Corrections Compendium: Submission Guidelines

Corrections Compendium is the peer-reviewed research-based journal of the American Correctional Association. Its international readership includes individuals involved in every sector of the corrections and criminal justice fields. 


Our readers are committed to the advancement of the corrections field. They cut across the spectrum of corrections, from individuals employed in correctional institutions, community corrections, and probation and parole, to those in juvenile services and academia.


Corrections Compendium is not currently accepting new submissions. Check back to this web page for future updates about submission deadlines.



Send all submissions to:

Managing Editor

American Correctional Association

206 N. Washington St., Suite 200

Alexandria, VA 22314

703-224-0193
Fax: 703-225-0179
Email: submissions@aca.org

AUTHOR GUIDELINES

What kind of articles do we want? We’re very open-minded — as long as the article idea is interesting and relates to corrections. We are interested primarily in articles that are research-based and scholarly.

We don’t like puff pieces or promotional articles. We want information that can help our readers better understand their profession and the critical issues they face day to day. For this reason, our policy is that any article written by a consultant or an employee of a private firm must be co-authored by a corrections professional. In other words, at least one author must be a practitioner employed by a public agency or nonprofit organization, or currently working in an adult/juvenile institutional or academic setting.

If you have not written for us before, send a written query telling us who you are and what kind of article you wish to submit. We’ll let you know if your idea has possibilities. If you have an article that already is written and conforms to these guidelines, send the completed manuscript. All submitted manuscripts are reviewed by at least two members of the Corrections Compendium Editorial Advisory Board. Final publication decisions are based on the recommendations of these reviewers. We'll respond as soon as possible, usually within eight to 10 weeks.

What Makes a Good CC Article?

Most articles are organized in a simple format. First is the introduction. This captures the readers’ attention and lets them know what the article will be about. It orients them to time and place and tells them why the subject is important enough for them to take the time to read about it.

The middle section of the article develops the topic. This is the meat of the article and should explain, simply and clearly, the important points you'd like to make about your research-oriented topic. When writing this section, try to put yourself in your readers' shoes. Make sure you're being detailed enough and giving enough examples to illustrate your point so they clearly understand the situation you are describing.

The final section is the conclusion. This should restate the main point of the article and should include any evaluations or recommendations you may have. 

Finally, every good article has three main qualities: an interesting subject, thorough research and reporting, and an organized writing style. Your article doesn't have to be perfect — our editors will help you enhance it if it is accepted — but it’s up to you to give the article focus.


Suggestions on Style

You can do a number of things to make your article come alive for readers. First, you should be familiar with the journal and the type of material we publish. Reading Corrections Compendium is the best way to figure out how to make your article fit our readers’ needs.

Second, write clearly. In The Elements of Style, William Strunk makes these suggestions:

  • Use the active rather than passive voice;
  • Be specific, concrete and definite;
  • Don’t overstate; and
  • Avoid fancy words and jargon.

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