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Advancing Corrections Journal – Call for Papers for Issue #10

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.

As the Call for Papers for this 10th Edition of Advancing Corrections is being issued, our world is being gripped by a global pandemic that will have deep though still uncertain repercussions for many aspects of our lives. The physical, mental and economic ‘RISK’ this virus poses has created a contagion of its own as discomforting anxiety and even panic spreads uncontrollably. The world is becoming suddenly very familiar with the notion of ‘RISK’ – trying desperately to understand this virus better, figure out how to assess it more easily and accurately, manage it in different contexts, and hopefully mitigate and reduce its impact. Although certainly at a different level and for different reasons, corrections professionals have had to routinely focus on Understanding, Assessing, Managing and Reducing RISK in their daily work for many years. This Edition of Advancing Corrections will be devoted to examining how well our field has advanced in dealing with RISK.

We want to hear from both researchers and practitioners and we welcome both evidence and practice-informed discussions about how notions of RISK can be incorporated more effectively into practice. The focus of papers can range from:

  • Scholarly discussions regarding how we can better conceptualize and understand RISK, including RISK other than RISK of re-offending;
  • Evidence-informed frameworks for understanding RISK that go beyond the traditional criminogenic RNR paradigm;
  • Quantitative or qualitative research highlighting issues in how we assess RISK, and especially in examining the fairness and validity of our assessment tools for different populations (e.g., ethnic minorities, women);
  • Research on the impact of professional development and/or specialist training of staff to incorporate RISK assessment into their decision-making;
  • The range of issues faced in monitoring and responding to RISK both in prisons and under community supervision;
  • Description of innovative approaches for managing and reducing RISK in particular jurisdictions, including research on improving assessment procedures, case management and/or sentence planning, programming or other broader service-delivery strategies;
  • Attention to practice-culture and correctional environment issues more generally as effective ways to reduce or mitigate RISK;
  • Any other correctional innovation, including application of new technology, which illustrates a purposeful strategy for more humane management of RISK; and last but not least,
  • The voice of practitioners, researchers, senior corrections executives and administrators regarding ‘lessons learned’ in dealing with the public and political backlash when our RISK management strategies fail.

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 (

In summary, what we are looking for are clear examples of how our application of RISK concepts can have direct and practical implications for improving corrections operations and effectiveness, either in the prison or the community context.

In submitting your manuscript, we ask that you provide a succinct summary of how your paper relates to this theme. As with previous Editions of Advancing Corrections, preference will be given to manuscripts which show respect for evidence and where either qualitative or quantitative evaluation has been conducted.

Deadline for submissions: 30 July 2020


Guidelines for Authors