Because scholarship should never be a popularity contest…

A new journal for new perspectives…

The Journal of Crime and Society (JOCAS) focuses on thought-provoking studies about crime and society—and the dynamics of law enforcement in between.

An open access journal: published digitally and available without subscription or registration.

All kinds of varied philosophical, theoretical, and methodological approaches are welcome. However, (post-)post-modern and critical theory studies void of empirical evidence or real-world experience are best suited for other journals.

This isn’t a journal for armchair advocacy and social justice nonsense.

Call for Papers

Deadline: October 31, 2020
The Journal of Crime and Society
Perspectives on Crime Statistics: January 2021 edition

The Journal of Crime and Society is seeking original, previously unpublished articles for the inaugural January 2021 edition. The theme of this edition concerns various perspectives on crime statistics—how they are used, misused, exploited, and censored. Studies that examine common misperceptions and criticize misuse and appeal to both an academic and general audience are highly desirable.

For the upcoming issue about Perspectives on Crime Statistics, some topics include, but are not limited to:

  • censorship of crime data and statistics
  • aesthetics and visualization of crime statistics
  • crime data narratives, storytelling, and myth-making in news and social media
  • statistics as (false) justification for “numerified” and “quantified” political decision-making
  • how crime and victimization data are integrated or ignored
  • (in)valid use of crime and population data and statistical comparisons
  • how crime statistics reveal or conceal the truth about victimization, criminal behavior, and law enforcement
  • other pertinent topics of interest to a mixed academic and general audience regarding crime data and statistics

Submissions must follow APA 7 style.

Submit a Proposal

Please send abstracts (about 500 words) for your proposed paper and a brief bio to:

Extended Reach…

It’s about scholarship based on real-world facts and applications.

Unlike most journals with limited academic audiences, The Journal of Crime and Society is co-published by Defend the Heroes, a non-profit organization, and Law Officer—the leading source of law enforcement news with a community nearly 2 million followers.

Scholarly articles written in The Journal of Crime and Society will be published on along with abstracts and executive summaries to help make scholarly research more accessible to a wider audience of law enforcement professionals, criminal justice practictioners, and the academic audience at large.

Dynamic Intellectual Capacity

The Journal of Crime and Society (JOCAS) concerns the study of crime and society in the United States—and the dynamics and complexities of law enforcement in between.

Toward advancing interdisciplinary studies of law enforcement within its broader American socio-cultural context, The Journal esteems thought-provoking scholarship from law enforcement professionals and vigorous approaches toward theory, method, and practice.

The Journal of Crime and Society is not pro-law enforcement per se, and welcomes criticism of every aspect of law enforcement, crime, and society. However, ideological studies void of empirical evidence and facts are better suited for other journals.

The Journal features original studies that offer insightful perspectives, encourage debate and dialog, and challenge the status quo. While The Journal adheres to the utmost standards of peer-reviewed academic scholarship, it aims to provide research that is accessible to all law enforcement and criminal justice professionals, and the public at large.

Real-world Insights

The Journal of Crime and Society aims to ultimately provide insights for public debate and more informed decision-making among law enforcement professionals, political leaders, and the general public.

Forthcoming Issues

January 2021: Perspectives on Crime Statistics

July 2021: Defunding & Defending: Politics & Policing Revisited

January 2022: Beyond America: International Perspectives of Crime, Society, & Law Enforcement

July 2022 and beyond: Suggestions welcome

Call for papers coming soon!


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