The Nordic Journal of Studies in Policing (NJSP) was published in 2014–2019 under the Norwegian name Nordisk politiforskning. Since the beginning of this year, it has used the English title, and in the future all the content will be in English. This development of the journal is in line with scientific publishing more generally, as the majority of journals nowadays are in English.

Over the years, the journal has published material in English and in Scandinavian languages, but the emphasis has varied between them. Although the general trend aligns with publishing in English, this issue returns to the roots of the journal, and contains only Norwegian articles. The content of the issue is extensive and varied, including six peer-reviewed articles.

The first article deals with an analysis of intelligence by asking if there can be any advantages with intelligence products containing policy recommendations, and perhaps especially within policing (Moen). The following article aims to identify and analyse some of the challenges that can inhibit women’s motivation to apply for specially trained police units (Jon). Next article clarifies the “principle of discretion” which opens up for the police officer to decide how patrol service is performed and when the legal premises for acting are fulfilled (Rønning). Then comes an article which argues that ethnicity can be used as a resource in an explanatory approach which can strengthen the relationship between minority youths and the police (Leirvik & Ellefsen). After that follows an article which discusses on immigration control in a police district i.e. how police officers perform, experience and handle their roles and tasks in this area (Hammer, Gundhus & Sveaass). Last article sheds light on how the field “violence in close relationships” has been considered during the new police reform (Aas).

The journal has also moved in a new direction in terms of the author guidelines, which came into effect in September 2020. In these guidelines, the maximum length of an article was shortened from 70 000 to 50 000 characters. However, the NJSP will be flexible to accept manuscripts longer than 50 000 characters until the end of 2020. According to the editorial board this is the most reasonable approach to this change, as many manuscripts have been prepared by following the previous guidelines. From the beginning of 2021, the maximum length of articles submitted to the journal should be in line with the new guidelines.

This issue of the NJSP is exceptional because it is the third one in the same year. I would therefore like to thank all those who contributed to the preparation of this product. Next year, a special issue and an open issue will be published as usual. Before that, however, it is worth checking out this issue, which opens up many interesting perspectives on policing.