Calls for abstracts – Special issues

Two current calls for article abstracts for Special issues of criminology related journals.

Click on the theme for the special issue of each journal to read the full call.

Here we also share the results from the call for articles for a Special Issue of NSfK´s own journal, Nordic Journal of Criminology, NJC, that was held earlier this year.


Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs  (NAD)

“Exploring the onto-politics of cannabis”

Deadline for submission: 1 October 2020

This special issue of the Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (NAD) opens up to work that sees cannabis as intensely contested and enacted into being in multiple ways.

We invite contributions that explore the myriad of network relations, practices, semantic registers, materialities, and politicial controversies. It is through these that the particular cannabis objects and accompanies effects are made, unmade, or transformed.

We encourage scholars to consider how a focus on “ontological politics” (Mol, 1999) might contribute to a better understanding of cannabis in contemporary society and to consider ways in which the object of cannabis might be made otherwise in particular contexts, institutions and policies.


Nordisk Tidsskrift for Kriminalvidenskab (NTfK):

“Deprivation of liberty and individuals deprived of liberty”

Nordisk Tidsskrift for Kriminalvidenskab (NTfK) is published by De Nordiske Kriminalistforeninger and supported by the Nordic Research Council for Criminology (NSfK).

As of no 1/2021, Nordisk Tidsskrift for Kriminalvidenskab will be published as an online publication only. Access will be allocated to all subscribers via immediately. There will still be an embargo-period for non-subscribers.

This developmental step will be celebrated by publishing an extended special feature issue on the theme “Deprivation of liberty and individuals deprived of liberty”.

It is recommended to contact the main editor for “author´s instructions”. Deadline for the first draft ready for peer review is November 1st 2020.


Earlier this year, NSfK`s own journal, Nordic Journal of Criminology (NJC) invited  papers for a special issue on “Sexual Violence in a Nordic Context”.


By DL mid-February the editor had received 16 abstract submissions. Submission DL for full articles is Aug 15, 2020 and the special issue will be in print in March/April 2021.

Abstract from the NJC´s call for papers:

“The number of reported cases of sexual violence remains high, as well as increasing, in the Nordic countries; thus contrasting the overall decline of crime in the official crime statistics. The Nordic countries have explained sexual violence by focusing on the lack of gender equality on both a societal and individual level. However, the current levels of sexual violence coupled with the high degree of gender equality challenges this explanation. Moreover, sexual violence is one of the few offences where expanding criminalization and harsher punishments are perceived as both effective and legitimate policy measures in the Nordic countries. How, in light of all this, could criminologists and other social scientists develop the understanding of sexual violence in the Nordic setting?

The Nordic Journal of Criminology invite papers from social scientists across the Nordic countries to explore issues such as the following:

  • What do we know about sexual violence in the Nordic countries (e.g. prevalence, perpetrators, and victims)?
  • How can we analyse the ‘The Nordic paradox’ (that is, high level of gender equality, high and increasing level of reported sexual violence)?
  • What legislative challenges do sexual violence represent?
  • What methodological and theoretical challenges do sexual violence represent for criminology?
  • What challenges do sexual violence represent for police investigation and prosecution?
  • How can sexual violence in the Nordic countries be prevented?”