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Criminal Justice and Behavior

Criminal Justice and Behavior

2016 Impact Factor: 2.099
2016 Ranking: 51/121 in Psychology, Clinical | 13/58 in Criminology & Penology | 13/58 in Criminology & Penology
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)
An International Journal

Robert D. Morgan Texas Tech University, USA

Other Titles in:
Criminal Justice | Psychology

eISSN: 15523594 | ISSN: 00938548 | Current volume: 45 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Monthly
Criminal Justice and Behavior is the official publication of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP). All individual subscriptions are handled through the IACFP. For more information or to join the IACFP, visit

Criminal Justice and Behavior promotes scholarly evaluations of assessment, classification, prevention, intervention, and treatment programs to help the correctional professional develop successful programs based on sound and informative theoretical and research foundations. Publishing timely, well-conceived, and lively scholarship, Criminal Justice and Behavior advances the knowledge and expertise of professionals and academics involved in forensic psychology, with a concentration on correctional psychology.

Comprehensive Coverage

Criminal Justice and Behavior brings you original research, theoretical contributions, and information on innovative programs and practices, as well as critical reviews of literature or theory on topics central to criminal justice and behavior, including:
  • Classification and treatments of offenders
  • Causes of delinquent and criminal behaviour
  • Prevention, intervention, and treatment programs
  • Education and training
  • Effectiveness of different sanctions
  • Offender and offensive characteristics
  • Psychology of policing
  • Psychology and law issues

In the pages of the journal you’ll find:

...To keep you at the very forefront of correctional and forensic psychology that the journal fosters. Criminal Justice and Behavior publishes high-quality scholarship concerning the interface between the behavioral sciences and the criminal justice system. Empirical research is emphasized, and theoretical and integrative review articles are also featured. 

Commentaries ...To present you with a wide variety of opinions and experiences, journal commentaries are often solicited on articles that are particularly thought provoking in their implications or that can be further illuminated by an additional perspective.

Book Reviews
...The journal includes stimulating reviews on recently published books to help you stay current on the best and most important resources in the field.

Call for Applications: Editor of Criminal Justice and Behavior

The International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology announces a search for the next Editor of Criminal Justice and Behavior. The incoming editor will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2018. The editor will be responsible for soliciting, reviewing, and making final decisions on all submissions to the journal which examine psychological and forensic aspects of the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The editor will also manage all aspects of the publication and review process using the Manuscript Central electronic submission and review platform. The editor will also be expected to work with the publisher to ensure timely and accurate delivery of manuscripts for monthly publication.

After 44 volumes, Criminal Justice and Behavior has evolved into one of the premier academic research journals focusing on the etiology of delinquent and criminal behavior, offender rehabilitation science, offender risk/needs assessment, the professionalization of corrections and policing, and the psychology of criminal behavior.

Because the traditional focus of juvenile and criminal justice systems is changing with reforms in these systems, Criminal Justice and Behavior has been changing as well. Many of the critical conversations that are engaging practitioners and decision makers are also engaging researchers. This work is cutting edge and is periodically the focus of special issues of Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Criminal Justice and Behavior is published monthly by SAGE Publications Inc. on behalf of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology. It is the only comprehensive research journal in the field of correctional and forensic psychology, publishing an average of 150 papers per year.

Applicants should have a distinguished scholarly record and experience in academic leadership roles. Applicants should also possess strong organizational and management skills, the ability to work well with others, and a commitment to Correctional and Forensic Psychology.

SAGE will provide modest editorial support, but the editor’s institution will also be expected to provide support for the editor and the journal office. Your application should indicate the expected level of institutional support, which might come in the form of additional faculty release time, travel funds, summer salary, office space, utilities, the use of computers and other office equipment, support for a full time Managing Editor, student workers as editorial assistants, and/or other basic expenses.

Applicants should send a letter of application, which includes their vision for the future of the journal, their specific editorial goals, and a description of their qualifications for the editorship. Applicants should also include a copy of their CV and documentation indicating prospective institutional support.

Applications, nominations and requests for additional information should be sent electronically to the IACFP to the attention of Cherie Townsend at Applications must be submitted no later than August 10, 2017. Please put “CJB editor application” in the subject line of your email.

Criminal Justice and Behavior publishes articles examining psychological and behavioral aspects of the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The concepts "criminal justice" and "behavior" should be interpreted broadly to include analyses of etiology of delinquent or criminal behavior, the process of law violation, victimology, offender classification and treatment, deterrence, and incapacitation.

Associate Editor
Jody L. Sundt Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
Book Review Editor
Joseph Eastwood University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
Managing Editor
Jaime S. Henderson First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, USA
Editorial Assistant
Breanna Boppre University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
Founding Editor
Stanley L. Brodsky University of Alabama, USA
Editorial Board
Michael G. Aamodt Radford University, USA
Curt R. Bartol  
Kevin M. Beaver Florida State University, USA
Craig Bennell Carleton University, Canada
Guy Bourgon Public Safety Canada, Canada
Stanley L. Brodsky University of Alabama, USA
Barry R. Burkhart Auburn University, USA
David DeMatteo Drexel University, USA
Naomi J. Freeman New York State Office of Mental Health, USA
Krista Gehring University of Houston Downtown
David S. Glenwick Fordham University, USA
Alan M. Goldstein John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA
J. Thomas Grisso University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
R. Karl Hanson Carleton University, Ottowa, Canada
Robert D. Hare University of British Colombia, Canada
Kirk Heilbrun Drexel University, USA
Kristy Holtfreter Arizona State University, USA
Robert Homant University of Detroit, USA
Kayleen Islam-Zwart Eastern Washington University, USA
Lila Kazemian John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA
J. B. Kip Kingree Clemson University, USA
Calvin M. Langton Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Arthur Lurigio Chicago, USA
Philip Magaletta Federal Bureau of Prisons, USA
Douglas B. Marlowe University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Mary McMurran The University of Nottingham, UK
Edwin I. Megargee Florida State University, USA
Ryan C. Meldrum Florida International University, USA
Holly A. Miller Sam Houston State University, USA
David Nussbaum University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada
Randy K. Otto University of South Florida Mental Health Institute
Christina A. Pietz U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, USA
Devon Polaschek, Ph.D. Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Richard Redding Chapman University School of Law, USA
Richard Rogers University of North Texas, USA
R. Barry Ruback Pennsylvania State University, USA
Brenda Russell The Pennsylvania State University, Berks
Randall T. Salekin University of Alabama, USA
Emily J. Salisbury Department of Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
Jeffrey C. Sandler Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, USA
David J. Simourd Aces, Inc. Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Brent Snook Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Tony Toneatto University of Toronto, Canada
Glenn D. Walters Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, USA
Jennifer Wareham Wayne State University, USA
J. Stephen Wormith University of Saskatchewan, Canada
IACFP President
IACFP Past President
IACFP Interim Executive Director
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  • Criminal Justice and Behavior seeks contributions examining psychological and behavioral aspects of the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The concepts "criminal justice’’ and "behavior’’ should be interpreted broadly to include analyses of the etiology of delinquent or criminal behavior, the process of law violation, of victimology, offender classification and treatment, deterrence, and incapacitation. The journal will include analyses of both clientele and employees in the justice systems, and it will include analyses of the effects of differing sanctions or programs. The journal emphasizes reports of original empirical research, theoretical contributions, development and testing of innovative programs and practices, and critical reviews of literature or theory on central topics of criminal justice and behavior. Articles dealing with behavioral aspects of juvenile or criminal justice are welcomed from throughout the world.

    Submissions must be sent electronically to Manuscripts should be typed and double spaced, with tables, charts, and references on separate pages. The ideal length for manuscripts submitted to CJB is 25 to 35 pages.

    The format described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) must be followed. Please note the changes in header formatting from the 5th to the 6th edition. Manuscript header formatting should follow the 6th edition. Questions concerning manuscript submission can be directed to

    Book reviews and inquiries should be sent to Joseph Eastwood, Ph.D. at Bishop's University, 2600 Rue College, Sherbrooke, QC CANADA J1M 1Z7, email:

    Authors who want to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider utilizing the services of SPi, a non-affiliated company that offers Professional Editing Services to authors of journal articles in the areas of science, technology, medicine or the social sciences. SPi specializes in editing and correcting English-language manuscripts written by authors with a primary language other than English. Visit for more information about SPi’s Professional Editing Services, pricing, and turn-around times, or to obtain a free quote or submit a manuscript for language polishing.

    Please be aware that SAGE has no affiliation with SPi and makes no endorsement of the company. An author’s use of SPi’s services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any arrangement an author enters into will be exclusively between the author and SPi, and any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author.

    SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    Individual Subscriptions: Individuals may subscribe by becoming members of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology. For more information, including various benefits of membership, please visit

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