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An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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2018 Impact Factor: 1.350*
5-year Impact Factor (2018): 1.576*

CiteScore 2020: 2.2
CiteScoreTracker 2021: 1.8 (Updated Monthly)

Journal history

Previously published as Police Studies and incorporating American Journal of Police
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Aims and Scope

Interdisciplinary and wide-ranging in scope, Policing: An International Journal covers the latest research on all topics germane to policing that focus on theory, policy, and/or practice. Policing is a 'generalist' journal, and one that provides readers with a truly global and comparative perspective. Empirical articles are supplemented by 'state of the art' reviews on topical issues.

This journal is for those concerned with achieving greater effectiveness in policing and law enforcement. The worldwide readership includes academics teaching and researching in this field as well as law enforcement professionals and policy makers.

Papers published in Policing are double blind peer-reviewed.


  • Community policing
  • Managerial styles and leadership
  • Performance measurement and accountability
  • Pursuit guidelines
  • Crime trends and analysis
  • Crisis negotiation
  • Civil disorder
  • Organized crime
  • Victimology
  • Crime prevention
  • Career development
  • High-risk police activities
  • Routine policing
  • Traffic enforcement
  • Civil litigation

Policing: An International Journal is indexed and abstracted in

Academic Seach Alumni Edition, American Sociological Association Publishing Options database, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Criminal Justice Abstracts (NCJRS), Criminal Justice Periodical Index, National Criminal Justice Reference Service, Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Sage Urban Studies Abstracts, Sage Violence and Abuse Abstracts, Social SciSearch, SocINDEX, TOC Premier, ZETOC

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Policing: An International Journal is ranked by: 

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS, UK) Academic Journal Guide, Scopus, Social Science Citation Index SSCI (Clarivate Analytics)

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* 2018 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2019)