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Information for Authors


Submission of Articles

Contributions should be sent by email to:

Editor-in-Chief, British Journal of Criminology, UK

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.

Articles are reviewed on the understanding that they are submitted solely to this journal. If accepted, they may not be published elsewhere in full or in part without the Editor-in-Chief’s permission.

Please save your manuscript into the following separate files – Title; Abstract; Manuscript; Appendix. To ensure anonymity in the review process, do not include the names of authors or institution in the abstract or body of the manuscript. Please submit these files in word format as we do not accept pdf files.


This file should include the title of the manuscript, full names of the authors, the name and address of the institution from which the work originates, the telephone number, fax number and e-mail address of the corresponding author. It must also include an exact word count of the article.


This file should contain a short abstract of no more than 120 words. Please also include between 3-6 keywords.


This file should contain the main body of the manuscript. Articles should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words in length, and should include only such reviews of the literature as are relevant to the argument. An exact word count must be given on the title page. Articles longer than 10,000 words (including abstract, any tables/figures/notes/appendices and references) will not be considered for publication. Undue length will lead to delay in publication. Authors are reminded that Journal readership is broad and international, and articles should be drafted with this in mind.

Funding information. Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear before the 'Acknowledgements' section.

The following rules should be followed:

  • The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’
  • The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. ‘National Institutes of Health’, not ‘NIH’ (full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies) Grant numbers should be given in brackets as follows: ‘[grant number xxxx]’
  • Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: ‘[grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]’
  • Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus ‘and’ before the last funding agency)
  • Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number 'to [author initials]'.

An example is given here: ‘This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [AA123456 to C.S., BB765432 to M.H.]; and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [hfygr667789].’


References should be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper, giving the names of journals in full. Titles and subtitles of articles, books, and journals should have main words capitalized. Titles of books and journals will be printed in italics and should therefore be underlined


  • Ashworth, A. (1983), Sentencing and Penal Policy . Weidenfeld and Nicolson.
  • Blumstein, A., and Cohen, J. (1973), `A Theory of the Stability of Punishment', Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology , 64/1: 198--207.
  • Richardson, G. (1985), `Judicial Intervention in Prison Life', in M. Maguire , J. Vagg, and R. Morgan, eds., Accountability and Prisons , 113--54. Tavistock.

In the text, the name of the author and date of publication should be cited as in the Harvard system (e.g. Garland 1981: 41-2; Robertson and Taylor 1973: ii. 357-9). If there are more than three authors, the first name followed by et al. is permissible in the text but the names should be spelt out in full in the References. Where authors cite their own works in the text, they should cite them as XXXX + date of publication. Throughout the article authors should take pains to maintain authorial anonymity.


Diagrams and tables are expensive of space and should be used sparingly. All diagrams, figures and tables should be in black and white, numbered and should be referred to in the text. They should be placed at the end of the manuscript with their preferred location indication in the manuscript (e.g. Figure 1 here).


Authors that employ mathematical modeling or complex statistics should place the mathematics in a technical appendix.


Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

It is a condition of publication in the Journal that authors grant an exclusive licence to The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (ISTD). This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. As part of the licence agreement, Authors may use their own material in other publications provided that The British Journal of Criminology is acknowledged as the original place of publication and Oxford University Press as the Publisher.


British Journal of Criminology authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in British Journal of Criminology can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:
• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY)
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC-BY-NC)
• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £2150/ $3400 / €2800
List B Developing country charge* - £1075 / $1700 / €1400
List A Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.


In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources in the manuscript. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.


Books for review should be sent to:

Dr. Leonidas Cheliotis

Department of Social Policy
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
United Kingdom


For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page .


Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the EU, we will assume that the service is provided for business purposes, please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.


1.Submissions are reviewed anonymously and separately by at least two reviewers from the Journal’s Editorial Board or International Editorial Board. When there is an insufficiency of relevant editorial expertise to review specific submissions, guest reviewers with the appropriate expertise are invited to review.

2. Acceptance of an invitation to review is taken as signifying that the reviewers consider themselves qualified to assess the submission and know of no reason why it would be inappropriate for them to comment on its quality and make a recommendation as to whether or not it should be published in the BJC.

3. If, as reviewers read a submission, they realise that for any reason it is inappropriate for them to review that article, they are asked to return it to the Editor-in-Chief forthwith and another reviewer will be assigned.

4. It is considered to be inappropriate for reviewers to assess submissions which they know to be:

i. written by a family member
ii. written by a staff or student member of their present Department
iii. based upon a PHD which they themselves have supervised or examined
iv. based upon a project upon which they themselves have worked or for which they have been a grant-holder

5. There will be other situations in which a reviewer may feel it inappropriate to review a particular article, but as these situations will vary according to personal circumstances, reviewers are advised to use their own judgement in relation to circumstances (see 6 below) where they may feel that a conflict of interests is involved. When in doubt, they should always inform, and seek advice from, the Editor-in-Chief.

6. If reviewers, for any reason, know, or can guess, who has written an anonymous submission which they have been asked to review, they are expected to consider whether a conflict of interest is involved if they know the author to be a close friend or a previous departmental or research colleague; or where they know themselves to be prejudiced either in favour of, or against, specific perspectives, topics or authors.


The Journal will provide the authors with free online access to their article, with the option of purchasing printed offprints using the Oxford Journals Author Services site.

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