About the Journal

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. Due to increasing convergence of gambling and gaming, the JGI expanded its scope in 2020 to include problem video gaming and technology use. 

JGI is an open-access, indexed journal with a double blind peer review process 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. 
 

Peer Review Process

All peer-reviewed manuscripts (i.e., papers intended as Original Research Papers, Brief Reports, Reviews of the Literature, Policy or Clinic papers) are evaluated anonymously (double blind) by at least two reviewers with expertise in the field of gambling studies, and/or relevant specialization in a related discipline. If the reviewers are in disagreement over the merit of a paper, an additional review is solicited. Opinion pieces are reviewed by members of the journal's editorial board or, if a suitable reviewer cannot be found from the board, an external expert in the field. 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.

Journal Editors

Editor-in-Chief:

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

Editor/Managing Editor:

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

Associate Editors:

Caroline Temcheff, PhD, Psychologist, Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Elizabeth Kyonka, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, California State University, East Bay, California, United States

Farah Jindani, M.S.W., Ph.D., Project Scientist, Addictions Research Group, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada

Jing Shi, O.T., Ph.D., Fellow, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada

Mark van der Maas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Rutgers University School of Social Work, New Brunswick, NJ, United States

Serge Sévigny, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Université Laval, Québec (Québec), 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, Associate 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, AB, Canada

Lia Nower, J.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director, Center for Gambling Studies, Addiction Counselor Training Certificate Program, Rutgers University School of Social Work, NJ, United States

Marc N. Potenza, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Yale Center of Excellence in Gambling Research; Director, Women and Addictions Core of Women's Health Research at Yale University; Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Child Study, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, United States

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

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

Sherry H. Stewart, Ph.D., Canadian Research Chair, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, 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

Journal History

The Journal of Gambling Issues was formerly known as eGambling.