Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Law Enforcement must be prepared according to style specified in the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Manual 6th edition).




I. Articles


Writing Style


All written work must be in the third person, active voice, and in standard American English.


All work must be easy to read and easy to understand. Use straightforward sentences, to help readers understand the concepts presented.


Written work should be comprehensible to all readers, regardless of their areas of specialization and academic background.


Articles must have sufficient introductory material and must be relevant to practice, stressing meaningful application of principles to important problems.


Papers may include tables, drawings, charts, or photographs.



Paper Length


Limit length of article to 10,000 words (25 to 30 double-spaced typewritten pages, or 12 to 15 pages in the final journal format). Each figure and table accounts for approximately 300 words.



Title Page


Use a short informative title (title/subtitle 50 letters maximum) on title page.


To facilitate blind review, remove names and affiliations from the cover page. Instead, enter all the co-authors names and affiliations in the online submission system.


Do not include names and contact details on the actual manuscript.



Abstracts and Keywords


The article abstract (between 120 and 250 words, including keywords) must have the following four sections: (a) introduction, (b) method, (c) results, and (d) discussion.





The article must have six parts as follows: (a) introduction, (b) background, (c) method, (d) results, (e) discussion, and (f) conclusion.


Arrange the submission in the following order: cover sheet, title page, abstract and key words, article, acknowledgment, biographical note, reference list, figure captions, tables.


Do not use text footnotes. Include extra explanatory material as an appendix.



Abbreviations and Terminologies


Spell out and define all abbreviations and new terminologies when first used in the text.



References and Citations


In the text, cite work following the style recommended in the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.). The reference list must be compliant with APA style.


Submit each manuscript as a separate file.



Biographical Note


Include a biographical sketch (current position, prior significant professional experience, technical interests, education, important activities, and professional affiliations) of all authors (65 word short CV).




II. Commentary and Rejoinders; Regular Forum; Research Notes and Reports; and Book Reviews



The JLE solicits submission to commentaries, rejoinders, reactions to recent research and book reviews. While the above general format applies, for length and other specifics, prospective contributors are asked to contact the Editor.




III. Evaluation


The JLE is a peer reviewed journal. All manuscripts are evaluated by at least three reviewers from different disciplines.


The paper evaluation is double-blind and anonymous: neither the reviewers nor the authors are aware of each other's identities.



IV. Disclaimer


The publisher and editorial team make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinion, or statement appears in this journal, the data and opinions appearing in the articles and advertisements herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor or advertiser concerned.


The publisher, the editorial board, editors, and their respective employees, officers, and agents accept no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the consequences of any such inaccurate or misleading data, opinion, or statement.