Guide for authors

Articles should be submitted on-line via the editorial system:



The quarterly "Alcoholism and Drug Addiction/Alkoholizm i Narkomania" is an interdisciplinary journal that publishes research-based papers dealing with alcohol- and drug-related problems. The journal publishes:

  • original articles,
  • review articles,
  • monographic articles,
  • case reports,
  • book reviews,
  • scientific conference reports,
  • polemics,
  • letters,
  • short communications.

The original and review versions of the article should not exceed 22 pages, that is around 40,000 characters with spaces including tables, figures, references and abstract.

Any submitted article must contain:

  • a declaration that the article has never been published, either partially or wholly, by a different journal or publication, also that the article is not under consideration for publication elsewhere,
  • a declaration with regard to conflict of interest,
  • a declaration of no ghostwriting and guest authorship in publication.



Ethical principles
The contents of the submitted article ought to be in accordance with:


Rights of examined persons
Research work must respect the rights of examined persons to privacy and confidentiality. They ought to express conscious consent to their participation in any research. 
All personal data and information concerning the patient in the article and other additional materials (including figures and video files) must be removed unless the patient (or legal guardian) grants written permission to use their details.


Conflict of interest
All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work. A potential conflict of interest may occur in the case of employment, consultation, share-holding, commission, provision of remunerated expertise, application for or registration of patents, grants or other projects related to financing.
In the case of no conflict of interest, authors are also requested to submit a declaration.


When the paper is accepted for publication, all rights to use it are transferred to the journal owner and its copyrights. The paper may not be published by any other publisher. Upon publication, the paper is the property of the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology and it may be used in full, regardless of the media and language, only upon written consent of the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Retained author rights
The author (or employer or institution) retains the right to the article in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) Licence.

It is unacceptable to claim authorship of papers of which one is not the author and to make use of papers without correct reference to source. In the case of the detection of plagiary, the matter will be raised in the next edition of the journal.

Materials taken from other sources must be accompanied by a written statement from both author and publisher giving permission to "Alcoholism and Drug Addiction/Alkoholizm i Narkomania" for reproduction.

Obtain permission in writing from at least one author of papers still in press, unpublished data, and personal communications.


Open access
Every peer-reviewed research article appearing in this journal will be published open access. This means that the article is universally and freely accessible via the internet in perpetuity, in an easily readable format immediately after publication. The author does not have any publication charges for open access. The Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology will pay to make the article open access.
A CC user license manages the reuse of the article. All articles will be published under the following license: CC BY-NC-ND license

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)
For non-commercial purposes, lets others distribute and copy the article, and to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), as long as they credit the author(s) and provided they do not alter or modify the article.


Role of the funding source
Authors are requested to provide lists of institutions/persons that have provided financial support for research carried out and/or the preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the author has not taken advantage of any financing, such information must also be provided in the paper.


Each author could declare his or her individual contribution to the article: all authors must have materially participated in the research and/or article preparation, so roles for all authors should be described. Authors' contribution concerns the following aspects of the manuscript:

• Study design
• Data collection
• Statistical analysis
• Data interpretation
• Acceptance of final manuscript version
• Literature search
• Funds collection

 Ghostwriting and guest authorship

Ghostwriting and guest authorship are contrary to scientific ethics. In the case of ghostwriting, the author of the publication is not declared as part of the official team of authors and the text is not written by the named author. As for guest authorship, a person is included among the publication authors or co-authors even though they did not take part in work on the publication or their input was very minor.
On submitting an article for publication, a declaration that the work is free from ghostwriting or guest authorship is required. If discovered, cases of this kind of procedure shall be revealed and the institutions employing the authors in question informed, together any scientific associations or associations of scientific publishers etc.


Changes to authorship
This policy concerns the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of accepted manuscripts.

Before the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue: Requests to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the Journal Manager from the corresponding author of the accepted manuscript and must include: (a) the reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and (b) written confirmation (email, fax, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed. Requests that are not sent by the corresponding author will be forwarded to the corresponding author, who must follow the procedure as described above. Note that publication of the accepted manuscript in an online issue is suspended until authorship has been agreed.

After the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue: Any requests to add, delete, or rearrange author names in an article published in an online issue will follow the same policies as noted above and result in a corrigendum.


Every effort is made by the Editor-in-Chief and the International Editorial Board of the "Alcoholism and Drug Addiction/Alkoholizm i Narkomania" to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or statement appear in the quarterly. However, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles and advertisements herein are the responsibility of the contributor, sponsor or advertiser concerned. Accordingly, the Editor-in-Chief and the International Editorial Board accept no liability whatsoever for the consequences of any such inaccurate of misleading data, opinion or statement. Every effort is made to ensure that drug doses and other quantities are presented accurately. Nevertheless, readers are advised that methods and techniques involving drug usage and other treatments described in the "Alcoholism and Drug Addiction/Alkoholizm i Narkomania", should only be followed in conjunction with the drug or treatment manufacturer's own published literature in the readers own country.


