Call for Articles - Third Issue


We would like to invite authors to submit articles to our third issue. We accept both theoretical reflections and empirical contributions that are in line with, but not limited to, the following themes: 

Dialogues between criminology and given disciplines: e.g. criminology and geography, criminology and political science, criminology and philosophy, criminology and computer science; 

Dialogues between criminology scholars and practitioners: e.g. criminology and law enforcement agents, criminology and policy-makers, criminology and activists; 

The encounter between competing research methods: e.g. qualitative versus quantitative approaches in criminology; 

New methods in criminological research;

The encounter between competing theories or between different schools of thought: e.g. critical versus positivistic criminology;

American versus European criminology;

criminology from the 'Global South' and criminology from the 'Global North'; 

The essence of criminology as a standalone discipline amid its different multidisciplinary influences; 

Criminology as the science for the study of conflicts; 

' Other 'criminological encounters': authors are invited to present other possibilities of interpretation of such encounters. 


Criminological encounters works with a variety of types of contributions, including not only full articles but also short opinion pieces and research notes, testimonies from practitioners, art interventions, forums, book reviews and interviews. Criminological Encounters is from its beginning engaged with initiatives to decolonize academia. We intend to make it a venue for theoretical and empirical voices typically obscured by Anglo- and Eurocentric academia to be heard. We are aware, however, of the challenges and limitations posed by choosing English as the lingua franca. As a compensation for such limitation, this journal also contains a section dedicated to 'language encounters' for which we will publish one article per issue in one of the different languages spoken by the members of our editorial board (Dutch, French, Spanish, and Portuguese). For the guidelines on the different possibilities for submitting a contribution, click here.


We would also like to invite editors to submit proposals for special issues that deal with the ideas of 'encountering' mentioned above. Our special issues will focus on thematic topics and will feature competing and complementary perspectives. These could be, for example, encounters between: criminology and sports studies on the topic of 'sports in detention contexts'; criminologists and nutritionists on the topic of 'food in prison'; policing studies scholars and gender and feminist scholars on 'institutionalized sexism within the police'; criminologists, geographers and urban studies scholars on topics like 'conflict in public spaces', 'border control and crimmigration', 'electronic monitoring', 'youth crime' and so on. Many different encounters are thus possible.

Why a New Journal in Criminology?  

Contemporary researchers are spoiled with a wide range of excellent journals in criminology. However, we do believe this new publishing forum will be a great contribution to academia for multiple reasons. First of all, Criminological Encounters is an independent and open-access journal. Our content does not hide behind expensive, and at many times inaccessible, pay-walls. Secondly, this journal has a policy of equality that takes into account not only issues of gender, religion, or racial/ethnic background, but also makes an effort to counter as much as possible colonialist approaches in academia. As mentioned, contributions from outside the 'Global North' are particularly welcome. Thirdly, this is a journal that openly adheres to the 'slow science' movement. Our focus will never be on the quantity of papers published but on their quality. In the same vein, this journal will not obsessively care about metrics, rankings, and indicators. We want the so-called 'impact' of our journal to be 'measured' in a purpose-driven way, not based so much on how many times our articles are cited in other journals or books, but rather on the 'why' they are cited. Having said that, our aim is to become a wellcited, leading interdisciplinary journal that publishes cutting-edge research. Lastly, being a new journal will allow us to experiment freely with new topics, methods and formats less common in mainstream criminology. We aim to keep such an exploratory verve even when the journal reaches its maturity.


The deadline for submitting an article for our third issue is  January 30, 2020

To submit your article, click  here