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Current Issues in Criminal Justice


Current Issues in Criminal Justice produced by the Sydney Institute of Criminology, is the major Australian peer-reviewed criminal justice journal. Contributors, including academics, researchers and professionals, provide expert analysis of criminal justice issues and developments.

The Journal covers national and international issues for a diverse readership from many disciplines and countries. It features articles, 'Contemporary Comments' at the cutting edge of the crime and justice debate, and reviews of recently released books.

Submission requirements

Word limits (including references):

  • Articles: 6000-8000
  • Contemporary Comments: 2000-4000
  • Book Reviews: 500-1000


Format: Microsoft Word.

Style: Harvard author-date system and Macquarie Dictionary spelling, with plain English and gender-neutral language.

References: Separate lists to be provided at end of submission titled Cases, Legislation, and References.

Keywords: Articles and Contemporary Comments must include up to eight keywords reflecting submission content to aid with digital indexing.

Abstract: Articles and Contemporary Comments must include an abstract of 150-200 words detailing the submission’s original contribution to criminological scholarship.

Author details: All submissions must include an author bio footnote stating: position, organisation, full mailing address, and email address of every contributing author.

Headings: Maximum of three heading levels, clearly numbered or styled.

Graphics: Black and white only, at least 300dpi, 100% of final reproduction size or larger, and editable.

Exclusivity: Our Editor will not consider submissions sent to another journal or substantially published in any other publication.

Liability: While manuscripts are subject to copy editing, the Institute of Criminology is not responsible for statements made by contributors.

Copyright: Authors retain copyright of the manuscript and grant the Institute of Criminology an exclusive licence to publish the manuscript. Copyright of the published edition of the manuscript, as published in the Journal, rests with the Institute.

How to submit

Articles and Contemporary Comments must be submitted via our online submission form.

Email Book Reviews to Book Review Editor, Dr Louise Boon-Kuo.

Submissions that do not meet the submission requirements will not be considered by our Editor.

Peer review

There are no submission deadlines; submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Each submission that complies with submission requirements will be assessed by our Editor for suitability for anonymous peer review, and the review process may take up to 12 weeks from the submission date. The reviews are then considered by our Editor and authors are notified of the Editor’s decision whether to publish. Please be aware there may be delays in this process depending on reviewer availability

All other inquiries: law.publishing@sydney.edu.au