Reduction Journal is committed to open access. To cover the cost of
publication it will be introducing article-processing charges from 01 Dec
Current Issue: 1:10 (17 November 2004)
Date: 15 Dec. 2004