Guidelines for Authors for the Journal of Colorado Policing

Please see the Editorial Mission Statement for a more detailed description of these article types located on the inside cover of this journal. All accepted manuscripts may be edited, formatted, and abridged to meet the needs of the journal. Authors do have final approval of the manuscripts. All manuscripts published become the property of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police; however, personal and professional use of the articles shall be granted to all authors provided the original publication is attributed. 

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Please consider the following guidelines when submitting a manuscript:

1. All manuscripts should follow the style guidelines of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 7th edition publication manual, to include the formatting of the text, tables and figures, citations, and references.

2. Each table, figure, chart, graph, photograph, or other illustration should be placed on a separate page apart from the written text. Each must be numbered, titled, and described as to be easily understood without the aid of the written text.

3. Original research articles should be approximately 1,000 to 3,000 words. Historical and pragmatic articles are welcome. All research articles must include an abstract between 150 and 250 words in length. If the article is a traditional research article, the following headings should be used: Literature Review, Methods; Results; Discussion; and References. The Editor-in-Chief recognizes that other headings may be appropriate in certain instances for clarity and their use is encouraged.

4. Commentaries on important issues within the discipline are welcome. They should be no longer than 1,000 words (please note that shorter is better) addressing a specific criminal justice issue. The full name of the author must be submitted as anonymous commentaries will not be published.

5. Letters to the editor should be 250 to 1,000 words in length. The full name of the author must be submitted as anonymous letters will not be published.

6. A brief biographical sketch describing any degrees earned, certifications awarded, current or previous relevant positions held, ORCIDs (if applicable), and a recent . portrait photo of each author must be provided. A contact email for at least one corresponding author must be provided to be published with the manuscript.

7. Electronic submissions are required. Please email a typewritten file labeled with an abbreviated title, the corresponding author's last name, and the year (e.g., Title (Smith 2020)). Files must be saved using the .docx file extension. All articles are peer reviewed after editorial clearance.

Please direct any questions regarding submissions to [email protected]

Authors are generally notified of acceptance, provisional acceptance, or rejection within 6 weeks of receipt of the manuscript. Please include the full contact information of the corresponding author.

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