Thank you for your interest in The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.

The Editors of the Journal welcome unsolicited manuscripts. Please see below for information on how to submit your manuscript.

These submission guidelines pertain only to JCLC’s print journal. For information on how to submit to JCLC Online, please clink here.

General Submissions Guidelines

Text and citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citations (20th ed. 2015) and the Texas Law Review Manual on Usage & Style.

Manuscripts should be submitted as Microsoft Word files. Manuscript submissions should be formatted in twelve-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins on all sides. Footnotes should be single-spaced and numbered serially. The Journal uses two spaces between sentences.

Criminal Law Manuscripts

Submissions for Volume 112 are now reopened for a limited time in accordance with the note below.

Please submit your manuscript via ScholasticaThe Journal only accepts submissions through its Scholastica portal. If you have any questions, please e-mail Managing Articles Editor Jill Doherty, at Jill.Doherty@law.northwestern.edu. 

The Journal has no formal length requirements for Criminal Law articles. However, articles that are approximately 25,000 words in length are favored.

Update on Changes to Our Print Article Selection Process (2021-2022)

As in past years, the Journal will be actively considering submissions and offering acceptances for Volume 112 on a rolling basis beginning February 15, 2021. However, in light of the challenges posed by COVID-19, the many unique stresses affecting article submission this year, and in recognition of the fact that many brilliant articles are still in progress, the Journal will hold spots in our Spring 2022 print issue (Vol. 112, Issue 3) for articles completed later in the season. Consideration for these slots will begin May 1, 2021, and submissions will close on May 10, 2021.

This year poses challenges for Journal editors as well, and it would be helpful to understand how many authors would like to be considered during late submission. To that end, if you hope to submit for later consideration, please send us a message with an abstract for your article at JCLC@law.northwestern.edu to let us know you will be submitting for later consideration.

Criminology Manuscripts

Submissions for Criminology manuscripts for Volume 112 have closed. Please check back later for information regarding submissions for the 2022-23 cycle.

Criminology manuscripts are peer reviewed. Manuscripts submitted for Criminology review may not be concurrently submitted to other Journals. We make every effort to ensure expedited review of Criminology manuscripts.

Criminology manuscripts that use the Bluebook format are preferred; however, we will review Criminology submissions that utilize other citation formats. In that case, our editors will assist the author with the translation of citations into Bluebook format after an article has been accepted. All graphs, charts, and similar material should be in camera-ready copy on separate sheets.

Please direct questions regarding submission of Criminology manuscripts and the peer review process to the Managing Criminology Editor Mariah Levy at Mariah.Levy@law.northwestern.edu.

Book Review Manuscripts

The Journal no longer accepts book review manuscripts.

Notice

Except under unusual circumstances, it is the policy of the Journal not to publish articles that have appeared or are to appear in other publications. Accordingly, all manuscripts should be submitted with the understanding that the Journal possesses the exclusive right of original publication. We do, however, accept manuscripts that have been or are concurrently posted on SSRN.

A total of twenty-five reprints are supplied gratis to the author or authors of each article. Additional reprints may be obtained by arrangement with the Editors of the Journal prior to publication, or by arrangement with the printer after publication.

Any further questions may be addressed to jclc@law.northwestern.edu.