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Advancing Corrections Journal – Call for Papers and Guidelines for Issue #12

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Theme: Innovation in Correctional Healthcare

Please submit by July 15th, 2021

Aims and Scope of Advancing Corrections

The ICPA believes that development of a professional and humane corrections should be grounded in evidence. Respect for evidence is a hallmark of the ICPA. But evidence is of little value unless it is understood and put into action. Our semi-annual Journal Advancing Corrections is intended to fill the need for researchers to speak more clearly to practitioners and practitioners to speak in a more evidence-informed way to their colleagues. We want to provide a forum for both researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines (criminal justice, education, psychology, sociology, political science, economics, public health, and social work) to publish papers that examine issues from a unique, interdisciplinary and global perspective. Your paper could be an evidence-informed discussion of an important correctional issue, an overview of some new research findings and their implications for practice, a description of an innovative program or approach, or an informed commentary on some aspect of managing a key issue in corrections.

The Journal invites submission of papers that can be digested and appreciated by practitioners, managers, policy-makers and other correctional professionals. Authors are welcomed to submit papers for one of three sections of the Journal. Featured Research Articles should be more research oriented and scholarly, including the usual practice of referencing the relevant literature. Another section called Views and Reviews welcomes shorter and thoughtful discussions of a particularly relevant or emerging issue/topic. And finally, a section we are calling Practice Innovation in Corrections would like to profile what is going on in a given agency/jurisdiction that is especially innovative and can be of interest broadly to others.

Theme for the 12th Edition: “Innovation in Correctional Healthcare”

As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, appreciation for correctional healthcare has ascended within correctional services worldwide struggling with ways to keep staff and prisoners both physically and emotionally healthy.  In many ways, however, the delivery of healthcare services in corrections has always presented challenges. The challenges are different in developed and developing countries, in large or small prisons and jails, and for providing services in institutional settings versus the community. The healthcare status and range of health issues for those in detention, and for arriving prisoners and probationers, can vary dramatically from one jurisdiction to another.  Different models are adopted for the provision of healthcare and resources to provide consistency and breadth of services can be a persistent issue even for the most advanced correctional services around the world.

For this Edition of Advancing Corrections, we want to explore the spectrum of issues and challenges facing correctional services in providing quality healthcare, both in dealing with physical ailments and disease and in promoting good physical and emotional health. Our theme for the Edition is ‘Innovation in Correctional Healthcare’ and we particularly welcome contributions that emphasize ‘new’ models of practice that are smart, cost-effective, comprehensive and practical.

We want to welcome contributions that focus on:

  • Applied research that examines some of the key issues and challenges facing correctional healthcare, including studies or surveys that document the scope of health problems among individuals in detention or under community supervision;
  • Discussion of the kinds of standards of practice that correctional healthcare should strive to meet, including whether and how community standards can serve as a guidepost;
  • Correctional oversight analysis of how correctional healthcare can be measured, monitored or evaluated for outcomes and quality;
  • Examples of best practice in delivery of healthcare services, and especially those that have been evaluated as leading to improved health outcomes, both for individuals in detention or under community supervision;
  • Examples of cost-effective models for delivery of healthcare services (e.g., public-private sector partnerships);
  • Research on the impact of professional development and/or specialist training of healthcare staff;
  • Applications of new technology for improvement in the delivery of healthcare or for health promotion (e.g., tele-health, wristbands to monitor prisoners’ vital signs …etc.)

We welcome both evidence and practice-informed contributions for any of these topic areas. More generally, however, we especially welcome discussion of innovation in delivery of services through partnership with NGOs and the private sector, with the application of new technology, and with the most recent developments in healthcare delivery.

In submitting your manuscript, we ask that you provide a succinct summary of how your paper relates to the Theme for the Edition.  As with previous Editions of Advancing Corrections, preference will be given to manuscripts which show respect for evidence and where either qualitative or quantitative analysis is provided.


Manuscripts should follow the Guidelines for Authors for the Journal. Suggested page length is from 7 to 15 pages (about 2,000 to 5,000 word-count), although lengthier research-oriented manuscripts or reviews may be considered based on merit. Whenever appropriate, papers should include referencing of other related scholarly work, though it is emphasized that Advancing Corrections is not intended as an academic publication. Papers should be respectful of evidence but they should be written in a way that appeals to practitioners. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Dr. Frank Porporino, Ph.D., Chair of the ICPA Research and Development Network and Editor of Advancing Corrections ( A copy should also be forwarded to the ICPA Communications Officer, Aleksandar Petrov, at the ICPA Head Office (


Advancing Corrections has an international Editorial Review Board and submitted papers will undergo a formal and rigorous ‘peer review’ process. The ICPA Research and Development (R&D) Network is committed to finding more and better ways of communicating research-informed knowledge to the ICPA membership. Many of the members of the group serve as reviewers of submitted manuscripts.

For this Special Edition of Advancing Corrections, Dr. John May, The Chair of the ICPA Healthcare Network, has agreed graciously to serve as an Associate Editor.  The Editor of Advancing Corrections together with the Associate Editor for this Edition will manage the process of selecting manuscripts for review and choosing the final set of papers to be included. Papers that may not be suitable for the publication may nonetheless be posted on the ICPA Web Site or included in the ICPA Newsletter for the information of ICPA members.

Please note that we will not accept papers that are submitted after the deadline for a given Edition of Advancing Corrections.  We will also not accept papers that simply attempt to promote a particular product or market a particular method or service without supportive evidence of effectiveness. Advancing Corrections is not a marketing vehicle. It is a professional Journal intended to broaden our knowledge base in corrections.

If you believe that evidence and facts should be the drivers for change in corrections rather than ungrounded opinion or ideology, please support our Advancing Corrections Journal.

Frank J. Porporino, Ph.D.

Editor Advancing Corrections Journal and Chair ICPA Research & Development Network