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Nicotine & Tobacco Research is the official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. The papers in the journal focus primarily on the neurobiology, psychology, epidemiology, and issues concerned with tobacco policy and public health related to tobacco use and dependence. The journal also focuses on clinical aspects of the subject particularly with regard to interventions employed in tobacco cessation.

All material to be considered for publication in Nicotine & Tobacco Research should be submitted in electronic form via ScholarOne Manuscripts, the journal's online submission site.

If you experience any problems during the online submission process please consult the Author's User Guide, which provides detailed submission instructions on how to submit your paper. Alternatively, please contact the journal's Managing Editor, who will be pleased to assist you.


The journal publishes six categories of manuscripts:

Original Investigation
An empirical report of data collected and analyzed. This type of paper wil normally report a substantial piece of original work.

Sections for main manuscript document: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, References.

This submission will normally not exceed 4,000 words of text with a 250-word abstract and no more than 4 figures and tables combined (multi-part figures count as separate figures). The abstract should be structured as follows: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. If authors wish to submit articles that exceed these limits significantly, they should contact the Editor in Chief before submission. If the request has been approved please indicate this in the cover letter. The 4,000-word limit does not include the title page, abstract, or references.

Scholarly review of literature, identifying trends or gaps in literature, providing new synthesis, and outlining future directions.

This submission will normally not exceed 6,000 words of text with a 250-word abstract and no more than 4 figures and tables combined; tables longer than 1 page will be published as online-only supplementary material. If authors wish to submit articles that exceed these limits significantly, they should contact the Editor in Chief before submission. If the request has been approved please indicate this in the cover letter. Authors considering submitting this type of article to the journal might find it useful to contact the Editor-in-Chief before embarking on the preparation the review for advice on whether or not the proposed review discusses an issue or issues which the Editorial Board are likely to consider to be of general interest to the readership of the journal.

Brief Report
An empirical report preliminary or pilot data.

Sections for main manuscript document: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, References.

This submission must not exceed 2,000 words of text with a 250-word abstract and no more than 2 figures and tables combined; tables longer than one page will be published as online-only supplementary material. The abstract should be structured as follows: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.

Case Study
These reports should be descriptions of individual clinical cases or small groups of cases related to tobacco dependence or its treatment. When making a decision about the publication of case studies, the Editorial Team will pay particular attention to the novelty or topicality of the findings reported. These reports should not exceed 1,000 words, no figures or tables, and with a maximum of 10 references.

Extended discussion of a published paper or editorial comment about relevant topic; most are invited; inquire about topic before submitting.

Letter to the Editor
Brief discussion, review, or reanalysis of published paper; should be data-based. Authors of critiqued papers will be invited to provide a response, which will be published concurrently.

Letters should be no more than 1,000 words, figures/tables should not be included, and the number of references should not exceed 10.


Manuscripts must include the sections listed below in the order they are presented. All word limits include citations within the text. The entire text should be double-spaced. Submitting an incomplete manuscript will cause a delay in review. The journal conforms to the AMA Manual of Style, 10th Edition. For publication, manuscripts must conform to the journal’s style. Do not incorporate any footer or headers in your submission. Turn off Track Changes. Do not include line numbers. Do not include footnotes.

Manuscript Structure

  • Title page. This should list the title of the article and the full names and institutional addresses for all authors. Each author's highest academic degree should follow his/her name. The e-mail address of the corresponding author should also be included.
  • Abstract. For original investigations and brief reports, the abstract is limited to 250 words and should be structured as follows: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Please ensure that the conclusion of your abstract captures the main message of your article in an accurate, clear, concise, stand-alone statement. Abstracts for reviews and commentaries are also limited to 250 words but the sub-headings may differ.
  • Implications. Provide a brief description about what the study adds (50-100 words).
  • Main Text. Use the guidelines in the Types of Articles table to structure the sections. Original Investigations and Brief Report sections are: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. Use a maximum of three level headings. For example:

    HEADING 1:
    Uppercase, large font, bold

    Heading 2:
    Lower case, standard size font, bold

    Heading 3:
    Lower case, standard size font, italicized
  • Funding. List all sources of funding for the research. See below further details.
  • Declaration of Interests. All authors must declare any conflicts of interest. When submitting your manuscript via ScholarOne Manuscripts, you will be asked whether you have any conflicts of interest. As submitting author, it is your responsibility to ascertain any conflicts of interest from your co-authors and to declare these accordingly.
  • Acknowledgments. This section is for acknowledging individuals and institutions whose assistance and support the authors wish to mention.
  • References. The journal uses American Medical Association (AMA) style as laid out in the AMA Manual of Style (10th edition). References should be cited with numbers and then listed in numerical order at the end of the paper.
    The journal titles should be abbreviated.
    For references with more than six authors, provide the names of the first three authors and then add et al.
    Include the doi numbers for content published online ahead of print, when full issue pagination is not yet available.
  • Tables. Tables longer or wider than one published page will be included as online-only Supplementary Material accessed through the journal archive, but not published in the journal’s print or online PDF versions. Include tables at the end of the main manuscript, created in Word, using the table function. Follow these rules:

(1) Do not create a table using only tabs or spaces to create columns.

