The Western Society of Criminology (WSC) supports two published media: an online, peer-reviewed journal entitled the journal of Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society (formerly Western Criminology Review); and our newsletter, the Western Criminologist.

Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society (CCJLS)

History as Western Criminology Review

In 1996, Dr. Pat Jackson launched Western Criminology Review (WCR) as an online, peer-review journal. The first issue was published in 1998. It quickly gained a solid reputation in the fields of criminology and criminal justice for presenting important research and scholarly debate on issues relevant to the field. Press here to access a complete archive of all WCR issues on the WSC server.


In 2013, the Executive Board of the Western Society of Criminology decided to rebrand its official journal with a more distinctive mission. Thus, in 2014, WCR became the journal of Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society (CCJLS). This peer-reviewed journal builds on the mission of its predecessor by promoting understanding of the causes of crime; the methods used to prevent and control crime; the institutions, principles, and actors involved in the apprehension, prosecution, punishment, and reintegration of offenders; and the legal and political framework under which the justice system and its primary actors operate.

CCJLS only accepts manuscripts submitted electronically through the journal’s portal on Scholastica:

Instructors for authors may be found at this link.

Press here to access a complete archive of all CCJLS issues on the WSC server.

relevant to the field. Press here to access a complete archive of all WCR issues on the WSC server.

Call for Editors

The WSC invites applications for the position of Editor(s) of CCJLS.  It is anticipated that new manuscript submissions will transfer to the new Editor around January 2017 for a three-year term. The Editor is responsible for the timely and substantive publication of the journal, including the solicitation of manuscripts, supervision of the peer-review process, selection of articles for publication, and the final publication process (including proofreading and typesetting). The WSC supports this process by paying for the following expenses: CCJLS’s manuscript submission and processing system (Scholastica) and copy-editing. The Editor’s supporting institution might propose to provide office space, file storage, equipment, and funds to cover graduate student assistance and release time for the Editor.

Interested applicants may contact the current Editors, Henry F. Fradella, (, Christine Scott-Hayward, (, and Aili Malm ( for additional information regarding the logistics or operational details of editing and producing the journal or to discuss their application before submission. Application materials should include (1) a statement of editorial philosophy, (2) curriculum vitae of all proposed personnel, and (3) assurances and details of institutional support. Application materials should be sent by email to:

Christine Scott-Hayward, Editor,
Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society
c/o School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, & Emergency Management
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd., MS 5601
Long Beach, CA 90814

Applications must be received by July 1, 2016.

The Western Criminologist

This newsletter highlights important events and disseminates information among the membership. Additionally, it presents feature articles and summaries of conference highlights. Press here to visit the archive of past issues in either Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf) or web-based (.htm) format is available for issues since Spring 1996 through the current newsletter issue.

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