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Aims and Scope

The Harm Reduction Journal is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes research and commentary on approaches diminishing the harm of stigmatization and criminalization of public health, human rights and social justice issues. Harm Reduction Journal encourages submissions on a wide range of topics and we define harm reduction as 'policies and programs aiming to reduce the health, social, and economic costs of a behavior without necessarily reducing the behavior itself'. 

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CALL FOR PAPERS! - Collections

Community-Engaged Harm-Reduction Research for Social Justice

Edited by:
Liliane Cambraia Windsor, PhD, MSW, UIUC, United States of America
Devin Banks, PhD, WUSM, United States of America
Ellen Benoit, PhD, NJCRI; CDUHR, United States of America
Holly Hagan, PhD, NYU GPH; CDUHR, United States of America 

Submission Status: Open until 15 March 2025

Harm reduction for online gambling

Edited by:
Mark van der Maas, MA, PhD, Rutgers University, USA
Dr. Soc. Sc. Michael Egerer, PhD, University of Helsinki, Finland
Michał Bujalski, PhD, University of Warsaw, Poland
Edmond Fehoko, PhD, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Aino Suomi, PhD, Australian National University, Australia
Submission Status: Open until 31 October 2024

Harm Reduction in Europe: Histories, Choices and Hopes

Edited by:
Iga Jeziorska, PhD, Correlation - European Harm Reduction Network (C-EHRN), Netherlands
Katrin Schiffer, MPH, C-EHRN, Netherlands
Rafaela Rigoni, PhD, C-EHRN, Netherlands 
Roberto Perez Gayo, MA, C-EHRN, Netherlands

Submission Status: Open until 31 July 2024

HARENE: Francophone Community-based Participatory Harm Reduction Research

Edited by:
Perrine Roux, Ph.D., SESSTIM, INSERM, France
Submission Status: Open until 31 July 2024

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Policing and law enforcementPolicing, Law Enforcement and Harm Reduction
Edited by: Brandon del Pozo, Jennifer J. Carroll, Mukta Sharma & Nick Crofts

Pills and pill bottlesYoung people, drugs and harm reduction
Edited by: Alissa Greer, Danya Fast, Angela McBride, Florian Scheibein

Empty glass bottlesAlcohol Harm Reduction 2021 and Beyond
Edited by: Bernie Pauly, Nick Crofts

Figures facing each other, discussing ideasThe Involvement and Engagement of Peers in Research
Edited by: Annie Madden, Jo Neale & Carla Treloar

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Society affiliations

National Harm Reduction Coalition logoThe National Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use. Their efforts create spaces for dialogue and action that help heal the harms caused by racialized drug policies and build evidence-based strategies with and for people who use drugs.


Nick Crofts headshotProf. Nick Crofts, University of Melbourne, Australia

Section Editors and Editorial Board

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The Harm Reduction Journal is nothing without its editors, authors or reviewers. Our community is growing, but we need your support to continue the harm reduction mission.

Our Editors are formally appealing to you to support the journal with peer-review. Read about what that means, how we can help you volunteer, and sign-up via the link below.

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The Changing Face of Harm Reduction

Changing ideas of Harm ReductionPublic health is changing and there are new challenges being presented. Read about our work in new and emerging fields of harm reduction.

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Distinguished Reviewers of 2023

Harm Reduction Journal is pleased to announce our most distinguished reviewers for 2023. Each are integral to upholding our high editorial standards and have been rewarded for their continued contribution to the journal.

Sarah Brothers, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Aaron FoxMontefiore Medical Center, USA
Hassan JoulaeiShiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Peter LeeP.N.Lee Statistics and Computing Ltd, UK


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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 4.0
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 4.4
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 1.235
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.351

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 6
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 131

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 2,725,853
    Altmetric mentions: 4,628