Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Currently, the Journal aims to solicit and publish original works that may include:

  • Original Research Reports (both Long and Short papers);
  • Social Innovation Narratives (Policy and Systemic Change Propositions, Program and Horizontal Evaluations);
  • Review Articles;
  • Records of Proceedings
  • Practice Guidelines; and,
  • Thought-provoking Editorials and Commentaries
  • Food for After Thought
  • Letters to the Editor

Journal selections are solicited and presented in four closely inter-related, themed sections, as follows:

Trust

Ensuring trust, wellness and inclusion among police, all human service providers, and their governing authorities, while continuously cultivating and affirming trust with those they collectively aim to serve.

Strengths

Working together with individuals, families, communities and cultures to improve life quality, to build strength-based capacities, and to achieve social outcomes through innovative, data-driven analysis and measurable solutions.

Services

Mobilizing, aligning, improving, and validating through evidence, the services, programs, policies and capacities of the broader human services, justice and public health systems.

Justice

Support and reconciliation for society, communities, families, adults and children recovering from victimization, criminality, and other socio-economic harms, while ensuring public confidence, effectiveness and efficiency in the operations, staffing, training and leadership of the policing, corrections and criminal justice systems.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Record of Proceedings

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Research

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Social Innovation Narratives

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Practice Guidelines

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Commentaries

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Editorials

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Letters to the Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Commentaries

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Commentaries

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Commentaries

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Commentaries

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Research

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Social Innovation Narrative

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Research

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Social Innovation Narrative

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Research

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Research

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Food for After Thought

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts are initially reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief, and if appropriate, will be assigned to a Section Editor.  If the paper is judged to be suitable for possible publication, it will be sent to two or more external reviewers using our database of experts.  All articles undergo this process with the following exceptions, which do not undergo our standard review process:

  • Letters to the Editor, Commentaries and Editorials are based on the decision of the Editor-in-Chief, who may ask experts on the merit of their contents.
  • Food for After Thought- based on the decision of the Editorial Team
  • Practices Guidelines - Special considerations may be made in this case as they are typically authored by experts in the field. The authors of the manuscript may be asked to sign a form stating they have approved the manuscript and it is acceptable for publication.  If they choose not to sign this, they must provide a list of potential reviewers to review the manuscript, and the article will go through our standard peer review process.  The Editors reserve the right to choose all reviewers and may not necessarily select reviewers from the list provided.
  • Meeting Reports – based on the decision of the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Special Articles – depending on the format and content, special articles may be solely based on the decision of the Editor-in-Chief, or undergo our standard review process.

Authors are permitted to submit the names and e-mail addresses of up to three individuals, who could, in their opinion, expertly review their manuscripts. The Editors, however, reserve the right to choose all reviewers.

The Journal of CSWB employs a single-blind review process.  The identities of the reviewers are kept confidential, but the identity of the author or authors is made known to the reviewers.  The manuscript under review is not revealed to anyone other than the reviewers and editorial staff. Reviewers are required to maintain confidentiality about the manuscripts they review. Authors should expect to receive an initial decision on their manuscript within 2–4 weeks of submission. If revision of the manuscript is required, the authors must submit within three weeks of the request.

 

Publication Frequency

The Journal of CSWB is published quarterly (February, May, August, and November) plus periodic supplements. Editorial contents are planned approximately 6 months in advance of each issue.

 

Open Access Policy

Copyright of any article published in The Journal of CSWB is retained by the author(s).  Authors grant The Journal of CSWB a “License to Publish” the article upon article acceptance. The Journal of CSWB utilizes the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license format.

This license is the most restrictive of the main licenses available, only allowing others to download original works and share them with others as long as they credit the author and the publication, but users cannot change them in any way or use the materials commercially.

 

Archiving

The Journal of CSWB utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.