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:

************************************************************
Violence, Voice, and Incarceration (May 2022 issue)
Manuscripts due May 1, 2021
Editor: Todd R. Clear (todd.clear@rutgers.edu)

*************************************************
Policing in Pacific Island Countries (August 2022 issue)
Manuscripts due August 1, 2021
Co-Editors: Danielle Watson (danielle.watson@qut.edu.au) and Loene Howes

This special issue seeks original research devoted to policing in Pacific Island Countries (PICs). We welcome articles focused on police legitimacy, contextual responses to police service provision, the role of context and organizational culture, the changing face of crime and criminality, and the tensions which impact police/community relations in PICs. Primary consideration will be given to empirical manuscripts that reflect on how the policing remit in PICs extends beyond mandated functions to include roles related to stakeholder demands informed by global responses emerging crimes and rule of law, donor intervention, geography, and the social, political or economic realities of respective small island states.

We encourage interdisciplinary contributions from e.g. Criminology, Sociology, Law, Political Science, Gender Studies and Psychology. All submitted manuscripts will undergo blind peer review.

Please send an abstract of up to 100-150 words outlining your proposed paper to Danielle Watson (Danielle.watson@qut.edu.au) by April 1, 2021.  Papers should be no more than 5,500 – 6,000 words in length. Manuscripts should not exceed 25 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 Danielle Watson at Danielle.watson@qut.edu.au  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).

**********************************
Social Control and Place (November 2022 issue)
Abstracts due August 1, 2021
Co-Editors:  Kareem Jordan (jordan@american.edu) and Lallen Johnson (johnsonl@american.edu) 

The bulk of criminological research examines the effects of individual characteristics (e.g., legal factors, gender, race, etc.) on crime, criminal/juvenile justice outcomes, and other methods of social control. Yet place-based factors such as community disadvantage and inequality, crime rates, and racial/ethnic composition and structural/institutional racism have a salient impact on the same outcomes. The goal of this special issue to highlight the latter. We seek manuscripts that examine the influence of place features on crime or social control dynamics, such as court outcomes, fines, citations, order maintenance or other issues. Studies should be informed by relevant theory where appropriate and provide clear policy implications. 

We welcome quantitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods submissions. Additionally, we encourage scholarship from across the social science disciplines, including but not limited to criminal justice and criminology, sociology, political science, and urban studies.

Please send an abstract of up to 100-150 words outlining your proposed paper to Kareem Jordan (jordan@american.edu) by August 1, 2021.  Authors will be notified of acceptance into manuscript by August 15, 2021.  Full manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages of double-spaced text (including tables, figures, and references) and will be due by November 1, 2021. Send two electronic copies of the manuscript, one full version (with a cover page containing the author’s name, title, and institutional contact information), and one blind copy (without any identifying information) to either Lallen Johnson (johnsonl@american.edu) or Kareem Jordan (jordan@american.edu).  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).

 **********************************
Criminology and Criminal Justice in the Republic of Ireland:  Why They Matter for the World (February 2023) 
By Invitation
Co-Editors:  Ian Marder (Ian.Marder@mu.ie)  and Claire Hamilton  (Claire.hamilton@mu.ie)

*********************************
Examining the Dark Web: Innovations in Research Design and Methods to Advance the Study of Crime and Victimization (May 2023 issue)
Manuscripts due May 1, 2022
Co-Editors: Fawn T. Ngo (fawnngo@usf.edu), Catherine D. Marcum (marcumcm@appstate.edu), and Scott Belshaw (scott.belshaw@unt.edu).

The Dark Web, also known as Darknet and Onionland, is a subsection of the Deep Web that consists of large networks run by corporations and small peer-to-peer networks run by individuals. The Deep Web is part of the Internet that search engines do not index. As an encrypted network of websites, the Dark Web can only be accessed using a special secure browser such as Tor. Tor, formerly an acronym for the “Onion Router,” is a free and open-source software intended to protect the personal privacy of its users and keep their Internet activities unmonitored.

