Information For Authors


The Journal "Revista Internacional de Investigación en Adicciones" (RIIAD) will consider for publication the following types of articles:

  • Editorials
  • Original articles
  • Review articles
  • Brief research reports
  • Reflections and experiences


Commentaries on controversial or relevant topics related to drug abuse and addictions or a comment on the works included on each issue. Editorials will be published by request of the Editor in Chief; nevertheless, it is possible to send proposals for consideration.

  • Maximum word count 1,500.

Original articles

Two types:

Original articles on quantitative research. Reports on cross-sectional studies, clinical trials, quasi-experimental designs, case-control studies, cohort studies and basic research.

  • Maximum word count 3,500.
    • Consider STROBE, CONSORT and TREND statements.

Original articles on qualitative research. Focus and discussion groups, in-depth interviews,  narrative and content analysis, semantic networks and ethnography.

  • Maximum word count 5,500.
    • Consider COREQ statement.

Review articles

Systematic and narrative reviews that organize existing evidence or provide an update on a topic of interest. Submissions must include the applied search strategy.

  • Maximum word count 4,000.
    • Consider PRISMA statement.

Brief research reports

Reports on preliminary findings, or on the validation of assessment instruments.

  • Maximum word count 2,000.

Reflections and experiences

Texts in essay format including reflections and narratives on experiences by experts in addiction research, public policy, prevention and treatment. Usually, these texts will be published by request of the Editor in Chief, but it is possible to send proposals for consideration.

  • Maximum word count 2,500.

Note: On all article types, word count DOES NOT INCLUDE: title, key words, abstract, references in text, tables, figures and reference list.



1. Assignment of copyright. Signed by the corresponding author or the first author representing all contributors, with name and e-mail of all authors. The author(s) state that the presented work has not been previously published elsewhere in another language or source (except as an abstract, as part of a lecture or congress presentation, or as an academic dissertation); they also state that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. It also implies that all authors gave final approval of the version of the manuscript submitted for consideration and that the study was approved by the authorities of the institution(s) where the study was carried. Finally, when a work is published, the authors grant every publishing right to the RIIAD, therefore they recognize that the published article cannot be translated nor totally or partially reproduced without the written consent of the Editor in Chief. It must be delivered as a PDF file. The assignment format is available at: Assignment of Copyright.

2. Cover letter. Is a letter addressed to the Editor in Chief, signed by the  first or the corresponding author. Please include: a) originality of the present work; b) its contribution to the knowledge of addiction; c) reasons for which they consider that the RIIAD is the right outlet for the dissemination of the findings. Even though it is not obligatory, it is recommended to supply the names of at least two peer reviewers that have expertise in the subject of the paper and who can give an adequate assessment of the submitted work. PDF file.

3. Cover page. It must be delivered as a WORD file and contain:

  • * Title (in English and Spanish), concise and informative, avoiding abbreviations and formulas.
  • * A brief running title in the language of the manuscript. Maximum 50 characters.
  • * Author names and affiliations. Provide the full name (mandatory), affiliation (mandatory )and ORCID ID (mandatory) of all authors. Author affiliations must be indicated in a superscripted number next to each author’s name. Please provide the complete contact addresses of each author affiliation, including country of origin. Only collaborators who have contributed substantially to the conception and design of the research, analysis and interpretation of data and in the writing and critical review of the manuscript should be considered as authors.
  • * Contact information of the corresponding author. Provide the contact information (phone number with country area and code, e-mail address and traditional mailing address) of the author that can be reached for any enquiry or clarification during the manuscript review, revision and publication process and once the article has been published.
  • * Word count for each article section: abstract, number of keywords, text, and number of tables and figures.

4. Manuscript. The authors must follow the publication guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA):

  • * The text must be typewritten, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, with margins of 2.5 cm on all sides, using Letter-sized pages, saved using “.doc” or “.docx” format.
  • * Please avoid the use of bold lettering in the text.
  • * Italics can only be used for words, terms or short phrases that are in a language other than English or that are of uncommon use; and only in the case where there is no equivalent word, term or phrasing in English.
  • * Avoid using footnotes.

