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The American Journal of Criminal Justice is a peer reviewed publication offering research on a wide array of criminal justice topics and issues. Coverage addresses the criminal justice process, the formal and informal interplay between system components, problems and solutions experienced by various segments, innovative practices, policy development and implementation, evaluative research, the players engaged in these enterprises, and a wide assortment of other related interests. The Journal publishes original articles that utilize a broad range of methodologies and perspectives when examining crime, law, and criminal justice processing.

This is the official journal of the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA).

  • A peer reviewed publication offering research on a wide array of criminal justice topics and issues
  • Coverage includes the formal and informal interplay between system components, innovative practices, policy development and implementation, and much more
  • Official journal of the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA)

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  • J. Mitchell Miller
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1.181 (2019)
Impact factor
40 days
Submission to first decision
79 days
Submission to acceptance
230,083 (2020)
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Electronic ISSN
1936-1351
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1066-2316
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