Call for Special Issue

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Drugs and Drug Market

American Journal of Qualitative Research

American Journal of Qualitative Research (AJQR) is pleased to announce a special issue on Drugs and Drug Market to be published in Spring 2020. The objective of this issue is to understand the current illegal drug market in various countries as a reference for policy makers and academics given the fact that increasing drug demand, drug-related deaths and opioid crisis in the US. 

AJQR publishes purely qualitative research which include but not limited to ethnography, interviews, content analysis, case studies, historical analysis and descriptive research. To that end, the editors welcomes to have any manuscripts written in a variety of qualitative perspectives. We are specifically interested in having manuscripts from different countries, which are coauthored by scholars and practitioners. The possible topics include, but are not limited to

  • New Trends in Illegal Drugs
  • Drug Couriers and Drug Trafficking
  • New Psychoactive Substances
  • Drug Law Enforcement and Investigations
  • Drug Market in Correctional Institutions
  • Legal and Policy Changes in Illegal Drugs
  • Impact of Legalization / Decriminalization of Cannabis

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed and should be between 3000-8000 words with an unstructured abstract of 150-200 words. Manuscripts must be written in English with APA format. The deadline for submission of the manuscript is March 31, 2020. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit their proposal (e.g., an abstract, a cover letter including authors’ name, title, institutional affiliation, and email address) to the guest editors, Dalibor Doležal ( and Arif Akgul ( by January 01, 2020.

Paper Submission

Please submit your manuscripts via online submission system at Please select Special Issue on Drugs and Drug Market in Step 1 while submitting your work.

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Special Issue Editors:

Dalibor Doležal
Department of Criminology
University of Belgrade, Croatia

Arif Akgul
Department of Criminology & Security Studies
Indiana State University, USA