legal research, bibliometrics, journals, criminal justice, scholarly publishing, qualitative research, law
Recently, concern has been voiced within the academy regarding the marginalization of legal scholarship within the criminology and criminal justice (CCJ) discipline. Although conventional wisdom and anecdotal evidence indicate that it is difficult to get legal scholarship published in CCJ journals, there is a dearth of empirical evidence on the representation of legal scholarship in CCJ journals. The present study assesses the representation of legal scholarship in 20 CCJ journals from 2005 through 2015, examining both trends over time and variation across journals. Findings indicate legal scholarship comprises a very small portion of articles published, there has been a steep decline in the number of legal articles published in recent years and the average number of legal articles per year is very low for nearly all of the journals in the sample. The implications of the marginalization of legal scholarship within the CCJ discipline are discussed.
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Rowe, Brenda I.; McCann, Wesley S.; and Hemmens, Craig, "Persona Non Grata: The Marginalization of Legal Scholarship in Criminology and Criminal Justice Journals" (2016). Criminology and Criminal Justice Faculty Publications. 9.