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The journal was established in 2014 as Nordisk politiforskning/Nordic Journal of Studies in Policing. From 2020 the journal changed name to Nordic Journal of Studies in Policing and publishes contributions only in English.

Nordic Journal of Studies in Policing
Nordisk politiforskning

Nordic Journal of Studies in Policing (NJSP) presents and publishes new knowledge and research in the field of police research, police science and policing in the Nordic countries. The journals main aim is to contribute to the development of the field of police research, as well as the spread of relevant research within academia, among practitioners, managers, the education system, the authorities and the media. The NJSP shall have an independent critical role in the subject development and aims at strengthening the academic quality of the academic field, as well as publish articles by practitioners who conduct research on their own field.

The target audience is primarily researchers, educational institutions at all levels, practitioners, senior police officers, the media and political authorities, especially within jurisprudence.

Different types of contributions are available, primarily research articles, review and viewpoint articles, as well as debate articles and essays. The journal welcomes books where the study of policing is central. Nordic PhD’s and current books/PhD’s may be prioritized.

The journal is owned by the Norwegian Police University College (PHS) with financial support by The Danish National Police, Police University College of Tampere, Finland, Umeå University, Linnéuniversity Växjö, Malmö University, University of Borås and Södertörn University in Sweden and is published in cooperation with Scandinavian University Press (Universitetsforlaget AS).

Nordic Journal of Studies in Policing is published biannually and is an open access scholarly journal. When an article is published depends both upon when it was accepted in its final form as well as when it was submitted. Publishing in this journal does not require payment of a processing or publishing charge.

Research articles are subjected to a "double-blind" peer review process, whereby both two reviewers and the author remain anonymous to each other. The final decision regarding publication of the article is made by the Editor-in-Chief.

We encourage all reviewers to create a profile on Publons.

The journal is indexed and searchable in the following databases:
  • Scopus
  • Juridika
  • Rettsinfo.no
  • Norart
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Google Scholar
  • Primo Central Index (Ex Libris) / Oria
  • The Summon Service (ProQuest)
  • Ebsco Discovery Services
  • WorldCat Local (OCLC)
Follow the journal on https://twitter.com/NordicPolicing.

The journal is authorized as a publication channel on level 1 in NSD – Norwegian Centre for Research Data (for Norway and Sweden), in the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Authorization list for serials (Denmark), and in Publication Forum (Finland).

All content in this journal is also exported to Portico, a preservation archive that safeguards perpetual access to e-journals, e-books, and digital collections.

Nadja Kirchhoff Hestehave, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Danish National Police, Denmark

Linda Hoel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Bachelor Department, The Norwegian Police University College, Bodø, Norway
Mehdi Ghazinour, Med.dr.sc, Professor, Police Education Unit, Umeå University, Sweden
Helene Oppen Ingebrigtsen Gundhus, PhD, Professor, Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo, Norway
Mattias Örnerheim, Ph.D., Senior Lecture, Department of Police Work, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Vesa Muttilainen, Ph.D., Director of Research, Police University College, Finland

Ingvild Knævelsrud Rabe, Advisor, The Norwegian Police University College (PHS)

Brita Bjørkelo, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Research, The Norwegian Police University College (PHS), Norway
Liv Finstad, Professor Emerita, Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of OsloNorway
Lars Holmberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Paul Larsson, Dr. polit, Professor, Research Department, The Norwegian Police University College (PHS), Norway
Henrik Stevnsborg, Ph.D., Dr.Phil., Professor, Centre for Public Regulation and Administration, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

E-mail: NKH005@politi.dk

Nordic Journal of Studies in Policing (NJSP) has a main editor and an editorial board consisting of members with research expertise. The position as editor-in-chief rotates between the Nordic countries that contribute to the journal's economy. The members of the editorial board are appointed for a limited period of time (maximum 5 years). Renewal can be made for one year at a time. In order to ensure cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary Nordic studies in policing, the journal aims to include one from each of the Nordic countries as well as provide diversity in methodological, disciplinary, gender, age, linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The journal will annually follow up on and evaluate its scientific output to ensure that the development in the journal safeguards the main objective of contributing to the development of the field of police research.

The NJSP has a Nordic scientific editorial advisory board that is responsible for the journal's policy. The advisory board shall be convened by a unanimous editorial board and is aimed to include members from each Nordic country. The advisory board shall always have one member of each gender, two Nordic researchers in police research, police science and policing and minimum one representative from one of the institutions that at any time supports the journal economically. The latter only applies to institutions whose purpose is relevant to police research, police science and policing in the Nordic countries. The NJSP policy can only be changed by the editorial board in consultation with the scientific editorial advisory board.
Nordic Journal of Studies in Policing is a scholarly journal published open access, with no subscription charges or registration restrictions. All content is freely available online.

New Creative Commons-license from January 1th, 2022:

As an author for this journal, you retain copyright and publishing rights to your own article without restrictions, and you grant any third party the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of your article in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Authors are not required to pay article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges. 

Articles published in this journal will be made available on Idunn and Juridika, Scandinavian University Press’ e-publishing databases. 

Articles in process before January 1th 2022, will be publised with previous license:

As an author for this journal, you retain copyright and publishing rights to your own article without restrictions, and you grant any third party the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of your article in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. The third party may not use the material for commercial purposes. 

Articles published in this journal will be made available on Idunn and Juridika, Scandinavian University Press’ e-publishing databases. 
Nordic Journal of Studies in Policing invites contributions from researchers and others who wish to publish policing-related articles with Nordic perspectives.

