Theoretical Criminology
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Theoretical Criminology

An International Journal
2015 Impact Factor: 1.536
2015 Ranking: 18/57 in Criminology & Penology
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Editors
Mary Bosworth Oxford University, UK
Simon A. Cole University of California, Irvine, USA

eISSN: 14617439| ISSN: 13624806|Current volume: 20|Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

Theoretical Criminology Annual Best Article Prize

Read the 2014 WINNING ARTICLE ‘Visual criminology and carceral studies: Counter-images in the carceral ageby Michelle Brown

The Editors of Theoretical Criminology are pleased to announce the 2014 Theoretical Criminology Best Article Prize has been awarded to Michelle Brown for “Visual criminology and carceral studies: Counter-images in the carceral age”. Each year the winning article is deemed to advance critical inquiry in the field of theoretical criminology. Qualities sought include clarity of writing, breadth of ambition and original inquiry. Particular weight is given to work from emerging scholars. All articles published in Theoretical Criminology will be considered for the prize by a committee made up of the journal’s Editorial Board members. The winner will be announced in the first issue of each year and their article will publicised by SAGE. The winner will also receive £100 worth of SAGE books of their choice.

Submit your article to be eligible for the prize at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tc

Consistently ranked in the top 12 of its category in the Thomson Scientific Journal Citation Reports, Theoretical Criminology is a major interdisciplinary, international, peer reviewed journal for the advancement of the theoretical aspects of criminological knowledge.

The journal is committed to renewing general theoretical debate, exploring the interrelation of theory and data in empirical research and advancing the links between criminological analysis and general social and political theory.

The scope of the journal is broad and inclusive, embracing the wide diversity of thinking within criminology.

"Until the advent of Theoretical Criminology, we had no consistent forum for the exciting theoretical work that is revitalizing criminology around the world. Now we do. Theoretical Criminology has filled that gap admirably: there is nothing else like it in the field today." Elliot Currie

"[Theoretical Criminology has] published material of a high quality, with a number of articles standing out as original and challenging..." - Times Higher Education Supplement

"Theoretical Criminology is a unique catalyst for the advancement of criminological thought, an international meeting place for expanding and provoking new thinking about crime and justice in a rapidly changing world. This journal is an essential new addition to the global criminological library." John Hagan

"A first-class journal - with an international and interdisciplinary ambit - which takes seriously the role of theory, research, and politics in analysing crime, deviance, justice, and social control." Kathleen Daly

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Theoretical Criminology is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://tcr.sagepub.com/

Consistently ranked in the top 12 of its category in the Thomson Scientific Journal Citation Reports, Theoretical Criminology is a major interdisciplinary, international, peer reviewed journal. It is concerned with conceptual studies on narratives and myths of crime, punishment, social deviance, criminal law, morality, justice, gender, race, social regulation and governance. The journal is committed to renewing general theoretical debate, exploring the interrelation of theory and empirical research and advancing the links between criminological analysis and general social, political and cultural theory.

The scope of the journal is broad and inclusive, embracing a wide diversity of thinking within criminology. However, Theoretical Criminology is first and foremost concerned with the theoretical dimension of criminology. Generally, this means that the journal is more concerned with exploring, understanding, and critiquing the theoretical dimensions of criminological knowledge-making than with exercises in that activity. The journal welcomes contributions from the best work of all perspectives and traditions, Theoretical Criminology publishes papers that go beyond testing, evaluating, or integrating existing theories and is actively interested in extended discussions of the theoretical implications of such studies.

Editorial Assistant
Marion Vannier University of Oxford, UK
Review Editors
Bethan Loftus Manchester University, UK
Leslie Paik The City College of New York, USA
Founding Editors
Piers Beirne University of Southern Maine, Portland, USA
Colin Sumner University of Salford, UK
Associate Editors
Vanessa Barker Stockholm University, Sweden
Elliott Currie University of California, Irvine, USA
Alessandro De Giorgi San José State University, USA
Katja Franko Aas University of Oslo, Norway
Maggy Lee University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Laura Piacentini University of Strathclyde, UK
Sharon Pickering Monash University, Australia
International Advisory Editors
Bruce A. Arrigo University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC, USA
Gregg Barak Eastern Michigan University
Ben Bowling King's College London, UK
John Braithwaite Australian National University, Australia
Michelle Brown University of Tennessee, USA
Eamonn Carrabine University of Essex, UK
Lynn Chancer Hunter College of the City University of New York, USA
Francis T. Cullen University of Cincinnati
Kathleen Daly Griffith University, Australia
Chris Greer City University London, UK
Sora Han University of California, Irvine, USA
Kelly Hannah-Moffat University of Toronto, Canada
Carolyn Hoyle Oxford University, UK
Laura Huey University of Western Ontario, Canada
Alan Hunt Carleton University, Canada
Manuel Iturralde Universidad De Los Andes, Colombia
Jack Katz UNI of California , Los Angeles, USA
Susanne Krasmann University of Hamburg, Germany
Elena Larrauri Pijoan Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Ron Levi University of Toronto, Canada
Ian Loader University of Oxford, UK
Shadd Maruna Rutgers University, USA
Eugene McLaughlin City University London, UK
Dario Melossi University of Bologna, Italy
James W Messerschmidt University of Southern Maine
Jody Miller Rutgers University, Newark, USA
Lisa Miller Rutgers University, USA
David Nelken University of Macerata, Italy
Alpa Parmar University of Oxford, UK
Hillary Potter University of Colorado, USA
John Pratt University of Wellington, New Zealand
Nicole Rafter Northeastern University, USA
Robert J. Sampson Harvard University, USA
Joachim Savelsberg University of Minnesota, USA
Jonathan Simon University of California, Berkeley, USA
Anne-Marie Singh Ryerson University, Canada
Richard Sparks University of Edinburgh, UK
Pieter Spierenburg Erasmus University, The Netherlands
Mariana Valverde University of Toronto, Canada
Véronique Voruz University of Leicester, UK
Alison Young University of Melbourne, Australia
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    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

