Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention
J Scand Stud Criminol Crime Prev
The Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology, together with the Nordic national crime prevention councils have launched a scientific biannual journal, the Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology & Crime Prevention . The predecessors of the journal are the yearbook Scandinavian Studies in Criminology, and the biannual review Studies on Crime & Crime Prevention. The new journal is intended to have a different profile from the standard international journals in this field, rather than attempting to be one among many similar publications. The publishers have felt that there continues to be a special justification and a demand for a forum where a Nordic perspective is the leading principle for the inclusion of papers. Reflecting the different backgrounds of the publishers, the new journal endeavours to combine criminological and crime prevention oriented scientific works. Indeed, the idea separating "crime prevention" from "criminology" would seem rather out of place, considering that some of the major advances in criminological theory over the past two decades have come about in the realm of developing crime prevention perspectives that have, indeed, developed into one of the the central topics of modern scientific criminology. Many would maintain that independent critical academic criminology cannot mix with a state interventionist crime control and prevention approach. From its very beginning, however, the Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology has functioned as the central forum for cooperation in the field of criminological research. Here, critical forces have been debating with those working at a smaller distance from government organs. In this sense, one part of the Nordic profile shared by many has been one of an active debate between conflicting views and perspectives. The journal will present a variety of articles that may at times deviate from the standard format of scientific journals. This is part of an established Scandinavian criminological tradition, reflecting the particular position of the science in societal policy-related debate. In that debate, the heavy "scientific" format is not the only one. This matter of style must not, however, be taken as a signal of non-scientific work. On the contrary: all the texts follow critical scientific standards. In addition, they often express a keen interest in decision-making.
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