Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice

Critical Issues in Justice and Politics

Discussing the present - Influencing the future

Manuscript Guidelines

Submissions should be made using Microsoft Word or compatible software. Acceptable formats include .doc, .txt, or rtf. If you are unsure of your software and want to insure compatibility then please contact us before sending material.

Articles should be prepared as if for print publication. All submissions should be double-spaced using 12-point sans serif font (Arial and Times New Roman are preferred). Submissions of twelve to twenty pages are generally acceptable. Longer articles should include a statement of length which outlines the reason for the length.

Writers are required to maintain a professional, academic style in their writing. While some topics may be highly controversial we will not tolerate intentional material that becomes sexist, racist, homophobic, or otherwise discriminatory. Authors addressing controversial topics should endeavor to write in a manner that best exemplifies the highest standards while still addressing the issues in question.

Tables, Diagrams, or artwork should be submitted as separate files. Accepted files include .jpg, .gif, .tiff, and similar standards common for academic and business publication. We do not generally use photographs or similar work unless it provides some additional resource necessary within the article.

Legal articles may use the Harvard Blue Book (A Uniform System of Citation) while other article types (social science, humanities, etc.) should use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Style Manual).

An abstract should be included at both the beginning of the article and as a separate document. An abstract is a summary of a body of information in a paragraph. A descriptive abstract generally includes 100 to 350 words while an informative abstract is usually between 100 and 250 words. We ask that abstracts expresses the main claim or argument of a paper while including a brief description of the findings and methods employed.

Submissions should include the following files:

  1. Abstract -- Contains the author's identification at the top-left of the paper with the abstract to follow.
  2. Author Biographical Information -- This should include the author's name as it will appear in the publication, a list of degrees (with school information if preferred), current position (academics should include title and rank), and up to 100 words about the author.
  3. Article or Submission. Do NOT include identifying information in the article. This will be the document sent to our reviewers, and we employ a blind review process.

You may use a standard compression program (.zip is preferred) to bundle materials in one package.

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