Scope, Aims & Topics

Journal of Addiction Science (JAS) (Formerly Journal of Reward Deficiency Syndrome and Addiction Science ) is a peer-reviewed quarterly published journal that covers the experimental, clinical and epidemiological areas of research which involves the gene associations (including environmental epigenetics) especially the genes involved in brain reward circuitry.

The expert editorial board is headed by the most honored scientist Dr. Kenneth Blum. It was he who coined the term “Reward Deficiency Syndrome” to explain the breakdown of the reward cascade due to both multiple genes and environmental stimuli (pleiotropism) and resultant aberrant behaviors.

Defects in various combinations of the genes for the neurotransmitters result in polygenic disorders like Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) and that such individuals are at risk for abuse of the unnatural rewards with various high risk for multiple addictive, impulsive and compulsive behavioral propensities, such as severe alcoholism, cocaine, heroin, marijuana and nicotine use, glucose bingeing, pathological gambling, sex addiction, ADHD, Tourette’s Syndrome, autism, chronic violence, posttraumatic stress disorder, schizoid/avoidant cluster, conduct disorder and antisocial behavior.

JAS is designed for researchers, physicians, psychoanalysts, technologists, academicians, mental health care professionals, drug-experts, policymakers, etc and welcomes submissions related to and from all areas, but not limited to clinical aspects like neurobiology, screening steps with standardized tools, prevention strategies, development of innovative treatment methods, pharmaco-therapies and other management options like nutrigenomics, epigenetics, ethical policies and social issues related to all areas of addictive behaviors aspects, twelve-step fellowships, etc.

In addition to original research, the journal features review articles, clinical studies reports, case reports, hypotheses, letters to editors, articles with novel techniques, book reviews and other article types.

For more information, please contact: jas.editor(at)