The Dark Web encompasses a variety of content ranging from progressive and benevolent to violence and disruption. In recent years, interests in the Dark Web as a platform for criminal and illegal activities have emerged. Studying the Dark Web poses unique challenges as well as opportunities. The goal of this special issue is to provide a platform for researchers and criminologists to share and discuss innovative research design and methods to shed light on the actual activity going on in the Dark web’s shadowy realms. Only articles describing previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research, and not currently under review by a conference or journal will be considered.

A one-page abstract should be submitted electronically to fawnngo@usf.edu by November 1, 2021. The abstract should contain details of the design and methodological framework adopted for the study. Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by January 1, 2022. Final manuscripts are due by May 1, 2022. Manuscripts should not exceed 25 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 Fawn Ngo at fawnngo@usf.edu. 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).

***************************************************
Measuring scholarly impact in criminology and criminal justice: Critiques and new directions (August 2023)
By Invitation
Co-Editors: John Worrall (worrall@utdallas.edu) and Ellen Cohn (cohne@fiu.edu

******************************************************
Perspectives on Diversion in the Criminal Justice and Healthcare Systems (November 2023 issue)
Proposals due June 1, 2022
Co-Editors: Lisaann Gittner (lisa.gittner@ttu.edu), Robert Forbis (robert.forbis@poli-sci.utah.edu), Jeff Dennis (jeff.dennis@ttuhsc.edu)

Diversion of justice involved individuals with mental health issues frequently forces a juxtaposition of the criminal justice and healthcare systems, yet most approaches lack a system-spanning normative theory of diversion.  A disconnect between the process of diversion and the outcome of diversion occurs as defined by the systems. While the systems share the objectives of (1) rehabilitation, (2) efficient case processing, and (3) reducing system resources; defining and detecting individual successful re-entry into civil society, however, becomes convoluted. Subsequently, there is no incentive for diversion to succeed in achieving the objective of individual stability as a fully functioning, free and healthy member of civil society.

We encourage papers from an interdisciplinary perspective that address the topic using theoretical, empirical, and practitioner perspectives. The goal of this special issue is to provide an interdisciplinary platform for scholars and practitioners in criminal justice, mental and behavioral health, public policy and administration, public health, sociology, criminology, law, economics, health sciences, and psychology. Only papers describing original research or perspectives and not currently under review at another journal will be considered.

A 1-2 page double spaced proposal should be submitted electronically to lisa.gittner@ttu.edu by June 1, 2022. The proposal should contain a clear premise describing the intended approach and perspective of the paper. Empirical paper proposals should outline data source and methods. Practitioner paper proposals should indicate how the application will be grounded in current literature and best practices. Theoretical paper proposals should indicate the contribution to the system being addressed. We are not interested in systematic reviews or meta-analysis for this special issue. Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by July 1, 2022. Final manuscripts are due by November 1, 2022. Final manuscripts should not exceed 25 pages of double-spaced text (including tables, figures, and references).

*********************************************************
Crime Trends (February 2024)
By Invitation
Co-Editors:  Rick Rosenfeld (richard_rosenfeld@umsl.edu) and Mark Berg (mark-berg@uiowa.edu)

This special issue will address long and short run trends in crime rates in the Unites States and other nations.  Papers on the short run trends will encompass the two recent homicide spikes in the United States in 2014-2016 and 2019-2020.  Trends in both violent crime and property crime will be covered at multiple levels of analysis (e.g., national, city, neighborhood).  Authors will be asked to identify key soures of change in the crime trends.

*************************************************************
Trends in Intimate Partner Homicide during the COVID-19 pandemic: Theoretical explanations and criminal policy implications (April 2024)
By Invitation
Co-Editors: Marcelo Aebi (marcelo.aebi@unil.ch) and Lorena Molnar (lorena.molnar@unil.ch)

***************************************************

______________________________________________________________________________

Editor's Guide

Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice Home Page

To subscribe, order reprints, and/or order single issues contact:
   Sage Publications
   2455 Teller Rd.
   Thousand Oaks, CA  91320
   805-499-0721
   www.sagepub.com
   info@sagepub.com