The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, reflects the constantly changing landscape within which policing operates. This includes diverse social, political, technological and organisational activities that affect policing in many countries. It engages with major issues such as increased demands for accountability, globalisation and growing threats to security and seeks to provide a resonance between theory and practice which will be able to support and enhance all aspects of policing.
The Journal is written by practitioners, academics and other contributors from a national and international perspective which provides for a wide range of views. These will not only be interesting in their own right but will contribute and stimulate the continuing discourse concerning policing.
The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles is a peer-reviewed journal which reflects the constantly changing landscape within which policing operates. This includes diverse social, political, technological and organisational activities that affect policing in many countries.
|Derek Barnett||Police Superintendets Association, UK|
|Robert Beckley||Avon and Somerset Constabulary, UK|
|Dr Bankole Cole||Sheffield University, UK|
|Dr Amanda Davies||Charles Sturt University, Australia|
|Roger Graef||Films of Records, UK|
|Alan Grattan||The University of Winchester, UK|
|Professor Alice Hill||Durham University, UK|
|Rob Jerrard||City of London Police, UK|
|His Honour Judge Peter Birts||QC, UK|
|Robert Reiner||London School of Economics, UK|
|Enver Solomon||King's College London, UK|
|Ronald van Steden||Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands|
|Dr Justice Tankebe||Cambridge University, UK|
|Steve Tong||Canterbury Christ Church University, UK|
|Steve Uglow||University of Kent, UK|
|Michael Webb||NZ Police Service, NZ|
|Paul West||West Mercia Police, UK|
- Article types
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
- Publishing Policies
3.1 Publication ethics
- How to submit your manuscript
- Manuscript style
- Journal contributor's publishing agreement
- Declaration of conflicting interests
- After acceptance
9.3 SAGE production
The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, reflects the constantly changing landscape within which policing operates. This includes diverse social, political, technological and organisational activities that affect policing in many countries.
The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles publishes original articles and book reviews.
Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in whi
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.
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, or a department chair who provided only general support.
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
The Police Journal 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.
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.
Manuscripts should be submitted online via SAGE Track:
If you are a new user, you will first need to create an account. Submissions should be made by logging in and selecting the Author Center and the 'Click here to Submit a New Manuscript' option. Follow the instructions on each page, clicking the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. If at any stage you have any questions or require the user guide, please use the 'Online Help' button at the top right of every screen.
End notes should be collated at the end of the article. End notes to the text should be designated as 1, 2, 3 etc. and follow any closing punctuation, e.g.
…limitations are possible.¹
References and bibliography
The Harvard system is used. Examples are:
Jones, A. and Smith, B. (1999) 'Crime Prevention' British Journal of Criminology 20: 136.
Lloyd, F. (1998) Community Policing, 2 edn. London: Blackstone, 354.
Williams, S. (2000) 'Police Shooting Behaviour' in Hogg, C. (ed.), Police Use of Deadly Force. London: Butterworths, 687.
References in the text should appear in ascending year order. An ampersand should be used in a list of author names in the text, for example:
(Smith, C. & Wilton, D., 1997)
But the word 'and' should be used in the reference list.
Cases should be cited in the following forms:
Quick v Taff-Ely Borough Council  QB 809
Case 102/79 Commission v Belgium  ECR 1473
Case C-337/89 Commission v UK  ECR I-1613
If specific pages are referred to:
Quick v Taff-Ely Borough Council  QB 809 at 811
No full stops should be used in the law journal abbreviation, e.g. All ER, WLR, EGLR etc.
Quotations within the text should use single quotation marks and quotations within quotations use double quotation marks. If quotations are three lines or more they should be separated out from the rest of the text and should not be enclosed by quotation marks.
Abbreviations should be used for familiar legal journals. Otherwise the title should be given in full in italics:
J. Cohen, 'A Theory of the Stability of Punishment' (1983) 64 Journal of Criminal Law 198
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.
Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Language Testing does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
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.
We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.
SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway.
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.