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Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling

ISSN (printed): 1544-4759. ISSN (electronic): 1544-4767.

The Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profilingcovers all aspects of the systematic, scientific examination of psychology and related behavioural and social sciences relevant to criminal and civil investigations. It also explores the 'Investigative' approach to studies in areas of psychology outwith the law and crime. Investigative information retrieval, its management and interpretation; all aspects of interviewing, statement assessment, validation and analysis, the detection of deception, and related matters of forensic hypnosis and 'lie detectors', false allegations and investigative aspects of recovered memories are also welcome. Decision support systems, investigative decision-making and approaches to investigation management; behavioural and geographical aspects of crime analysis, the effects of stress or political influences on investigators; the supervision of undercover operatives and studies of informants and their handling. A major area for JIP-OP is the study of criminal actions in ways that are relevant to police investigations, more commonly known as 'Offender Profiling'; essentially the empirically based, theoretically sound deductions that can be made about offenders from their offence activities, also embracing comparative-case analysis (linking), predictions of developments in criminal behaviour across crime series, and criminal careers as they relate to inferences about offences. The full gamut of crimes are covered from Arson, Burglary and Fraud to Violent assault, Terrorism, Rape and Homicide. JIP-OP encourages a wide range of methodologies and formats; e.g. intensive qualitative single case studies of offender profiles, large-scale quantitative analyses of official statistics, laboratory or field research; theoretical essays and review articles which draw on collections of published papers, book reviews and accounts of Investigative Psychology in different areas of the world. JIP-OP is of interest to university students and researchers, practitioners and policy makers; in government departments, private industry or commerce, specialist research institutes, police forces around the world and other law enforcement agencies, such as the Inland Revenue, Customs and Excise, Intelligence agencies, etc. In addition private investigation agencies and a wide swathe of the informed public will be attracted to the journal.

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