Submission to this journal proceeds totally online via editorial system in homepage of the quarterly: or via Termedia Publishing House: You will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of your files. The system automatically converts source files to a single PDF file of the article, which is used in the peer-review process. Please note that even though manuscript source files are converted to PDF files at submission for the review process, these source files are needed for further processing after acceptance. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, takes place by email removing the need for a paper trail.


Submission declaration
Submission of an article implies that:

a) the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint),

b) it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere,

c) its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere including electronically in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.

It is understood that all authors listed on a manuscript have agreed to its submission. The signature of the corresponding author on the letter of submission signifies that these conditions have been fulfilled.


Please write your text in good English (only British usage is accepted). Authors who feel their English language manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English may wish to use our editorial support. For more information please write to


Review process
Articles are evaluated according to their content with specific consideration for methodology and conclusions, presentation of research results and originality. Incomplete documentation or articles that fail to fulfill the standards presented in the instructions for authors will be sent back to the authors prior to the review process for correction.
Received articles undergo initial editorial assessment, and those deemed incompatible with the journal profile or unsuitable in terms of content standards are rejected at this stage.
All research, review and monographic articles are anonymously evaluated by two independent referees. The journal encourages authors to suggest the names of possible reviewers (full name and email address), though it reserves the right of final selection.
Submitted papers will not be sent to reviewers from the same institution as that of the author or to persons deemed likely to be in conflict of interest with the authors. Reviewers are not permitted to use their knowledge on the given article subject matter prior to the publication of said article.
The author receives the review together with requests from referees to correct or shorten the text. The article then qualifies for publication once it has been returned together with the changes suggested by the reviewers and provided that it fulfills all qualitative and formal requirements. The final decision to accept an article for publication lies with the Editor-in-Chief.



Double-blind review
This journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author name(s) are not allowed to be revealed to one another for a manuscript under review. The identities of the authors are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa. 

To facilitate this, please include the following separately:

  • Title page (with author details). This should include the title, authors' names and affiliations, and a complete address for the corresponding author including telephone and email address, eventually Acknowledgement.
  • Blinded manuscript (no author details). The main body of the paper (including the references, figures, tables and any Acknowledgements) should not include any identifying information, such as the authors' names or affiliations.


Use of word processing software
It is important that the file be saved in the native format of the word processor used. The text should be in single-column format. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. Most formatting codes will be removed and replaced on processing the article. In particular, do not use the word processor's options to justify text or to hyphenate words. However, do use bold face, italics, subscripts, superscripts etc.
This ought to be unformatted, without paragraph indentation and word-breaks. Footnotes should be avoided.
When preparing tables, if you are using a table grid, use only one grid for each individual table and not a grid for each row. If no grid is used, use tabs, not spaces, to align columns. The electronic text should be prepared in a way very similar to that of conventional manuscripts. 
Note that source files of figures, tables and text graphics will be required whether or not you embed your figures in the text. See also the section on Electronic artwork.
To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the "spell-check" and "grammar-check" functions of your word processor.


Article structure

Submitted original papers should be prepared in accordance with the accepted scheme for scientific articles (with the minimum of additional subtitles) and contain the following elements:

Original articles
Introduction. An explanation for undertaking the research (a review of work conducted in the subject area, the significance of the subject matter). State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.
Material and method. A detailed description of the material and research methods allowing repetition by other researchers.
Results. These must be presented in sufficient detail to allow critical assessment of value by readers.
Discussion. This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. Results are discussed in the context of current scientific achievements and include comments on the limitations of the conducted research and suggestions for future studies.
Conclusions. Main research results.

Review articles
Introduction. Justification of the purpose of the presented argumentation.
Critical review of available knowledge on a given subject with comments.

Case studies
Introduction. Justification of purpose of the presented case, description of the current knowledge on the discussed case and the circumstances in which it arose.
Case description. Presentation of the case in detail.
Commentary. Discussion of conclusions and clinical implications of the presented case.

Other kinds of paper ought to contain appropriate subtitles with a clear hierarchy of importance.

Appendix may contain additional detailed descriptions of diagnostic or therapeutic techniques not contained in "Materials and methods", questionnaires, scales or other research tools.


Essential title page information

  • Title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
  • Author names and surnames. Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly.
  • Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter    immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate  address.
    Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the email address of each author.
  • Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication.
    Ensure that phone numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the email address and the complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.
  • Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a "Present address" (or "Permanent address") may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name.
    The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.


Abstract of maximum 200-250 words.
A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, references should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.

Abstracts should use the following headings:
- for original research: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions;
- for review articles: Introduction, Review, Conclusions;
- for case reports and case series: Introduction, Case Description(s), Conclusions.

The abstract should be included in the Blinded Manuscript.


From 3 to 6 words, if possible not the same words as in the title. The journal suggests the use of terms in accordance with Index Medicus (Medical Subject Headings) for medical articles.
Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.


Ought to be treated as a form of recognition for institutions or persons that allowed the research to take place or provided other kinds of help but cannot be treated as co-authors of the paper (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article).
Collate acknowledgements in a separate section and include it on the title page only.


