UQ-edited criminology journal ranks #3 in world

Lorraine Mazerolle

Lorraine Mazerolle

An academic journal edited by a University of Queensland criminologist is now ranked third in the world in its field.

The Journal of Experimental Criminology is edited by Professor Lorraine Mazerolle , from the School of Social Science and the UQ-administered Life Course Centre , whose research interests include policing, drug law enforcement, regulatory crime control and crime prevention.

Professor Mazerolle said the journal, published by Springer, is the official journal of the Division of Experimental Criminology of the American Society of Criminology and focuses on high-quality research in the development of evidence-based crime and justice policy.

“The number-three ranking is a huge achievement in the world of criminology and penology publishing, and provides a major boost to UQ’s international standing in the field,” Professor Mazerolle said.

“The jump in our global ranking is the result of steady growth of the journal as a whole, rather than the popularity of single articles.

“This rising international ranking also reflects the journal’s innovative international focus on building the evidence base to better understand and respond to crime problems.”

Professor Mazerolle said the journal’s total impact ranking had increased significantly to 3.912 for the 2017 year, up from 2.170 in 2016.

The journal also received a total of 993 international citations last year.

“Our success has been a real team effort and I would particularly like to acknowledge the contributions of two of the journal’s UQ-based associate editors, Dr Sarah Bennett and Dr Emma Antrobus.”

Professor Mazerolle said as editor-in-chief she had encouraged the submission of short papers in addition to traditional longer-length papers to the journal.

“We have also strived to create thematic issues that reflect a particular topic area as a way to increase the readership of the journal both for academic and practitioner audiences.

“I am very proud of the journal’s continued growth and global impact, the high quality of peer review reports, the willingness of authors to engage with the peer review process and the quality of publications produced,” Professor Mazerolle said.

She was recently awarded the prestigious 2018 Sellin-Glueck Award by the American Society of Criminology, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to scholarship and professional work in criminology.

The award will be celebrated in Atlanta during the 2018 American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting Awards Plenary in November.

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