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Policing Cybercrime

Special issue call for papers from Policing

Policing Cybercrime

A special issue of Policing: An International Journal

Guest Editor: Dr Adam Bossler, Georgia Southern University

[email protected]

Policing: An International Journal (formally Policing: An International Journal of Policing Strategies and Management) invites submissions for the special issue Policing Cybercrime, edited by Dr. Adam Bossler.

Scholarly research on the theoretical causes and correlates of cybercrime has grown in conjunction with the increase in frequency and severity of all types of cybercrime over the past decade.  Unfortunately, research examining how law enforcement has responded to cybercrime has not been conducted at the level that the seriousness of cybercrime poses to global economic and national security.  In short, most policing research examines issues that the police have been responding to for the last century (e.g., street violence) and not emerging threats, such as cybercrime.  Understanding how we are responding to cybercrime at the international, national, state, and local levels is essential for improved effectiveness.  As technology continually transforms the world in which we live, there is a strong need for a better understanding of how law enforcement perceives these types of crime, whether they are prepared, and the effectiveness of their strategies.    

This special issue aims to provide a forum where international scholars can discuss their empirical findings, including both quantitative and qualitative, on how law enforcement is responding to cybercrime.  We encourage submissions regarding how law enforcement is responding to any form of cybercrime, including but not limited to: hacking, malicious software, cyber terrorism, online hate, child pornography, cyberstalking, online harassment, sexting, and online fraud and schemes.  Possible topics may be: 1) law enforcement perceptions of cybercrime; 2) training and readiness; 3) challenges; 4) how law enforcement prioritizes cybercrime; and 5) effective programs and strategies.  Any line of inquiry, however, regarding law enforcement and cybercrime is welcome. 

Authors interested in submitting a manuscript should email the guest editor ([email protected]) by February 28, 2019 indicating both interest and topic. 

All manuscripts will undergo blind peer review. Manuscripts should be a maximum of 7,500 words, including tables, figures, and references. This word limit is a strict guideline in order to allow for a number of high quality manuscripts to be included in the special issue. 

The final submission deadline is August 1, 2019, but please feel free to submit sooner for a quicker review and decision. 

This special issue is scheduled for a February 2020 print/publication date.

Manuscripts must be submitted through the ScholarOne submission system (please indicate in the system that your manuscript is intended for the Policing Cybercrime special issue):

A link to the author style guidelines is available at: