International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy ranked top for Law for Australia

The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy  has been ranked by Scopus as the top Law journal in Australia. The journal has been steadily growing in international stature and recognition with over a quarter of a million downloads from all over the world. It only just became eligible for ranking.

It is extremely gratifying to be ranked in Q2 (second quartile) by Scopus for Journal Quality, a not insignificant feat for a new journal from the global south, given the way this data base is skewed towards journals from the English speaking countries of the global north.

Moreover, within Australia the Journal is ranked as number 1 for all Law journals included the Scopus data base. The editors wish to acknowledge the hard work on the International Editorial Board  and dedicated authors in achieving this international level of success. For details on how to submit click here

For ranking details click here.

The Editors

Professors Kerry Carrington and John Scott

Assistant Editor

Dr Kelly Richards

International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy surpasses 100,000 downloads!

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It has been a great year for the journal:  our most successful ever.  Today the journal has surpassed 150,000 abstract views and 100,000 pdf downloads. Also this year the journal was selected for inclusion into  the elite data bases of Scopus and Web of Science. This is a terrific success story and testimony to the high quality of the articles, the editorship, the reviewing and the international readership of the journal. We are grateful as ever to our distinguished International Editorial Board and all our reviewers who are anonymous to readers and authors due to norms of blind peer reviewing. This journal is one of only a few in the world of criminology to support fully on-line free-to-download articles, and to promote creative commons copyright: that is, authors’ rights to reproduce their own material. We support the democratisation of knowledge and are delighted to be leaders in high quality international journal publishing.

Chief Editors

Kerry Carrington and John Scott

New Edition of International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Available Now!

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The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is an open access, blind peer reviewed journal that publishes critical research about challenges confronting criminal justice systems around the world. The latest edition is now available online.

VOL 4, NO 3 (2015): INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR CRIME, JUSTICE AND SOCIAL DEMOCRACY

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Latest Issue of the International Journal for Crime, Justice & Social Democracy Available Now!

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The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is an open access, blind peer reviewed journal that publishes critical research about challenges confronting criminal justice systems around the world.

Volume 4, No 2 (2015) is a special issue on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation and features guest editor Dr Michael Salter from the University of Western Sydney.

Click here to access the latest issue. 

Int Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy included in Web of Science 2015

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NEWS JUST IN
The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy will be included in the prestigious Web of Science 2015 edition. This is southern criminology finally breaking through the glass ceiling. Thanks to our international editors and authors for this amazing success.

International Editorial Board
The journal has a distinguished International Editorial Board of 47 leading scholars from law and criminology across 15 countries and five continents. Nationalities represented on the Board include 14 from Australia, and 22 from United Kingdom, United States, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Argentina, China, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Macau, Netherlands, Norway and Poland. Welcome to our newest addition to the board, Professor Joanne Belnap from University of Colorado, former President of the American Society of Criminology.

Circulation
Since its first publication in November 2012 the journal has published 52 articles over 7 issues, from Vol 1(1) November 2012 to Vol 4(1) April 2015. The journal has consistently met publication schedules.

International Scope
More than half of the articles have been authored by international scholars from United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Spain.

Abstracts views: 92,507
Articles full pdf downloads: 60,231

Existing quality journal-linked databases
WEB OF SCIENCE 2015 Edition; Ulrich; Proquest; Australian Policy Online (APO); Paperty, DOAJ; EBSCO; National Library of Australia’s Trove, ARC Excellence in Research Australia 2014 Journals List. Validated by Scopus and waiting on final notification of inclusion.

For more information about the journal and our impressive International Editorial Board go to:
www.crimejusticejournal.com

Chief Editors Kerry Carrington and Reece Walters

Outdated journal rankings and the ERA exercise

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Professor Rick Sarre, School of Law, University of South Australia, and President, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC)

Professor Kerry Carrington, Head of School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology.

Professor Reece Walters, Assistant Dean of Research, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology.

Forthcoming PacifiCrim, ANZSOC Newsletter, May 2015

As the results of the latest Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) exercise come closer to being announced, universities around Australia are holding their collective breaths.  The ERA claims to be an assessment of research strengths and quality at Australian universities. While it is not supposed to produce a set of league tables, ultimately that is what tends to happen.

Almost a decade ago, policymakers began the search for credible research performance indicators.  Bibliographic metrics tables were born.  In 2009 the Australian Research Council (ARC) published a set of journal rankings based on advice and feedback from various academic and professional associations.  Journals were ranked A*, A, B or C. The rankings were based on an academic assessment of journals published from 2001 to 2006. The exercise did not last long. Two years later, the rankings were discarded by then Minister Kim Carr for two reasons: first, because it became apparent that evaluation committees were tending to rely upon their own knowledge, and second, because the rankings were deemed to have become outdated.  Moreover, the Minister said there was evidence the rankings were being ‘deployed inappropriately within some quarters of the sector’ and ‘in ways that could produce harmful outcomes, and based on a poor understanding of the actual role of the rankings. One common example was the setting of targets for publication in A and A* journals by institutional research managers.’ (Carr, K quoted in Mazzarol and Soutar)

The news was welcomed by the Australian Academy of Science Secretary for Science Policy, the Academy of Social Sciences, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and Margaret Shiel, the then CEO of the ARC. Indeed, journal rankings were not used in the 2012 ERA exercise. Instructions to applicants and reviewers for ARC grants consistently state that one should not use these rankings as measures of quality. Finally, the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) is concerned about the misuse of any ERA journal ranking in performance management, and state unequivocally ‘that its continued use as a measure of research performance or in any other context is illegitimate.’

Notwithstanding all of the above, these out-dated lists continue to enjoy the favour of many Australian university managers. This gives rise to some unfortunate consequences. For example, researchers are discouraged from publishing in new and innovative journals that were ranked less than an A in 2006. Schools are now unwilling to begin new publication ventures because new journals will remain unranked for a not insignificant period of time.

There is another worrying aspect to this as well; one that has global consequences. It is no accident that journal citations and ranking measures place journals from US and UK (and sometimes Europe) at the top of lists, with one apparent measure being sheer longevity. Newcomers from the global south, such as Australia and Latin America, have, in the last twenty years especially, used open access, clever marketing and innovation to challenge the dominance of the big players. Traditional (global north) journal publishers are likely to attempt to manipulate the ranking lists to counter these trends.  The Scopus Journal Ranking system includes only 7 journals from Australia in criminology and law, which all rank in the lower quartiles. ANZ Journal of Criminology, Current Issues in Criminal Justice and International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, do not appear in the system. Australian journals cannot compete on a level playing field with the journals from the densely populated northern hemisphere. Yet it is important that we support our own journals from the global south.

Why do managers in Australian universities persist in using outdated journal rankings in arranging and assessing their submissions to ERA 2015 or, indeed, for anything else?  These rankings are officially dead, so why have they not been buried? The answers are not immediately clear. But we do know that, until the relevant funerals are held, younger tertiary institutions, new journals, newer disciplines and early career researchers will continue to be seriously disadvantaged.

Professor Rick Sarre, School of Law, University of South Australia, and President, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC)

Professor Kerry Carrington, Head of School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology.

Professor Reece Walters, Assistant Dean of Research, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology.

 

International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: Call for submissions

Professors Kerry Carrington and Reece Walters, Editors’ Report – February 2015
The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is an open access, blind peer reviewed high quality journal with a distinguished International Editorial Board of 46 leading scholars from law and criminology from 15 countries and five continents.

Circulation
Since its first publication in November 2012 the journal has published 46 articles over six issues, from Vol 1 (1) November 2012 to Vol 3 (3) December 2014 (three per year).  There have been 70,970 abstract views and 46, 941 full pdf downloads of articles.

Around a third of the articles have been authored by international scholars from United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Spain.
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Existing journal-linked databases
Ulrich; Proquest; Australian Policy Online (APO); Paperty, DOAJ; EBSCO
National Library of Australia’s Trove
ARC Excellence in Research Australia 2014 Journals List

Validated by Scopus
Validated by Scopus, still under evaluation. It meets the criteria for inclusion with 2 years of consistent publication.

Call for Submissions

To submit to the journal, enrol as an author and follow the submission process

International Journal For Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, Vol 3 (3) will be pubished 1 December 2014

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A bumper end of year edition of the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy was published on 1 December 2014.

This edition brings a selection of authors from across the northern and southern hemispheres together to address several key themes around sexual violence, risk and sex offending, the politics of law reform – in criminal law and Native Title legislation –   and yet more examples of the dysfunction of prisons as  a method of ‘correction’ in both Australia and Canada.