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Homicide Studies

Homicide Studies

Published in Association with Homicide Research Working Group
An Interdisciplinary & International Journal
Other Titles in:
Crime and Social Policy | Homicide

eISSN: 15526720 | ISSN: 10887679 | Current volume: 26 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly
Homicide Studies is a high quality, multidisciplinary publication devoted to the dissemination of information concerning research, public policy, and applied knowledge relating to the study of homicide. Homicide Studies brings you the latest thinking and discussion in homicide studies aiding more effective public policies to help reduce and possibly prevent future homicides.

Interdisciplinary Scholarship

Bridging the gap between academic and practitioner, as well as between wide-reaching disciplines, Homicide Studies brings you papers from the following areas:

Criminal Justice
Public Health Public Policy
Social Work
Political Science

Comprehensive Focus

Homicide Studies is essential reading for academic researchers, people involved in law and practice, and those involved in the development and evaluation of public policy. The journal publishes a wide range of current scholarship relating to homicide, including such topics as:

  • The effects of capital punishment in deterring homicides
  • Projected psychological profiles of serial killers and the match to actual offenders
  • Feminist theories of homicide
  • Cross-cultural and/or international comparisons of homicide research findings
  • Analyses of trends in homicide offending and victimization
  • The correlation between child abuse and homicidal tendencies
  • Evaluations of support groups for family members of homicide victims
  • Assessment of brain injury through child abuse among convicted homicide offenders
  • Determining predictors of lethal violence among couples with histories of domestic violence
  • Differentiating the dynamics of homicide and non-lethal assaults
  • Investigative techniques that enhance probabilities of offender identification
  • Methodological problems posed by decreasing homicide clearance rates


Homicide Studies is an interdisciplinary, international publication dedicated to the dissemination of empirical research addressing issues pertinent to the study of homicide.

Jesenia Pizarro Arizona State University, USA
Managing Editor
Daniela Oramas Mora Arizona State University, USA
Associate Editors
Lynn A. Addington American University, USA
Candice Batton University of Nebraska, USA
Carolyn Rebecca Block Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, Co-founder of Homicide Research Working Group, USA
Richard Block Sociology, Loyola University, Co-founder of Homicide Research Working Group, USA
Jay Corzine University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA
Gary F. Jensen Vanderbilt University, USA
Wendy Regoeczi Sociology and Criminology, Cleveland State University, USA
Gabrielle Salfati John Jay School of Criminal Justice, USA
M. Dwayne Smith Criminology, University of South Florida, Founding Editor of Homicide Studies
Book Review Editor
Jeffery Osborne John Jay School of Criminal Justice, USA
Editorial Board
Michael A. Arntfield University of Western Ontario, Canada
Roland Chilton Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
Myrna Dawson University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Shila Hawk Applied Research Services, USA
Richard Hough University of West Florida, USA
Lin Huff-Corzine Sociology, University of Central Florida, USA
John P. Jarvis Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, USA
Jana Jasinski Sociology, University of Central Florida, USA
Marieke Liem Leiden University, Netherlands
Steven Malby United Nations, Austria
Ramiro Martinez Crime and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, USA
James McCutcheon University of Memphis, USA
Steven F. Messner University at Albany, State University of New York, USA
Paul Nieuwbeerta Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law, Netherlands
Karen F. Parker University of Delaware, USA
Jesenia Pizarro Arizona State University, USA
Chris Rasche University of North Florida, USA
Marc Riedel Sociology and Criminal Justice, Southeastern Louisiana University
Aki Roberts University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Richard Rosenfeld Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Missouri, St Louis
D. Kim Rossmo Texas State University, USA
Randolph Roth Ohio State University, USA
Jukka Savolainen Wayne State University, USA
Raymond Teske Sam Houston State University, USA
Victoria B. Titterington Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, USA
Kimberly Vogt Sociology, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, USA
Pawel Waszkiewicz University of Warsaw, Poland
Greg S. Weaver Auburn University, USA
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  • Submissions for review by Homicide Studies should be empirically based, using quantitative or qualitative methods. Formats also may include theoretical papers, research summaries, and public policy reviews. Submissions of manuscripts dealing with violence as a generic issue are discouraged. Manuscripts that consider other areas of violent behavior are eligible for consideration if the central concern is the relationship between the violence and homicide. The Editor also welcomes proposals for Special Issues.

    Homicide Studies welcomes regular articles as well as research notes. Research notes are shorter than traditional articles, typically report on a specific finding or narrow issue, and include a short background section that places the study into context. Regular articles should not exceed 30 pages and research notes should not exceed 20 pages. Figures, tables and references count toward the overall page limit. Both articles and notes should begin with a brief abstract of about 100 words. Submissions should be typewritten, double-spaced, with footnotes, references, tables, and charts on separate pages. All manuscripts should follow the format specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition).

    Manuscripts will be sent out anonymously for editorial evaluation, so the author's name, affiliation, and contact information should be included on separate cover page. In addition, any references should be removed that may identify the author such as unpublished work by the author or other work closely associated with the author. If included, authors should anonymize these references by citing the work as “Identifying reference” and listing these sources as part of the cover letter to the Editor. These references should not be included in the Reference section.

    Submission of the manuscript for consideration by Homicide Studies implies that it has not been previously published and is not under consideration elsewhere. Submission also means that the substantive findings of the manuscript have not been published elsewhere and could not have been included in a previous publication.

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