    Consistently ranked in the top 12 of its category in the Thomson Scientific Journal Citation Reports, Theoretical Criminology is a major interdisciplinary, international, peer reviewed journal for the advancement of the theoretical aspects of criminological knowledge.

    1. Peer review policy

    Theoretical Criminology operates an anonymous 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.

    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

    Theoretical Criminology is a major interdisciplinary, international, peer reviewed journal. It is concerned with conceptual studies on narratives and myths of crime, punishment, social deviance, criminal law, morality, justice, gender, race, social regulation and governance. The journal is committed to renewing general theoretical debate, exploring the interrelation of theory and empirical research and advancing the links between criminological analysis and general social, political and cultural theory.

    The scope of the journal is broad and inclusive, embracing a wide diversity of thinking within criminology. However, Theoretical Criminology is first and foremost concerned with the theoretical dimension of criminology. Generally, this means Theoretical Criminology is more concerned with exploring, understanding, and critiquing the theoretical dimensions of criminological knowledge-making than with exercises in that activity. While the journal welcomes contributions from the best work of all perspectives and traditions, in general Theoretical Criminology will usually not publish work that merely tests, evaluates, or integrates existing theories. Likewise, the empirical details of criminological studies should be published in other criminological journals; Theoretical Criminology is actively interested in extended discussions of the theoretical implications of such studies.

    Papers should be as short as is consistent with clear presentation of the subject matter, but the length should not normally exceed 8000 words, including notes and references.

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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.

    Theoretical Criminology 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://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tc to 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 likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    Each submission will be refereed anonymously by at least two referees, so authors should provide two title pages, one containing names, affiliations, full mailing address plus telephone, fax, email address, and one containing the title only.

    The title should indicate exactly, but as briefly as possible, the subject of the paper. An abstract of 100-120 words should precede the main text, accompanied by up to 5 key words and a biographical note of 25-50 words.

    Theoretical Criminology employs a system of rigorous editorial screening. Only manuscripts with a reasonable chance of publication in the journal are submitted for formal, independent peer review. Manuscripts deemed not to have a reasonable chance of publication because of fit or quality are screened out within two weeks, so that authors may submit their manuscripts elsewhere. Those manuscripts submitted for peer review will be reviewed by two or more independent and internationally representative reviewers for academic merit, readability and interest.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

    Theoretical Criminologyeditors@sagepub.co.uk.
    Simon A. Cole, University of California, Irvine, USA.
    Mary Bosworth, University of Oxford, UK.

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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

    Theoretical Criminology 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

    Theoretical Criminology 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

    Theoretical Criminology 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

    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),Theoretical Criminology additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

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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.

    9.2 Journal Style
    Theoretical Criminology conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    9.3 Reference Style
    Theoretical Criminology 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 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring that 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.
    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    Tables and figures should be presented on separate sheets of paper at the end of the article, and should have short, descriptive titles. All footnotes to tables and their source(s) should be typed below the tables. Column headings should clearly define the data presented. Our preferred format for figures is .eps, .doc or .tiff. The position of both tables and figures within the text should be clearly indicated.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    Theoretical Criminology does not currently accept 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 should have their manuscript reviewed by colleagues with experience of preparing manuscripts in English.

    Alternatively it might be useful to consider using a professional editing service. Visit http://www.uk.sagepub.com/journalgateway/msg.htm 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 http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.

    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 ( http://online.sagepub.com/ ). 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 Theoretical Criminology with SAGE.

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication
    A large number of journals benefit 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 Editorial Office as follows:

    E-mail: Theoretical Criminologyeditors@sagepub.co.uk
    Simon A. Cole, University of California, Irvine, USA.
    Mary Bosworth, University of Oxford, UK.

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