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Journal of Drug Policy Analysis

A Journal of Substance Abuse Control Policy

Ed. by Kleiman, Mark / Kilmer, Beau

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.408
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 0.612
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2015: 0.625

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    Aims and Scope

    Journal of Drug Policy Analysis (JDPA) publishes peer-reviewed articles related to every aspect of the problems posed by abusable psychoactives, licit and illicit, anywhere in the world. We publish analytic contributions to the public and scholarly conversation about how to deal with the issues surrounding drug policy. Contributions may be data-driven or conceptual, and may incorporate any of the methods of the social and biological sciences, of the professions of medicine, public health, law, law enforcement, and public management, or of the humanities. Contributions will be evaluated purely on their analytic merit, and not on their agreement with the view of the editorial board. It is not necessary that a submission reach a firm policy conclusion; instead the author may focus on illuminating the stakes in a given policy choice, and the terms of the tradeoffs among the values and interests in play.

    The Journal of Drup Policy Analysis is proud to announce the new Editor’s Choice free access article feature. To download the featured article free of charge, please click the link below.

    Vol 8. Iss. 1 - Will Eric Holder’s Memo Have a Substantial Effect on Civil Asset Forfeiture Practices? by Tyler Kirkland Jones


    Type of Publication:

    Journal of Drug Policy Analysis (JDPA) publishes practical, policy-analytic insights on the problems and policies of drug abuse control. Peer-reviewed articles and essays analyze aspects of public policy posed by the global issues of licit and illicit narcotic use. Using data-driven and conceptual approaches, as well as the methods of the social and biological sciences, the humanities, medicine, public health, law enforcement, and public management, JDPA emphasizes informed policy analysis. Edited by prominent scholars at RAND and UCLA, Journal of Drug Policy Analysis drives public and scholarly conversations about the values and interests in play surrounding issues of drug policy, a conversation of vital interest to drug policy researchers, criminologists, economists, physicians, and policy makers.

    Publication History

    One issue/year, updated continuously
    ISSN: 1941-2851
    Content available since 2008 (Volume 1, Issue 1)

    What scholars are saying about Journal of Drug Policy Analysis

    The editors and contributors are among the most respected in the field of drug policy. I have no doubt that the journal will be an influence on policymakers and researchers.

    Ralph A. Weisheit, Department of Criminal Justice, Illinois State University

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    Editorial Information

    Mark Kleiman, NYU
    Beau Kilmer, RAND

    Managing Editor
    Deborah Linman, BOTEC

    Associate Editors
    Jon Caulkins, Carnegie Mellon University
    John Coleman, Drug Watch International
    Philip Cook, Duke University
    David Courtwright, University of North Florida
    Dean Gerstein, Claremont Graduate University
    Angela Hawken, Pepperdine University and UCLA
    Martin Iguchi, UCLA and RAND
    Jerome Jaffe, University of Maryland
    David Kennedy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
    Andrew Morral, RAND
    Rosalie Pacula, RAND
    Letizia Paoli, Catholic University of Leuven
    Harold Pollack, University of Chicago
    Rick Rawson, UCLA
    Peter Reuter, University of Maryland and RAND
    Alison Ritter, University of New South Wales
    Sally Satel, American Enterprise Institute
    Eric Sevigny, Georgia State University

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