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Cold Case Investigation

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Criminal Psychology

Call for Papers

Cold Case Investigation

A special issue of

Journal of Criminal Psychology

Guest Editors: Dr David Keatley and Detective Susan Cormier

The special issue of Journal of Criminal Psychology will focus on issues surrounding Cold Case Investigation.

The originality of the special issue is that every paper must have a direct and clear application to real-world crime and investigation in relation to Cold Cases. Many publications look at 'crime' or 'victims' - few make a focus on those cases that are now 'cold' (i.e., no new investigative leads).

This special issue particularly welcomes submissions from academics working with police on a regular basis.

Aims of the special issue

1) Provide practitioners with more insight into how researchers can help tackle cold case investigation.

2) Provide academics with insight into what practitioners (Detectives) are in need of.

We welcome submissions to this special issue in the following areas - topics covered include (but are not limited to):

1) Biases in decision making processes in Cold Case Investigations - for example, how do Detectives sort evidence and prioritise suspects.

2) New methods for Cold Case investigation - such as (Social) Network Analysis, Sequence Analysis, Crime Script Analysis (which though not new, has not been applied to Cold Cases). Or entirely new methods that researchers may like to apply. Or older methods that could be newly applied.

3) Profiling approaches - how understanding the criminal psychology of offenders may help us to narrow-down cold case suspect lists. This would need to be very applied, and as scientific as possible. It should avoid where possible, research solely based on personality (which we cannot gain from Police reports) and instead focus on tangible evidence /reported behaviours - which authors may like to link back to personality/psychology.

Given the focus on cold cases, the Special Issue will prioritise those submissions coming from academics currently working with police. But, given that those collaborations so seldom happen, the 'benefit' of a cold case issue is that academics could take any number of well-known cold cases and show how their research could have helped.

Deadline and Submission Details

The submission deadline for all papers is 16th September 2019

The publication date of this special issue is April 2020

To submit your research, please visit:

To view the author guidelines for this journal, please visit:

Contact the Guest Editors:

David Keatley

Murdoch University

[email protected]

Detective Susan Cormier

Pawtucket Police

[email protected]