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International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

2016 Impact Factor: 1.112
2016 Ranking: 56/80 in Psychology, Applied | 30/58 in Criminology & Penology
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017); Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE

Other Titles in:
Criminology | Forensic Psychology

eISSN: 15526933 | ISSN: 0306624X | Current volume: 61 | Current issue: 13 Frequency: 16 Times/Year

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology (IJO), peer-reviewed and published monthly, for more than five decades has provided therapists, counselors, researchers, forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, criminologists and policy makers with challenging research on topics including violent crime, sexual offending, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, criminal profiling, and risk assessment. There is an emphasis on the treatment of the offender--both as it relates to theory and for clinical practice. 

Call for Reviewers

SAGE is seeking reviewers for the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. If you are interested in reviewing for the journal, or if you know someone who may be interested, please email Dr. Mark T. Palermo, editor, at

Putting Theory into Practice

Peer-reviewed and expertly edited, the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology is a monthly journal dedicated to providing a forum for research, discussion and treatment of variables associated with crime and delinquency. It emphasizes treatment of the offender, both as it relates to theory and to clinical practice.

Providing a Comprehensive Forum

The International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology recognizes that many disciplines are involved in and inform this area of study and practice, and seeks to provide a comprehensive forum through which treatment practices can be improved. To that end, the journal contains submissions by experts in all fields that directly affect the treatment of prisoners and offenders. These fields include: · Psychology · Psychiatry · Social Work · Law and Legal Studies · Medicine · Criminology · Criminal Justice · Corrections · Sociology · Health Sciences

Advancing Key Areas

Promoting a unique approach to the research and practice of prisoner and offender treatment, the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology strives to grasp and advance the central aspects of the challenging phenomena of crime and delinquency.

Psychological...because some serious psychological disorders are strikingly common among prisoners and offenders, the journal works to shed new light on their derivations and treatments, providing researchers and practitioners with innovative avenues to explore.

Genetic/Biological...the profound effect that genetic and/or biological influences can have on prisoners and offenders is critical - so is the journal’s mandate to provide works that help researchers and practitioners to recognize, treat and ultimately overcome these factors.

Environmental...the life history is central to understanding prisoners and offenders, and the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology seeks to enhance the understanding of practitioners and researchers on how to address this aspect in their work.

Taking these three aspects of crime and delinquency, the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology combines them into a focused treatment approach through pertinent and credible research that can be applied to practice.

An International Perspective

Although societies around the world differ greatly, the phenomenon of crime and delinquency does not. The International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology expands the knowledge base of researchers and practitioners by reporting on international development. The journal provides researchers and practitioners the opportunity to learn from the experiences, policies, programs and perspectives of their colleagues from around the world and to use that new information in their own work.

The International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology aims to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas regarding the various factors associated with crime and delinquency. Its crosscultural aspects strive to inform criminologists, counselors, forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, policy makers and allied professions about the latest research from across the globe. Topics presented in the Journal included violent crime, sexual offending, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, criminal profiling, and risk assessment. Studies on various criminological theories are offered, including research on the possible neurobiological factors that may be at the basis of criminal behavior. There is an emphasis on the treatment of the offender--both as it relates to theory and for clinical practice.

Managing Editor
Founding Editor
Former Editor Emeritus
Consulting Editors
J. Arboleda-Florez Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada
Bruce A. Arrigo, Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC, USA
Prof. Stefan Bogaerts, Ph.D. Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Gregory P. Brown, M.D. University of Nevada, School of Medicine, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Prof. Robert Catanesi University of Bari, Bari, Italy
Wing Hong Chui, Ph.D. City University of Hong Kong
Matt DeLisi, Ph.D. Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA
Reinhard Eher, M.D. Federal Documentation Center for Sexual Offenders, Vienna, Austria
Jérôme Endrass, Ph.D. Zurich Psychiatric University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland
David Gussak, Ph.D. Florida State University, USA
Kathleen Heide, Ph.D. University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA
Prof. Christian Hervé Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France
Thomas Noll, M.D., J.D. Swiss Prison Staff Training Center, Fribourg, Switzerland
Alex R. Piquero, Ph.D. University of Texas, Dallas, USA
Ole J. Thienhaus, M.D., M.B.A., FACP University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AS, USA
Prof. Hans Toch State University of New York, Albany, NY, USA
Prof. H. J. C. van Marle Erasmus University Rotterdam, Den Haag, Netherlands
Prof. David N. Weisstub Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
Associate Editors
Eric Beauregard, Ph.D. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Sarah Ben-David, PhD Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
Ros Burnett, D.Phil. University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Liqun Cao, Ph.D. University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, ON, Canada
Heng Choon (Oliver) Chan, Ph.D. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Xiaoming Chen, PhD University of Xiamen Law School, Xiamen, China
Leam Craig, Ph.D. Forensic Psychology Practice, Birmingham, UK
Willie J. Edwards, Ph.D. Texas A&M University, Commerce, TX, USA
Mary Ann Farkas, Ph.D. Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Jorge Folino, MD National University of La Plata, Manuel B. Gonnet, Argentina
Theresa A. Gannon, Ph.D. University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
Carlo Garofalo, Ph.D. Tilburg University, Netherlands
Edward J. Gumz, Ph.D. Loyola University, Chicago, IL, USA
Tammy L. Hughes, Ph.D. Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Toshinori Kitamura, M.D. Kitamura Institute of Mental Health Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Richard Kocsis Forensic Psychologist, Sydney, Australia
Prof. Josef A. Kudryavstev All-Union Serbsky Research Institute, Moscow, Russia
Ron Langevin, Ph.D. University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Jianhong Liu, Ph.D. University of Macau, Taipa, Macau, China
Arthur J. Lurigio, Ph.D. Loyola University, Chicago, IL USA
Prof. Isabella Merzagora, J.D., Ph.D. University of Milan, Milan, Italy
Byongook Moon, Ph.D. University of Texas, San Antonio, USA
Anthony J. Pinizzotto, Ph.D. Clinical Forensic Psychology Associates, Chantilly, VA, USA
Chad Posick, Ph.D. Georgia Southern University, USA
Xin Ren, Ph.D. California State University, Sacramento, CA, USA
Phillip J. Resnick, M.D. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
Lee E. Ross, Ph.D. University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA
C. Gabrielle Salfati, Ph.D. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY, USA
Prof. Jerzy Sarnecki Stockholm University, Sweden
Louis B. Schlesinger, Ph.D. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY, USA
Anouk Spruit, Ph.D. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Geert Jan J. M. Stams, Ph.D. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Marina Tolou-Shams, Ph.D UCSF Department of Psychiatry/Weill Institute for Neurosciences, San Francisco, USA
Avelardo Valdez, Ph.D. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Glenn D. Walters, Ph.D. Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA, USA
Tony Ward, Ph.D. Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Hongwei Zhang, Ph.D. Guangxi University Law School, Nanning, China
Lena Y. Zhong, Ph.D. City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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