Guidelines for Authors for the Journal of Colorado Policing

Please see the Editorial Mission Statement for a more detailed description of articles considered for publication in this journal.

All manuscripts submitted for publication must be computer-generated submissions.

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Manuscripts must be double-spaced, with margins of 1 inch, and may range from 250 to 3,000 words in length. Letters to the editor and commentaries may be no longer than 1,000 words and may be abridged at the editor’s discretion. All accepted manuscripts shall be edited and formatted 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.

Please consider the following guidelines when submitting a manuscript:

  1. One typewritten, double-spaced page is approximately 300 words.
  2. Original research articles should be approximately 1,000 to 3,000 words. Historical and pragmatic articles are welcome. If the article is a traditional research article, the following headings should be used: Abstract (less than 250 words); Introduction; Methods; Results; Discussion; and References. Other articles should include an Abstract (less than 250 words), Introduction, Discussion (or other appropriate heading), and References. The Editor-in-Chief recognizes that other headings may be appropriate in certain instances for clarity, and their use is encouraged.
  3. Each chart, graph, photograph, or other illustration should be placed on a separate page apart from the written text. Each must be titled and easily understood without the aid of the written text.
  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 issue. All commentaries shall be assigned authorships. No anonymous commentaries shall be published.
  5. Manuscripts should be referenced following the American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines.
  6. Letters to the Editor should be between 250-1,000 words. Remember, brevity is key. Also, the first and last name of the writer must be submitted. Anonymous letters shall not be published.
  7. All authors should include a brief biographical sketch that describes any degrees earned, certifications awarded, and the current position or positions held, and must submit a recent photo of the author(s).
  8. Electronic submissions are required. Please upload a file labeled with the corresponding author's last name and the year (e.g., Smith_2019). Files saved in .docx are preferred. All articles are peer reviewed after editorial clearance.
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Please email questions regarding submissions to: [email protected].

Authors shall be notified of acceptance, provisional acceptance, or rejection within six weeks of receipt of the manuscript. Please include the full contact information of the corresponding author.