It should contain:

  • Title in English and Spanish.
  • Abstract in English and Spanish. Including sections: a. introduction, b. objective, c. method, d. results, e. discussion and conclusions. Maximum word count 250.
  • Keywords in English and Spanish: three and five words, it is recommended to use Medical Subject Headings, MeSH, terms.
  • Introduction: In this section, the author(s) must describe the specific problem addressed by the study, comment on previous research on the topic, and present its specific aims.
  • Method: Methodology of the study must be presented in enough detail so that the study can be replicated. This section must include: study design, sample, data collection sites, procedures, measures, statistical analysis and ethical considerations. Note: the reasoning for the application of statistical analyzes must be included.
  • Results: presented in correspondence with the aims and analysis, it is possible to rely on tables and figures. Regarding Math formulae and statistics:
    • * Use numbers when reporting dates, sample sizes, etc.
    • * Use words when reporting numbers that range between zero and nine, use digits when reporting numbers over 10.
    • * Authors should cite exact p values, using two or three decimals, without the zero before decimals (e.g. p = .04; p = .002). Values lower than .001 must be presented as <.001.
    • * Statistical symbols should be presented in italics (e.g. M, SD, s, a, b).
    • * Measures of effect size should be included for as many analyses as possible. For this, authors should include raw and adjusted effect estimations indicating which were the confusing variables.
  • Discussion / conclusions: This section emphasizes the most important aspects of the study and the conclusions of the data.
  • Reference list: The citation style of the American Psychiatric Association should be followed, presenting the materials in alphabetical order. RIIAD suggests giving priority to publications in indexed journals; the citation of specialized books and government reports is also recommended, avoiding as far as possible the use of internet pages, unpublished results or personal communications. Here are some examples:
    •  * Journal article: Author, A. A. & Author, B. B. (year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, xx, pp-pp. doi: xx.xxxxxxxxxx
    • * Book: Author, A. A. (year). Title of work. Location: Publisher
    • * Chapter in a book: Author, A. A., & Autor, B. B. (year). Title of chapter. In A. Editor & B. Editor, (Eds.), Title of book(pp. xx-xx). Location: Publisher
  • Tables and figures: A maximum of five figures, tables or images in total are accepted. All of it must follow the APA publication manual. They will be located at the end of the text, one per page, after the references; numbered successively in order of appearance. Point out in the text, where they have to be located. Sources should be cited if the materials have been previously published. If images and / or photographs are included, they must be delivered in separate documents in JPG, TIFF or EPS formats with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI.

5. Images, figures and photographs. If they are included, they must be delivered in separate files, grayscale and saved as JPG, TIFF or EPS with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI.

6. Author(s) Disclosures. It must be a different file, in which the sources of financing for the study and the existence of possible conflicts of interest are stated. All conflicts of interest are important, especially the financing by pharmaceutical, tobacco and alcohol industries. The existence of conflicts of interest does not affect the possibilities of publication of the manuscript, as long as these are declared transparently during the publication process. Include in this document:

    • * Funding source (mandatory)
    • * Conflict of interest (mandatory)
    • * Acknowledgements (optional)



The submission and receipt of the manuscript for evaluation will be through this platform taking into account the specifications mentioned throughout this guide.



Authors are urged to send materials of their authorship, avoiding plagiarism at all cost. In case of suspicion of plagiarism, specialized software will be used to evaluate the originality of the document. If this practice is detected, the evaluation process will be stopped immediately and the author will be notified.

Once the manuscript has been uploaded to the platform, the editor-in-chief will send the manuscript to the internal review committee, where it will be decided if it meets the criteria of format, methodological quality, relevance and innovation. If the manuscript passes the cut-off point of the expected quality standard, it will be sent to a double-blind review with external reviewers to the journal, which may be proposed by the authors or by the editorial committee of the journal.

The possible qualifications that can be established for the manuscripts evaluated are: a) rejected; b) accepted with major modifications; c) accepted with minor modifications; d) accepted.

If the manuscript is accepted by a peer reviewer and rejected by another, the evaluation of a third external reviewer will be requested. Likewise, the editor can make a decision after a careful review of the evaluations of both pairs.

In order to ensure an adequate and fair revision of the manuscripts received, the RIIAD journal requires an internal evaluation period of seven to nine weeks to inform the authors about the internal opinion, and in case of passing the filter, it takes from three to four months for the review of external peers.



All correspondence should be addressed to:

Dr. Rodrigo Marín Navarrete

Editor in Chief

Revista Internacional de Investigación en Adicciones
Av. San Jerónimo 372, Col. Jardines del Pedregal, Mexico City, C.P. 01900