The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice

Cover image for Vol. 54 Issue 5

Edited By: David Wilson and Penny Green

Online ISSN: 1468-2311

Author Guidelines


The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice is an international peer-reviewed journal committed to publishing high quality theory, research and debate on all aspects of the relationship between crime and justice across the globe. It is a leading forum for conversation between academic theory and research and the cultures, policies and practices of the range of institutions concerned with harm, security and justice.

The Journal is proud to be associated with, but maintains full editorial independence from, the Howard League for Penal Reform which is the oldest penal reform charity in the world and has consultative status with both the United Nations and the Council of Europe. The Journal publishes material of a high academic standard but written, so far as possible, in a non-technical style, not unnecessarily burdened with statistical tables and specialist vocabulary. Each issue of the Journal includes a book review section. In addition to published articles, the Editorial Board is open to other formats for fostering dialogue on crime and justice issues, such as special issues, themed debate sections, and interviews with academics and practitioners. The Journal especially welcomes contributions from early career scholars and from authors in the Global South.


All manuscripts and editorial communications should be sent to:

The Editors
The Howard Journal of Crime and 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 Crime and 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