The International Journal of Police Science & Management publishes original empirical work, conceptual articles and theoretical overviews or reviews, as well as articles on good practice or practice evaluation. It seeks to encourage practitioners as well as academics to submit material for publication with a view to advancing knowledge, disseminating good practice and fostering the scientific study of the police and policing.
The principal objective of the journal is to facilitate international exchange, stimulate debate and to encourage closer bonds between academic research into the criminal justice system and the practicalities of its day-to-day management of criminal justice organisations including, but not necessarily confined to, the police. Topics such as police operational techniques, crime pattern analysis, crime investigation management, accountability, performance measurement, interagency cooperation and public attitude surveys are welcome.
The International Journal of Police Science and Management is a peer-reviewed journal whose principal objective is to facilitate international exchange, stimulate debate and to encourage closer bonds between academic research into the criminal justice system and the practicalities of its day-to-day management of criminal justice organisations including, but not necessarily confined to, the police.
|Jennifer Brown||London School of Economics, UK|
|Chu Yiu Kong||Hong Kong University, HK|
|Alida V. Merlo||Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA|
|Rebecca Milne||University of Portsmouth, UK|
|Anthony de Villiers Minnaar||UNISA, South Africa|
|Milan Pagon||Zayed University, United Arab Emirates|
|Tim Prenzler||University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia|
- Article types
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
- Publishing Policies
3.1 Publication ethics
- How to submit your manuscript
- Manuscript style
- Journal contributor's publishing agreement
- Declaration of conflicting interests
- After acceptance
10.3 SAGE production
The principal objective of the International Journal of Police Science and Management is to facilitate international exchange, stimulate debate and to encourage closer bonds between academic research into the criminal justice system and the practicalities of its day-to-day management of criminal justice organisations including, but not necessarily confined to, the police.
The International Journal of Police Science and Management publishes original articles and book reviews.
The International Journal of Police Science and Management adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.
Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 6-8 weeks of submission.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway
International Journal of Police Science and Management and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Manuscripts should be submitted online via SAGE Track: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/psm
If you are a new user, you will first need to create an account. Submissions should be made by logging in and selecting the Author Center and the 'Click here to Submit a New Manuscript' option. Follow the instructions on each page, clicking the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. If at any stage you have any questions or require the user guide, please use the 'Online Help' button at the top right of every screen.
Articles should not normally be more than 5000 words long, including endnotes, and must contain a 250 word abstract providing a concise statement of the purpose of the article and a broad indication of its findings or conclusions. Papers must be accompanied by a short (80 word) description of the author(s) and, if appropriate, details of the organisation of which he or she is a member.
Tables, figures or diagrams must be presented on separate sheets with an indication of their location given in the text. Each should have a self-explanatory title and be comprehensible without reference to the text. Except by previous arrangement with the editor, and as a general rule, authors should avoid having - in total - more than 7 tables/ figures/ plates/ photographs embedded in any article.
Book reviews are up to 1000 words in length. Very brief book reviews are also acceptable.
In the body of the text, with the exception of direct quotations, spelling should be British English.
Text should be double spaced and set to the left, not justified left and right.
Headings in the following form may be used: MAIN HEADING (ie., Uppercase BOLD); Second level heading (ie., Sentence Case, bold); Third level heading (ie., Sentence Case, bold italic); Fourth level heading (ie., Sentence case italic)
Titles of organisations etc. (e.g. acronyms) should, on the first occasion of their use, be written out in full. Thereafter initials may be used. No full stops (periods) should be used in the abbreviation e.g. USA, ACPO, UK, FBI, ACJS, etc.
Measurements, including data in tables and figures, should be in units of the international system and confined to two decimal places.
Footnotes should be avoided if possible. Limited endnotes are permitted.
References and citation
The referencing format for the journal is APA. A useful summary of the APA style can be found at http://www.apastyle.org/faqs.html.
All references should be placed at the end of the paper. A distinction should be made between references within the paper and any 'further reading’ list or a 'bibliography’ (ie., books read but not cited). Examples are given below. Cases
Cases should be cited in the following forms:
Quick v Taff-Ely Borough Council  QB 809
Case 102/79 Commission v Belgium  ECR 1473, or
Case C-337/89 Commission v UK  ECR I-1613
If specific pages are referred to:
Quick v Taff-Ely Borough Council  QB 809 at 811
No full stops should be used in the law journal abbreviation, e.g. All ER, WLR, EGLR etc.
Articles and books
The American Psychological Association (APA) style of referencing must be used; the author name(s) being quoted in the text with the date of publication. Multiple listings should be given chronologically. If a work has more than two authors, the APA convention is to cite all the authors in full on the first occasion and in the reference list, and thereafter in the text use 'et al’. Where the names of authors are joined by an 'and' and where the citation is part of the text as in: 'Smith and Jones (2003) have suggested that this view is mistaken', the word 'and' is used. If however the citation is in the form: 'Some authors have argued that this view is mistaken (Smith & Jones, 2003)', the ampersand (&) is used.
Examples in the text:
Davies, Morris, Gordon and Lloyd (2000) or (Davies, Morris, Gordon & Lloyd, 2000)
Davies et al. (2000) or (Davies et al. 2000)
Examples in the reference list:
Cohen, J. W., & Williams, S. P. (2002). Alcohol and crimes of violence. Journal of Studies on Alcohol 64, 190–198
Jones, M. A., & Hogg, T. W. (2002). Textbook on Criminal Law. London: Blackstone Press.
Richard, G. (2002). 'Judicial intervention'. In M. Maguire (Ed.), Accountability (pp. 107–123). New York: Wilkins. Legislation
The convention is that Journal names and book titles are set in Italics.
Internet documents may be cited but must include a 'Date Accessed' as part of the entry and must include the full URL.
The following forms should be used:
The Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995, s. 3(1)(a)
Conservation (Natural Habitats etc.) Regulations 1994 (SI 1994, No. 2716)
Council (or Commission) Directive 70/157/EEC (OJ L42/16 23.2.70) on waste disposal etc.
Waste Disposal Directive whenused subsequently in the text
Council (or Commission) Decision C(91)440
Treaty on European Union Offical publications
These should be cited in the form:
Law Commission, Family Law: The Ground for Divorce, Cmnd 192 (1990) para. 4.5
Quotations within the text should use single quotation marks and quotations within quotations use double quotation marks. If quotations are three lines or more they should be separated out from the rest of the text and should not be enclosed by quotation marks.
Publication in the International Journal of Police Science and Management does not necessarily imply that opinions offered are those of the Editor, Associate Editors or of the Publisher. The Journal does not accept any liability for the accuracy of any comment, report or other technical or factual information. Efforts will, however, be made to ensure that all opinions, technical comment, factual report, data, figures, illustrations and photographs are accurate insofar as it is within its abilities so to do. The Publisher reserves the right to edit, abridge or omit material submitted for publication.
Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Language Testing does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.
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At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.