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Submission Guidelines

Updated 10/1/2019

Manuscripts for the Justice Policy Journal (JPJ) should be submitted in MS Word format as an e-mail attachment to Editor Randall G. Shelden (

Randall G. Shelden 
Department of Criminal Justice, UNLV 
4505 Maryland Parkway 
Box 455009 
Las Vegas, NV 89154 

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts submitted to the Justice Policy Journal should be original, unpublished material not submitted or under consideration for publication elsewhere. In all cases, manuscripts should be submitted in the format outlined below and failure to do so will constitute an automatic rejection by the editors. A typical article is under 40 double spaced pages. The editors reserve the right to edit or otherwise alter manuscripts, but authors will receive proofs for approval before publication.

Peer Review Policy

All manuscripts will be reviewed by two referees. In the event that a conflict arises over whether the manuscript should be accepted or rejected, it will be sent to an additional referee on the editorial board for final consideration. The final decision on whether to accept or reject an author remains with the Editor.


Manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced (including footnotes and references), with at least one inch margins, and standard 12 point font (i.e. Times New Roman, Arial, etc.). All pages should be numbered consecutively centered at the bottom of the page. Numbers should not appear on page one and should begin to appear on page two.

Manuscripts should be arranged in the following order of presentation. First Page: Title, Author's names, email addresses, postal addresses, phone and fax numbers, and institutional affiliation. Respective affiliations and addresses for co-authors should also be provided. Second Page: Self-contained abstract of the manuscript of approximately 100-200 words. The word "Abstract" should be centered, bolded and italicized. The abstract content is single-spaced with a first-line left indent. Third Page: 100-200 word narrative about the author(s). The words "About the author(s)" should be aligned with the left hand side of the page and bolded. The narrative description of the author(s) is single-spaced and also aligned with the left hand side of the page. An empty line separates title from narrative.Fourth Page: Beginning of the manuscript body. The title of the manuscript should be clearly displayed at the top of the page, centered, bolded and underlined. After the title, authors should place the word "Introduction", bolded and underlined, and then begin the manuscript. Subsequent Pages: Remaining body of the text, double spaced with the first line of paragraphs indented. Reference Pages: See below and Reference Examples.

The text should be organized under appropriate section headings, and should clearly indicate the "introduction" and "conclusion" portions of the text. Section headings should be marked as follows: primary headings should be bolded and underlined; secondary headings should be bolded and italicized; tertiary headings should be italicized and indented by half an inch. Authors should refrain from using subsequent headings, unless not doing so would detract from the overall article. If necessary, subsequent headings should be indented by half an inch and numbered.

Authors are encouraged to write as concisely as possible, but not at the expense of clarity. Descriptive or explanatory remarks which are necessary as information by which are not integral to the text of the paper should be placed in footnotes. Where possible, however, footnotes should be avoided.

Tables and figures should be made using the table feature of Microsoft Word, embedded within the text of the paper where appropriate, and listed in numerical order. Lists included within the text of the paper should be either numbered (where appropriate) or bulleted, single spaced and indented by a half an inch.

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