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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

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word document file format.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided. Always cite DOIs where they are given.
  • The submission includes an abstract and a list of six to eight keywords to assist with indexing

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