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Criminology & Criminal Justice

Criminology & Criminal Justice

2017 Impact Factor: 1.277
2017 Ranking: 29/61 in Criminology & Penology
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Published in Association with British Society of Criminology
An International Journal

Co-Editor-in-Chief
Professor Michele Burman University of Glasgow, UK
Professor Laura Piacentini University of Strathclyde, UK
Dr Sarah Armstrong University of Glasgow, UK


eISSN: 17488966 | ISSN: 17488958 | Current volume: 18 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: 5 Times/Year


Criminology & Criminal Justice is a leading, peer reviewed journal of original research and thinking in the field. The journal seeks to reflect the vibrancy of the disciplines of criminology and criminal justice throughout the UK and internationally. It publishes work of the highest quality and academic rigour from around the world and across all areas of criminology and criminal justice. It is interdisciplinary in nature, and is devoted to providing an international forum for critical debate and policy discussions of criminological and criminal justice research findings. As the official journal of the British Society of Criminology, Criminology & Criminal Justice encourages the submission of articles that are of interest to an international and/or British readership. Some of the key types of articles which form the focus of the journal will include:

  • original conceptual articles on crime, its prevention and control
  • empirical studies, including those of criminological research findings, criminal justice policy-making and the implementation of laws, processes and criminal justice
  • analyses of international crimes and criminal justice institutions and policy transfer, as well as evaluations of significant developments in criminal justice practices
  • debates about the public role of criminology and criminologists.



"This journal addresses key issues facing the future of criminal justice, and will be a major venue for presenting the best evidence on those issues as it emerges from new research." Lawrence W. Sherman, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

"Internationally, criminal justice is one of the fastest growing areas of social science. This journal, with its first-rate editorial board and impressive record of scholarship, has rapidly become a must-read for any scholar interested in international or comparative criminology and criminal justice." Todd Clear, Distinguished Professor of Law and Police Science, John Jay College, City University of New York, USA

"In its broad coverage of a broad field, and in its publication of articles by criminologists of distinction from across the world, Criminology and Criminal Justice, formerly Criminal Justice, has established itself nationally and internationally as one of the leading journals in the discipline." Professor Paul Rock, London School of Economics, UK

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This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Criminology & Criminal Justice is a leading, peer reviewed journal of original research and thinking in the field. The journal seeks to reflect the vibrancy of the disciplines of criminology and criminal justice throughout the UK and internationally. It publishes work of the highest quality and academic rigour from around the world and across all areas of criminology and criminal justice. It is interdisciplinary in nature, and is devoted to providing an international forum for critical debate and policy discussions of criminological and criminal justice research findings. As the official journal of the British Society of Criminology, Criminology & Criminal Justice encourages the submission of articles that are of interest to an international and/or British readership. Some of the key types of articles which form the focus of the journal will include:

* original conceptual articles on crime, its prevention and control;

* empirical studies, including those of criminological research findings, criminal justice policy-making and the implementation of laws, processes and criminal justice;

* analyses of international crimes and criminal justice institutions and policy transfer, as well as evaluations of significant developments in criminal justice practices;

* debates about the public role of criminology and criminologists.

