Peer Review Process

The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology adopts double blind review process where both the referee and the author remain anonymous throughout the process, which is carefully monitored by the editor. Terms and conditions of peer review process are based on the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Editor undertake editorial review to assess the quality and type of submission before sending it to the review process. Manuscripts not meeting the scientific standards will not be considered for the reviewing process. Editor will also check the readability, grammatical usage and may ask for resubmission if papers fare poorly in these parameters.

Editor request referees to advice on the scientific merit as well as the likely appeal the paper. Editor will be in contact with the referees once paper is sent to them, with periodic reminders of their due date.

Once all the reviews are done, the editor assesses the reviewer’s comments and will most likely make a decision within a day or two. The editor will then contact the corresponding author with the decision.

The author (s) are obliged to respond carefully to all the reviewer’s comments and send back to the journal office as soon as possible (finally one week).

The editor re-assesses the author's response to the reviewer's comments. If necessary, he consults with the reviewers and then makes the final decision on accepting or rejecting the article.

The editor is responsible for the decision to reject or recommend the manuscript for publication. This decision will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the reviewers.

All efforts are done to complete the whole process within three months from submission with the first decision on an average done within 30 days to inform the status of their article.

The entire review process of the articles submitted to Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology are done online and digitally. Authors must use the online submission system for submitting their manuscript.



Submission & Peer Review Process (Key Steps)



        ·     Author submits all required materials, including copyright form, and separate cover letter.


        · The submitted article is first checked by the editor(s) in terms of whether it is within the broad scope of the journal and has sufficient merit. Editor(s) also pay attention to the readability, grammar and usage before considering for formally initiating the review process. The author will be informed quickly if their paper is rejected at this stage. Also, there will be technical rejection if authors give their names and affiliations in the main manuscript, the tables and figures as indicated in the text is missing or have not followed instructions to authors.


          · After initial approval by the editor, completed submission is sent out to two or three reviewers.

          · Reviewers review the article and send it back to the editorial office for processing.


         · After initial review, Editor-in-Chief releases reviews to authors.


         ·  Authors are asked to respond to reviewers and make necessary corrections.


  • Article is sent out for re-review.
  • Editor-in-Chief may accept, reject, accept with minor alterations, or sent out for third review.


         ·If accepted, author must submit final version. Version will be added to "in-press" queue with publisher.

         · Prior to publication, publisher will be sent galleys to authors. No edits may be made after galleys are approved.

        ·Article publish in Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.


        The editing, and publishing fee by the author must be paid.


The author should be cooperation in editing and proofreading the article. Otherwise the article will just be accepted. Following the author's cooperation in the editorial correction, the final version of the article will be placed in the "in-press" status by the journal. The article will be published when it is time to publish.




Reviewers are asked to evaluate a manuscript for:


  • Originality and significance of contribution
  • Interest to social scientists and/or practitioners
  • International relevance
  • Coverage of appropriate existing literature
  • Adequacy of methodology, analysis and interpretation
  • Clear, concise and jargon-free writing style
  • Organization



Acceptance Criteria


·         Valid research question and hypothesis, with a relevant theory to which the research question is being posed

·         Applies correct and transparent methodology, and the study design and materials are clearly laid out

·         Language and presentation are clear and adequate, figures and tables are in line with scientific norms and standards

·         In line with the journal's author guidelines on editorial and ethical policies

·         Determined by grounding in existing literature through sufficient referencing and appropriate coverage of the relevant literature.



Rejection Criteria


A submission may be rejected at any stage during initial validation, peer review or final validation for the following reasons:

·         The manuscript does not have a valid research question or hypothesis.

·         There are clear objective errors in the methodology of the study design, data collection or analysis.

·         The manuscript does not conform to our editorial policies as it is not original, is plagiarized, or is a duplication of previous work.

·         The language and presentation of the manuscript is not of sufficient quality for a rigorous and efficient peer review to take place.

·         The study violates our ethical policies by not complying with privacy protection guidelines, ethical review board approval guidelines and internationally recognized standards for research involving humans or animals.

·         The authors have not adhered to our authorship guidelines or have fabricated, falsified data or manipulated images and figures in a deceitful manner.

·         The references are clearly biased (geographical, self-citation, school of thought) and do not reflect the current status of knowledge in the field.

·         Based on biased or faulty analyses, the study’s conclusions are misleading.

·         The study investigates a pseudoscientific research question.



Article acceptance process in Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology Research


After submitting the information and uploading the article file and the undertaking by the responsible author, you will receive confirmation of submission of the article via the systemApproval or disapproval of the article will be notified to the author by e-mail for a maximum of ten days.
If the subject of the article is approved, the text of the article must be adjusted and submitted by the author in accordance with the citation style of his / her jurisdictional research institute and the arbitration fee must be submitted to the arbitration process.
The evaluation period for articles in the Journal of Criminal Justice and Criminology Research will be 4-6 monthsAcceptance or rejection of the article depends on the opinion of the esteemed reviewersFailure to accept the paper will not be refunded.
If you did not receive confirmation or disapproval email within ten days of submitting the article or completing the engagement formIf you have any problems, contact the Magazine Unit (Internal 5) at the Institute's phone number (88811581). The office will answer the phone on weekdays between 9:00 and 11:00.