Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Gambling Issues (JGI) is the world's first and longest-running online,  academic journal dedicated to understanding problem gambling and gaming. JGI is an open-access, indexed, peer-reviewed journal that provides a scientific forum for developments in gambling-related research, policy issues, and treatments. 

  
JGI is published by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The journal invites manuscripts submitted principly by researchers, as well as clinicians and people involved in gambling and gaming as players. 
 

 

Section Policies

Original Article

We invite researchers to submit manuscripts that report new findings on gambling or gaming-related topics. All submissions are peer reviewed in confidence by at least two reviewers for their scientific merit and then mediated by the editor. Both quantitative and qualitative studies accepted for review. Abstract not exceeding 250-words required.

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Literature Review

We invite researchers to submit manuscripts that summarize the scientific literature pertaining to an area of problem gambling or gaming. All submissions are peer reviewed in confidence by at least two reviewers for their scientific merit and/or contribution to public discourse in the field of gambling studies and then mediated by the editor. Review papers should not exceed 8,000 words. Abstract not exceeding 250-words required.

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Policy Paper

We invite manuscripts that examine policy issues about gambling. All submissions are peer reviewed in confidence by at least two reviewers and then mediated by the editor for their value in exploring how public life and policy are and have been affected by gambling. Abstract not exceeding 250-words required.

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Brief Report

Brief reports quickly present research and clinical results to our readers. All brief reports will be peer-reviewed. We invite researchers and clinicians to submit recent analyses for publication as brief reports. The main text of these submissions must be 900 words or less (with title, authors, tables, and references, the manuscript will acceptably be longer). A succinct abstract of no more than 100 words should accompany the reports that summarize pertinent study characteristics.

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Opinion and Debate Series

Opinion papers offer new understandings of gambling or gaming to our readers. A Debate Series consist of perspectives that support and/or counter an Opinion paper. These submissions are not peer reviewed but are evaluated by the editor. JGI Editorial Board members may be consulted for their assessment of the manuscript’s views/values. Opinion and debate papers should not exceed 2,500 words. No abstract is required.

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Clinic

All submissions undergo anonymous peer review by at least two clinicians—then mediated by the editor—for their soundness and value to practising clinicians. Clinical manuscripts based on case reports and/or clinical insights (in contrast to a manuscript based on a research protocol that presents hypotheses and empirical findings) will be adjudicated on the bases of a) credibility (i.e., the practices and insights offered seem credible in the light of current theories and approaches), b) value (i.e., the ideas are of genuine value to at least some counsellors in problem gambling), and c) originality (i.e., the ideas must be original enough so that they are worth the attention of clinicians). No abstract is required.

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First Person Account

We request narratives about the experience of gambling/gaming and how it affects the writer and others, perhaps as family, friend, gambling staff, or clinician. A submission will be reviewed in confidence by the editor and may be reviewed by the editorial board for its value in making important issues come alive for our readers. First person accounts do not need abstracts or references. No abstract is required.

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Book or Film Review

These summaries and discussions of the value of gambling or gaming-related books, movies, websites and other media are reviewed by the editor and may be reviewed by the Editorial Board. Note: authors are responsible for all citations within the text being included in a reference list. No abstract is required. French submissions welcome.

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Special Section, Gambling and older adults: research and practice

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Peer Review Process

All peer-reviewed manuscripts (i.e., papers intended as Original Research, Brief Reports, Reviews of the Literature, Policy or Clinic papers) are evaluated anonymously by at least two reviewers with expertise in the field of gambling studies, and/or relevant specialization in a related discipline. The editor mediates the reviewers’ assessments and makes the final decision. There are three possible outcomes: 1) the manuscript is accepted as is; 2) the manuscript is returned with minor or major revisions and authors are provided with reviewers' comments and an invitation to rewrite and resubmit for review; 3) the manuscript is rejected.

If a manuscript is accepted the author(s) will receive a copy-edited draft of their manuscript, and must answer all queries and carefully check all editorial changes. Authors are responsible for the specific content of their manuscripts, including the accuracy of citations and references.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Journal Editors

Sherry H. Stewart, Ph.D., JGI Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Research Chair, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

Serge Sévigny, Ph.D., JGI French Language Editor, Université Laval, Québec (Québec), Canada

P. Vivien Rekkas, Ph.D., JGI Managing Editor, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada

 

Editorial Board

Daniela Lobo, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto;  staff psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Addictions Service, Toronto, ON, Canada.

David C. Hodgins, Ph.D., R.Psych, Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Calgary; Head, Department of Psychology and coordinator at the Alberta Gambling Research Institute, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Martin Zack, Ph.D., Research scientist, Cognitive Psychopharmacology Laboratory, Center for Addiction and Mental Health; Assistant professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. 

Matthew Thomas Keough, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. 

Michael Wohl, Ph.D., Professor and Graduate Chair, Department of Psychology, Carleton University. Director, The Betterment Labs, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Nigel Turner, Ph.D., Independent Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Center for Addiction and Mental Health. Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Peter Ferentzy, PhD, Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Center for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Robert Murray, MSW, ICADC, Manager, Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Toula Kougiantakis, MSW, RSW, RMFT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Sylvia Hagopian, BA, MA (c), Manager, Communications & Online Services, Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Wayne Skinner, MSW, RSW  Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Adjunct Senior Lecturer (status only), Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.