The results are in: “Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice,” a quarterly journal co-edited by Jon Caudill, Professor and Director of the Master of Criminal Justice program at UCCS, has been ranked among the top five criminology and penology journals worldwide.
SAGE Publishing recently released its 2021 Journal Citation Reports, which rank the world’s most rigorous and influential scientific and research journals according to their impact factors — in other words, their importance and influence among their fields.
According to the data, “Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice” continues to climb the ranks. Two years ago, it broke the top-ten ranking for criminology journals; now, it has been named the fifth most influential journal in its field worldwide.
Co-edited by Caudill and Chad Trulson, Professor of Criminal Justice for the University of North Texas, the quarterly journal 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-five ranking, the SCImago Journal Rank – a measure of the scientific influence of scholarly journals – gives “Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice” an “outstanding” h-index of 46. 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.
“The ability to facilitate knowledge creation and dissemination is something I enjoy very much,” Caudill said. “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.”
George Reed, Dean of the School of Public Affairs, noted that the journal’s top-five 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.”
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.
See the most recent edition of “Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice” on the SAGE Journals website. Learn more about the Department of Criminal Justice at UCCS on the School of Public Affairs website.