Thursday, 17 December 2009

Call for papers: Mixed Methods in Psychology and Law and in Criminological Research


Mixed Methods in Psychology and Law and in Criminological Research

Deadline for Papers: 1st February 2010

Eugenio De Gregorio, University of Genoa and

Colin Holmes, James Cook University

Contributions are invited to a special issue of the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches (ISSN 1834-0806) dedicated to Mixed Methods in Psychology and Law and in Criminological Research. The issue will include papers on epistemology in psychological, legal and criminological domains, theoretical and empirical research experiences and commentaries on mixed approach in legal, criminological and psychological literature; examples of studies which have run qualitative and quantitative, as well multiple approaches are welcome; and challenges and emerging issues in combining innovative approaches and evaluation programs are also invited.

Work may be submitted - in the format of a case study, literature review, research note or research article - for the following parts:

Section 1: Epistemological Background for Research in Psychology and Law and in Criminology

  • Historical and philosophical perspectives
  • Mainly quantitative content analysis and related approaches
  • Mainly qualitative content analysis and related approaches

Section 2: Theoretical Issues and Planning Stages for Multiple Approaches

Examples of studies using multiple approaches which have attempted diverse:

  • Sampling strategies
  • Data formats
  • Sequencing of data sets
  • Integration of data sets
  • From qualitative to quantitative designs
  • From quantitative to qualitative designs
  • 'Born to be mixed'

Section 3: Challenges and Emerging Issues

  • Ethical issues (Role of participants, researcher and team based approaches, clients and users)
  • Analytical issues
  • Reporting information

Section 4: Mixed Methods and Evaluation for Intervention, Prevention and Crime Reduction Research

  • Restorative justice and victimology
  • Community-based programmes

Commentaries: Review of initiatives, policing, social work, psychological and social literature

Each section will include an invited Editorial of about 1000 words and 3-4 articles of strictly 6000-8000 words.

Manuscripts should be submitted according to the journal's Author Guidelines.

Please indicate in the covering email that it is for the special issue on Mixed Methods in Psychology and Law and in Criminological Research and the preferred section.

Abstracts are invited to be sent to the Editor in advance by 15 April 2009.

Any queries regarding the special issue may be addressed to either Editor: Professor Eugenio De Gregorio at: or Professor Colin Holmes at:

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