The Journal of Recovery Science (JORS) is an open-access, peer-reviewed, international journal devoted to publishing original research in the area of behavioral health recovery. Accepted articles are published on a rolling basis with numbered issues released twice per year. 

JORS was established in 2018, with the specific aim to create a recovery-centric academic journal that has minimal barriers to knowledge dissemination and transfer. The areas of focus for the journal - recovery support services, recovery support institutions, recovery outcomes, recovery policy, and recovery in special populations - were selected so that established, early career, and student researchers could find a suitable platform for high quality contributions in the behavioral health recovery field.

Article formats that are accepted at JORS include original research reports, brief reports, case study reports, qualitative manuscripts, scholarly reviews, as well as theoretical manuscripts. All submissions are rigorously peer-reviewed, and JORS strives for a 4-month timeline from submission to first decision. 

JORS utilizes a hybrid, gold open-access policy for all submissions. Accepted manuscripts are charged a modest article processing fee (APF) to cover the costs associated with publication. APF are determined by the following factors: Established Research as lead author: $350 / Early Career Researcher (up to 5-years post PhD conferral): $250 / Graduate Student Researcher: $150. In addition, JORS facilitates a low-barrier APF waiver program that allows for any researcher without the financial means to publish their accepted manuscript.

The JORS peer-review process begins with an initial review by either a managing editor or section editor. Following a favorable editorial review, manuscripts are then sent to a minimum of 2 reviewers, who complete the reviews in a double-blind fashion. An initial disposition will be made on all submissions following the completion of two reviews, which may include accept, reject, reject and resubmit, or revise and resubmit. Following the acceptance of any submission, manuscripts will enter into production for copyediting, typesetting, proofreading, and final publication. In an effort to promote transparency and integrity at JORS, all accepted and published articles will contain the names of all peer reviewers involved with the submission. This open-upon-acceptance peer-review process is used to promote the highest standards of peer-review, while also creating a process that minimizes the chance of potential bias. 

JORS strongly believes that authors should retain copyright for their work without restrictions. As such, the journal publishes open-access articles under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY), which has been endorsed by the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA). The CC BY license permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


As of September 2018, the Journal of Recovery Science is indexed in: