Indian Journal of Criminology

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The Indian Society of Criminology (ISC) was established in the year 1970, with the objectives of advancing the study and application of Criminology and Allied Sciences, for the welfare of the society. It also endeavoured to facilitate cooperation among persons interested in the prevention and control of crime, which has escalated over time. Over a short span, the ISC developed into a pioneering National organisation, due to the cumulative efforts of its dedicated founders. The society was initiated by professionals, namely, Professor T. E. Shanmugam; Mr. Pitchandi; Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer; Mr. Pon Paramaguru, IPS; Professor K. Chockalingam; and Mr. K. Mani.  Lately, this enterprise has extended and decided to promote Criminological education and advanced Research in the area of Criminology, and it is in this spirit that the Indian Society of Criminology (ISC) organises an International Conference every year, at different locations. A platform that has now become a major attraction for budding Criminologists, to shape their thinking and invite interest towards the interdisciplinary field of Criminology.

The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab was established by the State Legislature of Punjab by passing the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab Act 2006 (Punjab Act No. 12of 2006). The Act incorporated a University of Law of National Stature in Punjab to fulfil the need for a Centre of Excellence in legal education and research in the modern era of globalization and liberalization. The University also has an experienced and highly dedicated team of faculty members and researchers.

Centre for Criminology, Criminal Justice and Victimology, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law and Indian Society of Criminology have signed a MOU, for joint publication of Indian Journal of Criminology in September 2021.

The Centre for Criminology, Criminal Justice and Victimology (CCV) has been established at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab for advanced research, training, policy analysis and consultancy in the areas of concerning criminology, criminal justice and victimology. The scope of the Journal encapsulates all aspects of— Criminology, Criminological sciences (Criminal Biology, Psychology, Sociology, and Penology), Subsidiary sciences (Forensic Science, Forensic Medicine, Judicial Psychology), and Victimology. The journal is popular for its intellectual acumen within the academia, and is now listed in the UGC Care List.   

Articles are invited from researchers and members of professional groups working in the—Police, Legal Departments, Correctional Services, Social Welfare Organisations, Forensic Sciences, Laboratories, etc.

Contributors may submit their original and unpublished pieces of research writings, adhering to the following guidelines for publication with the Indian Journal of Criminology.

Submission Guidelines for publication in the Indian Journal of Criminology:

  1. All editorial correspondence should be addressed to the Journal’s Editor, at  
  2. Manuscripts must be in English and should be submitted in softcopy through email, at  
  3. The preferred maximum length for an Article is 7000–8000 words, Essay is 5000–6000 words, Note/Comment is 3000–4000 words, and Book Review is 1500–2500 words, including Abstract (200–250 words) and Footnote(s).
  4. Contributors must provide a Cover Letter to accompany the manuscript submission. The Cover Letter should include the following statements:

    1. I confirm that the citations in the attached manuscript are accurate.
    2. I confirm that I have read the submission policy and that my manuscript complies with the Journal’s submission policy.
    3. I confirm that any part of the manuscript does not violate any copyright of others. 

  1. Use of italics and diacriticals should be minimised, but used in a consistent manner all through the text, if any. Tables and figures to be indicated by numbers separately (see Table 1.), not by placement (see Table below). All Figures and Tables should be cited in the text. Source for figures and tables should be mentioned, irrespective of whether or not they require permissions. 
  2. References are to be written according to the Harvard Method, by giving the author’s name and date of publication in the text, for example (Smith, 2019). List of References at the end of the paper should be in an alphabetical order of authors. For information on the citation style following Harvard Method, kindly refer to the link:
  3. Book reviews must contain—the name of author/editor and book reviewed, place of publication and publisher, year of publication, number of pages, and price.
  4. Once submitted, a manuscript goes through the following stages:

a.  The Editor will first peruse the manuscript to check whether it fits well within the aims and scope of the Indian Journal of Criminology.

b.  Once the preliminary checks are done, the manuscript will be peer-reviewed, which may take at least 3–4 weeks. The Journal follows a typical double-blind review process.

c.  Depending upon the reviewers’ recommendations, the manuscript is either accepted, suggested for revisions, or absolutely rejected. In case of revisions, rewriting suggestions will be given to the author/contributor, who will then modify the manuscript as per the requirements; thereby sending back the revised manuscript.

d.  Once the Editor finally approves a manuscript, then it is forwarded to the publishing unit, to be included in the Journal.

9.  Kindly note-Full paper Submission deadline by 30th November 2021

Submission of the articles is a continuous process and has no specific dates for both the issues published  

bi-annually. Accepted articles if not published in the first issue, will be placed in the next issue. Contributor(s)/Author(s) shall be sent an acceptance letter, based on the peer-reviewed acceptance process.  Soft copy of the article shall be sent to the Author(s) of the accepted manuscripts, for their kind references. However, the print copy may be purchased by sending a demand for the same, at

All communication regarding Journal may be addressed to:

The Indian Society of Criminology


Centre for Criminology, Criminal Justice and Victimology

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law

The Indian Journal of Criminology


Prof. (Dr.) G. S. Bajpai

Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab

Managing Editor:

Dr. Syed Umarhathab

Assistant Professor, M.S. University, Tirunelveli, India

Executive Editor:

Dr. Ivneet Walia

Assistant Professor, RGNUL, Punjab 

Journal Secretary:

Ms. Aneesha Rana  


Editorial & Advisory Board

Prof. Ian Loader

Professor of Criminology

University of Oxford, UK

Prof. Zbigniew Lasocik

Professor of Legal Sciences and Criminology

University of Warsaw, Poland

Prof. N. Prabha Unnithan

Director, Centre for the Study of Crime and Justice

Department of Sociology, Colorado State University

Prof. N.K. Chakrabarty

Vice Chancellor

W.B. NUJS, Kolkata

Prof. (Dr.) Purvi Pokhariyal

Dean of School of Law, Forensic Justice & Policy Studies

National Forensic Science University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Dr. Suman Dash Bhattamishra

Assistant Professor of Law

National Law University, Odisha

Mr. Emilio C. Viano


International Society of Criminology, USA

Prof. Jianhong Liu

University of Macau, Macau, China

Dr. G. K. Goswami, IPS

Joint Director

Anti-Corruption Zone, C.B.I. New Delhi

Prof. Arvind Tiwari

Dean, School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance

Tata Institute of Sciences, Mumbai, India

Prof. (Dr.) P. Madhava Soma Sundaram

M.S. University, Tirunelveli, India

Prof. (Dr.) Nikos Passas

Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice

College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Northeastern University, Boston, USA

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