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Crime Science is a 100% open access journal published by Springer Nature. It is part of the BMC group, a family of OA-native peer-reviewed journals. Editorially, the journal benefits from close connections with the Jill Dando Institute at University College London.

Call for papers: special collection on Measuring, Detecting, and Preventing Cyber Social Threats

The misuse of digital technology and platforms has increased drastically. Cyber social threats refer to malicious practices in online settings. Despite their obvious impact on the well-being of  society at large, there remains a paucity of evidence-based approaches to measure, detect, prevent, and counter cyber social threats. 


  1. Authors: M. Caldwell, J. T. A. Andrews, T. Tanay and L. D. Griffin

Calling the Police: Theoretical Insights and Practical Implications
Edited by David Buil-Gil and Laura Huey

This special issue will comprise a set of articles advancing theoretical explanations of crime reporting behavior and studying the practical implications of under-reporting for the criminal justice system.

Covid-19 and Crime: consequences for incidence, public safety, security, and prevention
Edited by Kate Bowers, Aiden Sidebottom, and Matthew Ashby

The Covid-19 pandemic has been imposing unprecedented global restrictions on everyday life routines, affecting behavior on a global scale. This collection of articles will focus on the pandemic’s potential consequences on crime, including incidence, public safety, security, and prevention.

Cybercrime: interdisciplinary approaches to cutting crime and victimisation in cyber space
Edited by Shujun Li, Michael Levi, David Maimon, Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, Gianluca Stringhini

This special issue is one of the first attempts to bring together cybercrime researchers from different fields by encouraging them to publish papers on cutting cybercrime that can benefit researchers and practitioners from a wider spectrum including crime science and computer science. The ubiquitous use of the Internet and smart mobile devices in people’s everyday lives, the wide adoption of cloud based services and the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), the Internet of Everything (IoE), and the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSs), lead to the widely accepted belief that almost all criminal activities have some cyber elements. As a consequence, digital forensics (or cyber forensics) have become an essential part of almost all crime investigation processes of law enforcement around the world.

Beyond 'What Works': Advancing Understanding of Crime through Systematic Reviews
Edited by Rob Guerette

Since their origins in the health sciences, systematic reviews and meta-analyses in criminology have largely been focused on the effectiveness of various interventions in preventing crimes and other problem behavior. Yet the strength of systematic reviews also makes them useful for synthesizing and improving our understanding of crime more in general, such as environmental aspects, its patterns, organization, and explanation.

Child Sexual Abuse: Analysis and Intervention
Edited by Dr. Danielle Reynald, Dr. Ella Cockbain

This Crime Science’s first special edition on child sexual abuse brings together leading researchers and practitioners worldwide. It is designed to increase awareness of and interest in theoretical, empirical and practical developments in child protection and the prevention of child sexual abuse. 
Collection published: 30 July 2015

Crime in Developing Countries
Edited by Dr. Mangai Natarajan

It could be argued that many of the most serious crime problems are now to be found in developing countries. Yet these problems have received only scant attention from criminologists and crime scientists, most of who work in developed/Westernized nations. Crime scientists have a special role to play in studying these crimes because their work is oriented to solutions and it is this kind of practical help that the developing world most needs. 
Collection published: 25 July 2015

Crime Patterns in Time and Space: The Dynamics of Crime Opportunities in Urban Areas
Edited by Dr. Andrew Newton, Mr. Marcus Felson

This collection of papers seeks to round out our knowledge of how hotspots and crime patterns shift. This special issue contains papers that examine the dynamic nature of crime patterns, determining whether crime concentrations shift in the course of a day, from weekday to weekend, from school day to non-school day, or even across seasons.
Collection published: 28 April 2015

Innovative Methods in Crime Research
Edited by Dr Jean-Louis van Gelder, Dr Stijn Van Daele

Novel technologies, such as GPS, the Internet and virtual environments are not only rapidly becoming an increasingly influential part of our daily lives, they also have tremendous potential for improving our understanding of where, when and why crime occurs. In addition to these technologies, several innovative research methods, such as neuropsychological measurements and time-space budgets, have emerged in recent years. 
Collection published: 12 August 2014

2013 Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis (ECCA) Symposium
Edited by Prof Jerry Ratcliffe

This special series contains selected papers from the 2013 Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis symposium held in Philadelphia, PA (USA) and hosted by the Center for Security and Crime Science at Temple University.
Collection published: 22 September 2013 

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NEWS! Crime Science received a 2-years Impact Factor 2022 of 6.1 in the Journal Citation Report released in 2023. The journal is now indexed by Clarivate in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) under the “Criminology & Penology” category.

Aims and scope

Crime Science is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal with an applied focus. The journal's main focus is on research articles and systematic reviews that reflect the growing cooperation among a variety of fields, including environmental criminology, economics, engineering, geography, public health, psychology, statistics and urban planning, on improving the detection, prevention and understanding of crime and disorder. Crime Science publishes theoretical articles that are relevant to the field, for example, approaches that integrate theories from different disciplines. The goal of the journal is to broaden the scientific base for the understanding, analysis and control of crime and disorder. It is aimed at researchers, practitioners and policy-makers with an interest in crime reduction. It also publishes short contributions on timely topics including crime patterns, technological advances for detection and prevention, and analytical techniques, and on the crime reduction applications of research from a wide range of fields. Read more

OA funding and support for Crime Science research

Did you know that more than 250 open access article processing charge (APC) funds are available to researchers worldwide? Many funding bodies require that research publications resulting from their grants are made freely available to all. By publishing your research with us you fully comply with open access mandates, and the publishing costs may be entirely covered by the research grant. This means that you won’t have to pay any publishing fee and you retain the copyright. Click the heading to explore APC funding options.

NEW: Submission notes for Crime Science authors

Whether submitting a Research Article, Short Contribution, Systematic Review, Theoretical Article, or Book Review, Crime Science authors will now find important new notes at the beginning of each article-type description. 

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 3.1
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 3.8
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 2.062
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.179

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 11
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 224

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 445,839
    Altmetric mentions: 324