Publishing in Criminal Justice and Criminology: Assessing Journal Editors Awareness and Acceptance of Open Access

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Matthew B. Robinson Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
Allan G. Scherlen, Professor and Social Sciences Librarian (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The authors, building upon a previous article that challenged the subscription-based journal publishing model, assess the awareness and attitudes of editors of journals in criminal justice and criminology toward open access, author rights, and related issues of justice. The authors employ a survey to capture opinions from editors of dozens of journals in criminal justice and criminology with regard to traditional subscription-based vs. open access publishing. The results show that editors in the field widely embrace the principles on which open access is based and favor allowing authors more freedom to expand and control access to their scholarship while remaining resistant to making their journals open access. These findings and their implications for “justice” and the future of scholarly communication in criminal justice and criminology are discussed.

Additional Information

Robinson, Matthew & Allan Scherlen. (2009) “Publishing in Criminal Justice: Assessing Journal Editors’ Awareness and Acceptance of Open Access” International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences (IJCJS) July – December 2009, Vol. 4: 2 pp. 98–117. (ISSN: 0973-5089) Published by the South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology (SASCV). The version of record is available open access from the publisher at: or
Language: English
Date: 2009
open access, criminal justice, academic journals

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