Contemporary Developments in Investigative Interviewing


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The special issue of the Journal of Criminal Psychology, titled Contemporary Developments in Investigative Interviewing, seeks to provide a comprehensive exploration of the latest advancements and critical insights in the field of investigative interviewing. In an era marked by evolving legal landscapes, technological innovations, and a growing emphasis on human rights, the aim is to gather cutting-edge research and perspectives that illuminate the contemporary landscape of investigative interviewing. We invite contributions that examine the intersection of psychology, law, ethics, and technology, as well as new areas of investigative interviewing. The special issue aims to address key challenges faced by practitioners, researchers, and policymakers in the context of interviews conducted for criminal investigations, witness testimonies, intelligence gathering, and other areas of criminal justice. By assembling a diverse range of scholarly works, this special issue aims to foster a deeper understanding of effective interview techniques, the impact of cultural and ethical considerations, the role of emerging technologies, and the ongoing efforts to safeguard human rights during the interview process. Ultimately, our goal is to provide a valuable resource for both academics and practitioners, shaping the future of investigative interviewing through informed and innovative discourse.

List of Topic Areas

  • Technological Advancements (e.g., integration of AI and machine learning; use of body-worn cameras; digital platforms for remote interviews) 
  • Cultural Considerations (e.g., cross-cultural aspects of investigative interviews, cultural competence and diversity in interviewing)
  • Legal Frameworks and Human Rights (e.g., global legal standards for interviews, adherence to human rights principles, case studies on rights adherence/violations)
  • Interdisciplinary Applications (e.g., interviewing outside typical custodial settings such as corporate investigations, journalism, healthcare, corrections) 
  • Training and Professional Development (e.g., knowledge transfer within law enforcement and other agencies, assessing and improving interviewer skills) 
  • Case Studies and Best Practices (e.g., real-world examples of (un)successful interviews and lessons learned) 
  • Emerging Trends and Future Directions (e.g., role of augmented/virtual reality in interview training, predictive analytics)

Submissions Information

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Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to ““Please select the issue you are submitting to”. 
Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Key Deadlines

Opening date for manuscripts submissions: 02/01/2024 
Closing date for manuscripts submission: 30/11/2024

Guest Editors

Kirk Luther; Carleton University, Canada; [email protected]

Nadine Deslauriers-Varin; Universite Laval, Canada, [email protected]