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Journal of Drug Issues

Journal of Drug Issues

2018 Impact Factor: 1.118
2018 Ranking: 29/35 in Substance Abuse (SSCI)
Source: Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science Group, 2019)

Kevin M. Beaver Florida State University, USA

eISSN: 19451369 | ISSN: 00220426 | Current volume: 49 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly
Journal of Drug Issues (JDI), published quarterly, has been dedicated since its inception to providing a professional and scholarly forum centered on the national and international problems associated with drugs, especially illicit drugs. It is a refereed publication with international contributors and subscribers. As a leader in its field, JDI is an instrument widely used by research scholars, public policy analysts, and those involved in the day-to-day struggle against the problem of drug abuse. Published in Association with Florida State University, The College of Criminology & Criminal Justice.

The Journal of Drug Issues (JDI) was incorporated as a nonprofit entity in the State of Florida in 1971. In 1996, JDI was transferred to the Florida State University College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and the Richard L. Rachin Endowment was established to support its continued publication. Since its inception, JDI has been dedicated to providing a professional and scholarly forum centered on the national and international problems associated with drugs, especially illicit drugs. It is a refereed publication with international contributors and subscribers. As a leader in its field, JDI is an instrument widely used by research scholars, public policy analysts, and those involved in the day-to-day struggle against the problem of drug abuse.

Associate Editors
Ron L. Akers University of Florida, USA
J. C. Barnes University of Cincinnati, USA
Bruce Benson Florida State University, USA
Robert Booth University of Colorado, USA
Brian B. Boutwell Sam Houston State University, USA
Khanh Bui Pepperdine University, USA
Jonathan Caulkins Carnegie Mellon University, USA
H. Harrington Cleveland Pennsylvania State University, USA
John K. Cochran University of South Florida, USA
Eric J. Connolly Penn State, Abington, USA
Heath Copes The University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Dean A Dabney Georgia State University, USA
Spencer De Li University of Macau, China
Matt DeLisi, Ph.D. Ames, IA, USA
Abby Fagan University of Florida, USA
Chris Gibson University of Florida, USA
Christine E. Grella University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Joseph R. Guydish University of California, San Francisco, USA
Martin Iguchi Georgetown University, USA
John J. Kerbs East Carolina University, USA
Carmen Masson University of California, San Francisco, USA
Dan Mears Florida State University, USA
Zofia Mielecka-Kubien Karol Adamiecki University of Economics, Poland
Joseph L. Nedelec University of Cincinnati, USA
Michael L. Prendergast University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Helene Raskin White Rutgers University, Center for Alcohol Studies, USA
Michael D. Reisig Arizona State University, USA
Judith A. Richman University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Paul Roman University of Georgia, USA
Joseph A. Schwartz University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA
Ben Steiner University of Nebraska, Omaha, USA
Eric Stewart Florida State University, USA
Chris Sullivan University of Cincinnati, USA
Steve Tibbetts California State University, San Bernardino, USA
Chad R. Trulson University of North Texas, Denton, USA
Michael Vaughn Saint Louis University, USA
L. Thomas Winfree New Mexico State University, USA
John Wright University of Cincinnati, USA
Nicole L. Piquero University of Texas at Dallas, USA
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