Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Political Criminology is a peer-reviewed on-line journal dedicated to the development and promotion of fresh perspectives on controversial topics in crime, security and justice, the identification of new areas for research, and practical engagement with policy implementation.  The Journal of Political Criminology is a Journal of the Crime and Security Policy Network.  Details are available at: http://cspn.org.uk/index.html

The Journal invites original empirical (qualitative or quantitative) research,  theoretical or methodological contributions, integrative reviews, meta-analyses, and comparative or historical studies in the following areas:

Crime and security policy

Criminal justice policy

Transnational and organised crime

Policing and penology

Prisons, probation and rehabilitation

New developments in technologies of crime and crime control


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

JnlPolCrim will publish peer-reviewed empirical research, though it will also contain book reviews, review articles, and short commentary sections.

Items submitted to the Journal of Political Criminology - including original research articles, book reviews, commentaries, meta-analyses and research briefs -  are all peer reviewed.

Submissions are reviewed anonymously by two independent reviewers.  The review period is normally 30 days and it is the journal's policy to turn around reviews within eight weeks of submission.


Publication Frequency

JnlPolCrim is published twice a year – in September and March.

Articles submitted August-January will appear in the March issue, while articles submitted February to July will appear in the September issue.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Editorial Board

Professor Tim Hall
Winchester University, UK

Professor Maggie O'Neill
Durham University, UK

Prof. P.A.J. Waddington
Wolverhampton University, UK

Dr. Mo Egan
Abertay University, UK

Dr. Luca Follis
Lancaster University, UK

Dr. Simon Green
University of Hull, UK

Dr. Lyndsey Harris
University of Nottingham, UK

Dr. Les Humphreys
Lancaster University, UK


ISSN: 2059-9595