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Manuscript deadline
31 July 2021

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Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism

Special Issue Editor(s)

Professor Michele Grossman, Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University
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Ms Lydia Khalil, Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University

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Violent Extremism Risk Assessment

The science and practice of violent extremism (VE) risk assessment is an emerging field of expertise compared to the practice of risk assessment for other types of crimes. This presents a range of challenges for the development, validity and utilisation of VE risk assessment tools, as well as the need for new understandings and models of risk that respond to the dynamic environments in which violent extremism now plays out.

This special issue of the Journal of Policing Intelligence and Counter Terrorism will bring together papers from international academics and practitioners exploring current and emerging VE risk assessment knowledge and practice.

 Contributions can address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

Landscape:

  • What are the current and emerging trends of VE?
    • Theoretical and empirical evidence bases
    • Reliability and validity
    • Methodology and design
    • The similarities and differences between VE risk assessment and other forms of risk assessmen

Theories and frameworks of risk assessments:

  • What are the current and emerging assessment frameworks of VE risk assessment and how can we better understand:
    • Theoretical and empirical evidence bases
    • Reliability and validity
    • Methodology and design
    • The similarities and differences between VE risk assessment and other forms of risk assessment

Application:

  • How does the practice of risk assessments inform interventions and what are the challenges of applying risk assessments tools? Particularly in relation to:
    • Risk management
    • Disguised compliance - Managing residual risk
    • Sources of biases
    • Confidentiality and ethics
    • Using multiple risk assessment tools to inform judgements
    • Using risk assessment to develop law enforcement and rehabilitation responses - Gender
    • Assessing young people

Implications:

  • Is there a way to demonstrate effective risk management and measure change?
  • What are the challenges and gaps?

The VE landscape:

  • What are the impacts and implications of VE risk assessment on the international landscape?
    • The needs of the judiciary
    • Managing offenders: compliance vs risk
    • Implications of VE risk assessment for program design
    • Unintended consequences: conflicts and errors in VE risk assessment - Training needs of risk and threat assessors

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Submission Instructions

Authors are encouraged to submit high-quality, original work that has neither appeared in, nor is under consideration by, other journals. Manuscripts should be submitted to ScholarOne Manuscript Central below. 

An original article should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words, inclusive of abstract, references, and endnotes. A minimum of two files should be prepared for submission:

1) Title page including title, author names and details, acknowledgements as well as funding and grant-awarding bodies. Please ensure you include the title of the special issue.

2) Manuscript - anonymised (including title, abstract and keywords on first page; main text; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figure caption(s) (as a list). If you are including tables and/or figures in your manuscript, please submit these as additional files.

Important Dates:

Notification of acceptance: 31 July 2021

Revision due: 10 December 2021

Publication date: February 2022 (online); April 2022 (print)

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