Information For Authors

Article Processing Fees (APF)

Cannabis is a fully open access journal and is the official journal of the Research Society on Marijuana (RSMj). The cost of maintaining and publishing the journal are covered by the Article Processing Fees (APF). For non-members, the submission fee is $100.00 (US) per manuscript and is due at the time of submission. There are no additional fees and this fee is not refundable. For RSMj members, the fee is waived. Please specify in your cover letter to the editor which author(s) is a member of RSMj. You can join RSMj here, which allows you unlimited submissions to Cannabis. If you want to pay the fee and not join RSMj, please email the editor at erpeders@usc.edu for information on how to pay.

Manuscript Submission

Author(s) must verify that submitted manuscripts have not been previously published and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. By submitting a manuscript, the author(s) agree(s) to the terms and conditions of the journal. Any prior presentation of the data (i.e., conference presentation, abstract publication, etc.) should be noted during the submission process. Previous manuscripts published from the dataset (if any) should be noted in the methods section of the manuscript.

Manuscript Format

Cannabis uses a “submit your way” approach for initial submissions. This means you are allowed to submit your manuscript in any form, as long as it conforms to a basic scientific paper format which includes: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and References.

Reference style must be in the style of APA 7th Edition. It is the author's responsibility to ensure that all references cited in the manuscript are accurately included in the Reference section. If a paper is accepted, author's will be responsible for ensuring all citations in the manuscript and in the Reference section are in APA format.

Initial Submission and Review

Manuscripts are submitted online through the manuscript submission portal. 

We do not require a cover letter for submission. All information required for submission can be entered during the submission process. Please have the following ready for submission:

  • A fully blinded manuscript
  • List of all authors/co-authors
  • List of funding sources
  • List of 3 potential reviewers
  • Up to 5 keywords 

All manuscripts submitted to Cannabis are reviewed in a timely manner. Within 2 weeks of acceptance, authors will receive article proofs. The final proofs will be available online once approved by the lead author.

The review schedule is described below:

  1. All manuscripts undergo an initial review by an editor/associate editor.
  2. If a manuscript is deemed appropriate for the journal it will be sent out for review to at least 2 experts in the field. We strive to complete review within 2 months of submission and have initial decisions to authors within 8 weeks of submission. Note that as with all journals, this timeline is slightly delayed currently due to COVID-19 and difficulty securing reviewers.
  3. After review, authors will receive an initial designation of (1) accept as is, (2) accept pending minor revision, (3) minor revise and resubmit, (4) major revise and resubmit, or (5) reject without further review.

Manuscript Revisions

If a paper is invited for revision, please upload a clean version of the manuscript for re-review, with a detailed cover letter detailing how the authors addressed each of the editor's and reviewers' comments. Revised manuscripts are due three months after the date of the editor's invitation to revise the manuscript. Please alert the assigned editor whether there is a plan to revise and resubmit the manuscript.

Article Types

Cannabis publishes the following article types:

   Original Reports:  An original report is a full-length description of original research on aspects of marijuana/cannabis consistent with the aims and scope of the journal. Word limit: 5,000 words excluding abstract, references, figures, and tables. An abstract of 250 words or less is required.  

   Brief Report:  A brief report represents an innovative study that may be premature for publication as an original research report because of small sample size, novel methodologies, etc. Brief reports should be designated as such and should not exceed 2,500 words. There is a limit of 4 combined Tables/Figures. An abstract of 250 words or less is required.    

   Review:  Review manuscripts consist of a comprehensive and systematic review and critical analysis of a field of research within the area of marijuana/cannabis. Reviews should include detailed information on search criteria and methods. Reviews should not exceed 4000 words. An abstract of 250 words or less is required.  

   Opinion: Opinion manuscripts are individual perspectives about an area within the field or a direction of research. The length should not exceed 2,500 words. There is no abstract required for an opinion piece.

Issues with Submissions

If you are having any dificulties with the submission process, please contact the editor directly at: erpeders@usc.edu.

Open Access and Copyright

All articles published in Cannabis are made freely and permanently accessible online upon publication without access or subscription charges, embargo periods, or user registration. 

After acceptance of a manuscript, author(s) will sign an Open Access Licensing Agreement. Authors of articles published in the Journal will be the copyright holders and a Creative Commons CC BY license will be applied. For more information, please read the full Creative Commons CC BY license. United States government employees or other individuals who are expressly prevented from holding copyright for similar reasons can obtain nonstandard open access accommodations. Information on this process will be provided to you at time of acceptance.

Permissions and Reprints

Cannabis publishes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution license. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without requesting prior permission from the Publisher or the author.

Archiving and Preservation 

The final published version (version of record) of all articles in Cannabis are published and maintained online through the journal website and archived through the library at The University of Central Florida. In addition, all articles will be deposited, without embargo, to PubMed Central at the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed Central has sole control over when the paper is made live on PMC. Cannabis is fully NIH-, HHMI-, and Wellcome Trust-compliant. 

Ethical Considerations for research with human subjects

All scientific findings should adhere closely to the guidelines established by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects in Biomedical and Behavioral Research (the Belmont Commission). Further information can be obtained here. Each submitted manuscript must note appropriate approval by an institutional review board and endorse adherence to APA ethical guidelines for research with human subjects (Sales & Folkman, 2000).

Publication Ethics

Cannabis adheres to the Ethical Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship guidelines laid out by the Committee on Publication Ethics. Please visit this website for more information.