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Objectives: This study analyzes and describes the literature of addictions treatment and indexing coverage for core journals in the field. Methods: Citations from three source journals for the years 2008 through 2010 were analyzed using the 2010 Mapping the Literature of Nursing and Allied Health Professions Project Protocol. The distribution of cited journals was analyzed by applying Bradford’s Law of Scattering. Results: More than 40,000 citations were analyzed. Journals (2,655 unique titles) were the most frequently cited form of literature, with 10 journals providing one-third of the cited journal references. Drug and Alcohol Dependence was the most frequently cited journal. The frequency of cited addictions journals, formats cited, age of citations, and indexing coverage is identified. Conclusions: Addictions treatment literature is widely dispersed among multidisciplinary publications with relatively few publications providing most of the citations. Results of this study will help researchers, students, clinicians, and librarians identify the most important journals and bibliographic indexes in this field, as well as publishing opportunities.


The data set produced in this study is available for download as an Excel spreadsheet for further research, or for use in further Mapping studies.

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Journal of the Medical Library Association

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Blobaum Mapping Study Spreadsheet and Pivot Table 2011.xlsx (2638 kB)
Mapping Study Addiction Treatment Template with Pivot Table 2011 , Permission is granted to use for non-profit educational and research purposes only, with attribution to myself and NAHRS.