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Firearms: Research on Violence, Safety and Culture

Guest Editor:

Robert J. Cramer, Ph.D., Old Dominion University, [email protected]

Submission deadline: October 15, 2018

Firearms: Research on Violence, Safety and Culture

Firearm research is currently addressed in literature in terms of criminal justice and military-related topics such as suicide prevention and domestic violence. Topics include firearm-related attitudes, storage practices, and limited policy evaluation. However, much is lacking in terms of understanding firearms culture/cultural competence, policy-related evaluation, causal links and pathways to violence.

This special issue is looking to publish research in the following areas:

·         Community-engaged research with firearms groups to understand and articulate firearms culture and cultural competence.

·         Careful, well-designed firearm-related policy evaluations.

·         Novel approaches to understanding correlates and causal pathways in firearm-related interpersonal violence and suicide.

·         New public health and mental health approaches to understanding all forms of firearm-related violence.

·         Theoretical, scoping, systematic and other reviews summarizing major domains of firearm research.

·         Firearms in socio-political context (e.g., related to community attitudes, voting outcomes).

·         Comparative analyses concerning legally and illegally obtained firearms.

·         Innovative approaches to measurement and evaluation in firearms research.

·         Firearms and health in special populations (e.g., law enforcement, youth, military service members and veterans).

·         Cutting-edge work in the area of school shootings and/or mass shootings.

About the journal

Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research (JACPR) is unique in providing collective coverage of these often separated disciplines. This approach stems from the ethos that in order to understand conflict and aggression it is also necessary to understand peace and conflict resolution (and visa versa).

JACPR publishes a broad range of peer-viewed and international original articles and review papers on all aspects of aggression, conflict and peace. It is aimed at both academic and practice development with a clear remit of translating research findings and policy into implementations for practice. 

JACPR stands out in the marketplace for its broad and multidisciplinary scope, encompassing topics such as physical and sexual aggression, from individual violence to mass aggression, including genocide and terrorism. It also investigates the dynamics and evolution of conflict and resolution and explores peace research.

JACPR is published in association with the University of Central Lancashire and Ashworth Research Centre. 

See our news section (below) for details of forthcoming special issues.

“[Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research] is a fairly recent journal that publishes high-quality work and that has already begun to attract an international following, as evidenced by the growing citation history. An obvious candidate for inclusion in Scopus.” Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board (CSAB), 2013

Submission Process

Submissions to this journal are through the ScholarOne submission system here:

Please visit the author guidelines for the journal at:

which gives full details. Please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop down menu on page four of the submission process.