Call for papers – Special issue of Social Science Computer Review on the Human Factor in Cybercrime

As technology access and use evolves across demographic groups and regions of the world, the threat posed by its misuse will continue to grow. Research examining the phenomena of cybercrime, or the misuse of technology in order to offend, is vital to increase our understanding of the nature of offender behavior, correlates of victimization, and the utility of policies to deter crime. The Social Science Computer Review calls for contributions to a special issue on The Human Factor in Cybercrime. Submissions should take a social science approach (sociological, criminological, legal, psychological, etc.) and provide an empirical investigation of some form of cybercrime (trespass, fraud, pornography, child sexual exploitation, cyberviolence, etc.) or technology abuse. Approaches should consider the causes of cybercrime, its organizational features, the impact of victimization, or regulations and enforcement using a variety of theoretical and methodological strategies. Interdisciplinary submissions are encouraged and will be reviewed by experts from across the social sciences.

Important Dates
March 1, 2020- Abstracts (1 page excluding references) due (no formatting requirements)
March 7, 2020 -- Abstracts notifications sent out
July 15, 2020 -- Submission deadline (11:59 pm eastern standard time)
September  1, 2020 -- Author notification sent out
December 1, 2020 -- Camera ready version due
February 1, 2021 -- Expected online publication date
February 15, 2022-- Expected print publication date

Reviewing Process
The special edition will apply a two-step reviewing process. The 1-page abstract, due by March 1, will be reviewed by the editors and checked for (i) topical relevance, (ii) presentation quality, (iii) novelty, and (iv) at least one finding. This last requirement means that there has to be at least one number in the abstract that demonstrates some aspect of the findings. Authors of abstracts that satisfy the conditions are then invited to submit a full paper by March 7. This paper will then undergo a conference style reviewing cycle to ensure timely publication. All submissions will be reviewed by at least three distinct experts. Additional external reviewers might be called upon depending on the submission volume. Authors will receive acceptance notification and detailed feedback from the reviewers on September 1.

Submission Information

Please ensure that your manuscript conforms to the SSCR formatting guidelines, which can be accessed at  Please ensure all manuscripts are submitted as a word file (.doc or .docx), and includes a title, short title, abstract, keywords, and article type as well as biographical details for all authors.  Manuscripts must be no more than 10,000 words inclusive of all tables, figures, and references.  They must utilize APA formatting and be in 12 point, times new roman font with double spacing of all content.

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About SSCR
For your reporting purposes, we note that in the most recent year for which data are available (2017), SSCR ranked #2 in impact among 98 journals in its field (interdisciplinary social science). We also ranked 20/105 in Computer Science, Interdisciplinary; and 14/88 in Information Science & Library Science. SSCR is now in its 37th year of publication.

About the Editors
Benoît Dupont is the holder of the Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity and the Research Chair for the Prevention of Cybercrime. He is a Professor of Criminology at the Université de Montréal and the Scientific Director of the Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC), one of Canada’s Centers of Excellence. His current research interests focus on the governance of security and the use of networked initiatives to enhance online safety, as well as the coevolution of crime and technology, with a particular emphasis on the social organization of malicious hackers.

Thomas J. Holt is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.  He is also the director of the International Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Cybercrime, a collaborative network of scholars who study cybercrime and cybersecurity issues.  His research focuses on issues related to computer hacking, fraud, and ideologically-motivated cyberattacks. 

This content has been updated on February 4, 2020 at 16 h 29 min.