Journal of Cold Case Review Article Submission Form

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Author Submission Guidelines
The Journal of Cold Case Reviews (JCCR) is published under the auspices of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases, a non-profit professional organization that aims to offer support and expertise in cold case investigations. It is an interdisciplinary open-access journal that publishes research on any discipline which might impact on the theory and practice of all aspects of cold case investigations. It is our hope that by sharing cross-disciplinary research in this fashion we can better understand and improve cold case investigative awareness, knowledge, and practices to bring about meaningful results. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Forensic Science
  • Behavioral Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Medicolegal Aspects
  • Criminal Law
  • Investigative Processes
  • Victim Support
  • Communication & Knowledge Sharing
  • Leadership
  • Policy Aspects

All contributions of manuscripts of a scholarly nature will be considered, and those accepted as being within the stated parameters of pertinence to cold case investigation will be peer-reviewed and edited. It is suggested that potential authors send an abstract or summary in advance. All efforts to provide a timely response will be expended. Authors who wish to be considered for publication in the JCCR must submit a signed assignment of rights form with their article. In all cases, manuscripts should be submitted electronically saved in Rich Text Format (.rtf) or Word document format (.doc or .docx) to Daniel L. Robb, Ph.D. at


Submission Protocols
Article Types and Word Counts 
The following are the various article types which the journal publishes. Authors must adhere to the page/ word counts given here. The word counts cover all sections of a manuscript, including title, author names/ affiliation, abstract, keywords, figure/table legends and references. 

  • Original research paper: 5,000 – 10,000 words
  • Review or theoretical papers: 3,000 – 5,000 words
  • Case analysis: 3,000 – 5,000 words
  • Short report or commentary: 1,500 – 2,000 words

Citation and Formatting Style
This journal publishes articles based on the guidelines found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) (2010). This book serves as a guide for formatting, citations, references, and similar items. More information can be found at Articles appear with the graphs, figures, and tables located at appropriate places within the article itself rather than at the end as we feel this improves general readability of the article. This is a common practice in many national and international journals of high repute. 

Please adhere to APA format and use Times New Roman font in 12 pt. throughout. Headings are encouraged and must follow the APA style. A full reference list has to be included, also formatted according to APA standards. The author’s full contact information must appear at the conclusion of the article, including affiliation.

Additional Protocols
In addition to APA format, the JCCR has additional protocols for submissions.

  • All articles must have abstracts; refer to the guidelines for abstracts below. 
  • Keywords or short key phrases must be placed after the abstract. Choosing appropriate keywords is important, because these are used for indexing purposes.
  • No author pagination or headers and footers. 
  • All pages should be created in the portrait format; do not create documents with mixed landscape and portrait formats. 
  • Each article should be in one document; refrain from using section formatting. 
  • An indicator may be placed within the text wherever a figure or table is to be inserted in an article, but it may not be possible to place it in exactly that spot during typesetting.
  • Ensure that the references are properly indented and italicized.
  • Indent new paragraphs flush left by 1 inch and use double-spacing throughout with no additional spaces between paragraphs.
  • Ensure that full author contact information is included at the end of the article for each author; indexing services require this.

In order to ensure that JCCR will be accepted in the major psych databases and offer maximum readability, there are certain guidelines that must be followed for abstracts relating to our articles and the Journal. Guidelines provided by PsycINFO—the largest resource for abstracts and scholarly journal articles—are used as basis.

General Guidelines for Writing Effective Abstracts
For use in PsycINFO and other databases, an abstract should not exceed 960 characters and spaces (approximately 120 words). Include only the most pertinent information by limiting the text to the four or five most important concepts, findings, or implications. Embed as many key words and phrases in the abstract as possible; this will enhance the user’s ability to find the citation for your article in a computer search. Include in the abstract only information that appears in the body of the paper and refrain from using in-text citations. Remember that not all people who read your abstract will have a high level of technical knowledge. Define all acronyms and abbreviations, except those for measurements.

Abstracts for Review/Theoretical Articles
Abstracts for review or theoretical articles are generally about 120 words. Include the following information:

  • The topic in one sentence
  • Purpose, thesis, or organizing construct and the scope (comprehensive or selective) of the article
  • Sources used (e.g., personal observation, published literature) 
  • Conclusions

Abstracts of empirical research studies should include sample and method characteristics, in addition to the objective, discussion, and conclusions.

Accepted manuscripts are copyedited according to APA format and returned to the author for approval. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work, including changes made by the copy editor and authorized by the corresponding author. Please adhere to APA format and use “Times New Roman” font in 12 pt. throughout. In the references, please italicize the required text as per APA style. Headings are encouraged and must also follow APA format.

Peer Review Process
The first step in the submission process is that the editors of the journal will review the article to see if the article is a fit for the scope and focus. Assuming that the article is within the realm of topics that the journal publishes, the editor will assign it to 3 reviewers where a double-blind peer-review process will be applied. In cases where there is a potential Conflict of Interest or Competing Interests, such as the author is also a peer reviewer for the journal, or is an editor, the article will face review from additional reviewers. Please allow four weeks for review. If your article is accepted the editor will notify you and let you know which edition your article will appear in. If it is not accepted it may be sent back to you with slight revisions or major rewrites.

Publication Frequency

The inaugural publication the Journal of Cold Case Review, Vol. 1, No. 1 was issued in July 2015. Future issues will be published annually in January, with submissions for each issue that have been received by November 1st of the preceding year. The inaugural publication issue will be Vol. 1, No. 1. Submissions for this issue have to be made by May 31, 2015.
Additionally the JCCR:

  • Is open Access Policy, Copyright Notice, and Privacy Statemen
  • Provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
  • Utilizes the Creative Commons Attribution, Non-commercial, Non-derivatives license. Under this license, the author retains full copyright of their work.
  • Names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Submission Checklist
To assist authors, the following checklist can be used to ensure their submission’s compliance.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (in exceptions, please notify the editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined elsewhere in the Author Guidelines.

For more information contact the editor: Daniel L. Robb, Ph.D., at