Notes for Contributors

The editors of Crime, Security and Society welcome submissions from authors, further details of how to submit are available below:

Submission of article

Please read the following notes before submitting material for possible publication and ensure that contributions comply with these.

When submitting your article all authors must have agreed to the submission and the article should not currently be considered for publication by any other journal nor been published previously.

Text submissions should include:

  • Please use the CSS Article Template for your submission
  • Abstracts should be 100-150 words maximum if relevant (shorter introductory paragraphs/abstracts are welcome for short submissions). If no abstract is provided, editors reserve the right to insert one.
  • 5 key words. If you do not provide these, the editors may insert key words at their own discretion.
  • Main text and word count — articles should be no longer than 4,000 words (not including references). We also welcome shorter submissions. Quotations exceeding 40 words should be displayed, indented, in the text.
  • Where possible, an image to accompany the text. Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. Images should be supplied as a high resolution file at 300dpi minimum. 

We also welcome original visual/video submissions. Please provide a title and some contextual information.


Please use the CC Article Template and submit as a Word file.


Please use a clear style, avoiding jargon and appropriate for a general audience – please remember non-academic readers. If technical terms or acronyms must be included, define them when first used. We expect writers to consider the politics of their writing (for instance, the use of discriminatory terms and pronouns).


UK spellings must be used, unless forming part of a quotation.


Use single quotation marks with double quotes inside single quotes. Present dates in the form 1 May 2008. Do not use points in abbreviations, contractions or acronyms (e.g. AD, USA, Dr, PhD).


References in both the text and end notes should follow APA 6th style. A full guide can be found here:

Third party rights for images

If you intend to use images owned by third parties you must get permission to use them from the rights holder, either the author or publisher. Because Crime, Security and Society applies the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License (CC BY) to all articles, you must clearly mark third party content to ensure that users understand the different licence conditions which apply to that content.

Example of marking the differently licensed item from the Creative Commons wiki:

The photo X is © 2009 Jane Park, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license:

If you are unable to get agreement from the rights holders to include content in your article you would have to choose alternative content.