Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice Themes

The Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice is a theme-based journal.  Authors are asked to review the upcoming themes and submit relevant manuscripts directly to the respective Guest Editors, noted below.  Do not submit manuscripts to either Sage Publications or the General Editor.

Upcoming Themes and Guest Editors:

New Quantitative and Qualitative Methods to Investigate Environmental Crimes (August 2020)
Manuscripts due July 1, 2019
Editor: Serena Favarin (serena.favarin@unicatt.it)

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Female Sexual Offenders and Offending (November 2020 issue)
Manuscripts due November 1, 2019
Co-Editors: Catherine O'Sullivan (catherine.osullivan@ucc.ie) and Siobhan Weare (s.weare@lancaster.ac.uk). Please submit manuscripts with "Special Issue of JCCJ" in the subject line.  

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Monetary Sanctions in the Criminal Justice System (February 2021 issue)
By Invitation
Co-Editors:  Beth Huebner (huebnerb@umsl.edu), and Breanne Pleggenkuhle (bpleggenkuhle@siu.edu)

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Connecting Research, Policy, and  Advocacy to Improve Justice (May 2021 issue)
Manuscripts due May 1, 2020
Co-Editors: Amanda Burgess-Proctor (burgessp@oakland.edu) and Sheetal Ranjan (sheetalranjan@gmail.com)

The goal of this issue is to share information that can serve as a reference for academics looking to engage more directly with policy work, and for policy-makers seeking ways to engage with researchers. Papers need not be empirical and may include essays on best practices or “lessons learned” written by individuals who have successfully navigated these relationships. To that end, we especially welcome manuscripts that are co-authored by scholars and policy-makers, practitioners, or advocates. This special issue will include both submitted and invited manuscripts. Papers that address a wide range of topics relevant to the theme are welcome, so long as they focus on strategies for connecting research, policy, and advocacy to improve justice.

All submitted manuscripts will be peer reviewed.  An abstract of 100-150 words must accompany the manuscript.  Manuscripts must be 30 pages or less double-spaced (including the abstract, references, and all figures and tables), and should conform to the formatting style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) Manuscripts must be received no later than Friday, May 1, 2020

To submit a manuscript, please prepare two Word documents: (1) a blinded copy of the abstract and manuscript with all identifying information removed, and (2) a cover page containing name, title, institutional affiliation, and email address for each author, as well as any research grant information or acknowledgments. Please title these documents “LastName_Manuscript” and “LastName_CoverPage” and upload as two separate files to this secure Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/request/WsX7PrxWkUii7A6OlCbS

Please direct any questions to Amanda Burgess-Proctor (burgessp@oakland.edu) or Sheetal Ranjan (sheetalranjan@gmail.com).

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Cybercrimes (August 2021)
Manuscripts due August 1, 2020
Editor: Kyung-shick Choi (kuung@bu.edu).  Please submit manuscripts with "Cybercrime Issue of JCCJ" in the subject line.

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Crime, Criminal Justice, and the COVID-19 Crisis Lockdown:  Impacts, Trends and Challenges (November 2021)
Manuscripts due December 1, 2020
Co-Editors: Marcelo Aebi (marcelo.aebi@unil.ch) and Fernando Miró-Llinares (f.miro@crimina.es).

The global spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has outlined an unprecedented scenario at all levels, including crime and security. In an attempt to contain the pandemic, the governments of many countries issued measures that restrict the rights and freedom of their citizens. Some of these measures are very severe and go as far as the interruption of all productive activity and the total confinement of the population. The implementation of such measures has dramatically transformed the lifestyles and daily activities of the population, generating new environments of opportunity and limiting others. This situation poses a challenge to criminal justice systems across the world, which must maintain order and ensure compliance with the law in an increasingly tense atmosphere, which affects also the relationship between citizens and law enforcement agencies. This special issue will compile a series of contributions dedicated to improving our understanding of the effect that states of emergency —such as the one generated by the COVID-19 pandemic— can have on crime and its control, and putting special emphasis on a comparative cross-national approach. In this regard, contributors to this special issue can cover a wide variety of research topics (e.g. variations in trends for different types of crime, especially through comparative analysis; transformation or emergence of new forms of crime; security management in disaster scenarios, paying special attention to policing; reliability of data sources for crime analysis in the context of the pandemic; challenges for the criminal justice and prison systems).

An abstract of 100-150 words must accompany the manuscript. Manuscripts must be 30 pages or less double-spaced (including the abstract, references, and all figures and tables), and should conform to the formatting style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) Manuscripts must be received no later than December 1, 2020. Manuscripts should be submitted to Marcelo F. Aebi (marcelo.aebi@unil.ch) or Fernando Miró-Llinares (f.miro@crimina.es). 

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Brazilian Criminology in the 21st Century (February 2022 issue)
Manuscripts due January 15, 2021
Editor: Vania Ceccato (vania.ceccato@abe.kth.se)

This special issue seeks original research devoted to Brazil’s current security challenges. We welcome articles involving a wide range of crimes (violent and property crime, drugs and organized crime, corruption and white-collar crime, gendered violence and hate crime, as well as pre-post Covid-19 trends) as well as fear of crime and its impact. Primary consideration will be given to empirical manuscripts, especially those that advance our understanding of “what works” in crime prevention and policing.

We encourage interdisciplinary contributions from e.g. Sociology, Criminology, Economy, Law, Political Science, Gender Studies, Health sciences, Psychology, Critical studies, Geography. All submitted manuscripts will undergo blind peer review. However, please note that, to be considered for publication, papers should engage with the existing Criminology theories and state-of-the-art literature.

Papers should be no more than 6,500 - 7,000 words in length. Manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages of double-spaced text (including tables, figures, and references). Send two electronic copies of the manuscript, one full version (with a cover page containing the author’s name, title, institutional contact information; acknowledgments), and one blind copy (without any identifying information) to Professor Vania Ceccato at vania.ceccato@abe.kth.se. All manuscripts should be in MS Word format and conform to the formatting style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed).

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