(2) Do not create a table in Excel and embed it in a Word document. If you export a table from Excel, import it into the Tables function and format it for Word.

(3) Do not use features such as Word Art in tables.

(4) Mention the tables in the main text, but do not note in the manuscript where tables and figures should be inserted.

(5) Tables should not duplicate material contained in the main text.

(6) Number the tables consecutively, as they should appear in the text.

(7) Note: Do not note in the manuscript where tables and figures should be inserted, but refer to them as they relate to the text (for example: “Table 1 lists the subject characteristics…” or “Group differences are depicted in Figure 2…”)

(8) Note: For all experiments/analyses where appropriate (e.g., human laboratory studies, clinical trials, etc.), add a statement to the manuscript in the methods section confirming whether or not you have reported all measures, conditions, and data exclusions, as well as how sample sizes were determined. Provide detailed explanations, as needed. For more information, refer to the N&TR editorial on statistical reporting.


Instructions for preparing figures are available here. Figures can be color or black/white. Figures published in color in the print version of the paper will incur a publishing cost to the authors. The following guidelines for figures are essential:

  • File formats. The journal prefers that figures be created in Excel. If you create figures in a program such as SigmaPlot or CorelDraw, you must export the file as .TIF. Do not embed a figure file as a picture into Excel or Word. The typesetters can work with figures in the following formats:
    .TIF (Tagged Image Format File)
    .DOC (Microsoft Word document)
    .XLS (Microsoft Excel)
    .PPT (Microsoft PowerPoint)
    .PDF (Portable document format, Adobe)
    .AI (Adobe Illustrator)
    .WMF (Windows metafile)
    .PNG (Portable Network Graphics)
  • Figure size. Size the figure to the column or page width of the journal, and set the resolution at 300 dpi or greater.
  • Microcharts. The journal encourages the use of microcharts (also called sparklines) where appropriate (see Resources, below). They can save considerable space and can include both data and a graphic element. Further guidelines on using microcharts can be found here.
  • Follow the instructions. Figures must conform to the journal’s guidelines before a manuscript can be accepted and sent to production. Submitting figures in a nonpreferred format will delay or prevent publication.
  • Order. Number all figures consecutively, as they should appear in the text.
  • Information about figures. For further requirements about figures, refer to Resources, below.

Supplementary Material

Unpublished material such as tables and figures that relate to the manuscript but are too lengthy to be printed with the manuscript can be submitted online as Supplementary Material. These should be in a final, viewable format such as PDF, with any track-changes hidden. You will be able to upload this material when you submit your manuscript. Do not include material that has been published previously or is otherwise under copyright restriction.


You will need to do the following when you submit your manuscript:

1. Contact Information. Provide contact information for all authors.

2. Author Keywords. If you are not in the online system’s database, you may need to provide keywords describing your areas of expertise. Use the pull-down list or enter your own terms.

3. Corresponding Author. Identify a corresponding author. You also can identify an alternate.

4. Type of Submission. Identify the type of manuscript you are submitting (see General Guide for descriptions and allowed size), along with the numbers of words, figures, and tables.

5. Topic Keyword. Identify keywords that apply to your manuscript. Use the pull-down list or enter your own terms.

6. Verification. Verify that the manuscript is the author's own work and is not under review, in press, or published elsewhere. Verify that the manuscript meets ethical guidelines, including adherence to the legal requirements of the study country is performed. The journal considers plagiarism including self plagiarism a serious offense and the editors reserve the right to withdraw papers where there is evidence of plagiarism and to take appropriate action against the authors. Authors are directed to Chapter 5, section 4(5.4) of the AMA Manual of Style for the definition of plagiarism that will be applied.

7. Authorship. Verify that all authors qualify for authorship under the guidelines of the AMA Manual of Style, 10th Edition. This involves making a primary contribution and holding primary responsibility for the data, concepts, and interpretation of results. Authorship should include those who have made substantial scientific contributions to the study.

