Announcement from the JCJPC Editor:

After a hiatus for reconstruction, the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture is now open for new manuscript submissions. JCJPC was the first journal of its kind, starting over eighteen years ago, and has subsequently been recognized as a highly respected peer-reviewed journal. We greatly appreciate your patience as we updated the site and hope that users find the new layout appealing and easy to navigate. We look forward to receiving your submissions for review. Please refer below to our submission guidelines for formatting your manuscripts. If you submitted an article while the journal was being rebooted, your manuscript will be reviewed by our editorial board and you will be informed of its status. As always, we welcome feedback, suggestions, and questions. 

Sincerely,

Cary D. Adkinson, Ph.D.

Editor

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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. All submission should have both a linkage to media and popular culture as well as a linkage to crime and/or criminal justice (deviance, crime, courts, law enforcement, law, criminological theory, etc.). Priority will be given to those articles that make a linkage to legal and/or policy implications.

The JCJPC will only consider original manuscripts and book reviews 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.

 

PUBLICATION FORMAT

Submissions may be directed to one of the following three formats. Please follow the submission guidelines for the specific format you are submitting.

Research Article 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.

Book Review Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be double-spaced, follow APA format (according to the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th ed.), and not exceed 10 pages in length. References, notes, graphics, tables, charts and additional pictures are not included in this page limit. While the 10 page maximum length is not rigid, the editors discourage excessively long manuscripts and reserve the right to deny publication due to length.

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.

Review Essay Manuscripts

Examinations of cultural artifacts (e.g., films, music, plays, television, newspapers, painting, architecture, computers, etc.). Providing a summary of the artifact or exposition, essays should address its import and indicate its relevance to academic research, pedagogy, or policy deliberations. Submissions to this department should follow the guidelines put forth for Book Review Manuscript submissions including the 10 page maximum length.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

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.

 

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

Submissions are to be submitted by 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 cdadkinson@txwes.edu.