Jon Caudill has something to celebrate.
The Web of Science Group recently released its 2019 Journal Citation Reports ranking the world’s most influential scientific and research journals. The group ranked the journal “Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice”, co-edited by UCCS’ Jon Caudill and Chad Trulson of the University of North Texas, in the top ten criminology and penology journals worldwide.
The journal is published quarterly and provides academic and juvenile justice practitioners with peer-reviewed research on programs, policies and practices in the areas of youth violence and juvenile justice. It particularly encourages the publication of program evaluations, policy analyses and empirical research.
In addition to its top-ten ranking, the SCImago Journal Rank – a measure of scientific influence of scholarly journals – gives “Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice” an h-index of 39, just one point away from “outstanding”. The h-index combines measures of productivity (i.e., number of papers produced) and impact (number of citations) to measure the scope and influence of academic publications.
Caudill is a professor and director of the Master of Criminal Justice program in UCCS’ School of Public Affairs. In addition to co-editing “Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice”, he serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Criminal Justice. Caudill also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several other academic journals, where he reviews scientific research on policing culture, policing strategies, gangs, public policy, therapeutic program evaluations, organizational behavior, institutional misconduct and recidivism.
“The ability to facilitate knowledge creation and dissemination is something I enjoy very much,” Caudill says. “Having the opportunity to work with scholars from around the world is invaluable. We have a great Editorial Board and that makes our job so much easier. Also, we have remarkable support from the university, the School of Public Affairs, and our colleagues, which is meaningful in many ways.”
Caudill sees the success of the journal as a result of strong collaboration. “This is a team effort,” he says.
Dean of the School of Public Affairs George Reed noted that the journal’s top-ten nod “is continuing evidence of the increasing prominence of our Criminal Justice program. Our faculty remain dedicated to providing great value to the field and, most importantly, to our community.”
For more information on the 2019 Journal Citation Reports, visit The Web of Science Group’s website.