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.
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
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 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
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.
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