The Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture is a scholarly record of research and opinion on the intersection of crime, criminal justice, and popular culture.
The JCJPC will only consider original manuscripts, book reviews, and essays not published previously, or currently under consideration elsewhere. While under review by the JCJPC, the submission must not be submitted to another journal, unless the author(s) rescinds the submission. The peer review process and notification of acceptance, revision, or rejection will take approximately twelve weeks.
Submissions may be directed to four departments. Inquiries will also be entertained for potential submissions that are either being prepared or being planned.
Review Essays: Examinations of cultural artifacts (e.g., films, music, plays, television, newspapers, painting, architecture, computers, etc.) or academic expositions (e.g., books, articles, etc.) of some import to the intersection of crime, criminal justice, and popular culture. Providing a summary of the artifact or exposition, essays should address its import and indicate its relevance to academic research, pedagogy, or policy deliberations.
Manuscripts: Manuscripts should be double-spaced, follow APA format (according to the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th ed.), and not exceed 40 pages in length (this includes the abstract and body of the paper). References, notes, graphics, tables, charts and additional pictures are not included in this page limit. While the 40-page maximum length is not rigid, the Editors discourage excessively long manuscripts and reserve the right to deny publication due to length. Within the manuscript all sections should be clearly marked (e.g., abstract, introduction, literature review, analysis, discussion, conclusion, etc.).
Please remove all identifying material from the body of the manuscript which will be sent out for peer review. Author(s) information should be included only on the title page and biographical sketch.
The cover page should include the title of the manuscript; author(s); affiliation(s); a notation at the bottom of the page indicating the name, address, and email address of the author to whom all correspondence should be sent; and acknowledgement (if any) of financial, or other, assistance. A short biographical sketch for each author may be included on a separate sheet (not to exceed 100 words per author). The cover page and biographical sketch will be removed before the manuscript is forwarded for peer review.
Do not place tables and figures within the text, but attach them in consecutive order at the end of the manuscript. In the text, please mark the placement of tables and/or figures clearly with an appropriate note, such as
--- Table 1 About Here ----
If submitting photographs (or illustrations), please clearly mark each one and follow the above procedure. If necessary, please include a separate document detailing the placement (and caption if needed) of each photograph.
Commentary: Expressions of opinion on developments and questions related to the intersection of crime, criminal justice, and popular culture.
Special Features: Treatments of the intersection of crime, criminal justice, and popular culture that do not fit in any of the other departments. Such treatments might include interviews, fiction, non-fiction, documentaries, scripts, screen plays, animation, photo essays, and other non-traditional means of representation.
Decisions to include submissions in JCJPC rest entirely with the Editors. In keeping with prevailing academic standards, manuscripts will be subjected to peer review. Criteria for evaluation by peers and Editors include relevance to the intersection of crime, criminal justice, and popular culture; clarity of presentation; reasonableness of assumptions; quality of definitions, competency in employing observations, sources, and data; reasonableness of conclusions; succinctness; and creativity. Submissions may be accepted for publication without revision, returned to the author to be revised and resubmitted, or rejected.
Submissions may be filed through the postal service or by electronic mail, depending upon the preference of the author.
Postal Service: Submissions should include (1) a brief cover letter providing a postal or, if preferred, an email address to which JCJPC should direct correspondence; (2) five hard copies of the review essay, manuscript, commentary, or special feature; (3) a floppy disk/CD containing the submission. The disk/CD should be clearly labled with the aurthor(s) name and title of the paper. Word format is preferred, but Wordperfect or RTF files will also be accepted; (4) a brief biographical sketch of the author(s); and (5) an abstract of the work. Postal service submissions should be mailed to the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, Attn: Naomi J. Freeman, Editor, University at Albany, School of Criminal Justice, 135 Western Avenue, Albany, NY, 12222.
Electronic Mail: Submissions should include (1) a brief cover letter providing a postal or, if preferred, an email address to which JCJPC should direct correspondence; (2) an attached file with the review essay, manuscript, commentary, or special feature. Word format is preferred, but Wordperfect or RTF files will also be accepted; (3) a brief biographical sketch of the author(s); and (5) an abstract of the work. Electronic mail should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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