About Us

This journal is dedicated to the men and women serving and those who
have served in our criminal justice agencies. America is fortunate to have such fine and devoted professionals serving on our behalf.
Thank you.

Professional Issues in Criminal Justice (PICJ), which started in 2005, has evolved from a newly established journal in criminal justice to an established peer-reviewed journal in the field. PICJ seeks to integrate the world of the practitioner with that of the scholar. PICJ is based on the concept that close cooperation between educational programs and operational criminal justice agencies is vital in today’s world. The journal’s purposes include encouraging excellence in education and research in the field of criminal justice and fostering understanding and cooperation among the professionals engaged in teaching and research with the professionals serving in operational criminal justice agencies.

PICJ places a strong emphasis on the professional practice of criminal justice and at the same time demonstrates how academic approaches can benefit the practitioner. The articles in PICJ include both quantitative and qualitative articles. The journal also publishes evaluative research of new practitioner programs. Likewise, PICJ includes, as a sub-theme, a variety of multinational issues in criminal justice and related topics.

Subscriptions & Archives

PICJ is available online without cost to practitioners, professors, researchers, and students. Back issues of the journal are also available online free of charge. (Printed copies of back issues are no longer available.) PICJ has the ability to provide these online services without cost because the journal’s expenses are underwritten by Kaplan University.

Submission of Articles to PICJ

PICJ welcomes manuscripts from both educators and practitioners, and, with this in mind, solicits both quantitative and qualitative submissions. As noted earlier, PICJ also publishes reports of evaluative research of new practitioner programs (court operation and administration as well as issues facing law enforcement and correctional agencies). Authors should submit manuscripts as an MS Word attachment in an email message to the Editorial Board at picj@kaplan.edu. PICJ reserves the right to edit submissions accepted for publication. Articles should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages. PICJ follows the manuscript form and style set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). All manuscripts should have a cover sheet on which authors provide their name, title, affiliation, institution address, telephone number, and email address. Articles reporting study data must contain the following elements: Abstract, Key Words, Introduction/Objective, Literature Review, Methods, Results, and Conclusion.

It is a condition of publication that authors assign copyright or license the publication rights in the articles, including abstracts, to PICJ. This enables the journal to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate the articles and the journal to the widest readership possible. Authors will receive by email a copy of the journal containing their article in a PDF file. This format allows the authors to print copies and provide them to family, colleagues, and friends. PICJ strives to be both an author- and reader-friendly journal. We have streamlined the procedure for evaluating and making a decision on any submitted manuscript. Accordingly, any submitted manuscript or inquiry will be acknowledged in a timely manner. Submitted manuscripts will be evaluated without unnecessary delay, and the author(s) will be updated on the status of any pending submission.

When the editor receives a manuscript, it is forwarded to external peer reviewers. PICJ has a distinguished reviewer panel comprising criminal justice professors from universities across the nation who have volunteered to be on the panel. The reviews are “blind.” By “blind” we mean that the reviewers have no knowledge of the names or affiliations of the authors. Upon receiving an article back from the reviewer, the editor makes one of the following decisions: (1) to accept and publish, (2) to return the manuscript with a request that the author revise and resubmit the article, or (3) to decline to publish it. When an author resubmits an article after revising it, the review process begins anew. During this process, the authors will be advised by email of the status of their articles.

About Kaplan University

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education, an on line University with more than 70 campus-based schools nationwide.  An accredited university providing educational services since 1937, Kaplan University offers master's, bachelor's, and associate's degrees, as well as certificate programs. Kaplan’s programs foster student learning with opportunities to launch, enhance, or change careers in a diverse global society.  The University is committed to student-centered service and support and fosters applied scholarship in a practical environment.   In addition to Criminal Justice, Kaplan University offers programs in Business, Management, Information Technology, Health Sciences, and Nursing.

Most Kaplan University students are adults with job and family commitments.  For many students who don't thrive in a traditional university setting, online learning allows them to earn a college degree on their own terms and on their own time schedule, with no job interruptions or commuting expenses.

For more information about how to begin your studies at Kaplan University, click on this link: http://www.getinfo.kaplan.edu/Microsite_B/criminalJustice.aspx

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About Us

This journal is dedicated to the men and women serving and those who have served in our criminal justice agencies. America is fortunate to have such fine and devoted professionals serving on our behalf. Thank you.

Professional Issues in Criminal Justice (PICJ), which started in 2005, has evolved from a newly established journalin criminal justice to an established peer-reviewed journal in the field.
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