Journal of Crime and Society

investigating the dynamics of law enforcement

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. 


Encouraging discourse & debate

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.

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

Here are a few distinctions of The Journal of Crime and Society:

  • Format: Online Open Access (without subscription or registration)
  • APA Style & Publication Standards
  • Double-blind Peer Review


January 2021 (Vol. 1, No. 1):
Perspectives of Crime Statistics: “Alternative Data” or “Just the Facts”?

July 2021 (Vol. 1, No. 2)
“Defunding”: Politics & Policing Revisited

January 2022 (Vol. 2, No. 1)
Beyond America: International Perspectives of Crime, Society, & Law Enforcement

July 2022 and beyond: Suggestions welcome!

Calls for Papers to be Announced…

Ethics & Disclosures

Peer Review
To ensure integrity and avoid conflicts of interest, the Journal relies upon (double-blind) peer review for evaluating, critiquing, and determining the merit and selection of materials for publication. The Journal also relies upon post-publication peer review as well.

Plagarism: Zero-Tolerance
Originality, curiosity, and civility are critical to knowledge and understanding. To preserve and promote the academic integrity of The Journal, editors may use various tools to identify plagarism involved within any materials that are submitted for review or publication. The Journal maintains a strict no-tolerance policy for plagarism involving text or graphics, and peer-review manipulation in any form.

The Journal may adopt various perspectives and viewpoints from time to time in the pursuit of varied discourse and discussion on various aspects involving law enforcement and the nexus of crime and society in America. Yet overall, The Journal steadfastly remains committed to encouraging debate—including contentious after-publication debate—which as history has proven, is often necessary in the furtherance of progress, and challenging and transforming status-quo philosophical and theoretical paradigms.

The Journal of Crime & Society gives preference to current and former law enforcement professionals, criminal justice practitioners, graduate students, and those who may not have the opportunity to otherwise publish their research.

Preferece will also be given to thought-provoking studies that consider empirical evidence, open data sources, and reproducible methodologies.

Guiding Principles for Ethical Scholarship
The Journal follows the requirements and guidelines of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and is also informed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The Journal of Crime & Society receives mutual support from Defend The Heroes Inc., a non-profit corporation, and Law Officer, the leading news and community platform for law enforcement by law enforcement. Defend the Heroes provides substantial support for promoting and engaging scholarly academic research. Law Officer provides a publishing platform to share and promote research to the broader audiences interested in law enforcement and criminal justice.

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