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Alcohol Research Current Reviews Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary


Alcohol Research Current Reviews: 50 years of insights into alcohol research

2024 marks the 50th anniversary of Alcohol Research: Current Reviews (ARCR), an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) at the National Institutes of Health. While the journal has evolved over time, the mission remains unchanged. ARCR is committed to making relevant scientific developments accessible to alcohol researchers and other interested audiences such as health care practitioners, educators, policymakers, and more. 

In 1974, NIAAA first published the journal as an experimental issue called Alcohol Health & Research World. Over the years, the journal has evolved. Its name has changed twice—to Alcohol Research & Health in 1999 and then to the current Alcohol Research: Current Reviews (ARCR) in 2012. Its format has also changed. While earlier editions contained primary research, the journal now focuses exclusively on review articles. Additionally, while the journal began as a quarterly print journal, ARCR is now published online on a rolling basis, thereby increasing accessibility, and reaching a larger number of readers around the world. For information about how to access all previous issues of the journal, visit the About ARCR webpage. 

The journal’s influence, as measured by its Journal Impact FactorTM, has also risen steadily over the years. ARCR is now ranked first among 38 journals in the Social Sciences Citation Index "substance abuse" category. 

The journal’s successes have only been possible through the work of many dedicated individuals. Federal and contract staff, past and current members of the Editorial Advisory Board, authors, and peer reviewers have all worked toward the goal of publishing high-quality articles that provide insight into the field of alcohol research and its progression over the past half century.  

ARCR will celebrate its 50th anniversary throughout 2024 with updates about the journal and its history, highlighting the journal’s major milestones. You can stay posted for ARCR anniversary and other updates by: 

  • Subscribing to our email listserv, which shares ARCR updates including new article releases. 
  • Following and engaging with the ARCR LinkedIn account. 
  • Checking the ARCR News & Notes webpage often for anniversary-related content and other breaking updates shared by ARCR. 
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