8. Competing Interests. Declare any competing interests for each author. For questions about what constitutes a competing interest, see this PDF.

9. Registration of Clinical Trials. If the paper reports the results of a clinical trial, authors should indicate whether or not the study has been preregistered. If the trial has been preregistered, authors must report the trial number and the preregistration authority/organization in the paper.

10. Copyright Permission. Identify any figures or other portions of the manuscript for which copyright permission is required. Authors are responsible for securing permission. For more information, please visit

11. Supplementary Material. Upload any supplementary material linked to the manuscript that will be viewed online-only.

12. Themed or Special Issue. Identify any supplement or dedicated issue for which the manuscript is being submitted.

13. Upload files. Upload separate manuscript files for the Main Document and the Figures (note that you can upload them in any order and reorder them using a pull-down menu; be sure to save the revised order).

  • Before uploading, turn off Track Changes and accept all changes as a “Final” version (not “Final Showing Markup”). Do not select “Show Comments.” Articles with tracked changes and inserted comments will not be considered for publication until the authors remove those features.
  • Your manuscript should be in any version of Microsoft Word for Windows or Macintosh, or WordPerfect for Windows.
  • Your manuscript cannot be considered for publication until the figures are submitted in a viewable format.
  • When you upload figures, you can add descriptive tags and comments.

14. Check PDF. Once the files are uploaded, click on the PDF link below them, to view the PDF. You must check the PDF at this stage or later in the submission process.


After initial screening by an editor, all manuscripts submitted to the journal are rigorously peer reviewed single-blind.

We now offer our reviewers the option to sign their reviews if they wish, in which case their name is disclosed to the study authors in the decision letter.

N&TR does not normally use reviewers who are employed by companies that produce tobacco products. However, if there are special circumstances in which a handling editor judges that such a person may provide expertise that cannot be obtained from other reviewers, s/he may, with the permission of the authors, seek a review from that person. This review will be marked as from a tobacco industry employee in correspondence with the authors. These circumstances are expected to be extremely rare.


For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page.


Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright license to publish form. The journal encourages authors to complete their copyright license to publish form online.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.


Authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative, whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted, the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences.

RCUK/Wellcome Trust funded authors publishing in Nicotine & Tobacco Research can use the Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY) for their articles.

All other authors may use the following Creative Commons licences:
• Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

Charges Information

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The applicable open access charges vary according to which Creative Commons licence you select. The open access charges are as follows.

Charges for CC BY:
• Regular charge: £2297/ $3675 / €2986
• Reduced Rate Developing country charge*: £1149/ $1838 / €1493
• Free Developing country charge*: £0 /$0 / €0

Charges for CC BY-NC-ND:

• Regular charge: £1969/ $3150 / €2560
• Reduced Rate Developing country charge*: £985/ $1575 / €1280
• Free Developing country charge*: £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our Developing Countries page here for a list of qualifying countries.

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.


The following rules should be followed:

An example is given here: ‘This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health (P50 CA098252 and CA118790 to R.B.S.R.) and the Alcohol & Education Research Council (HFY GR667789).’

  • The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’
  • The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. ‘the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health’ or simply 'National Institutes of Health', not ‘NCI' (one of the 27 subinstitutions) or 'NCI at NIH' (full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies) .
  • Grant numbers should be complete and accurate and provided in parentheses as follows: ‘(grant number xxxx)’
  • Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: ‘(grant numbers xxxx, yyyy)’
  • Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus ‘and’ before the last funding agency)
  • Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number 'to [author initials]'.

Oxford Journals will deposit all NIH-funded articles in PubMed Central. See for details. Authors must ensure that manuscripts are clearly indicated as NIH-funded using the guidelines above.

Crossref Funding Data Registry
In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.


1. Publication Ethics The journal adheres to the COPE guidelines in all matters relating to publication ethics.

2. Animal & Human Experimentation All manuscripts reporting data obtained from animals or humans must have passed formal review and been given approval (or deemed exempt) by an appropriate institutional review board (IRB) or research ethics committee (REC), prior to conducting the research. This should be explicitly described in the Methods section of the manuscript. We may request documentation relating to the review process and approval from authors.

Human studies should follow the ethical principles described in the Declaration of Helsinki. A description of how informed consent was obtained (e.g., written or oral), and whether participants were reimbursed for participation, should be provided in the Methods section.

Animal experiments should comply with ARRIVE guidelines, and other appropriate guidelines, such as relevant EU Directives relating to animal experiments, and/or the National Institutes of Health guide for the care and use of laboratory animals.


Language editing, if your first language is not English, to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers is optional. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please click here. Several specialist language editing companies offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.