Call for Papers: Special Issue of Nicotine and Tobacco Research

Nicotine & Tobacco ResearchJuly 17, 2012

Inspired by the pre-conference workshop at Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco annual meeting, the society’s journal, Nicotine and Tobacco Research (NTR),will publish a special issue on research methods. The issue, "New Methods for Advancing Research on Tobacco Dependence Using Ecological Momentary Assessments" will be devoted to collecting and analyzing ecological momentary assessments (EMA) data to advance research on tobacco use, dependence, and treatment. The editors for the issue are Megan Piper (NTR Associate Editor), Saul Shiffman (NTR Guest Editor), and Stephanie Lanza (NTR Guest Editor).

 

The special issue will acquaint readers of Nicotine and Tobacco Research with the potential for EMA data, particularly when analyzed using innovative methodological and analytic techniques, to address complex questions regarding the etiology of tobacco use, the development of dependence, withdrawal phenomena, treatment effects, and the relapse process. Authors interested in having a manuscript considered for this special issue should submit a one-page proposal by October 1, 2012. Manuscripts should be written for a broad audience.

 


 

Important Dates

  • October 1, 2012: deadline to submit a 1-page proposal outlining the full manuscript and how it will address the goals of the special issue
  • November 1, 2012: notification to authors of selected proposals
  • February 1, 2013: deadline to submit full manuscript

 


 

Details

Nicotine & Tobacco Research (NTR) will publish a special issue entitled "New Methods for Advancing Research on Tobacco Dependence Using Ecological Momentary Assessments". This special issue will be a supplement to the journal. It will be devoted to the novel topic of collecting and analyzing ecological momentary assessments (EMA; Shiffman, 2009) data with the primary objective of advancing research on tobacco use, dependence and treatment.  The decision to prepare this supplement was inspired by the 2012 preconference workshop of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, “New Methods for Advancing Research on Tobacco Dependence.”

 

The goal of the special issue is to acquaint the readership of NTR with the potential for EMA data, particularly when analyzed using innovative methodological and analytic techniques, to address complex questions regarding the etiology of tobacco use, the development of dependence, withdrawal phenomena, treatment effects, the relapse process, and systems science. Specifically, we want the readers to understand how to collect and analyze EMA data, what advances stem from EMA research, and what questions could be addressed using EMA and novel analytic approaches.  To this end, we are calling for original manuscript submissions that 1) address key methodological issues around designing studies and collecting and analyzing EMA data in tobacco research (e.g., assessment completion and missing data, timing of assessments, software and hardware platforms); 2) present new substantive findings based on recently conducted EMA studies of tobacco; or 3) demonstrate to readers new statistical methods that are now available for analyzing EMA data. Manuscripts that focus on ecological momentary interventions (EMI) also will be considered.

 

We expect the special issue will appeal to a broad spectrum of tobacco researchers, thus manuscripts should be written for a broad audience.  Papers in this special issue can complement articles covering these topics published in other established outlets (e.g., Psychological Methods, Statistics in Medicine), which typically provide more technical details on various statistical techniques and approaches.

 

The editors for this issue are Megan E. Piper (NTR Associate Editor), Stephanie Lanza (NTR Guest Editor), and Saul Shiffman (NTR Guest Editor).

 

Authors interested in having a manuscript considered for this special issue should submit a 1-page proposal outlining the full manuscript by October 1, 2012. Proposals will be screened for responsiveness to the solicitation and fit for the special issue, as outlined here.  Authors of selected proposals will be invited by November 1, 2012 to submit a full paper, which will be due February 1, 2013.  We anticipate that the special issue will appear in late 2013.

 

All invited manuscripts will undergo the normal peer review process. Note that an initial invitation does not guarantee acceptance. All manuscripts should be prepared in strict accordance with NTR guidelines (http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/nictob/for_authors) and eventually submitted through the NTR manuscript submission portal. 

 

Questions about appropriate topics, as well as 1-page proposals, can be sent to Amanda Applegate at special.issue@psu.edu.

 

Shiffman, S. (2009).  Ecological momentary assessment (EMA) in studies of substance use. Psychological Assessment, 21, 486-497. PMCID: PMC2846437

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