Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice

Manuscript Guidelines
Critical Issues in Justice and Politics

Discussing the present - Influencing the future

Submissions should be made using Microsoft Word or compatible software. Acceptable formats include .doc, .txt, or rtf. Please contact us before sending material if you are using different software.

Articles should be prepared as if for print publication. All submissions should be no longer than 7,500 words long (not counting the abstract and references) and should be double-spaced using 12-point font (Calibri or Times New Roman are preferred). 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 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. Only a maximum of 5 tables will be accepted. 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). No more than 50 references will be accepted.

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 express the main claim or argument of a paper while including a brief description of the methods and findings 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 - Please do NOT include identifying information in the article. This will be the document sent to our reviewers, and we employ a blind review process.

We will reject any submission that does not follow these rules. You may use a standard compression program (.zip is preferred) to bundle materials in one package.

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