Online Tools

The NIDA International Program online tools offer robust communications, research collaboration, and training opportunities. These cost-effective online tools help the international drug abuse research community identify potential research partners, build professional relationships with distant colleagues, and enhance their professional development skills in drug abuse and addiction research.

Research Tools


These tools will help drug abuse professionals improve their understanding of important concepts and strengthen their research skills. The guide was designed by experts and tested by international researchers.

  • Methadone Maintenance Research Web Guide and Tutorial
    Presents U.S. research outcomes about methadone maintenance treatment, reviews best practices in treatment program design and implementation, and disseminates evidence-based treatment protocols.
  • 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.

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.

Collaboration Tools

These cost-effective online tools help the international drug abuse research community identify potential research partners, build professional relationships with distant colleagues, and exchange scientific information securely.

Publishing Tools

These online tools will help drug abuse researchers improve their scientific writing to ensure that research results are published in the appropriate peer-reviewed journals and incorporated in successful funding applications.

  • Online Writing Mentor Program
    This International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) program provides individual, online mentoring to help drug abuse researchers from low- and middle-income countries publish their completed research. ISAJE mentors typically have strong national or international reputations in their areas of expertise.
  • Publishing Addiction Research Internationally (PARINT)
    Provides tutorials, resources, guidance, and support for authors and addiction scientists interested in serving as peer reviewers of research into drug dependence and its relationship to other addictions, such as gambling. Provides one-to-one support for authors from developing countries and includes a database of 82 peer-reviewed addiction journals in 18 languages.
  • The Research Assistant
    In addition to a grant-writing tutorial, this site can help behavioral researchers collect data, assemble a research proposal team, choose a statistical method, or select a journal for publishing an article.