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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Information for Contributors

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Notes for authors of Articles, Thought Pieces, Book Reviews and Papers for Community Justice Files

Articles, Thought Pieces, Book Reviews, or contributions to Community Justice Files, are welcomed from academics, researchers, policy development advisers, managers and practitioners, working or involved in any aspect of the Community Justice field. If you should wish to discuss the suitability of an idea or topic for an article, please feel free to contact the Editors or a member of the Editorial Board. All articles are peer reviewed by at least 2 referees.


Manuscripts will only be considered for publication in this journal if they are unpublished and not being submitted for publication elsewhere.  All submissions to the Journal should comply with its style guidelines.


Submission of manuscripts – articles

Authors should submit their manuscript, including any tables or illustrations, by email attachment to Jess Bamonte, BJCJ Administrator, on

Authors are advised to retain a copy of their paper.



Presentation of manuscripts

Articles should not normally exceed 5,000 words. Please include the word count at the end of the article. If the article exceeds 5,000 words please contact the Editor(s) prior to submission.


Abstract - an abstract of the paper, of up to 200 words, should accompany the article together with up to 6 key words suitable for indexing, abstracting, and on-line search purposes. The abstract should provide a concise summary of the whole paper.


Author details - a brief biographical note about the author should be submitted with the article, on a separate sheet. Details should also be given of the author's full postal and email addresses, telephone and fax numbers.


Abbreviations – all abbreviations should be preceded on the first occasion they appear, by the full name. Full points should be used after abbreviations such as e.g., i.e., etc., and where the end of a word is cut as in p. (page), or ed., but are not necessary in acronyms such as HMSO, HMIP, UK.


Notes – should be kept brief and to a minimum. Footnotes, rather than endnotes, are preferred.


Quotations – use single quotation marks for material quoted in the text. Double quotation marks can be used for quotes within quotes. Long quotations (40 words or more) should be displayed indented. Shorter quotes may be retained within the text.


Tables and figures – should be kept to a minimum and, where included, should be submitted on separate sheets attached to the article with a short title and a clear indication of where they should be placed in the text. Tables and figures should be clear and well drawn.


Copyright – the author is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of quotations and references. Permission to quote from or reproduce copyright material in their article must be obtained by authors prior to submission and acknowledgements given at the end of the paper before the notes, or, in the case of tables and figures, in the accompanying caption.


References – references should appear at the end of the article. The Harvard reference system is preferred in this journal. Within the text, the name of the author and date of publication should be cited (e.g. Smith, 2001), and, following quoted material, the page reference (e.g. Smith, 2001: 90). A full alphabetically ordered list of references (headed References) should appear at the end of the article after any notes. The reference list must include every work cited in the text with dates, spellings and titles being consistent. Two or more works by an author in the same year should be distinguished by using 2000a, 2000b, etc. Where there is more than one author of a text or article, each author’s name should be spelt out in full in the reference list. It is not permissible to use et al. The date of publication cited must be the date of the source that is being referred to.


References in the Reference list should conform to the following style:



Fitzgibbon, W. (2011) Probation and Social Work on Trial: Violent Offenders and Child Abusers. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.


Book – multiple author:

Maguire, M., Kemshall, H., Noaks, L. and Wincup, E. (2001) Risk Management of Sexual and Violent Offenders: The work of Public Protection Panels.  Police Research Series paper 139.  London: Home Office.


Article in edited volume:

Teague, M. (2012) 'Neoliberalism, Prisons and Probation in the USA and England and Wales', in P. Whitehead and P. Crawshaw (Eds.) Organising Neoliberalism: Markets, Privatisation and Justice. London: Anthem.

Article in journal:

Carvalho, I., Maruna, S. and Porter, L. (2004) 'The Liverpool Desistance Study and probation practice: opening the dialogue.' Probation Journal, 51(3): 221–247.


If URLs are provided in the reference list they should be followed by the date that they were accessed by the author:

Southern Poverty Law Center (2016) Economic Justice. Available at: Accessed 14/02/2016.


Additional points on style to assist contributors

It is expected that language used in articles will be non-sexist and non-racist.


Double spaces should be used after full points, question marks and exclamation marks. Single spaces should be used after commas, colons and semicolons, quotation marks, etc.



Once accepted for publication, if they have not already done so, authors will be asked to submit electronic versions of their articles, commentary or review by e-mail attachment.


Authors will be sent proofs of their article for checking prior to publication and are expected to correct any typesetting errors quickly. These should be marked in red on the proof and returned to the publisher within 3 days. Authors are asked not to make any alterations to the original text unless absolutely essential.


Authors will receive a complimentary copy of the journal and offprints of their article.



The journal’s policy is to own copyright of its contributions therefore, before publication, authors are asked to assign copyright. Authors retain the right to re-use the material in other publications that are written or edited by them. However, permission to do so will only be given if due acknowledgement is given regarding copyright notice and first publication by this journal.


Submission checklist

1 email attachment of your article, along with:

  • abstract (200 words)

  • key words (6)

  • tables and figures (if included)    

  • notes and references    

  • word count     


Biographical note with 

  • name

  • title of article

  • postal and email address, telephone and fax numbers