Criminology & Public Policy

Criminology & Public Policy is the premier, peer-reviewed, policy journal of the American Society of Criminology. It is devoted to rigorous research and critical discussions of criminal justice policies and practices. The central objective of the journal is to strengthen the role of research findings in the formulation and implementation of crime and justice policy and practice by publishing empirically based, policy-focused articles. The journal is interdisciplinary and international in its scope. The editors welcome rigorous empirical studies that address various aspects of program and policy development, theory, operations, impacts, and cost efficiency as they pertain to all areas of justice and crime prevention. We welcome studies using a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, original and replication studies, and systematic reviews or critical syntheses of literature. Submitted manuscripts must have a clearly articulated and strong connection to policy and practice.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

The American Society of Criminology publishes two peer-reviewed journals, Criminology and Criminology & Public Policy. While each journal seeks to publish state-of-the-art research on important substantive issues, their individual publication focus differs.

Criminology & Public Policy

  • Its central objective is to publish articles that strengthen the role of research in the development of criminal justice policy and practice.
  • It is committed to empirical studies that assess criminal justice policy or practice, and provide evidence-based support for new, modified, or alternative policies and practices.
  • Its emphasis is upon providing more informed dialogue about criminal justice policies and practices and the empirical evidence related to these policies and practices.
  • It includes articles needed to advance the relationship between criminological research and criminal justice policy and practice.

Please read the following letter from incoming editors in chief for all submissions after September 1, 2018:


Cynthia Lum and Christopher Koper, Editors in Chief
George Mason University
Department of Criminology, Law and Society
Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy
4400 University Driver, MS 6D12
Fairfax, VA 22030

Associate Editors:
Ojmarrh Mitchell, Arizona State University
Justice Tankebe, University of Cambridge
Cody Telep, Arizona State University
Sue-Ming Yang, George Mason University

Xiaoyun Wu, Managing Assistant Editor
George Mason University
Department of Criminology, Law and Society