We peer-review and publish papers on software, datasets, and findings in digital and computational criminology or with embedded materials, such as interactive graphics or data and code. To submit a particular type of paper, click the appropriate option. The video shows what is generally involved in submission.
Add video that goes through everything at https://www.qualitativecriminology.com/how-to-submit
Note: DC2 does not publish papers that have been published or under contract elsewhere. We make an exception for preprints on non-commercial websites. We encourage sharing your preprints on CrimRxiv, which is criminology’s open archive and where DC2’s reviews are published. Your submission may be concurrently under review at one or more other outlets. Please note that it is polite to (1) notify us if your paper is accepted elsewhere and you wish to publish it there, not DC2, and (2) comply with other outlets’ policies on concurrent review.
On receipt of a submission, the editorial team (“we”) will proceed thusly:
1. We decide whether the paper is likely to be accepted for publication. Admittedly, and regrettably, this is a subjective judgment call. If deemed unlikely to be accepted, the paper will be returned to the author(s) so they may quickly pursue publication elsewhere. Otherwise, the editorial team will proceed.
2. We get at least one referee to review the paper. If the paper proves too difficult to get reviewed (e.g., ten or more people decline to serve as referees), the paper will be returned to the author(s) so they may quickly pursue publication elsewhere.
3. We receive recommendations from the referee(s) on whether—no or yes—to publish the paper. “No” means the paper would require substantial changes to be publishable. “Yes” means the paper should be published in its current form or pending small changes.
Reviews are published on CrimRxiv, which is criminology’s open archive. Each review is given a unique DOI. For the sake of transparency and credit, referees are strongly encouraged to sign their reviews, especially if the vote is “yes.” At the end of each published article, we provide each review’s DOI.
4. On receipt of the review(s), we make a publication decision and email it to the author(s).
If accepted for publication, we inform the author(s) of our production process.
To see what exactly we ask of (potential) referees, you can read our Review Request Email & Form.
Within reason, you are always welcome to email us for an update about your paper’s status in the review or publication process. It is not a knock against you to check in with us. We aim to make a decision on each paper within two months of submission.