The articles that Criminal Policy publishes must be original, and should deal with matters related to Penal Science and Criminology.
Articles "resulting from research" are understood as those that develop the author's arguments in a more or less integral form, in intelligible writing, using current and pertinent bibliography. For articles that are the result of Research Projects with public or private funding, or they completely or partially correspond to a postgraduate thesis, we recommend highlighting this fact in the first footnote.
"Original" articles are understood as those that have not been previously published as "articles" or in a different language as the one presented for publication in this Journal, at the time of its submission to the Editorial Body. Therefore, monograph abstracts or collective works, first translations to Spanish of articles published in other languages (as long as they are unavailable on the Internet), as well as articles published by the author for publication in other journals but unpublished at the time of their submission to the Editorial Body, are all considered original texts and allowed.
Authors may present articles in German, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. The format must be simple and must comply with our Editorial Guidelines. Papers must be submitted by e-mail, sent to the Editor in charge, at
The articles will be subject to an anonymous review process by 2 members of the Peer Review Committee or evaluators selected by them, who will not know the name of the author. Evaluators will inform if any submitted papers have been accepted for publication, with or without the need of corrections.
The evaluation process will be directed and implemented by Journal's Director and Editor, who will keep a record of the evaluation forms filed. The interested parties will be informed of their article's review process, as well as their acceptance or rejection. However, the identity of the reviewers will not be disclosed.
Submissions and recommendations of texts for the Documents section are also allowed. In this case, a note justifying the submitted or recommend text's relevance should also be attached.
Reviews submitted to the Director can only reference texts that have been published in the five years prior to their submission.
Articles, documents and reviews may be presented in two periods during the year: January 1-June 30 and August 1- November 30.
Approved texts will be published immeditely after the review or approval process is completed, in the corresponding open issue.
A brief of our Editorial Guidelines
Native and foreign authors may submit articles as long as they are sent in an electronic format (Word for Windows or RTF format) in German, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.
The format must be simple to allow an easy edition. Papers must be sent with a one and one half spacing for paragraph lines, in Times New Roman font, size 12 letter type.
Articles should be at least 25,000 words long (about 15 pages, Letter page format) and should include the following :
Individualization of the article. Each paper must indicate its title. If the topic has been presented in a conference or congress or symposium, it must be informed, mentioning place and date of presentation.
Individualization of the authors, indicating full name, profession, academic degree (if applicable) and e-mail or mailing address, including city and country.
Papers will be headed by an abstract in two languages, each 150-200 words long (between 10 and 15 lines). Following the abstract, a list of 3 to 5 key words must be included, which will permit the paper's identification.
Regarding footnotes and bibliographical references, they should be placed at the end of each page. A bibliographical list is also mandatory at the end of the article. Their formal requirements are governed by the ISO 690 norm.
For a summary and systematization of the norm, see our Editorial Guidelines .