The Journal of Analytical Toxicology (JAT) is the premier international toxicology journal devoted to the timely dissemination of scientific communications concerning analyses and interpretation of impairing and toxic substances in biological matrices with an emphasis on their applications to clinical and forensic toxicology. Since its inception in 1977, the Journal of Analytical Toxicology has striven to support authors and researchers within the field of toxicology and publishing high quality articles to support and expand toxicological research. A subscription to the Journal of Analytical Toxicology is included in SOFT membership (value $1,402 per year). JAT is published by Oxford University Press (OUP).

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SOFT's Publications Committee works with the Oxford University Press (OUP) to ensure the Journal meets the needs of the organization.  One of the committee members will also serve as the Special Issue Editor for one year. The JAT Special Issue Editor solicits papers from the SOFT membership and selects SOFT members to serve as reviewers of the submitted manuscripts.  The Special Issue Editor works closely with the staff of OUP to see that a timely and sound peer review process is followed for all articles published in the Special Issue. 

The JAT Special Issue Editor solicits papers from the SOFT membership and selects SOFT members to serve as reviewers of the submitted manuscripts.  The Special Issue Editor works closely with the staff of OUP to see that a timely and sound peer review process is followed for all articles published in the Special Issue.  Multiple reviewers review each paper submitted for consideration.  At least one author of each paper considered for the Special Issue must be a member of SOFT.

The Experimental Design and Impact on Toxicology (EDIT) Award was established in February 2009. The Publication Committee is responsible for selecting the winner of the EDIT Award. The award is for the paper published in the Special Issue that is deemed to have the largest impact upon toxicology. The award is presented to the first author of the paper. All accepted manuscripts in which the lead author is a SOFT member will be eligible for consideration. The award is a plaque with no monetary attachment. 

Message from the 2024 Special Issue Editor

I cannot thank Incoming President Tate Yeatman enough for the honor of being named this year’s Journal of Analytical Toxicology (JAT) Special Issue Editor. JAT has a longstanding history of publishing impactful research on analytical methods, case reports, clinical research, and toxicological interpretation. It is because of this that JAT is a primary resource for forensic toxicologists with wide readership throughout our field.

Now that SOFT 2023 has ended and we are in the late stages of 2023, it is time to brainstorm ideas for manuscript submissions for the 2024 SOFT Special Issue. Each year the Special Issue is published in tandem with the SOFT Annual Meeting and highlights new research by SOFT members. One benefit is that SOFT members who are first authors of accepted manuscripts will be eligible for the Experimental Design and Impact on Toxicology (EDIT) Award. This award was first presented in 2009 and acknowledges research that is well-designed and has a significant impact on the field of forensic toxicology. Previous awardees can be found HERE and include projects such as, “Endogenous GHB in Segmented Hair Part II: Intra-Individual Variation for Exogenous Discrimination,” “Determination of Cross-Reactivity of Contemporary Cannabinoids with THC Direct Immunoassay (ELISA) in Whole Blood,” and most recently, “The Impact of Vaping Ethanol-Containing Electronic Cigarette Liquids on Roadside Impairment Investigations.” You could be next!

Whether or not you submit a manuscript, please consider volunteering to serve as a reviewer. The peer review process is crucial to ensure that the Special Issue is filled with high-quality manuscripts. When you see the invitation to participate as a reviewer, please accept it, if possible.

I hope that you will submit your research for publication in the 2024 SOFT JAT Special Issue. Consider writing up that project you have been meaning to publish—it will be worth it! Deadlines are approaching quickly, so please plan accordingly. I look forward to working with you and assisting in the process of getting your work across the finish line. See you in St. Louis!

Instructions & Deadlines

Manuscripts should be submitted through Manuscript Central, please check the box for the SOFT Special Issue when submitting.

Why publish in JAT?

  • JAT is managed by the editorial board of highly established scientists and has the support of TIAFT and SOFT, reflecting the backing and global reach of a vast community of forensic toxicology experts.
  • JAT offers the option to publish open access thus compliant with funder, institutional, and national mandates that require publication of open access articles.
  • We are published by Oxford University Press, a not-for-profit organization.  Your publication fees help support conferences, workshops and other initiatives organized by the journal.
  • We are committed to equitable and ethical publishing and follow the COPE guidelines.

High-quality and effective peer review

The Journal of Analytical Toxicology has always worked towards high-quality and effective peer review to provide authors thoughtful feedback from highly qualified toxicology scientists with knowledge of their research area. Effective January 1, 2023, JAT will be moving to double-anonymized peer review. This process is meant to not only yield the highest-quality content for the journal, but also to help authors develop and improve their submissions.

Open access option for your articles

The Journal of Analytical Toxicology has the option to publish your articles as open access, providing greater accessibility for researchers and readers across the globe. Learn more about the open access licenses available at OUP

OUP has a growing number of Read and Publish agreements with institutions and consortia that provide funding for OA publishing. This means that authors from participating institutions can publish OA, and the institution will pay the APC charge. Find out if your institution is participating in a Read and Publish agreement.

Community focused

Each year JAT publishes Special Issues in tandem with SOFT and TIAFT and their annual meetings. Guest Editors are selected from the societies with the Special Issues taking on a focus from topics presented in the conference discussions. The journal encourages submissions from the communities around these societies to highlight their work.

JAT is highly active on Twitter in its efforts to engage with toxicologists and disseminate the latest research in the field. Follow the journal's official Twitter account.

Distinguished and diverse Editorial Board

Members of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Analytical Toxicology are recruited and appointed based on their expertise in the field and to provide geographic and demographic balance. They ensure that the journal publishes high-quality content, operates ethically, and provides a welcoming publishing outlet for authors from all backgrounds and at all stages of career. 

Ready to submit? 

Please refer to our instructions to authors for more information and our submission site if you are ready to submit.

 JAT is the official journal for the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT), as well as The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT)