ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions

Deadline for Article Submission
May 31, 2020

Guest Editors,

Marc Potenza (MD, PhD, Prof.), Director at Yale Center of Excellence in Gambling Research, Director at Women and Addictions Core of Women’s Health Research at Yale, Professor of Psychiatry at Neuroscience and Child Study Yale University School of Medicine, Connecticut, USA

Saziye Senem Basgul (MD, Asoc. Prof.), (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist) Department of Psyhology, Hasan Kalyoncu University, Gaziantep, Turkey

Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions, quarterly, peer-reviewed journal published by the Turkish Green Crescent Society, will publish a special issue in December  2020 focusing on “Gambling.”

Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions is an international scientific journal for the publication of research and studies encompassing all aspects of addiction and related disorders. It represents an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of recent data and emerging expert opinions. Furthermore, it reflects the significance of designing a comprehensive approach for resolving the challenges with regard to substance abuse and addiction in Turkey.

Addicta publishes peer-reviewed research reports on addictions, compiling research conducted among various disciplines. Articles include theoretical, philosophical, and political essays; research papers; research on addictive behaviors that include evidence-based clinical practice; clinical, epidemiological, and human experimental case reports; and historical research related to addiction. In addition to original research, the journal features both article and book reviews.

Gambling involves placing something of value at risk in the hopes of gaining something of greater value. Gambling may include playing games of chance and betting with money or other items. Although evidence of gambling can be found  in early records of humanity, gambling has transformed over time and continues to do so in the current age of the internet and digital technologies. Gambling when performed in excessive or problematic fashions may lead to substantial psychological and economic harms to individuals, families and society. Gambling often begins in childhood or adolescence, and adolescents have high rates of gambling problems as compared to children or adults. As such, considering gambling and gambling problems from a developmental perspective is important, particularly as gambling behaviors and problems may substantially impact developmental trajectories. Concerns regarding gambling disorder as a behavioral addiction and the insufficient number of gambling  studies were emphasized in the WHO Gambling Workshop hosted by Turkish Green Crescent Society in early December (the second to fourth) of 2019 in Istanbul. Therefore, this special issue aims to contribute to the literature by prioritizing current studies on the subject of “Gambling”.

Submissions related to this special issue may include research and book reviews on themes including but not limited to the following:

  • The definition of gambling and problem gambling
  • The types of gambling
  • The criteria for gambling disorder as an addiction
  • Historical aspects of gambling
  • How definitions and types of gambling and problem gambling may vary by country or jurisdiction
  • Biological, social and cultural etiologies of gambling disorder
  • Risky situations that may relate to gambling disorder
  • Co-occurring psychopathologies and how they may related to gambling disorder
  • Personality characteristics that may be related to gambling disorder
  • Relationships between gambling disorder and negative life experiences
  • Relationships between gambling disorder and other addictions, including other behavioral addictions like gaming disorder
  • Relationships between e-sports and gambling
  • Aspects of online gambling
  • Clinical considerations relating to gambling disorder
  • Youth gambling and problem gambling
  • Adult gambling and problem gambling
  • Policies, prohibitions and preventation studies of gambling and gambling disorder in various jurisdictions
  • Animal models of gambling behaviors
  • Approaches related to the prevention of gambling disorder
  • Case presentations and case studies
  • Gambling addiction treatment approaches
  • Responsible gambling and harm mitigation considerations
  • Outpatient and inpatient treatment services

The Editors of this special issue of Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions invite contributions from academics and researchers in the field of medicine, humanities, and social sciences. We encourage papers from multidisciplinary perspectives. The deadline for paper submissions is May 31, 2020.

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts using our online service; papers sent through post/email will not be considered. Papers submitted for publication in this journal must be in the form of a complete manuscript that adheres to Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions submission requirements, which is clarified on the journal’s website:

We hope that you will be a part of this multidisciplinary effort to establish a general platform for Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions. Please respond to this invitation, and feel free to contact the Editors for any further clarifications.

Please send any queries regarding the special issue to [email protected] and [email protected].

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ISSN 2148-7286 EISSN 2149-1305