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Since its inception in 1946 the APJ has been a publication with the philosophy of being ‘written by police for police’.
We actively solicit articles from all around the world by police (serving or retired), unsworn employees, public safety officials, academics or anyone with a legitimate interest in law enforcement matters.
The criteria used by the APJ in publishing articles include (but is not limited to):
- Is the article on a police matter or is it related to law enforcement?
- If the article is about international policing issues, what is the relevance or interest to Australian readers?
- Are assertions in the article supported by evidence or facts?
- In crime case histories, has the investigation concluded and have any convicted offender/s exhausted their legal avenues in regards to their right of appeal, etc?
- In unsolved crime cases, has the relevant police service endorsed the publication of the article?
- For historical articles, are those who are mentioned still alive or deceased?
- Are quotations or the writings of others, referred to in the article, suitably acknowledged?
- Are there photos, graphs, charts, etc. to help illustrate the article?; and importantly, and
- Is the article educational, informative or entertaining (interesting or amusing aspects of policing)?
As part of the evaluation and publishing processes, articles received from serving police officers will be provided to the relevant police force for approval, prior to printing. Depending on the article, this may also occur for articles submitted by non-police officers.
While the APJ may print cartoons or jokes, or explore hypothetical scenarios in relation to actual criminal cases, it does not print fictional stories. The APJ is primarily a non-fiction publication.
Length of articles
The APJ prints articles of different lengths, from a few hundred words to several thousand. Don’t worry if you think your article is either too short or too long, an APJ Assistant Editor will work with you to maximise its quality.
The APJ often publishes articles that are based on a report or paper which had been written earlier for another forum (eg: a university essay or a research thesis). These topics are often vital in the education of the readership on police related matters, and commissioners are keen for police to share their information.
However, it is important to stress that in such circumstances, it is normal for the APJ to sub-edit the format of that work to suit the style of our journal. For instance, the APJ prefers footnotes or endnotes rather than the Harvard method of annotation. In all cases, APJ Editors work closely with an author to ensure that their article retains its underlying academic purpose, and conforms to our magazine’s format requirements.
Issues of the APJ are released four times a year:
- March (print deadline generally mid December)
- June (print deadline generally mid March)
- September (print deadline generally mid June)
- December (print deadline generally mid September)
Prospective authors must be aware that their articles may often take up to six to nine months to be published from the time of submission. Often it may take over a year.
Authors will be advised by the APJ (by email) that their submission has been received. Once the decision has been made to publish an article an Assistant Editor will liaise with the author during the editing phase.
Some articles may be time sensitive and need to be published in a certain issue, e.g.: a planned police related reunion dinner or sporting event. In such cases the author should seek advice from the APJ Office Manager on (02) 9285 3399 or email us.
All articles are edited prior to publishing by the APJ editorial staff. The APJ is keen to ensure that the process is done in full consultation with the author(s).
An honorarium is paid to authors; the amount is determined by the number of pages printed.
Annually the APJ awards first and second prize in two categories:
- Best crime articles
- Best educational articles
Eligibility extends to all articles in the two categories that have been mentioned and published during the course of that calendar year.
All articles are reviewed to determine if there are likely to be legal issues arising from publication. This process often includes seeking the advice from lawyers (APJ will pay). If there are elements to the article which raises the risk of civil action, the editors will work with the author to determine a way ahead.
Articles and photos can be emailed to us or posted to:
The Australian Police Journal
Locked Bag 5102
Parramatta NSW Australia 2124
Please ensure the following:
- Articles are saved in the ‘Word’ format
- Posted articles should be in both hard copy and saved on a thumb drive or disc
- Electronic photos are in high resolution format, preferably 300dpi
- Photographers should wherever possible be acknowledged, particularly if the photo is from a source such as a newspaper. In such circumstances, permission to reproduce the photo should have been obtained, and
- A photo of the author should be provided together with a brief biography (aka a ‘blurb’) which will form the basis of the ‘About the Author’ section of the article.
The APJ does not solicit advertising directly or through a third party.
The APJ may accept advertising that is conducive or consistent with the objectives of the APJ. The APJ Office Manager can be contacted on (02) 9285 3399 or by email to discuss details and rates.
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