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The journal Critical Criminology explores social, political and economic justice from alternative perspectives, including anarchistic, cultural, feminist, integrative, Marxist, peace-making, postmodernist and left-realist criminology. Rather than limit the scope of its coverage to state definitions of crime, Critical Criminology focuses on issues of social harm and social justice, including work exploring the intersecting lines of class, gender, race/ethnicity and heterosexism. The journal will benefit professionals interested in alternative methodologies and theories, including chaos theory, non-linear analysis, and complex systems science as it pertains to the study of crime and criminal justice. The journal offers works that focus on creative and cooperative solutions to justice problems, plus strategies for the construction of a more inclusive society.

Critical Criminology is the official journal of the Division of Critical Criminology of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Section on Critical Criminology (ACJS).


  • Offers alternative perspectives on social, political and economic justice
  • Explores the intersection of class, gender, race/ethnicity and heterosexism
  • Seeks creative and cooperative solutions to justice problems
  • Discusses strategies for construction of a more inclusive society
  • Official journal of the Division of Critical Criminology of the American Society of Criminology (ASC)

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Hybrid. Open Access options available

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1.043 (2018)
Impact factor
1.296 (2018)
Five year impact factor
52 days
Submission to first decision
205 days
Submission to acceptance
117,902 (2019)
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Volume 28

Issue 1, March 2020

Special Issue: Governmental Criminology and Human Rights

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This journal has 35 open access articles

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1572-9877
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1205-8629
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