Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy on the Drug User's Points of View
Topic: From the Drug Users’ Points of View.
Guest Editor: Dr. Sébastien Tutenges
The purpose of this special issue of Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy is to shed new light on the lived reality of drug use and misuse in contemporary society. Its focus is on the drug users’ own experiences and perspectives on different aspects of their drug consumption. For example, we welcome papers that address questions such as: How do drug users experience and evaluate their own drug consumption? What strategies do they pursue to avoid drug-related harm? What motivates them to seek treatment? What kinds of treatment do they prefer and why? What are the obstacles and facilitators that bring about changes in the lives of drug users? What do young people think about drug education and prevention campaigns? Is it possible to understand drug consumption from the user’s point of view?
Insights into the users’ perspectives are crucial for the advancement of prevention, treatment and policy strategies capable of successfully addressing the needs of drug users. All too often, interventions into users’ lives are hasty and ill-prepared, following the whims of decision-makers who want to show initiative and social responsibility, yet are unwilling to seek the users’ perspectives. But without an in-depth understanding of the specific populations, interventions are likely to fail. Therefore, this special issue calls for fresh empirical data on hitherto understudied drug cultures and drug issues. We especially welcome papers that approach users in an attentive and respectful manner, treating them as sentient actors whose perspectives can contribute to the important work of reducing drug-related harms.
We hope to include a variety of different types of articles, as described in the Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy's Instructions for Authors, available at the journal's website, and we encourage submissions from a diverse range of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, public health, psychology and criminology.
Submission Process: Potential authors should submit a 4-500 word proposal. The issue’s Guest Editors will review the proposals and invite selected authors to submit a full manuscript, subject to peer review. Submissions should be in English, and proposals should clearly state the aims, methods and findings of the article proposed.
Proposals should be submitted by January 20, 2014. Authors will be notified about the success of their proposals by February 27, 2014. Completed manuscripts will be due by May 16, 2014, and review decisions by June 30, 2014. Revised manuscripts will be due by September 1, 2014, and final decisions will be made by October 31, 2014.
Please send proposal submissions and inquiries to the Special Issue Editor: Dr. Sébastien Tutenges email@example.com