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About ARCR

Alcohol Research: Current Reviews (ARCR) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) at the National Institutes of Health. As of 2020, ARCR has published articles on a continuous, rolling basis, comprising one virtual issue per yearly volume.

Articles published in ARCR are available online with no subscription or pay-per-view fees. Browse the journal’s current volume. Previous volumes are available in the journal’s archive. Current and past content from ARCR, including content under previous titles, is indexed in PubMed, PsycINFO, Scopus, and Web of Science.

All ARCR content complies with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act to ensure accessibility for all readers, including individuals with disabilities.

ARCR 2022 Journal Impact Factor 9.4, 5-Year Impact Factor 14.2, #1 Substance Abuse Journals

2022 Journal Impact Factor™: 9.41

The Journal Impact Factor, released each year in Clarivate's Journal Citation Reports™, is one indication of a journal's performance, influence, and relative importance.

ARCR metrics from the 2023 Journal Citation Reports:

  • 2022 Journal Impact Factor: 9.4, ranking it 1st among 38 journals in the Social Sciences Citation Index "substance abuse" category.
  • 5-Year Impact Factor: 14.2
  • Article Influence Score: 4.1, indicating that each ARCR article has an above-average influence.


2168-3492 (Print)
2169-4796 (Electronic)
2168-3492 (Linking)

Mission and Scope

ARCR’s mission is to provide open-access, in-depth reviews spanning the field of alcohol research. Areas of interest include the effects of alcohol across the life span on health, function, and well-being in addition to basic science, genetics, epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of alcohol-related conditions. Topics are approached from basic, translational, and clinical perspectives. Reviews are written in a style that is accessible to a broad audience of scientists and clinicians, including trainees, with varying specialties and degrees of expertise in the field.

Copyright and Publishing Notes

Unless otherwise noted, all ARCR articles are in the public domain. Learn more about permissions for using ARCR content and other publishing notes.

Editors and Advisors

ARCR is managed by NIAAA staff and other team members supported by a contract with IQ Solutions, Inc. Topics cover a wide range of disciplines and are proposed by members of the journal’s Editorial Advisory Board or NIAAA staff. Learn more:

Open Access

There are no fees to publish in ARCR. The journal is a Diamond Open Access publication. Under the Diamond Open Access model, all content published on the ARCR website may be accessed and downloaded for free, with no restrictions. In addition, authors pay no fees.

Diamond Open Access publishing offers authors increased visibility and exposure with limitless sharing capabilities.

ARCR publication is supported entirely by NIAAA at NIH.

ARCR Journal Title History

Prior to its name change in 2012, Alcohol Research: Current Reviews (ARCR) was known by other titles. Continue below to explore those titles and access the articles within them. 

Alcohol Research & Health

Vols. 23 to 34; 1999 to 2011


1535-7414 (Print)
1930-0573 (Electronic)
1535-7414 (Linking)

Alcohol Health & Research World

Vols. 18 to 22; 1994 to 1998

Issues published prior to 1994 are available online through the SALIS Collection: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs.


0090-838X (Print)
0090-838X (Linking)

  1. 2022 Journal Impact Factor, Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate, 2023)
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