Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope


The following statements reflect the goals, practices, and principles of CGJSC:

CGJSC seeks to enhance the professional and academic development of graduate students across Canada. To this end, CGJSC:

  • Provides opportunities for publication in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal;
  • Is an active collaborator with graduate student conferences; and
  • Recognizes that it has a duty to engage in the didactic and constructive academic development of graduate students who submit material for review.

CGJSC is committed to providing networking and collaboration opportunities between students, departments and faculty members in Canadian and international institutions. To this end, CGJSC:

  • Actively encourages respectful discourse between authors and readers; and
  • Encourages inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary collaborative projects to create both a culture of academic camaraderie and an ongoing discourse between authors and readers.

CGJSC seeks to meaningfully contribute to the growing body of academic knowledge in the fields of sociology and criminology. To this end, CGJSC:

  • Will remain an online, open-access journal; and
  • Will ensure that all submitted material passes the rigors of a quality peer-review process prior to publication.


CGJSC is wholly dedicated to producing academic work that upholds the highest standards of quality and rigor. Our aim is to provide students an opportunity to display their research abilities, while concurrently ensuring that submissions are accepted based upon demonstrated scholarly merit and strength. To this end, we uphold three critical values throughout the editorial process, namely, accountability, clarity, and communication.

The managing editor is charged with the initial selection of papers submitted to the CGJSC. Initial acceptance is based upon an assessment of the overall quality and adherence to submission guidelines. Our protocol is intended to align the paper’s relevance to the overall research focus of our journal. Examples of our research focus include, but are not limited to: theory pieces, conceptual pieces, critical analyses, book reviews and substantive explorations. It is at the discretion of the editor(s) to determine whether a submitted article fits within the scope of the journal. Further detail can be found in our submission guidelines.


Canadian Graduate Journal of Sociology and Criminology (CGJSC) is an academic journal in the fields of sociology and criminology that is run by graduate students, for graduate students. CGJSC has been founded and built upon stringent and focused directives that address issues of ethics, conduct, and duties of all members and participants involved in the editorial, review, advisory, and/or submission processes. These directives are intended to establish and maintain the integrity, reliability and efficient functioning of all aspects involved in the production of CGJSC. Outlined below are the directives as established by the founding co-editors:

Code of Ethics:

  • To avoid the appearance of self-publication, persons associated with the production of the journal are not permitted to have academic material published in CGJSC in any issue where they have direct involvement;
  • Any submitted materials deemed discriminatory by the editors will be immediately rejected;
  • Any research requiring review by an ethics board must have been approved prior to article submission to CGJSC;
  • All efforts will be made to maintain anonymity and confidentiality of all sensitive information throughout the entire publication process; and
  • CGJSC is an equal opportunity organization.

Duties of the Publication Team:

  • Editors will ensure the respectful and ethical conduct of all those involved in the publication process;
  • Editors will guide the journal to ensure that it upholds the values of the CGJSC governance, editorial and mission statements;
  • At all times, members of the production team will uphold standards of respect, equality and professionalism espoused by their respective academic institutions;
  • Upon appointment, all publication staff are expected to fulfill their duties for a term of one (1) calendar year (January to December), with the option to renew at the discretion and review of the serving editor(s)-in-chief.
  • In cases involving the selection of a new editor-in-chief, the position will be delegated by the previously serving editor(s)-in-chief upon consultation with the advisory board. Editor(s)-in-chief will serve for a period of one (1) calendar year (January to December) with the option to renew at the end of their term; and
  • Terms of other positions will be updated as positions are filled.

Grievances and Discipline:

  • Editors will take action against any individual(s) who do not adhere to the rules and guidelines of the mission statement, governance statement, and editorial statement. Disciplinary action will be at the discretion of the editorial board and/or advisory board;
  • In the event of a dispute, grievances will be initially directed to the editorial board. In the event of irreconcilable differences, the matter may be deferred to the advisory board for resolution.

These rules of governance are applicable, at any stage, to any individual involved in the production of the journal. These include, but are not limited to: editors, peer-reviewers, authors, volunteers, etc.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews / Critiques de livres

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Once accepted for peer review, papers are evaluated as follows:

Submissions selected for blind peer-review will be distributed to at least two (2) graduate student reviewers within the same field of expertise. After thoroughly reading the submitted paper, the reviewers will comment on the quality, content, and depth of the manuscript and indicate one of the four following options:

(1) Accept submission;

(2) Revisions required;

(3) Resubmit for review;

(4) Decline submission.

At this point, the reviews are returned to the managing editor(s). If there is a lack of consensus among the peer reviewers, the managing editor(s) will make the final decision. The managing editor(s) then conveys the result and peer-review comments to the original author, along with further instructions and guidelines.

The managing editor(s) may also ask faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and/or professors to serve as a reviewer and comment on submitted articles within their areas of expertise.

CGJSC uses a blind peer-review process where the identities of the submitting author as well as those of the peer-reviewers are unknown to each party. All efforts will be made by the managing editor(s) to keep the identities of the submitting author and peer-reviewers confidential. For a more detailed explanation of our anonymity policy, please see the submission guidelines.


At CGJSC, we are committed to enhancing the professional development of graduate students and therefore will provide constructive feedback to all prospective authors. Once feedback has been provided, the onus is on the author to ensure that any necessary revisions and re-writes are submitted in a timely and professional manner. Revisions are expected to be returned to CGJSC no more than four weeks after editorial response in order to expedite the publication process.

It is the duty of the managing editor(s) to advise on improvements/corrections and to delegate submissions to peer-reviewers.

For further reading, we have linked to a brief article by the editor of the Journal of the Scientific Study of Religion on the process of peer review.

***All decisions made by the editorial board are final***


Publication Frequency

CGJSC publishes semi-annually: once in the summer and again in early winter.


Open Access Policy

This journal 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.

CGJSC does not charge any fees for the submission, processing, or publication of articles.


Legal Disclaimer

CGJSC will strive at all times to conduct ourselves in accordance with our editoral and governance statements. However, we recognize that legal issues may arise as a result of publication. Therefore we state:

  • The opinions of our authors do not necessarily reflect the opinions of CGJSC, our publisher, our editorial team and/or our advisory board. The authors are solely responsible for the content of their submitted material.

CGJSC's editorial and peer-review process will typically identify and reject submitted material with serious ethical, legal and academic issues. However, it must be recognized that like any other process, mistakes can be made. Therefore we state:

  • By submitting written material to CGJSC, the author hereby agrees to assume full legal responsibility in any matter that may arise due to the publication of their submission(s). This can include, but is not limited to, issues of data falsification, libel/slander, moral misconduct, academic misconduct and plagiarism.

In order to help maintain the highest level of academic integrity, CGJSC submits all manuscripts to turnitin.com prior to peer-review. This is to act as an additional safeguard against all forms of plagariasm, both intentional and unintentional. Therefore we state:

  • By submitting material to CGJSC, authors consent to having their work scanned for signs of plagiarism by turnitin.com.