Western Society of Criminology


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.

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.