2020 was a massive year by any scale, and we're happy to share a selection of top content reflecting the year in Criminology. Have a browse below, or head over to the individual imprint pages for more. If you’re interested in writing for us, don’t hesitate to get in touch with an editor today.

A selection of 2020's highlighted research

Insights from the Editorial Team

Josie Taylor, Commissioning Editor, Palgrave Macmillan

Josie Taylor

In an especially turbulent year, we have seen political and social instability with many inequalities being further exposed in our society. The Palgrave Criminology list remains committed to supporting academics to publish their important research to address these inequalities. Our books in 2020 continue to engage with Black Lives Matter and racial equality, give more voice to victims, think critically about policing, and align with the longer term UN Sustainable Development Goals including reducing violence against women and girls and exploring environmental harms and crimes. We address timely, growing crimes like cybercrime with our publication of the most comprehensive, living reference work on cybercrime and cyberdeviance on the market. We also released our first Criminology podcast this year: Perry and Chakraborti on Hate Crime During the Pandemic and Beyond which discusses the rise in hate crime during the pandemic and also the emotional burden of doing research with victims. We remain poised to support our authors in addressing both newer and existing global challenges, to improve social justice and to better tackle crime going forwards. I would welcome new book ideas and book proposals by email: Josephine.Taylor@palgrave.com


Judith Newlin, Editor - Books, Springer

Judith Newlin

Springer Criminology is home to a broad range of research and practice-oriented publications across the field of criminology and criminal justice.  We publish exciting research from both prestigious voices and emerging scholars on such subjects as policing, organized crime, quantitative criminology and research methods, developmental and life-course criminology, amongst many others.

Though challenging, 2020 has been an exciting year, during which we launched International Criminology, celebrated the first impact factors for Trends in Organized Crime and Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, and published timely articles on crime in the COVID-19 age and the effects of systemic racism on criminal justice.

With new SpringerBriefs like The Measurement of Hate Crimes in America, the research we publish is able to engage with a year of tough cultural conversation. As the long-term effects of lockdown are fresh in our minds, Targeting Domestic Abuse with Police Data examines how modern statistical techniques can help police forces understand this phenomenon.

We welcome proposals for new monographs, Springer Briefs, edited collections, textbooks, and reference works.