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Notes for Contributors

Contributions should be e-mailed as a Word document to:

Articles are reviewed on the understanding that they are submitted solely to this journal. If accepted, they may not be published elsewhere in full or in part without the Editors permission.To ensure anonymity in the review process, do not include the names of authors or institution in the abstract or body of the manuscript. Send a separate file including the title of the manuscript, full names of the author(s), the name and address of the institution from which the work originates, and the telephone number, fax number and e-mail address of the corresponding author.Please include a short abstract of no more than 150 words and up to six keywords. This file should contain the main body of the manuscript. Articles should normally be between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length, including abstract and references, but longer articles will be considered.


Details of any funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled ‘Funding’. This should appear before the ‘Acknowledgments’ section and should include the full official funding agency name and the grant number.


Spellings and punctuation should be used where they are optional in British English (-ize, -yze, but colour, not color). Commas and periods inside closing quotation marks. Double quotation marks are used throughout. Single quotation marks are used for quotations within quotations.


References should be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper, giving the names of journals in full. The main words in the titles and subtitles of articles, books, and journals should start with a capital letters. Use italics for titles of books and journals. Broadcast, film and internet sources should also be listed.

Books: Author, A. N. and Co-author, A. N. (2001). Book Title: Book Subtitle. Place: Publisher.

Chapters in books: Author, A. N. (2001). Chapter Title: Chapter Subtitle. In Book Title: Book Subtitle, ed. A. N. Editor. Place: Publisher.

Journal articles: Author, A. N. (2001). Article Title: Article Subtitle. Journal Name, 5(1), 123-126.

Newspaper articles/websites: Author, A.N. (2001). Article Title. Newspaper, 1 May. Available online at (accessed 1 May 2011).

Do not allow the web address to contain a hyperlink or to be underlined.In the text, the name of the author and date of publication should be cited as in the Harvard system (e.g. Cohen 2001: 71-2). If there are more than three authors, use the first name followed by et al. in the text but give the names of all the authors in the References. Where authors cite their own works in the text, they should cite them as XXXX + date of publication. Throughout the article authors should take pains to maintain authorial anonymity.


Should be numbered consecutively, titled, and mentioned in the main text. Only essential data should be presented. Sources should be indicated in the accompanying captions. Tables should contain editable text. Figures should be submitted as separate, editable files where possible, with an accompanying hi-res .jpg or .gif image (greyscale, not colour). Website links to pictures or maps can also be used. It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission to reproduce any illustrations that may be subject to copyright. The copyright symbol and correct attribution should appear in the captions. Diagrams and tables should be placed at the end of the manuscript with their preferred location indicated in the manuscript (e.g. Figure 1 about here).


Upon acceptance, authors will be invited to complete a copyright licence to publish form. It is a condition of publication in the Journal that authors grant an exclusive licence to the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI). This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. As part of the licence agreement, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that State Crime is acknowledged as the original place of publication and Pluto Journals as publisher.