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Journal of Criminal Psychology

Journal of Criminal Psychology

ISSN: 2009-3829

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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CiteScore 2018: 0.87
CiteScoreTracker 2019: 0.29 (Updated Monthly)

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Aims and Scope

The Journal of Criminal Psychology (JCP) is multi-agency and multidisciplinary in its outlook and encourages submissions of papers from academics, researchers, and practitioners. The journal publishes papers based on quantitative and/or qualitative research design. Original conceptual papers and brief research reports will also be considered for publication.

Coverage includes

  • Predictors of delinquent and criminal behaviour
  • Classification of offenders
  • Risk assessment and risk management 
  • Prevention, intervention, and treatment programmes
  • Offender and offense characteristics
  • Policing
  • Interrogation and witness testimony
  • Criminal thinking style and criminal identity
  • Process of prisonization
  • Recidivism

Key journal audiences

JCP is a valuable source of information for anyone interested in the psychology of criminal behaviour. The journal’s content is of relevance to academics, the police, social workers, youth offending and youth justice teams, prison workers and other professionals representing various facets of the criminal justice system, both domestic and international.


"Criminal Psychology as a discipline of practice has been used within law enforcement for more than 100 years but is relatively immature in research history. Increasingly seen as interdisciplinary in nature, the field is heavily populated by a combination of practitioners and academic researchers as illustrated by the editorial board. The Journal continues to occupy a unique position for disseminating peer reviewed esteemed work from across the globe accessible to academic and practitioner communities alike." 

– Chris Hudson, Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise, Leeds Beckett University 

Journal of Criminal Psychology is abstracted and indexed by:

American Sociological Association Publishing Options database, EBSCO Academic Search Alumni/Complete/Elite/Premier, EBSCO Criminal Justice Abstracts, ERIH PLUS, Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, ReadCube Discover

Journal of Criminal Psychology is ranked by:

Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics), Scopus



Journal of Criminal Psychology is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald Health & Social Care eJournals Collection. For more information, please email or visit the Emerald Health & Social Care eJournals Collection page.

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