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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.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access here:


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Submission: 50.00 (USD)
Authors are required to pay an Article Submission Fee as part of the submission process to contribute to review costs.

Fast-Track Review: 100.00 (USD)
With the payment of this fee, the review, editorial decision, and author notification on this manuscript is guaranteed to take place within 4 weeks.

Article Publication: 50.00 (USD)
If this paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee to cover publications costs.

If you do not have funds to pay such fees, you will have an opportunity to waive each fee. We do not want fees to prevent the publication of worthy work.