Founding Editor
George Mair Liverpool Hope University, UK
Tim Newburn London School of Economics, UK
Book Review Editors
Dr Oona Brooks University of Glasgow, UK
Dr Bill Munro University of Stirling, UK
Associate Editors
Dr Susan Batchelor University of Glasgow, UK
Alistair Fraser University of Glasgow, UK
Dr Niall Hamilton-Smith University of Stirling, UK
Dr Genevieve Lennon University of Strathclyde, UK
Dr Margaret Malloch  
Professor Gill McIvor University of Stirling, UK
Professor Fergus McNeil University of Glasgow, UK
Professor Susan McVie University of Edinburgh, UK
Paul Norris University of Edinburgh, UK
Professor Richard Sparks University of Edinburgh, UK
Dr Beth Weaver University of Strathclyde, UK
Editorial Assistant
Caitlin Gormley University of Glasgow, UK
International Advisory Board
Rosemary Barberet John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA
Kristel Beyens Free University of Brussels, Belgium
Ben Bradford University of Oxford, UK
Kerry Carrington Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Mary Corcoran Keele University, UK
Adam Crawford University of Leeds, UK
Rod Earle Open University, UK
Kate Fitz-Gibbon Monash University, Canada
David Gadd University of Manchester, UK
Loraine Gelsthorpe University of Cambridge, UK
Philip Goodman University of Toronto, Canada
Anthea Hucklesby University of Leeds, UK
Neil Hutton University of Strathclyde, UK
Andrew Jefferson Dignity – Danish Institute Against Torture, Denmark
Karen A. Joe Laidler University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Anita Lam York University, Canada
Maggy Lee University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Tim Legrand Australian National University, Australia
Mona Lynch University of California, Irvine, USA
Simon Mackenzie Victoria University of Wellington, Australia
Monique Marks Durban Institute of Technology, South Africa
Kate O'Brien Durham University, UK
Stefaan Pleysier University of Leuven, Belgium
Gavin Slade University of Glasgow, UK
Peter Squires University of Brighton, UK
Elizabeth Stanley Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Kerstin Svensson Lund University, Sweden
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  • This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ccj to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Criminology & Criminal Justice will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

     

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Criminology & Criminal Justice, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Criminology & Criminal Justice publishes work of the highest quality and academic rigour from around the world and across all areas of criminology and criminal justice. It is interdisciplinary in nature, and is devoted to providing an international forum for critical debate and policy discussions of criminological and criminal justice research findings. As the official journal of the British Society of Criminology, Criminology & Criminal Justice encourages the submission of articles that are of interest to an international and/or British readership.

    Some of the key types of articles which form the focus of the journal will include:

    • original conceptual articles on crime, its prevention and control;
    • empirical studies, including those of criminological research findings, criminal justice policy-making and the implementation of laws, processes and criminal justice;
    • analyses of crimes and criminal justice institutions and policy transfer, as well as evaluations of significant developments in criminal justice practices;
    • debates about the public role of criminology and criminologists.

    Submissions to Criminology & Criminal Justice should be written in English and should not have been published already, nor be currently under consideration elsewhere. If you have authored any other papers published, in press, or submitted to other journals that are closely related to the submitted paper, such as those using the same data set, deriving from the same research or addressing a similar topic you will be asked to acknowledge this at time of submission. You will be asked to state how the submitted manuscript differs from the other papers and what its specific contributions are. You may also be required to provide the editors with electronic copies of any such papers.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those papers that meet the academic and editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review. Criminology & Criminal Justice operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and the author’s name from the reviewer. Submissions are reviewed by at least two reviewers.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.4 Funding

    Criminology & Criminal Justice requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Criminology & Criminal Justice encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Criminology & Criminal Justice and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Criminology & Criminal Justice offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    Submissions to Criminology & Criminal Justice may not normally exceed 8,000 words. The word count includes all text, including but not limited to, the abstract, main body, notes, acknowledgements, tables, figures, and references. Over-lengthpapers may be returned without being put through the peer review process.
    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. All pages should be numbered. Titles and section headings should be clear with a maximum of three orders of heading.

    Please prepare your submission in two separate files:
    •    complete manuscript (including title, an abstract of no more than 150 words, 4-6 keywords, a final word count, as well as the author's full name, affiliation, institutional and email address, telephone and fax numbers, and a short biography for each author of 25-50 words). For further information see section 9.4.1 and 9.4.4 below.
    •    anonymized manuscript (title, the main body of text, footnotes, tables, and figures). This document must be blinded and suitable for viewing by reviewers. Manuscripts that include direct references to the author (including references to publications) may be returned without being put through the peer review process.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    Criminology & Criminal Justice does not currently accept supplemental files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Criminology & Criminal Justice adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Criminology & Criminal Justice is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ccj to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Criminology & Criminal Justice editorial office as follows:

    ccj-journal@glasgow.ac.uk

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