Research articles are subjected to a double-blind peer review process. The articles present new insights, are in a form that make the results replicable or applicable for new research, are in a written form and has a distribution that makes it accessible for most researchers that may have interest in it. Research articles that are peer reviewed should not exceed 50 000 characters (with spaces), including footnotes and references. See below for more information about the peer review process.

Debate articles, essays and book reviews are evaluated by the Editorial team. Debate articles are theoretical and/or analytical discussions about topics related to the journal. Essays may be reflections on practice related topics of the journal. Essays may also be short descriptions of police relevant projects, including main findings, conclusions, and future developments. Book reviews should present books from Nordic countries or otherwise include Nordic perspectives. The word limit for debate and essay contributions is 10 000 characters with spaces. Book reviews should be no more than 6 000 characters with spaces.

All manuscripts for the Nordic Journal of Policing Studies must be submitted through this ScholarOne-site: https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/uf-politi.

Submitting confirms that the work has not been published elsewhere or is not under consideration for publication in another journal or book.

Before you submit a manuscript please ensure the following:
  • The topic is relevant to the journal
  • The manuscript is in English
  • The manuscript is anonymized by the author(s). E.g. explicit self-references. Front side and information about the author(s) must be given in a separate document.
  • The number of characters does not exceed the limits stated above
  • Notes and references comply with the author guidelines
The title should be short and precise. Please make an effort to select a title that arouses interest.

Titles: Use numbers for headings (1., 2., 2.1.; 2.2.; 2.2.1.), not letters (a, b, c, iv, xii). Use maximum three levels of headings.

Try to avoid abbreviations since they have a negative influence on the legibility of the text. Write them in full the first time and put the abbreviation between brackets.

Submitted manuscripts should contain the following:
  • Title
  • Abstract: Provide a brief abstract of max. 150 words
  • 4–6 keywords
  • The manuscript
  • Notes should be numerical and organized as footnotes
  • Literature references in alphabetical order
In separate documents:
  • Numbered figures and illustrations (each one at a separate side)
  • Title page: Submit a separate title page with the following information: title, author(s) information (institution), date, number of characters, and acknowledgements. Please provide an orchid ID https://orcid.org/
The journal uses APA 7th edition style guide for references. Introductions to this style can be found here: http://www.apastyle.org/index.aspx
Also, a basic tutorial can be found here:

References should always include a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) ​​if applicable. A DOI should be a clickable URL, for example https://doi.org/10.18261/issn.1894-8693-2019-01-01, inserted at the end of the reference in the literature list. If you are unsure of the DOI for a given reference, or whether a DOI for the reference is available, you can search for title, author name, etc. at http://search.crossref.org/.

All figures (charts, diagrams, line drawings, web pages/screenshots, and photographic images) should be submitted in electronic form. All figures should be of high quality, legible and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Tables should be placed at the correct place in the body text.

The position of all figures and illustrations should be clearly labelled in the body text of article (e.g. Figure 3 about here) with corresponding labels being clearly shown in the separate file.

Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for online format. Please include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting your paper. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

A quotation should be put between double quotation marks and put in italic. When a quotation is longer than 40 words, please turn it into a block quote. In this case quotation marks are omitted, and the text is indent.

Notes in the manuscript should be organized as footnotes, when using regular text processing software.

The references in the text to the footnotes should be made before the last character(s) of the text, sentence or part of the sentence where it refers to this document. The dot follows the footnote, it does not precede it.

All content in the journal should be characterized by scientific integrity and follow current laws and ethical guidelines. It is expected that authors, reviewers and editors follow the best-practice guidelines on ethical behavior.

Authors that submit manuscripts to NJSP must guarantee the following:
  • The manuscript as a whole is not published elsewhere. If parts of the manuscript are published elsewhere, (e.g. master thesis/report) the author needs to inform about this in a footnote with reference to the original text/work.
  • The manuscript is not under evaluation in another journal or quoted in other journals.
  • Authors have included relevant information about finance, sponsorships, institutional ties and potential conflicts of interests.
  • All persons mentioned in the manuscript have given their consent.
  • The welfare of animals has been respected.
  • Requirements with regard to copyright have been followed.
  • Required permissions for publishing have been obtained.
  • References are listed - also for secondary publications.
The editorial board ensures that content published in the journal maintains a high scholarly standard and complies with international ethical standards for academic publishing. The journal complies with the guidelines formulated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Complaints will not be processed by Editor-in-Chief or Assistant Editor connected to the same research institution as the author(s). Please note that the research institutions are usually responsible for allegations of misconduct.

To avoid conflicts of interests, it is recommended, that guest editors do not contribute with papers in the same issue which they are editing.

The journal uses double blind reviewing of article manuscripts, whereby both two reviewers and the author remain anonymous to each other. The review process may take some time, but we will inform you during the process. Should you have any questions, however, please ask.

Articles written by researchers working at the same institution as Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors will be processed by someone else in the editorial team. Peer reviewers are concurrently not affiliated with the same institution as the author(s) and the editorial team makes an effort to choose at least one of the reviewers from another country.

After reviewing each author is required to give feedback in view of what was (not) changed in response to comments of the reviewers (e.g. via track changes in the integrated review). Authors should expect several reviews as well as an additional administrative editorial process before publication.

The final decision regarding publication of the article is made by the Editor-in-Chief.

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