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European Journal of Criminology

The European Journal of Criminology is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality original research. It is the prime European source for authoritative information and analysis on crime and criminal justice issues. Launched in January 2004 by the European Society of Criminology in partnership with SAGE Publications, the journal seeks to open channels of communication between academics, researchers and policy makers across the wider Europe.

Editor in Chief:
Kyle Treiber, University of Cambridge, UK

Managing Editor:
Beth Hardie, University of Cambridge, UK

Associate Editors:
Gaëtan Cliquennois : French National Centre for Scientific Research, University of Strasbourg and DCS, Law and Social Change, University of Nantes, France
Anna Di Ronco: Department of Sociology and Centre for Criminology, University of Essex, England.
Adam Edwards: School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK
Rok Hacin: Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Maribor, Slovenia.
Claire Hamilton: School of Law and Criminology, Maynooth University, Ireland.
Amy Nivette: Department of Sociology, Utrecht University and Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, Netherlands

Former Editors-in-Chief of the European Journal of Criminology

Editor-in-Chief 2001-2006: David J. Smith
Editor-in-Chief 2006-2011: Julian V. Roberts
Editor-in-Chief 2011-2016: Paul Knepper
Editor-in-Chief 2017-2020: Dario Melossi

Members of the European Society of Criminology receive a free copy of the journal.


The journal publishes high quality articles using varied approaches, including discussion of theory, analysis of quantitative data, comparative studies, systematic evaluation of interventions, and study of institutions of political process. The journal also covers analysis of policy, but not description of policy developments. Priority is given to articles that are relevant to the wider Europe (within and beyond the EU) although findings may be drawn from other parts of the world. There is a particular emphasis on the use of evidence generated by sound social science methods to evaluate criminological ideas and policy

Country surveys

The European Journal of Criminology includes a ‘country survey’ of a selected country within the wider Europe (the EU and beyond). Country surveys summarize essential facts about the criminal justice system, review trends in crime and punishment, and discuss major publications in recent years.

EJC Website

For more information, including free access to abstracts, please visit the European Journal of Criminology webpage:



Good news for the European Journal of Criminology (EJC):

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According to a recent article by Patricia Faraldo-Cabanas & Carmen Lamela (2019) that analyses the level of international content in the leading international journals of criminology and criminal law: “With our data, only one journal seems to have a truly international coverage as its authors come from outside the Anglophone world: EJC. It publishes the greatest proportion of articles solely written by authors from the rest of the world”