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Author Guidelines

All manuscripts submitted to The Journal of Political Criminology must be in Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX) format. Manuscripts should be submitted as an email attachment to:

They must not be under consideration by other journals, and their contents must not have been previously published elsewhere. All manuscripts must include an abstract not exceeding 200 words length, as well as 6 to 8 keywords to assist with indexing. Empirical and review article manuscripts should not be longer than 7,000 words (exclusive of abstract but inclusive of any tables, appendices, references, and notes) while book reviews and commentary submissions must not be longer than 2,500 words (exclusive of abstract but inclusive of any tables, appendices, references, and notes).

All submissions must (throughout) be double-spaced, font Times New Roman, and font size 12. Any emphasis (in the text) should be indicated by the use of italics, and any tables, images, or figures should be placed within the text. Statistical reporting should follow the conventions outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Likewise, all submissions must employ standard, Harvard-style parenthetical references consistent with the guidelines provided by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

The document should have a title page including the name, affiliation and contact details of the author(s) and should indicate the corresponding author or multi-authored manuscripts.  Ther must be no identifiers of the author(s) beyond the title page.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. The submission includes an anstract and a list of six to eight keywords to assist with indexing
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point Times New Roman font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided. Always cite DOIs where they are given.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish in Journals under the University of Central Lancashire Open Journal Service are asked to agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
  4. Authors who are also members of staff or students at the University of Central Lancashire will have a copy of their work deposited for them on the University Research Repository CLoK.  For details of the terms of the repository please visit the repository site

These are the terms under which the Open Journals Service operates.  If you would like to discuss these terms please contact your editorial team.


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ISSN: 2059-9595