journalThe European Journal of Criminology is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality original research. It is the prime European source for authoritative information and analysis on crime and criminal justice issues. Launched in January 2004 by the European Society of Criminology in partnership with SAGE Publications, the journal seeks to open channels of communication between academics, researchers and policy makers across the wider Europe.

Dario Melossi
University of Bologna, Italy

Associate Editor for Country Surveys
Margarita Dobrynina
University of Vilnius, Lithuania

Associate Editor
Julian V. Roberts
University of Oxford, UK

Former Editors-in-Chief of the European Journal of Criminology

Editor-in-Chief 2001-2006: David J. Smith

Editor-in-Chief 2006-2011: Julian V. Roberts

Editor-in-Chief 2011-2016: Paul Knepper


Members of the European Society of Criminology receive a free copy of the journal.


The journal publishes high quality articles using varied approaches, including discussion of theory, analysis of quantitative data, comparative studies, systematic evaluation of interventions, and study of institutions of political process. The journal also covers analysis of policy, but not description of policy developments. Priority is given to articles that are relevant to the wider Europe (within and beyond the EU) although findings may be drawn from other parts of the world. There is a particular emphasis on the use of evidence generated by sound social science methods to evaluate criminological ideas and policy

Country surveys

The European Journal of Criminology includes a 'country survey' of a selected country within the wider Europe (the EU and beyond). Country surveys summarize essential facts about the criminal justice system, review trends in crime and punishment, and discuss major publications in recent years.

EJC Website

For more information, including free access to abstracts, please visit the European Journal of Criminology webpage: