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51 J. Res. Crime & Delinquency 3 (2014)

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Editorial


                                               Journal of Research in Crime and
                                                             Delinquency
                                                        2014, Vol 51(1) 3-4
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With this first issue of Volume 51, I'm pleased to announce two significant
developments. First, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
(JRCD)  will now publish six issues per year, with a concomitant increase
in total pages. That will help accepted papers get into print more quickly
and allow us to publish more research. The Journal's acceptance rate has
hovered around 9%.  We  do not expect that to change much. Instead, we
hope to increase the number of interesting, original, and high-quality papers
submitted to JRCD. The Editorial Board and I are grateful to SAGE for this
expanded  support.
   Second, in mid-2014, we will publish a special issue commemorating the
first 50 years of JRCD. Papers by well-known scholars, many of whom
are members of the Editorial Board, examine a range of topics. Some topics
are familiar and have been addressed in JRCD papers throughout our first
50 years. Others address relatively new questions or new approaches to tra-
ditional questions.
   Putting these two developments together makes it possible to plan more
special issues. JRCD has published the occasional special issue, but the Edi-
torial Board and I now envision devoting one issue per year to a special topic.
With continued change in academic publishing, edited books have become
costly and difficult to manage. On the other hand, academic journals are
increasingly available and read through packages of subscriptions. Special
issues can be viewed as something like an edited book that is more widely
accessible. Papers published in all past special issues go through the normal
peer-review process. In fact, the occasional proposed special issue has not
been published because  some submissions did not survive peer review.
Papers submitted for any future special issue will similarly be processed
through anonymous  peer review.
   At our annual meeting, members   of the Editorial Board discussed a
couple of examples of possible special issues. One draws on the growing

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