The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice

Cover image for Vol. 53 Issue 5

Edited By: David Wilson, Penny Green and Jo Phoenix

Online ISSN: 1468-2311

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines


The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice is a peer review journal which is concerned with all major aspects of the criminal justice process, penal policy and crime prevention, in Britain and overseas.  The Journal is available through online subscription to over 3,400 institutions across the world and is the premier forum where academic theory, and the policy and practice of criminal justice meet.  The Journal is proud to be associated with, but is editorially independent of The Howard League for Penal Reform – the oldest penal reform organisation in the World, and one which has UN and EU Consultative status.  In fulfilling our editorial policy the Journal welcomes contributions not only from academics and researchers, but from practitioners, policy makers and those with relevant voluntary experience.  It is especially pleased to publish work from serving, or former prisoners. 

The Journal aims to publish material of a high academic standard but written so far as possible in a non-technical style, not over-burdened with statistical tables or specialist terminology.  Each issue of the Journal has a book review section and a Penal Policy File, which details the latest developments in criminal justice policy in the United Kingdom .  A Counterblast allows the author to engage more popularly with an issue about the criminal justice process, penal policy and crime prevention which is being reported on in the print or broadcast news, and the “lead article” in each issue is the subject of a press release.

Authors should note that the members of the Editorial Advisory Group (EAG) are committed to a policy of anti-racism and anti-sexism in respect of the terminology used in articles in the Journal.   The aim of the EAG is to have submissions peer reviewed in a timely manner, and typically the time taken from submission to publication is less than 12 months.  In particular the Journal also utilises an “online early” publication system, with three months being the average time taken from receipt for production to publication on Early View.  Authors can also follow electronically how often their article has been cited.  Further details about our Editorial Policy may be found in the Notes for Authors.   


All manuscripts and editorial communications should be sent to:

The Editors
The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
Institute of Criminology
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue

Tel: 44 (0)1223 511810
Fax: 44 (0)1223 510912

Intending authors should submit three copies of their manuscript on A4 size paper, typewritten on one side only, with double-spacing and wide margins. The maximum length of articles is 8000 words. The Harvard system of referencing should be used: full details of this, and further detailed guidance for authors, is contained in our Notes for Authors.


The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts, for online manuscript submission and peer review. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits including:

  • Quick and easy submission
  • Administration centralised and reduced
  • Significant decrease in peer review times

From now on all submissions to the journal must be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance then click the Get Help Now link which appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page. If you cannot submit online, please contact Brenda McWilliams, the Publishing Editor (

Author Services
Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production so they don’t need to contact the production editor to check on progress.Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Open Access and the Wiley Author Licensing Service
If your paper is accepted the author identified as the formal corresponding author of the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services where, via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS), they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors of the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions:

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the Online Open option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA)

Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY)
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY-NC)
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License (CC BY-NC-ND)

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements.

For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

References in Articles
We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.
EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

Please click below for full Notes for Authors

Notes for Authors