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19 Homicide Stud. 3 (2015)

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                                                                     Homicide Studies
                                                                   2015, Vol. 19(1) 3-5
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                                                          DOI: 10.1177/1088767914560656
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Lynn   A.  Addington'

Measurement   of crime and its correlates permeate virtually all of our scholarship,
whether or not these concerns are explicitly acknowledged. To accurately test theories,
effectively evaluate policies, and rigorously conduct research, attention must be
devoted to best practices for measuring the underlying concepts and constructs of
interest. Despite the importance of addressing these foundational challenges, articles
and studies devoted to exploring measurement issues are not particularly glamorous
and can be a bit of a tough sell. Even this special issue got bumped in favor of one
addressing a timelier topic on mass murder.
   As articles exploring measurement topics in depth tend to appear sporadically in
the literature, this special issue provides a useful forum to highlight such work in the
context of homicide research. In planning this issue of Homicide Studies, we opted for
an open call for papers to solicit a variety of perspectives and approaches. We also
broadly defined measurement  to include murder as well as risk factors and correlates
of lethal violence used by researchers. By doing so, we hoped to not only identify
where problems  lie but also provide a context for understanding the ways these prob-
lems may  affect outcomes and policy as well as avenues for addressing these limita-
tions. The positive and considerable response to the call was inspiring. While we were
unable to accept all the papers submitted, we hope that the authors continue their work
in this area. We also hope that this special issue encourages other scholars to expand
the body of research devoted to explicitly exploring the best practices for measure-
ment in the context of murder, in particular, and crime, more generally.
   This special issue presents four articles that reflect distinct approaches to studying
measurement. Homicide  researchers willbe familiar with the underlying topics addressed
by the first two articles. One concerns the accuracy of a common source of homicide
data in the United States and the other a structural correlate frequently considered in

'American University, Washington, DC, USA
Corresponding Author:
Lynn A. Addington, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Ward Circle 258,
Washington, DC 20016-8043, USA.
Email: adding@american.edu

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