Every abbreviation ought to be explained when first used, in the abstract and in the main text, e.g. "Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology (IPN)".
Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article. In case of larger number of terms could be provided "List of abbreviations".


Illustrative material should be referred to and described in the text (e.g. "as show in Table I..."… or in brackets: "see Table I, Figure 1").

Electronic artwork
General points

  • Please make sure that artwork files are in an acceptable format (TIFF or JPEG, EPS or PDF, or MS Office files) and with the correct resolution.
  • Aim to use the following fonts in your illustrations: Arial, Courier, Times New Roman.
  • Number the illustrations according to their sequence in the text.
  • Use a logical naming convention for your artwork files.
  • Provide captions to illustrations separately.
  • Size the illustrations close to the desired dimensions of the printed version.
  • Submit each illustration as a separate file.

Please do not

  • supply files that are optimised for screen use (e.g., GIF, BMP, PICT, WPG); these typically have a low number of pixels and limited set of colors;
  • supply files that are too low in resolution;
  • submit graphics that are disproportionately large for the content.

Figure captions
Ensure that each illustration has a caption. Supply captions separately, not attached to the figure. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used.


Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Place footnotes to tables below the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters. Avoid vertical rules. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article.


Citation in text. References should be numbered in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text and numbered accordingly (Arabic numerals). The numbers of the cited papers appear in square brackets. If citations are quoted, page numbers should appear thus: [3: 52)]
Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either "Unpublished results" or "Personal communication". Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

Web references. As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references should be included in the reference list.

References in a special issue. Please ensure that the words 'this issue' are added to any references in the list (and any citations in the text) to other articles in the same Special Issue.

Reference style. Every reference (written on a new line) ought to contain the author/authors' surnames, the first letters of the first names, year in brackets and paper title. Up to 6 authors ought to be listed in joint papers, in another case use „et al." In the case of a book, the place of publication and publisher should be given, in the case of a journal article, the name, number and page.

Examples of references

  • book Goodman LS, Gilman A. Goodman and Gilman's the Pharmacological Basis of Theraputics, 9 ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 1996.
  • edited books Cacioppo JT, Tassinary LG. (eds.). Principles of Psychophysiology: physical, social and inferential elements. New York: Cambridge University Press; 1990.
  • cited passages from edited books Drummond DC, Tiffany ST, Glautier S, Remington B. Cue exposure in understanding and treating addictive behaviour. In: Drummond DC, Tiffany ST, Glautier S, Remington B (eds.). Addictive Behaviours: Cue Exposure Theory and Practice. London: John Wiley & Sons; 1995, p.1-17.
  • journal Carrol ME, Comer SD. Animal models of relapse. Exp Clin Psychopharm 1996; 4: 11-18.

Note shortened form for last page number, e.g. 11-8, 233-5, 233-45.


Journal abbreviation source
Journal names should be abbreviated according to Index Medicus journal abbreviations
List of title word abbreviations


Submission checklist
The following list will be useful during the final checking of an article prior to sending it to the journal for review. Please consult this Guide for Authors for further details of any item.
Ensure that the following items are present:

1. One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:

  • email address
  • full postal address
  • phone numbers

2. All necessary files have been uploaded, and contain:

  • keywords
  • all figure captions
  • all tables (including title, description, footnotes).

3. Further considerations:

  • manuscript has been "spell-checked" and "grammar-checked"
  • references are in the correct format for this journal
  • all references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa
  • permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web).



Use of the Digital Object Identifier
The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) may be used to cite and link to electronic documents. The DOI consists of a unique alpha- numeric character string which is assigned to a document by the publisher upon the initial electronic publication. The assigned DOI never changes. Therefore, it is an ideal medium for citing a document, particularly 'Articles in press' because they have not yet received their full bibliographic information. Example of a correctly given DOI (in URL format; here an article in the journal Physics Letters B):
When you use a DOI to create links to documents on the web, the DOIs are guaranteed never to change.


One set of page proofs (as PDF files) will be sent by email to the corresponding author or a link will be provided in the email so that authors can download the files themselves. 
Termedia provides authors with PDF proofs which can be annotated; for this you will need to download Adobe Reader version 10 (or higher) available free from Termedia provides authors with PDF proofs which can be annotated; for this you will need to download Adobe Reader version 10 (or higher) available free from

If you do not wish to use the PDF annotations function, you may list the corrections and return them to the Publisher in an email.
Please list your corrections quoting line number. If, for any reason, this is not possible, then mark the corrections and any other comments on a printout of your proof and return by fax, or scan the pages and email, or by post.
Please use this proof only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the text, tables and figures. Significant changes to the article as accepted for publication will only be considered at this stage with permission from the Editor. The Publisher will do everything possible to get your article published quickly and accurately – please send all your corrections within 48 hours. It is important to ensure that all corrections are sent back to the Publisher in one communication: please check carefully before replying, as inclusion of any subsequent corrections cannot be guaranteed. Proofreading is solely your responsibility.
Note that we may proceed with the publication of your article if no response is received.


The corresponding author, at no cost, will be provided with a PDF file of the article via email.



For inquiries relating to the submission of article please write to