EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Efi Avdela (University of Crete), Peter Bartlett (University of Nottingham), Sandra Burman (University of Cape Town), Philippe Chaissaigne (Université de Tours), Carolyn A. Conley (University of Alabama), Peter W. Edge (Oxford Brookes University), Isobel Findlay (University of Saskatchewan) Barry Godfrey (Keele University), Ann Lyon (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), Scott Poynting (University of Western Sydney) Gerd Schwerhoff (Technical University Dresden), Bob Shoemaker (University of Sheffield) Keith Soothill (University of Lancaster), Pieter Spierenburg (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Claire Valier, (University of London), Garthine Walker (University of London) Sandra Walklate (University of Liverpool), Chris Williams (Open University)
In autumn 2006, SOLON (Interdisciplinary Studies in Bad Behaviour and Crime) is launching its electronic Journal to be called Crimes and Misdemeanours; Deviance and the law in historical perspective. An international journal with a wide-ranging interdisciplinary remit, it will showcase work which confronts and challenges the accepted histories and (re)-examines the implications for past and/or current professional practices relating to the study of offensive or anti-social behaviour and its implications. The journal recognises that global public interest in the law and crime is reaching unprecedented levels and aims to reflect this both in content and in the profile of individuals who write for it; to promote a more global comprehension of the various issues and strategies intrinsic to the study of crimes and misdemeanours, past and present. Through this the journal intends to open up, engage and liven the study of an area of intense academic and public concern with a powerful contemporary resonance by locating it within a ‘historical’ context, and emphasising thereby the need for long-term perspectives on the area. This encompasses the work of academic historians, lawyers, criminologists, sociologists, political scientists, education and literary scholars and psychologists. The journal likewise encourages submissions from practitioners and those engaged in the delivery of services and responses to law, crime and behaviour. The journal solicits cutting edge work emerging from interdisciplinary or cross disciplinary approaches as well as that reflecting the distinctive insights of established academic disciplines and professsonal standpoints. Ever mindful of the growth of this area and the duty the journal owes to scholarship and professional practice, Crimes and Misdemeanours; Deviance and the law in historical perspective especially wants to encourage the work of young scholars either still engaged in doctoral work or beyond, and also of young practitioners seeking to challenge established traditions. Thus, alongside refereed articles, there is the opportunity to publish work in progress and receive feedback on this through the journal’s Bulletin Board.
There will normally be 4 of these per issue, with authors normally encouraged to write between 10,000 and 12,000 word pieces. Longer and shorter pieces will be considered by prior arrangement with the full editorial board. All articles will be fully peer reviewed (normally by two referees) and referee comments will be made available, anonymously, to authors.
Work in Progress
A feature of the journal will be a section on work in progress, in order to stimulate interdisciplinary debate and discussion on topics of key interest, or reflecting innovative research or synthesis of some topic, via feedback on these pieces. Normally there will be two essays discussing work in progress per issue, of between 5-7000 words. In addition, there will be abstracts of the feedback received by the journal and passed on to the author. Rather than being peer reviewed, these will (in order to keep them timely and ensure speedy publication) instead receive editorial assistance and supervision. Authors of such pieces will then be encouraged to submit finished articles based on the work in progress pieces and feedback on these to the journal.
In addition to the publication of submissions there will also be an occasional ‘Debates’ series, Book Reviews and a section covering Research and Career News, including conference news when appropriate.
Instructions to Authors
Submissions to Crimes and Misdemeanours; Deviance and the law in historical perspective should be sent in electronic format. To submit, please send your submission either in WORD or in RICH TEXT FORMAT to the email addresses listed above. The submission should include a 100 word abstract, including also copies of any statistical tables, maps, or illustrations. Provide your name(s), address(es) and contact information on a separate title page. Articles should be between 10,000 and 12,000 word pieces. Longer and shorter pieces will be considered by prior arrangement with the full editorial board. For a copy of the full ‘Instructions to Authors’ please email firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard.Williams@plymouth.ac.uk
Dr David Nash
Department of History
Oxford Brookes University
UK Email: email@example.com
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