Crime, Media, Culture

Crime, Media, Culture

An International Journal
2015 Impact Factor: 0.486
2015 Ranking: 105/142 in Sociology | 48/57 in Criminology & Penology
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Michelle Brown University of Tennessee, USA
Eamonn Carrabine University of Essex, UK

eISSN: 17416604 | ISSN: 17416590 | Current volume: 12 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: 3 Times/Year

Crime, Media, Culture is a fully peer reviewed, international journal providing the primary vehicle for exchange between scholars who are working at the intersections of criminological and cultural inquiry. It promotes a broad cross-disciplinary understanding of the relationship between crime, criminal justice, media and culture.

The crime/media/culture nexus speaks to many whose work is embedded in theories of social relations and social change, and therefore maintains high relevance across the full spectrum of social sciences and humanities. Crime, Media, Culture provides a unique and much needed forum for serious debate underpinned by empirically novel and/or theoretically rigorous research.

"Somewhere between criminology and cultural studies in an area of excitement. It is here where the cultural shift is most evident and where a journal like Crime, Media, Culture can provide just the right lens at the right time" Jock Young, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, USA and University of Canterbury, UK

"Crime, Media, Culture acknowledges what so many scholars have long recognized, namely the critical importance of media and cultural representations in shaping popular stereotypes of crime and justice, and thus of official policies. All the better the journal's international nature promises a long overdue integration of existing scholarship in North America, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region. I am delighted to be associated with this project" Philip Jenkins, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Electronic Access:

Crime, Media, Culture is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Crime, Media, Culture is a fully peer reviewed, international journal providing the primary vehicle for exchange between scholars who are working at the intersections of criminological and cultural inquiry. It promotes a broad cross-disciplinary understanding of the relationship between crime, criminal justice, media and culture.

The journal invites papers in three broad substantive areas:

  • The relationship between crime, criminal justice and media forms (including traditional media, new and alternative media, and surveillance technologies)
  • The relationship between criminal justice and cultural dynamics (with a special focus on cultural criminology and its concerns with image, representation, meaning and style)
  • The intersections of crime, criminal justice, media forms and cultural dynamics (including historical, political, situational, spatial, subcultural and cross-cultural intersections)

While CMC embraces submissions across a range of research perspectives and methodological orientations, CMC encourages especially work that develops cultural, critical, and qualitative understandings of the crime, media, culture nexus. On this basis, while CMC does not reject quantitative studies out of hand, it does require that statistical analysis be substantiated by, and situated within, theoretically informed and qualitatively nuanced engagement with the subject matter. Research predicated largely or entirely on quantitative analysis will perhaps be better submitted elsewhere.

Associate Editor
Nachman Ben Yehuda Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Lilie Chouliaraki London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Simon Cottle Cardiff School of Journalism, UK
Jeff Ferrell Texas Christian University and University of Kent
Katja Franko Aas University of Oslo, Norway
David A. Green John Jay College, The City University of New York, USA
Chris Greer City University London
Mark S. Hamm Indiana State University, USA
Keith Hayward University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Yvonne Jewkes University of Brighton
Greg Martin University of Sydney, Australia
Alison Young University of Melbourne, Australia
UK Book Reviews Editor
Michael Fiddler University of Greenwich, UK
US Book Reviews Editor
Travis Linnemann Eastern Kentucky University
International Advisory Editorial Board
David L. Altheide Arizona State University, USA
Sarah Armstrong University of Glasgow, UK
Gregg Barak Eastern Michigan University
Katherine Biber University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Avi Brisman Eastern Kentucky University, USA
Gray Cavender Arizona State University, USA
Lynn Chancer Hunter College of the City University of New York, USA
Steve Chermak Michigan State University, USA
Meda Chesney-Lind University of Hawaii at Manoa
Roy Coleman University of Liverpool
Chris Cunneen James Cook University, Australia
Kevin D. Haggerty University of Alberta, Canada
Steve Hall Teeside University, UK
Simon Hallsworth London Metropolitan University, UK
Stephanie C. Kane Indiana University, USA
Jack Katz UNI of California , Los Angeles, USA
Jenny Kitzinger Cardiff University
Hille Koskela University of Helsinki, Finland
Maggy Lee University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Shadd Maruna University of Manchester, UK
Thomas Mathiesen University of Oslo, Norway
Eugene McLaughlin City University London, UK
Brian McNair Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Moira Peelo Independent Researcher, UK
Nicole Rafter Northeastern University, USA
Robert Reiner London School of Economics, UK
Judah Schept Eastern Kentucky University, US
Dina Siegel Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Russell Smith Australian Institute of Criminology, Australia
Gregory J. Snyder Baruch College, The City University of New York, USA
Richard Sparks University of Edinburgh, UK
Carolyn Strange Australian National University, Australia & University of Toronto, Canada
Kenneth D. Tunnell Eastern Kentucky University, USA
C. Kay Weaver University of Waikato, New Zealand
Majid Yar University of Hull
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    1. Peer review policy
      1.2 Authorship
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Publishing Policies
      4.1 Publication Ethics
      4.2 Plagiarism
      4.3 Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      4.4 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
      6.1 Data
    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

    Crime Media Culture is a fully peer reviewed, international journal providing the primary vehicle for exchange between scholars who are working at the intersections of criminological and cultural inquiry. It promotes a broad cross-disciplinary understanding of the relationship between crime, criminal justice, media and culture.

    1. Peer review policy

    All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those papers that meet the scholarly, artistic and editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review. Crime Media Culture operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewers' names are withheld from the author, and the author's name from the reviewers. Reviewers 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.

