International Review of Victimology

International Review of Victimology

Executive Editor
Joanna Shapland University of Sheffield, UK
Edna Erez University of Illinois, USA
Matthew Hall University of Lincoln, UK
Leslie Sebba The Hebrew University, Israel
Jo-Anne M. Wemmers Université de Montréal, Canada
Book Reviews Editor
Tinneke van Camp University of Sheffield, UK

eISSN: 20479433| ISSN: 02697580|Current volume: 21|Current issue: 3 Frequency: 3 Times/Year
The International Review of Victimology is the leading international peer-reviewed journal for victimological research. The Journal focuses upon traditional areas of victimological research, such as offender typologies, the victim-offender relationship, victimization surveys, victim compensation, the victim in the criminal justice system, reparation and restitution by offenders and crime prevention for victims.

The International Review of Victimology also looks at broader theoretical issues such as definitions of victimization and the philosophy of victimology. This in turn opens the door to the consideration of political and human rights issues, including victims of war crimes, and contributions with a comparative perspective are especially welcome.
International Editorial Board
Susan S M Edwards University of Buckingham, UK
Robert Elias University of San Francisco
Ezzat Fattah Simon Fraser University, Canada
Curt Taylor Griffiths Simon Fraser University, Canada
Matti Joutsen The Ministry of Justice, Finland
Ester Kosovski Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Kathy Laster Monash University, Australia
Ken Pease Jill Dando Institute, University College London, UK
Klaus Sessar University of Hamburg, Germany
Wesley Skogan Northwestern University, USA
Jan van Dijk International Vicimology Institute, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Marlene Young International Organization for Victim Assistance, USA
Richard Young University of Bristol, UK
Renée Zauberman CESDIP, France
  • Current Law Index
    1. Peer review policy
      1.1 Authorship
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Publishing Policies
      4.1 Publication Ethics
      4.1.1 Plagiarism
      4.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      4.3 Open Access and author archiving
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
      9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.4.5 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
      10.4 OnlineFirst publication
    11. Further information

    This Journal focuses upon traditional areas of victimological research, such as offender typologies, the victim-offender relationship, victimization surveys, victim compensation, the victim in the criminal justice system, reparation and restitution by offenders, together with broader theoretical issues such as definitions of victimization and the philosophy of victimology. This in turn opens the door to the consideration of political and human rights issues, and contributions with a comparative perspective are especially welcome.

    1. Peer review policy

    The International Review of Victimology operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each article is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible.

    1.1 Authorship

    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.

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    2. Article types

    The International Review of Victimology publishes articles and book reviews. It is also pleased to receive proposals for special themed issues, which would normally consist of a brief introduction and 5 ? 6 articles. Book reviews are not published in themed issues.
    1. Articles: Theoretically informed analysis of contemporary issues and original empirical research.
    2. Book reviews: A list of up-to-date books for review is available from the Journal's Book Review Editors.
    We do not set a maximum word length for articles or book reviews, but they should be written as concisely as possible. We are reluctant to burden our referees with very long article manuscripts. Authors who suspect that their articles will have to be cut should make the required deletions prior to submitting the article. Articles are peer reviewed while book reviews are reviewed by the journal’s book review editors. All material is read by the Executive Editor, who also reviews introductions to themed special issues.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    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.

    Articles should normally be sent by e-mail to together with an abstract of not more than 200 words and up to five keywords. Articles should be in Microsoft Word or in a word processing programme which can be imported into Word. (Please note that we also reserve the right to request a hard copy.) If necessary, articles can be sent by airmail, to Joanna Shapland, School of Law, University of Sheffield, Bartolome House, Winter Street, Sheffield, S3 7ND, UK. Authors should aim to be concise and those wishing to submit longer papers should consult one of the Editors beforehand. Submission of a paper for publication implies that it is an original work not being considered for publication elsewhere, and that on acceptance the copyright is transferred to the publisher. In other cases, the author should consult the Executive Editor.

    Book reviews should be sent directly to the Book Review Editors: Dr. Suzan van der Aa ( and Dr. Felix Ndahinda (, INTERVICT, Tilburg University, Room M 732, PO Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands
    Any queries and any proposals for themed special issues should be directed to the Executive Editor, Joanna Shapland (

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    4. Publishing policies

    4.1 Publication ethics

    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

    4.1.1 Plagiarism

    International Review of Victimology 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.

    4.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    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.

    4.3 Open Access and author archiving

    International Review of Victimology offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests

    International Review of Victimology encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    6. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    7. Acknowledgements

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    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, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), the  International Review of Victimology additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading immediately following the heading Acknowledgements and specified as ‘Funding’. All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement in the form of a sentence as follows, with the funding agency written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets (if applicable):

    This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number xxx].

    Multiple grant numbers should be separated by comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Thus:

    This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Natural Environment Research Council [grant number zzzz]; and the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number aaaa].

    For more information on the guidelines for Research Funders, Authors, and Publishers, please visit:

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    8. Permissions

    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.

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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types .
    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.

    9.2 Journal Style
    The  International Review of Victimology conforms to SAGE Harvard house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    9.3 Reference Style
    The International Review of Victimology adheres to the SAGE Harvard referencing system: SAGE Harvard

    9.4. Manuscript Preparation
    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    9.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE?s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details
    Provide full contact details titled ‘Corresponding Author’, including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE?s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    For book reviews, please avoid using endnotes and/or footnotes. Essential textual notes are indicated by a superscript Arabic numeral placed after the punctuation. All textual notes should be collected and placed after the text and before the reference section.. Follow SAGE Harvard house style in writing dates and listing references. Book reviews must include complete bibliographical information of the item under review at the beginning of the manuscript. Book reviews should have the author(s) and affiliations listed immediately after the review. They should be submitted with full details of author(s)’ name, postal address and e-mail.

    9.4.5 English Language Editing services
    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services for further information.

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    10. After acceptance

    10.1 Proofs
    A member of the SAGE Production staff will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author along with instructions on final approval.

    10.2 E-Prints
    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit

    10.3 SAGE Production
    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 ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. Upon publication, all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire from SAGE regarding their experience of publishing in the International Review of Victimology.

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication
    International Review of Victimology benefits from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editor as follows:

    Joanna Shapland:

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