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About the Journal

The British Journal of Criminology: An International Review of Crime and Society is one of the world's top criminology journals. It publishes work of the highest quality from around the world and across all areas of criminology.

BJC is a valuable resource for academics and researchers in crime, whether they be from criminology, sociology, anthropology, psychology, law, economics, politics or social work, and for professionals concerned with crime, law, criminal justice, politics, and penology. In addition to publishing peer-reviewed articles, BJC contains a substantial book review section.

The Journal welcomes submissions from a variety of perspectives focusing on crime and society; and especially articles written from sociological, historical, philosophical, geographical, psychological, jurisprudential, cultural, political, or policy standpoints. The interests of the extensive Editorial and International Advisory Boards are catholic, neither narrowly ideological nor limited to rigid conceptions of what criminology either should be, or is currently, about.

Whilst the journal endeavours to be as inclusive as possible in terms of its content, its aim is also to publish the best work currently ongoing within the discipline. The two main criteria according to which articles submitted for publication will be assessed are: the degree to which the article contributes new knowledge to an understanding of crime and society; the overall quality of the argument and its presentation.

Abstracting and Indexing Services

The British Journal of Criminology is covered by the following abstracting/indexing services:

Centre of Documentation Catalogue
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Current Contents® /Social and Behavioral Sciences
Current Law Index
Expanded academic ASAP
Inventory of Marriage & Family Literature
Journal Citation Reports /Social Sciences Edition
Legal Journals Index
Legal Trek
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Periodicals Archive Online (PAO)
Periodicals Index Online (PIO)
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Sage Public Administration Abstracts
Social Science Index
Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
Social Sciences Citation Index®
Social Scisearch®
Social Services Abstracts
Sociological Abstracts
Violence & Abuse Abstracts
Wilson OmniFile Full Text Mega Edition


Year Impact Factor Ssi: Criminology & Penology
2015 1.643 14 out of 57
2014 1.442 15 out of 55
2013 1.532 14 out of 52
2012 1.556 14 out of 52
2011 2.130 5 out of 50
2010 1.612 8 out of 43
2009 1.068 15 out of 35
2008 1.061 12 out of 31
2007 1.296 6 out of 29
2006 1.094 10 out of 27

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually as part of the Social Science Citation Index by ISI.

Eigenfactor and Article Influence score

In 2013, BJC had an Eigenfactor of 0.00436 (placing the journal 8th in the Criminology & Penology category) and an Article Influence score of 1.048 (again placing the journal 8th in the Criminology & Penology category).

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