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CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue
College Student Cannabis Use

Guest Editor: Mark Prince, Ph.D.

Cannabis use among college students has reached its highest point in 30 years with 43% of students reporting use within the past year, and 26% within the past 30 days (Schulenberg et al., 2020). The high prevalence of cannabis use is a major public health concern due to the range of unwanted consequences, including risk for cannabis use disorder, that can result from regular cannabis use (cf. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2017). Often journals reject college student samples as convenience samples, however, for cannabis, college students are among those at highest risk for cannabis-related negative consequences. This can result in undergraduate and graduate students having trouble finding journals amenable to publishing findings from well conducted theses and dissertations using college student data.


We understand that publishing early in one’s career is critical to continued success. Thus, this special issue is dedicated to publishing research on college student cannabis use across domains, and we are especially seeking student lead author submissions.


We will consider original reports, brief reports, reviews, and opinion pieces. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:


  • Predictors and outcomes of college student cannabis use.

  • Effects of cannabis use on social, occupational, educational, relational, and health outcomes.

  • Cross-sectional, longitudinal, and intensive longitudinal studies are welcome.

  • Scale development, measurement, and psychometric studies

  • Multi-site studies both domestic and international

  • Etiology of college student cannabis use

  • Epidemiological studies

  • Clinical trials

  • Health disparities

  • Research with underrepresented populations (e.g., sexual and gender minority students, racial and ethnic minority students, intersections of identities)


Thank you for your contributions! The deadline for submissions has passed.


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Cannabis is an open access peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the scientific study of marijuana/cannabis from a multidisciplinary perspective. Consistent with the mission of the Research Society on Marijuana (RSMj), the journal publishes empirical research of the determinants, correlates, consequences, contexts, and assessment of marijuana use as well as the treatment of problematic marijuana use, including cannabis use disorder. The journal covers research across the human spectrum (note that we currently do not accept animal model research).


The journal seeks to publish the following (but not limited to these topics specifically):

  • Etiological mechanisms of use

  • Issues related to clinical factors (i.e., diagnosis)

  • Medical relevance (i.e., treatment effects/implications)

  • Clinical trials

  • Social and behavioral aspects of use (both positive and negative)

  • Sociopolitical, economic, legal, ethical, and regulatory issues

Editorial Board


Eric R. Pedersen

Associate Editors

Adrian Bravo

Joel Grube

Julie Johnson

LaTrice Montgomery

Mark Prince

Managing Editor

Reagan Fitzke

Consulting Editors

Shanna Babalonis

Robert Dvorak

Caislin Firth

Rachel Gunn

Lauren Micalizzi

Yifrah Kaminer

Jamie Parnes

Godfrey Pearlson

Kristina Phillips


Dr. Pedersen is a member of the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors.

The Journal is open access and publishes under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license. This allows broad global dissemination while also ensuring the author maintains appropriate credit for their work.

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