Homicide Studies

Purpose and Aspiration of the Journal

Homicide is among the most frequently addressed topics in the study of crime. Yet, no comprehensive forum existed through which researchers and practitioners from various disciplines could share their knowledge. Consequently keeping abreast of contemporary developments was difficult.

Homicide Studies: An Interdisciplinary & International Journal is a journal providing a central forum for the diverse literature on homicide. The premier issue of this quarterly, peer-reviewed academic journal appeared in February 1997. Published by Sage Publications and sponsored by the Homicide Research Working Group, Homicide Studies is a high-quality, multidisciplinary publication devoted to the dissemination of information concerning research, public policy, and applied knowledge pertinent to the study of homicide.

Comprehensive Focus

Homicide Studies is essential reading for academic researchers, people involved in law and practice and those involved in the development and evaluation of public policy. The journal publishes a wide range of current scholarship relating to homicide, including such topics as:

Interdisciplinary Scope

Because the study of and work in homicide crosses a wide range of fields, there was a very compelling and immediate need to establish a comprehensive focus through which to report on and explore the issues. Bridging the gap between academic and practitioner, as well as between different disciplines, was and remains a core goal of Homicide Studies. Only through the sharing of knowledge and expertise are we able to better understand homicide. Through achieving this goal Homicide Studies presents you with a diversity of perspectives, including:

  • criminology
  • psychology
  • forensics
  • social work
  • nursing
  • criminal justice
  • public health
  • medicine
  • geography
  • political science
  • sociology
  • public policy
  • anthropology
  • law
  • history

Contents of Issues

Special Issues of Homicide Studies

Homicide Studies has featured a number special issues that are currently available.

About the Editor

Wendy C. Regoeczi received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 2001.  Her career began as an Instructor and then Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Cleveland State University.  She is currently an Associate Professor (since 2005) State and also the Director of Cleveland State’s Criminology Research Center.  She has published a number of articles as well as a book, Rethinking Homicide; Exploring the Structure and Process Underlying Deadly Situations (co-authored with Terance Miethe and published by Cambridge University Press in 2004) on various aspects of homicide, including subgroup differences (gender, race), homicide investigation, and methodological issues in studying lethal violence.

Wendy has been a member of the Homicide Research Working Group since 1997 and served as Secretary of HRWG for six years, from 2003 until 2009.  She has served on the Editorial Board of Homicide Studies since 2003 and has been a guest co-editor of two special issues of Homicide Studies. In 2003, she co-edited a special issue on Missing Data (volume 8, issue 3) along with Marc Riedel.  In 2007, she and John Jarvis served as co-editors of the Homicide Studies special issue on Criminal Justice Responses to Homicide (volume 11, issue 2).  She has also been an author of three articles published in Homicide Studies since 2000.  

She believes that it is important for Homicide Studies to remain an attractive outlet for authors. The journal has grown substantially under the previous editors, and she is strongly committed to maintaining this admirable trend.  Her first major goal for the journal is the transition of Homicide Studies to the online submission system of SAGEtrack.  She believes the special issues of Homicide Studies have been beneficial for both the journal and the academic community, and she plans to implement special issues on such topics as the use of GIS for studying homicide and the impact of the current financial crisis (e.g., housing foreclosures) on homicide.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be empirically based, using quantitative or qualitative methods. Theoretical papers, research summaries, and public policy reviews are also welcomed. Manuscripts should not exceed 30 typed, double-spaced pages including references, tables, and figures. References must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th edition). All artwork must be camera-ready. Authors should include their name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and if available, e-mail address. Each manuscript should include an abstract and biographical statement.

Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor.

Authors who wish to submit articles to Homicide Studies can now do so electronically using the following link: Please note that submissions are no longer accepted by e-mail.


Subscription Information

Membership in the Homicide Research Working Group includes a subscription to Homicide Studies.

Individual and institutional subscriptions to Homicide Studies without joining the HRWG are available. Subscription price: Institutions: $563; Individuals: $117. Please see the ordering instructions on the SAGE Publications Web site (PDF).

This journal is abstracted or indexed in:

and is available on microfilm from University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Back Issues: Information about availability and prices of back issues may be obtained from Sage Publications.

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