The U.S. Journal of Police Use of Force and Practices is a peer-reviewed, U.S. journal registered with the U.S. Library of Congress that presents current and innovative academic criminal justice and police use of force research as well as operational and administrative police practices from across the U.S. Manuscripts are welcomed from practitioners, researchers and others interested in developments in police use of force, police practices and procedures. The journal seeks to bridge the gap in knowledge that exists regarding what is an objectively reasonable use of police force, what is excessive force, how to assess the reasonableness of an officer’s decision to use force, what police do, why police use force, causes of crime and how police maintain order, administer laws, and serve communities within the U.S.
The U.S. Journal of Police Use of Force and Practices is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once your submission has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be double blind peer-reviewed by anonymous expert referees. Find out more about what to expect during peer review and read our guidance on publishing ethics.
There are no charges to submit and publish within the U.S. Journal of Police Use of Force and Practices.
The U.S. Journal of Police Use of Force and Practices asks for no exclusive rights to any article or other submission. The U.S. Journal of Police Use of Force and Practices takes no rights from you but embraces the right to distribute articles and submissions accepted for publication in any format, including print, web, e-reader, and formats currently known or yet to be discovered. The U.S. Journal of Police Use of Force and Practices has an open-reprint policy and encourages the use of its publications by the general public, students, faculty, police officers, police administrators and government officials as long as proper citations are provided. The U.S. Journal of Police Use of Force and Practices uses the Creative Commons CC-by guidelines.
All contributions to the U.S. Journal of Police Use of Force and Practices for publication must undergo a rigorous, double blind, peer review after it is assigned a minimum of three noted industry professionals/academicians before a contribution is selected to appear in the journal. Our editors are given detailed instructions in their “Guide to Editing an NEFI Journal” on setting up the review process and the editor must complete various progress reports and submit to their NEFI Development Editor throughout the process. This is very important for the assurance of quality. When reviewers are sent articles to review, they are provided an in-depth review form to help in evaluating the submission, and the reviewer must complete and forward their evaluation to the NEFI editor within four weeks of receipt of the journal article.
Find out more about peer review in this guide from Sense and Science.
Please submit a cover letter containing a brief (150-300 word) biographical sketch of each author. These should include institutional affiliation, postal address, acknowledgments, research interests, e-mail address, and web page address, if any. This information, however, should NOT appear in the manuscript itself in order to preserve the integrity of the blind peer review process.
All submissions must be double-spaced, accompanied by an abstract page of not more than 150 words, and manuscript body not to exceed 7,000 words (font size 12), excluding abstract and reference pages. Diagrams and tables should be kept to a minimum and must be included within the document at their insertion point. In addition, each diagram and/or table must be numbered and placed at the end of the document with directions of their points of insertion in the text clearly indicated.
References should follow at the end in the APA style (author, date, title, page) with a comprehensive bibliography of all works cited, and authors’ names. Footnotes are not acceptable.
Finally, each author must disclose any financial interests or connections, direct or indirect, or other situations that might raise the question of bias in the work reported or the conclusions, implications, or opinions stated – including pertinent commercial or other sources of funding for the individual author(s) or for the associated department(s) or organization(s), personal relationships, or direct academic competition.
Please carefully follow the guidelines below as you write. Any manuscripts not meeting these guidelines will be returned to the author(s) for correction, which can cause significant delays in the publication of your work.
Please ensure that your journal manuscript is between 5,000 – 7,000 words.
The strongest papers usually have one point to make and they make that point powerfully, back it up with evidence, and locate it within the field.
Make sure that you’ve described your methodology and approach; whilst it may seem obvious to you, it may not to your reader. And don’t forget to explain acronyms.
Make your work accessible by using clear language.
You can’t review the whole of the relevant literature, but you do need to tell the reader how what you’re doing relates to key work that’s gone before and, if possible, how you are building on it.
Your literature review should take into consideration the current state of the literature, so don’t talk about “recent research” if you’re giving citations from the 1990s. And when you reference something, ensure you fully understand its relevance to your research, so you can make it clear for your reader.
You may be building on a concept already in existence but you still need to have something new to say. Make sure you say it convincingly, and fully understand and reference what has gone before.