Research Tools

Explore research design tools, locate Open Access research evidence, find NIDA International fellowship alumni and poster presenters, and publish your research. These online tools help the international drug abuse research community design research protocols using standard measures, evaluate research evidence, identify potential research partners, build professional relationships with distant colleagues, and prepare research results for publication.

Research Tools

  • Drugs and Alcohol: Open Access Sources
    Created by Virginia Commonwealth University, this guide facilitates free, immediate access to scholarly peer-reviewed publications through a variety of global Open Access initiatives. The guide also includes Google Custom Search Engines, as well as tips and tutorials that focus on information literacy skills to help users locate and evaluate research evidence.
  • PhenX Toolkit
    NIDA encourages researchers conducting human-subjects research to use the standard measures developed for this toolkit, especially the 43 measures in the PhenX Substance Abuse and Addiction Project. The toolkit describes each measure along with the standard protocols and requirements for data collection, such as training, personnel, equipment, or licensing fees.
  • e-Source
    The 20 chapters include interactive exercises on designing research projects; selecting research methods to describe how or why something happens, or to confirm the effectiveness of an intervention; and emerging research challenges in behavioral and social sciences research.

Collaboration Tools

Publishing Tools

  • Publishing Addiction Science
    The International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) guide, Publishing Addiction Science, addresses common issues researchers face in publishing their work. The site includes links to the full publication as well as supplemental material such as PowerPoint presentations, additional readings, exercises, videos, and other e-learning lessons.

Other Online Resources

These Web links introduce the international drug abuse research community to other organizations whose missions support public health and scientific inquiry in the United States and abroad.

  • NIH Resources
    The world’s largest biomedical research institution, the National Institutes of Health also supports many innovative outreach and education programs that foster scientific exploration and disseminate health information.
  • Sites of Interest
    Links to sites of interest to the international drug abuse research community.