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The Student Journal of Crime, Investigation, and Society

Policy Statement

The Student Journal of Crime, Investigation and Society (SJCIS) is a peer-reviewed journal concerned with all major aspects of criminal justice and social studies, and the investigation thereof. It is a forum for academic theory, policy and practice to be discussed. The journal is published on an annual basis, and offers all students the opportunity to publish from within their own field where there is a substantial relationship to the social and/or criminological disciplines. The journal is proud to be associated with the University of Mount Union, Alliance, Ohio, but is editorially independent of the university and all other bodies/entities.

Student Article

A student article should be a piece of work that has been completed as part of the requirements for an upper-level course (i.e. it should not come from the 100/200 range) and can be easily edited by the student and editorial board (where necessary) – time is limited. It must have already been through the grading process and the faculty member must believe that, with appropriate editing, it is of sufficient standard to be published in a student journal. The student article should be between 2,500-4,000 words in length. If an article does not meet the requirements for length, but the reviewing editors believe that it is of interest to the student body, the author will be giving a specified amount of time to make appropriate changes. Those articles that do not meet the required standards for publication will be rejected.

Academic Research Comment

  • The purpose of the Academic Research Comment is to provide the spark for a student’s own research interests and/or thesis topic. An Academic Research Comment is a brief discussion of an area of interest or research recently undertaken by a member of the (full or part-time) academic faculty.
  • The comment should be between 1,100-1,400 words in length (excluding a list of bibliographic references).
  • Comments should be written in an accessible style and manner, and commentators are reminded that as a student journal the readership is primarily the student body: Under-graduate and Post-graduate students. You are urged to look at previous submissions – where available.
  • In each edition, the journal will accept one invited academic research comment from either a practitioner of good professional standing, a faculty member from within the university, but not a member of the department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, or a member of the academic community from outside of the university, but this will only be accepted where there is sufficient discussion of the core subject material (Crime, Social studies and Investigation).

Book Review

Book Reviews should be a maximum length of 700 words in length. You are asked to review a book which appears on a current reading list for a unit of study, which you teach on or co-ordinate. Wherever possible the review should include some guidance about the importance of the book for the study of your unit and why you believe that it is an invaluable text for the students. Students are guided by what we read and often need encouragement to look further than the required text. If they believe that you recommend this book from your own reading they are more likely to engage with the text.

Review Articles

Review articles provide a discussion of a recent investigation or an academic text, which makes use of a number of other texts to critique the theme. This form of publication can be submitted by either students or members of faculty, but should still adhere to the appropriate standards for length, style and presentation. This form of publication is expected to be no more than 3,000 words (excluding a list of bibliographic references). The focus of the article should not be more than 24 months old and the discursive exercise should make use of the relevant contemporary debate.


Submissions will receive one of three recommendations:

  • Publish – this submission meets the requirements of the journal and is of sufficient value to the wider student body, it is believed that this contribution will support the development of student knowledge and understanding. It requires no further changes.
  • Publish (with minor amendments) – this submission is of sufficient value to the wider student body, and will support the development of student knowledge and understanding. However, it requires additional evidence/clarification/editorial changes to reach the requirements of the journal.
  • Reject – This submission does not meet the requirements for publication in this journal.

Presentation and Style

  • An abstract of not more than 150 words should be placed at the head of your submission and should consider the purpose, method, and key findings where appropriate.
  • You should provide up to (but no more than) 5 key words, these words should make it easy to identify your text in a search engine.
  • The work should be presented in a font of either Calibri (Body) or Times New Roman and a Font size of 11.
  • All submissions should be provided in a ‘Justified’ format, with generous margins, and with double-lined spacing.
  • Leave one line space between paragraphs and do not indent.
  • Footnotes and/or endnotes are not acceptable.
  • Referencing should be according to the APA system of reference and citation (please see the University Library website for the appropriate standard, or the Student Style Guide as provided for by the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, UMU).
  • Whilst acknowledgements are encouraged (where appropriate) you are required to limit this to a maximum of two lines of text.
  • Print space and cost are at a premium and therefore all articles and/or reviews are limited to a maximum of three tables, figures and/or diagrams (treat all tables/figures/diagrams as a word length of 400 words) – exceptions can be made where the author is able to evidence the importance of additional space.
  • All articles/reviews should be submitted electronically. At this time please the email the document to

From January 2015 all documentation should be mailed to the editor at

Student Editorial Board
Student editors are employed for a period of one academic year and they may stand for a period of no more than three years. Students are elected to the board in the October of the year prior to publication.

The editorial body is representative of the student body within the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, and includes one editor from the English Department. If you wish to serve on the editorial board please contact Dr. Andy Bain: or Dr. Bryan Robinson: