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Instructions to Authors


Policing: a Journal of Policy and Practice is intended to serve the professional development of police services and the study of policing. It aims to connect police practitioners and scholars by raising contemporary and critical issues in policing and bringing both experiential knowledge and science to bear upon them. It aims to inform police practitioners of developments in policing and research on policing that has relevance to policy and practice; to raise and discuss issues of direct relevance to police policy and practice, including ethical issues, problem identification and problem-solving; to stimulate police officers to adopt practices that enhance their individual and collective professional service to the public; and to act as a forum for the development of innovation. In doing this, the journal adheres to the rigorous intellectual requirements of rational argument and discussion. Debate and comment is encouraged provided it is rational and evidentially well-supported. The journal is not a forum for airing opinions or making political comment.

The target readership of the journal is professionally committed police practitioners, academic researchers and scholars working in cognate applied research and theory, throughout the English-speaking world. Therefore, authors are reminded not to assume familiarity with the particular jurisdiction within which they work and to draw conclusions at the most general level of applicability as they can. Articles should focus on communicating research to practitioners. To this end, discussion of the existing literature should focus only on what is most directly relevant to the problem being addressed; elaborate methodological detail and reasoning should be minimised; data should be presented in the most readily accessible format (don’t forget, a ‘picture paints a thousand words’, so use graphs wherever possible rather than tables). References can be used to guide readers to other publications where academic detail and discussion can be pursued. Editors encourage academic researchers to completely re-configure data and arguments that have been aired in academic publications within a new and original paper so that their relevance — and hence their impact — to policy and practice is emphasised. However, articles previously published elsewhere (including online) will not be accepted.

Articles should be written in an accessible style suitable for an international readership. Articles will typically be in the range of 4,000–6,000 words, with shorter articles summarizing academic research or analysing contemporary issues and their practical relevance, and longer articles displaying research methods and findings. Articles longer than 6,000 words are considered only in exceptional cases.


All submissions, including book reviews, should be submitted online on the journal’s submission website.
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 General Editors’ permission.
Policing actively welcomes both ‘Debate’ style articles and articles written in response to Debates. In keeping with standard practice, exchanges on Debate pieces will follow the format of (1) the Debate article, followed by (2) a comment or rebuttal and (3) a response from the original author.
Please save your manuscript into the following separate files – Title; Abstract/Introduction; 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.


All academic contributors should include a file containing the title of the contribution together with a word count and the author’s name and contact details.


A separate file containing an abstract of no more than 150 words should be included. References should not be cited in the abstract.


All practitioner contributors should include a separate file containing a brief biography (title, affiliation and any previous experience relevant to the article) and overview of their article. This should be no more than 150 words.


As a rule, full articles should not exceed 6,000 words (endnotes and references will not be counted as part of this total). Longer articles will be considered on their merits. All material should be double-spaced. Each page of the manuscript should be numbered. Endnotes should be numbered consecutively and placed together at the end of the article. Short quotations within the text should be marked by single quotation marks. Longer quotations should be inset from the main text and typed single spaced.

Short quotations within the text should be marked by single quotation marks. Quotations longer than 30 words should be indented from the main text without quotation marks, and typed single spaced.

References should be cited within the text and presented in brackets [e.g. (Waddington, 1999)], and a full citation given in the Reference section.
Footnotes should be numbered consecutively. Only case law should be footnoted, with all other references appearing within the text, as above.

Please use the following method for structuring and numbering headings, which is standard for the Policing journal:

  • Chapter Title
  • A heading (major subdivision within the chapter - bold, left aligned)
  • B heading (main subsection of an A head section – left aligned)
  • C heading (minor heading)

General points to note

  • All publications/reports should appear in italics.
  • All article titles should appear in quotes.
  • Numbers one to ten used within the article should be spelled out.
  • All Case Law should be footnoted with a full citation given.

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.

Authors are reminded that the Journal is likely to have a substantial practitioner readership as well as an international readership. Articles should be drafted with this in mind.


References should be listed alphabetically at the end of the article, 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.
• Kennedy, D. (2008). Deterrence and Crime Prevention. New York: Routledge.
• Braga, A. A. and Davis, E. F. (2014). ‘Implementing Science in Police Agencies: The Embedded Research Model.’ Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 8(4): 294-306.
• Rojek, J., Decker, S. H. and Wagner, A. E. (2010). ‘Addressing Police Misconduct: The Role of Citizen Complaints.’ In Dunham, R. G. and Alpert, G. P. (eds), Critical Issues in Police: Contemporary Readings. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, pp. 292-312.
Please ensure that all references cited in the text are included in the reference list.


Policing welcomes approaches from academics, graduate students or practitioners interested in writing book reviews. A list of suggested titles is given here, but you may also suggest additional titles in which you have an interest. Publishers interested in having their books reviewed, or anyone wishing to suggest a book for review/volunteer to write a book review are asked to contact the Book Review Editor in the first instance: Breanne Cave. All book reviews should be submitted via the journal’s submission website.


Permission to reproduce copyright material, for print and online publication in perpetuity, must be cleared and if necessary paid for by the author. Evidence in writing that such permissions have been secured from the rights-holder must be made available to the editors. It is also the author's responsibility to include acknowledgements as stipulated by the particular institutions. Oxford Journals can offer information and documentation to assist authors in securing print and online permissions: either refer to the website or email the Rights department at journals.permissions@oxfordjournals.org.
It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission to quote from copyright sources.

Third-Party Content in Open Access papers

If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:
Title of content
Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]
This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.


It is a condition of publication in the Journal that authors grant an exclusive licence to Oxford Journals. 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. In granting an exclusive licence, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and Oxford University Press is notified in writing and in advance.
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.


Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative (hyperlink: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/oxfordopen/); 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 Policing 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 - £1850/ $3000 / €2450
Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £925 / $1500 / €1225
Free Developing country charge* - £0 / $0 / €0
*Visit our developing countries page (click here for a list of qualifying countries).
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Authors are sent a link to the PDF page proofs by e-mail. To avoid delays in publication, proofs should be checked immediately for typographical errors and returned by uploading the corrected proofs to the link. The Publisher reserves the right to charge authors for the cost of changes made to the text or the figures at proof stage when such changes are extensive. No charge will be made for corrections of errors made during the editorial process or by the printer. 


Upon publication of their article, authors will automatically be sent a free URL of the article by email. Authors can order paper offprints using the Oxford Journals Author Services site.


All correspondence concerning contributions should be sent to:
Martin Wright, The Canterbury Centre for Policing Research (CCPR), Canterbury Christ Church University
Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice
Email: p.wright537@canterbury.ac.uk

Author Self-Archiving/Public Access Policy

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

Language Editing

Language editing, if your first language is not English, to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers is optional. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please click here. Several specialist language editing companies offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.

Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.

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