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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format. Open Office format is admissible as well.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
    In case of acceptance, figures, illustrations, tables or photos have to be provided in the original file format to ensure best print quality. Those original files can be provided in a later stage of production.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines. In particular references are provided in HARVARD STYLE.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

Author Guidelines



Manuscript Submission Guidelines
European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin

Contributors are kindly invited to bear in mind, when drafting their text, that the Bulletin addresses both academics and practitioners in the law enforcement domain and is intended for a European and international readership. The Bulletin invites original work, but considers also to publish summaries or variants of contributions published elsewhere, as long the initial copyrights are observed.

Format requirements

  • All contributions shall be written - and spell-checked - in (UK) English and saved in either Ms-Word, RTF or ODT format.
    Authors are responsible for ensuring that the language is suitable for publication. It is recommended that texts written by non-native speakers is checked for comprehensibility and proper use of English grammar before submitting.
  • Contributions are exclusively accepted by using the "Make a submission"- button accessible on the journal's homepage https://bulletin.cepol.europa.eu.
  • As a standard, text shall be formatted in Times New Roman, 12pt, double spacing, each page numbered.
    On the first page of the contribution the following information should be given: full name of the contributor(s), institutional affiliation(s), email address, telephone number (optional). The second page should carry an abstract of not more than 250 words and should indicate a maximum of 5 keywords. Recommended length of contributions is between 2000 and 5000 words, including footnotes and references.
  • Tables, figures, graphics and images have to be provided and uploaded separately in the original file format (e.g. Excel or other) in the highest available resolution available, in order to achieve best results in printing.

Review procedures

  • Submitted contributions are subject to a review process, depending on the type of submissions. For original research articles the Bulletin editorial board will apply double-blind review with external reviewers.
  • The author(s) are required to use the Bulletin’s OJS-system to respond to review requests in due time.
  • Furthermore, the editors retain the customary right to style and if necessary, can shorten the material accepted for publication.
  • Contributors will receive a confirmation of receipt of the submission and information on a final decision or eventually reviews of their contributions.
  • On acceptance of publication, the author(s) need to complete and upload the mandatory Disclaimer form.

Citation and reference style

For the Bulletin, the Harvard Citation Style is obligatory for in-text citations and reference lists. Contributions not in line with this rules, will be returned for revision. An exhaustive guide how to correctly make use of the Harvard style is available e.g. here. Indicative examples are presented here:

Citing one author:
A recent study investigated the effectiveness of using Google Scholar to find medical research (Henderson, 2005).

Citing two or three authors:
Recent research indicates that the number of duplicate papers being published is increasing (Arrami & Garner, 2008).
Evidence shows that providing virtual laboratory exercises as well as practical laboratory experience enhances the learning process (Barros, Read & Verdejo, 2008).

Book: print
Simons, N. E., Menzies, B. & Matthews, M. (2001) A Short Course in Soil and Rock Slope Engineering. London, Thomas Telford Publishing.

Book: online / electronic
Simons, N. E., Menzies, B. & Matthews, M. (2001) A Short Course in Soil and Rock Slope Engineering. London, Thomas Telford Publishing. Available from: http://www.myilibrary. com?ID=93941 [Accessed 18th June 2015].

Book: chapter in an edited book
Partridge, H. & Hallam, G. (2007) Evidence-based practice and information literacy. In: Lipu, S., Williamson, K. & Lloyd, A. (eds.) Exploring methods in information literacy research. Wagga Wagga, Australia, Centre for Information Studies, pp. 149–170.

Journal article (printed)
Chibber, P. K. & Majumdar, S. K. (1999) Foreign ownership and profitability: Property rights, control, and the performance of firms in Indian industry. Journal of Law & Economics. 42 (1), 209–238.

Journal article: online / electronic
Arrami, M. & Garner, H. (2008) A tale of two citations. Nature. 451 (7177), 397–399. Available from: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v451/n7177/full/451397a.html [Accessed 20th January 2015].

Communication about submissions, revisions and acceptance between authors, editors and reviewers will be done exclusively via the OJS-system (registration required).
All general enquiries about the Bulletin and its editorial policies shall be directed to the email address research.bulletin@cepol.europa.eu.

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