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Justice Research and Policy

Sponsor: Official Publication of the Justice Research and Statistics Association

Editor
David Olson Loyola University Chicago, USA


eISSN: 19428022 | ISSN: 15251071 | Current volume: 17 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-annually

Justice Research and Policy is the official publication of the Justice Research and Statistics Association. Members of JRSA receive the journal as a member benefit. For more information or to join JRSA, visit www.jrsa.org.

Justice Research and Policy
is a semiannual, peer-reviewed journal focusing on issues related to applied criminal justice research. Manuscripts should address some aspect of criminal justice research, program evaluation, research utilization, or data analysis that has policymaking or other practical implications.

JRP Content

Because JRP’s readers and authors include individuals from a wide range of professional arenas, including academia, federal, state and local government, and membership organizations, we publish articles in several different formats.

  • Research Articles. Research articles contain a literature review, description of the methodology, description of results, and a conclusion. The relevance of the findings to the formation of policy should be specifically addressed.
  • Policy Review Articles. Policy review articles contain a statement of the problem that prompted the investigation, a cross-jurisdictional (i.e., inter-state comparisons) review of policies or practices concerned with the same issue, and a description of the steps taken to understand and solve the problem. A conclusion should address the implications of the findings and/or the impact of the investigation on policy. References may or may not be needed.
  • Research Notes. Research notes are brief articles with a narrow focus and usually examine a unique or innovative methodological approach to conducting criminal justice research or policy analysis. Literature reviews are not necessarily required, although some background to place the research in context is needed.
  • Commentaries. Commentaries are brief discussion pieces solicited by the editor to widen the conversation about issues addressed in the research or policy articles.

Justice Research and Policy (JRP) is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes policy-oriented research on a wide range of topics, with a particular focus on criminal and juvenile justice policies and practices relevant to state and local government. JRP encourages submissions that examine and present rigorous criminal justice research, program evaluation, research utilization, or data analysis that has policymaking or other practical implications.

Consulting Editor
Stan Orchowsky Justice Research and Statistics Association, USA
Associate Editors
Megan Alderden Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, USA
William D. Bales Florida State University, USA
Lisa Broidy Griffith University, Australia
Henry Brownstein Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Scott Decker Arizona State University, USA
Stephen M. Haas West Virginia Office of Research and Strategic Planning, USA
Arthur J. Lurigio, Ph.D. Chicago, USA
James Lynch University of Maryland, USA
Edmund F. McGarrell Michigan State University, USA
Bradley A. Myrstol University of Alaska, Anchorage, USA
Gerard Ramker Bureau of Justice Statistics, USA
Andres Rengifo Rutgers University, Newark, USA
Don Stemen Loyola University Chicago, USA
William Wells Sam Houston State University, USA
  • EBSCO: TOC Premier
  • ProQuest: PAIS
  • Manuscripts submitted to Justice Research and Policy for publication should address some aspect of criminal justice research, program evaluation, research utilization, or data analysis that has policymaking or other practical implications. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jrxJRP accepts articles in several formats:

    • Research Articles. Research articles contain a literature review, description of the methodology, description of results, and a conclusion. The relevance of the findings to the formation of policy should be specifically addressed.
    • Policy Review Articles. Policy review articles contain a statement of the problem that prompted the investigation, a cross-jurisdictional (i.e., inter-state comparisons) review of policies or practices concerned with the same issue, and a description of the steps taken to understand and solve the problem. A conclusion should address the implications of the findings and/or the impact of the investigation on policy. References may or may not be needed.
    • Research Notes. Research notes are brief articles with a narrow focus and usually examine a unique or innovative methodological approach to conducting criminal justice research or policy analysis. Literature reviews are not necessarily required, although some background to place the research in context is needed.
    • Commentaries. Commentaries are brief discussion pieces solicited by the editor to widen the conversation about issues addressed in the research or policy articles.

    All submissions should follow the style set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition.

    Submissions should include a title page, an abstract and brief biographies of the authors. A literature review, tables and figures, footnotes, and references may or may not be needed depending on the article’s format and focus.

    The title page should include the names of all authors, their affiliations, the address of the corresponding author, and sources of financial support, if appropriate. If the paper was presented at a meeting, the name of the organization, the location of the meeting, and the presentation date should be listed.

    Manuscripts should include an abstract of 50 to 100 words. The abstract should state the problem or issue being considered, the method used in the research (if appropriate), and the findings.

    Any tables and figures should be on separate pages at the back of the manuscript. Indicate placement by a notation in the text: for example, “Insert Figure 1 here.”

    Footnotes should be used for substantive comments, not citation of sources. They should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript.

    All sources must be acknowledged by a reference and all references must be cited in the text. Citations and references should conform to the style set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition.

    A brief biography of each author should accompany the submission.

    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 the 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.

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