Crime Science

An Interdisciplinary Journal

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Child Sexual Abuse: Analysis and Intervention
Edited by: Dr. Danielle Reynald, Dr. Ella Cockbain
Published: 30 July 2015
Last updated: 11 August 2015

Crime in Developing Countries
Edited by: Dr. Mangai Natarajan
Published: 25 July 2015
Last updated: 27 October 2015

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Forthcoming article collection

Beyond "What Works": Advancing Understanding of Crime through Systematic Reviews
Guest Editor: Rob Guerette, Florida International University

Can systematic reviews and meta-analyses advance our knowledge and synthesis of crime in a broad sense, rather than simply assessing the effectiveness of various interventions? This private collection will include actual reviews and meta-analyses to this end; comments and thoughts on this question; and empirical manuscripts relevant to the use of systematic reviews as a means to improve knowledge of the environmental aspects of crime as well as its patterns, organization and explanations.
Publication: Ongoing through Spring 2017

Aims and scope

Crime Science is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal with an applied focus. The journal's main focus is on research articles and systematic reviews that reflect the growing cooperation among a variety of fields, including environmental criminology, economics, engineering, geography, public health, psychology, statistics and urban planning, on improving the detection, prevention and understanding of crime and disorder. Crime Science will publish theoretical articles that are relevant to the field, for example, approaches that integrate theories from different disciplines. The goal of the journal is to broaden the scientific base for the understanding, analysis and control of crime and disorder. It is aimed at researchers, practitioners and policy-makers with an interest in crime reduction. It will also publish short contributions on timely topics including crime patterns, technological advances for detection and prevention, and analytical techniques, and on the crime reduction applications of research from a wide range of fields. 

Crime Science publishes the following article types:

Research articles: Focused reports of data from original empirical research. Contributions should be fewer than 5,000 words, not including references, endnotes, figures or tables.

Systematic reviews: Reviews of the literature with a focus on the effectiveness of technologies and policies that aim to prevent specific forms of crime and disorder. Contributions should be fewer than 8,000 words, not including references, endnotes, figures or tables.

Short contributions: Short, focused research and opinion articles of contemporary interest flagging new crime patterns, trends, crime prevention methods, and analytic techniques. Contributions should be fewer than 1,000 words, not including references, endnotes, figures or tables.

Theoretical articles: These articles should renew the theoretical debate in the field of Crime Science and show how theory is related to practice. Contributions should be fewer than 5,000 words, not including references, endnotes, figures or tables.

While Crime Science uses the APA reference style, the journal welcomes submissions using alternative reference styles on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to submit an article in a different reference style, please contact for consideration.

Editor-in-Chief's profile

University College London
United Kingdom

Gloria Laycock graduated in psychology from University College London in 1968 and completed her PhD at UCL in 1975. She worked in the Home Office for over thirty years of which almost twenty were spent on research and development in the policing and crime prevention fields. She has extensive research experience in the UK and has acted as a consultant on policing and crime prevention in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, South Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

In 1999 she was awarded an International Visiting Fellowship by the United States Department of Justice based in Washington, D.C. She returned to the UK in April 2001 from a four-month consultancy at the Australian Institute of Criminology in Canberra to become Founding Director of the UCL Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science. In 2010 she took special leave from UCL to establish the Community Policing and Police Science Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She has now returned to UCL as Professor of Crime Science and is Director of the Commissioned Partnership Research Consortium supporting the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction.

She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2008 for services to crime policy.


Now in Scopus!

We are pleased to announce that Crime Science is indexed in Scopus, the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.