    1.2 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

    Crime Media Culture aims to be innovative in style and approach as well as in subject matter. In addition to articles incorporating substantive findings and promoting critical scholarship - that is, articles of the sort conventionally found in leading academic journals - the editors welcome other types of contributions, including: 

    (1) Visual essays addressing issues of crime, media, and culture, with such essays to be accompanied in some cases by commentary or exposition;
    (2) Short theoretical essays or polemical pieces in the range of 2,000-4,000 words, addressing current issues, topics and debates;
    (3) 'Research Notes' in the range of 2,000-4,000 words, designed to report on ongoing study or initial research findings, or to alert other scholars to innovative or emerging methodological and/or theoretical orientations;
    (4) Single photographs or short 'photographic essays', with or without accompanying commentary or exposition;
    (5) Critical responses to articles published in Crime Media Culture;
    (6) Poetry, artwork, or other cultural productions, in some cases to be accompanied by additional commentary or exposition;
    (7) Reports on major conferences and research seminars relevant to crime, media, and culture;
    (8) Film reviews, typically around 1,500 words providing a scholarly analysis of the chosen film; and
    (9) Articles that encourage or incorporate new ways of thinking about the interrelationships between theory, research, policy and practice in the areas of crime, media, and culture. Suggestions in this regard are welcome.

    While Crime Media Culture embraces submissions across a range of research perspectives and methodological orientations, it encourages especially work that develops cultural, critical, and qualitative understandings of the Crime Media Culture nexus. On this basis, while Crime Media Culture does not reject quantitative studies out of hand, it does require that statistical analysis be substantiated by, and situated within, theoretically informed and qualitatively nuanced engagement with the subject matter. Research predicated largely or entirely on quantitative analysis is better submitted elsewhere.

    The journal will also publish occasional special issues devoted to a particular theme or topic.

    Papers should be written in English and should not have been published already, nor be currently under consideration elsewhere. 

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    Crime Media Culture is hosted on SAGE track a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below and then simply visit http:/ login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is possible that you will have had an account created.
    For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    Manuscripts, including photographic essays, should be submitted to the editors via the SAGEtrack site http:/
    Scholars interested in authoring book reviews (of approximately 1,500 words) or review essays (of 1,500-2,500 words and reviewing contemporary works or revisiting 'classic' texts) or film reviews (of approximately 1,500 words) should contact the following Review

    Travis Linnemann (for North America)

    Michael Fiddler (Rest of World)

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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.

    This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    4.2 Plagiarism

    Crime Media Culture 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.

    4.3 Journal 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.

    4.4 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    Crime Media Culture 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

    Within your Journal Contributor's Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Crime Media Culture does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Other conventions

    6.1 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    Crime Media Culture requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor(s) can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at

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    7. Acknowledgements

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    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), Crime Media Culture additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. 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:

    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].

    In some cases, research is not funded by a specific project grant, but rather from the block grant and other resources available to a university, college or other research institution. Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that corresponding authors use the following sentence:

    This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    Please include this information under a separate heading entitled “Funding” directly after any other Acknowledgements prior to your “Declaration of Conflicting Interests” (if applicable), any Notes and your References.

    Important note: If you have any concerns that the provision of this information may compromise your anonymity dependent on the peer review policy of this journal outlined above, you can withhold this information until final accepted manuscript.

    For more information on the guidance 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. Text should be submitted in Word DOC. Tables may be submitted in Word, RTF and XLS. Please also refer to additional guidelines on submitting artwork and supplemental files below.

    Each paper should come with the following information on a separate sheet:

    (a) title of paper, date and word count;
    (b) author's full name, affiliation, institutional and email address, telephone and fax numbers;
    (c) an abstract of 150 to 200 words;
    (d) up to 5 key words;
    (e) a biographical note of 25 to 50 words.

    Articles must be typed in double spacing throughout on one side of A4 or American Quarto paper with generous margins on all sides. All pages should be numbered. Titles and section headings should be clear with a maximum of three orders of heading. Articles should be between 8,000 and 9,500 words in length, including notes and references.

    The typescript should be carefully checked for errors before it is submitted for publication. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of quotations, for supplying complete and correct references, and for obtaining permission where needed to cite another author's material.

    Quotations: Lengthy quotations (of more than 40 words) should be displayed, indented; shorter quotes should be retained within the body of the text, within single quotation marks.

    Tables: These should be typed (double line-spaced) on separate sheets and their position within the text clearly indicated. All tables should have short descriptive captions with footnotes and their source(s) typed below the tables.

    Illustrations: all line diagrams and photographs are termed 'Figures' and should be referred to as such in the manuscript. They should be numbered consecutively. Line diagrams should be presented in a form suitable for immediate reproduction (i.e. not requiring redrawing), each on a separate A4 sheet and in b/w only. Please provide a disk version as EPS files (all fonts embedded) or TIFF files, 800 dpi. Photographs should preferably be submitted as TIFF files, 300 dpi. For scanning they should be clear, glossy, unmounted b/w prints with a good range of contrast. All figures should have short descriptive captions typed on a separate sheet. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission where needed to reproduce images.

    Notes: These should be indicated by superscript numbers in the text, and presented at the end of the text before the references. Notes and references should be in double-spacing. Any acknowledgements and disclaimers should be listed under an unnumbered note at the end of the article.

    9.2 Journal Style
    Crime Media Culture conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    9.3 Reference Style
    Crime Media Culture adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you've done this, open EndNote and choose 'Select Another Style...' from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    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 for the 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
    Crime Media Culture is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE's Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    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 for further information.

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    10. After acceptance

    10.1 Proofs
    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    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. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Crime Media Culture with SAGE.

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication
    Crime Media Culture 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 emailed to the Editorial Office at

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