The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs: An Interdisciplinary Journal is a peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to publishing high-quality original academic research, reflection essays and reviews in the field of alcohol and drug history, broadly construed. The SHAD publishes under the auspices of the Alcohol and Drug History Society twice annually, in the Winter (Issue 1) and in the Summer (Issue 2) of each year.  On special occasions it may publish an entire volume at one time.

Citation Styles

Please follow the Style outlined in this reference guide

Submission Guidelines

The SHAD accepts both solicited and unsolicited manuscripts on a broad range of topics within the scope of alcohol and drug history. Manuscripts should be no longer than 8000 words before notes.

Solicited Manuscripts

Occasionally The SHAD’s editors will solicit manuscripts from authors. In those cases, solicited manuscripts should be sent to the editor who contacted the author. Editors’ email addresses are available on the Editorial Board Members Page.

Unsolicited Manuscripts

The SHAD welcomes unsolicited manuscripts from authors from all disciplines. To submit a paper for consideration in The SHAD authors should submit a digital version in a suitable word processor format to the editor-in-chief.

General Formatting

Submissions must be double spaced, including large quotations, with one-inch margins on all four sides. Font size must be 12 point, with the preferred style being Times New Roman. Any figures, tables or other additional material must be on separate pages, identified clearly (Figure 1, Table 1, etc). If sent electronically, these items may be part of the same file, or sent separately, but clearly identified.

All electronic submissions should be named as follows: “Author-Brief Title.doc” (the file type may change depending on the word processor used–“doc” or “wpd”. For example, a paper by Mary Smith called “‘It all makes sense now’: LSD use among Canadian politicians” may arrive as “Smith–LSD Canadian politicians.”


To ensure anonymity in the reviewing process, all papers submitted to The SHAD should include a separate title page, with paper title, author name, institutional affiliation and contact information (email, phone number, and address). This page should be separate from the rest of the paper. The subsequent page, which will be the first page of the essay, should include the title of the paper, but no information to identify the author.

Any references to the author’s own work that are indicated as being work of the author (for example, “I have discussed this in my previous work”) should be referenced anonymously. We recommend that, rather than naming such references, authors should number their own work to which they refer (for example, “Author 1” “Author 2” etc) , and provide the editor with a separate list of their works, with corresponding numbers.

Manuscript Evaluation

The Editor-in-Chief reviews each manuscript normally within two weeks of receipt of the article. Papers deemed to be inappropriate for the Journal may be rejected outright after initial review by the Editor-in-Chief. In such cases the manuscript is returned to the author with comments.

Manuscripts that are deemed appropriate for the journal are sent to two reviewers. All reviews are anonymous peer reviews by experts in the field. Reviewers are asked to review the manuscript within one month of receipt, and to return a written commentary on the manuscript. The recommendations the reviewers may make are: accepted, accepted with minor revisions, revise and resubmit, or rejected with comments.

The Editor-in-Chief will decide, based on the opinion of the referees and the Editor-in-Chief’s own view of the publication priorities of the journal, if the paper is suitable for publication. The Editor-in- Chief may also determine if the manuscript is appropriate for a particular theme issue. The final decision remains with the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief will forward anonymized referee comments and inform authors of the reasons for the decision.

Authors of articles (not reviews) accepted for publication will be required to submit a brief abstract of their article. These abstracts will be placed at the top of the published article, between the title and the beginning of the text. Abstracts should be no longer than 200 words, and may be edited for space.

All inquiries and unsolicited papers should be emailed to

If any further assistance is needed please contact one of the Editors-in-Chief.