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3 Eur. J. Criminology 5 (2006)

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                                          Volume 3 (1): 5-9: 1477-3708  E
                                       DOI: 10.1177/1477370806059078 urOpean
                                    Copyright Q 2006 European Society of
                                       Criminology and SAGE Publications  Cr
                                London, Thousand Oaks CA, and New Delhi  Tmllogy


Supporting the Development of Criminology in


David  J. Smith
University of Edinburgb, UK, and  London  Scbool of Economics, UK

There  are very compelling reasons  why  the founders of  the European
Society of Criminology  made  it a top priority to establish an academic
journal in which research of the highest quality could be published. There
are, of course, well-established English-language journals in Britain, the
United States, Australasia and some other countries. Also, scholars writing
in some European  languages other than English have excellent outlets for
publishing their work.  However,  this still leaves an enormous gap  in
the dissemination of findings about crime and criminal justice. Where the
tradition is already well established, as in France and Germany, findings are
only exceptionally published in English - for example, if they emerge from
an international collaboration such as those organized by GERN in Paris.'
Where  the tradition is nascent, it is very hard for scholars from other
countries to gain  access to research findings. In principle, the major
American  and British journals may accept an article from any country, but
in practice most of these journals are dominated  by articles from local
authors about  local or regional issues. It is essential therefore to have a
journal that serves scholars of crime and criminal justice across the full
range of European  countries.
     This is all the more important because, unlike mathematics, criminol-
ogy is not a set of abstract and universal truths and, unlike physics or
chemistry, it is not based on a single, largely uncontested set of method-
ologies. Rather than a single discipline, with a coherent set of values and
standards broadly accepted by all practitioners, criminology applies a wide

1 GERN: Groupe Europ&en de Recherches sur les Normativites (European Research Group
on Norms).

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