Embracing a Multi-Disciplinary Reality: A Preview of the Journal’s New Contributing Editor Community

Norman E. Taylor
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being

In a few weeks, we will recognize and celebrate the 5-year anniversary of our launch as a unique entry among the global array of scholarly, peer-reviewed publications that serve the multiple sectors that contribute to individual, family and community safety and well-being, everywhere. While not entirely unique in itself, our completely open-access publication model was certainly one worthy distinction. But, it was our overt commitment to a multi-disciplinary scope that we hoped would come to define our brand and shape our impact. From the outset, our deliberate mission has remained focused on research and innovative practice characterized by meaningful collaborations across and among such diverse disciplines as health, mental health, public health, child development and education, social services and employment, substance usage and addictions, all aspects of the criminal justice system including policing, prosecutions and corrections; an emphasis on victim-centred, trauma informed, restorative, inclusive and socially equitable practices; and, ongoing attention to the well-being needs of service providers themselves.

At the time, we were questioned by many about the risks of reaching so widely, of potentially diluting our impact upon each or any of those distinct sectors in the human services. Five years later, the need to act collectively, to learn collectively, and most of all, to innovate and reform ‘the system’ collectively, has become so globally self-evident as to render such early questions obsolete. In just the past year, our queue of high-quality submissions has tripled in depth, and our global reach in both readership and authorship continues to grow.

Initially modeling our editorial structure on many other peer-reviewed journals seemed to make sense as a place to start in 2016, and ever since, we have been well-served by a dedicated team of Section Editors, even adjusting those section definitions three years ago. What has become more recently evident to us is that a conventional model might not be the best option for guiding the continuing editorial voice of an unconventional publication. The nature of our Journal, and the characteristics of our growing sources of Original Research, Social Innovation Narratives, Commentaries and Review papers have not been as well served by our editorial structure. Not surprisingly, given the emphasis on multi-disciplinary collaboration, most papers we select do not fall easily into sections, as might be the case with more single-discipline journals. We continue to stand by the four pillars we established in 2018 … Trust, Strengths, Services and Justice … but in practice, almost every paper we receive touches on several if not all of these pillars with equivalent effect.

As a result of our growing confidence in our own editorial posture as reflected in these increasingly positive submission trends, I am pleased to announce our decision to modify our editorial structure. In place of Section Editors, we will soon introduce a Contributing Editorial Community (CEC). This more open structure will enable us to build on the strengths and demonstrated commitment of our current editorial team as we set out to include a wider, more global, and more diverse range of suitable Editors. In turn, the CEC structure will offer a more flexible structure to attract contributing Authors and their works that will shape each Journal issue, and to recognize and tap into a worldwide network of qualified Reviewers to ensure the continuing excellence of our published selections.

I look forward to introducing our readers to this incredible slate of Contributing Editors in my opening editorial in our upcoming Issue 6 (2) of the Journal, scheduled for release in mid-June. Many of them are already underway in guiding papers through our review and publication processes for upcoming issues. Each of them brings an impressive depth of knowledge, experience and accomplishments to their role.

Collectively, all of them bring the unique mission of our publication into a clear and lasting focus.


The Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being has fast become an integral part of the growing research occupying the intersection of safety and well-being. Just as collaboration between sectors is important for discovery and change, SG Publishing believes that an active, open, and engaged community is a key piece foundational to the growth and development of the Journal. To that end we would “like” to demonstrate the benefits of using social media to promote and disseminate scholarly work, and “share” the tools we have integrated into our website.

Our mission is to disseminate meaningful research to a broad audience of influencers and community leaders. Our embedded social media tools are designed to help in that endeavour. The Journal’s diverse table of knowledgeable experts includes our authors and editors abound. Authors that provide social media handles benefit from the Journal’s promotions, expanding their reach well beyond the current publication.

The role of social media in the scientific publishing world is now widely accepted among the scholarly community(1). Some of these benefits include:

▪ Broadening the audience of your paper
▪ Providing the opportunity to actively push research instead of passively waiting for readers to be pulled in
▪ The opportunity to share articles with colleagues, community members and even family and friends
▪ Improved citation rates through social media
Broadening the audience of your paper
Providing the opportunity to actively push research instead of passively waiting for readers to be pulled in
The opportunity to share articles with colleagues, community members and even family and friends
Improved citation rates through social media

Are you ready to share your published work or an article of interest from the Journal? In the spirit of Open Access publications, the Journal has tools in place to help share published articles via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, email and more! Under the copyright information on the article-level page look for these icons:

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As an added benefit, authors can check back to see how many times an article has been shared using these tools.

We look forward to engaging with community members and working together to share impactful research with communities and professionals across the globe.

Join the conversation by following @JournalCSWB on Twitter and LinkedIn!

(1) Citation: Klar S, Krupnikov Y, Ryan JB, Searles K, Shmargad Y (2020) Using social media to promote academic research: Identifying the benefits of twitter for sharing academic work. PLoS ONE 15(4): e0229446. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0229446

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Daniel Jones

Contributing Editor, Journal of CSWB

Daniel Jones has worked in the justice system for 26 years. He spent 3 years as a correctional officer and 23 years with the Edmonton Police Service, obtaining the rank of Inspector. Daniel’s current role is the Inspector in the Research and Community Solutions Accelerator. Daniel earned his master’s degree at the University of Cambridge in Applied Criminology receiving the Wakefield Scholarship. He is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Huddersfield where he received the Secure Societies Institute Scholarship. Daniel is working in collaboration with the University of Alberta on the University of Alberta Prison Project and is also a sessional instructor at MacEwan University and the University of Alberta in the Sociology Department. His focus of study is the Victim-Offender overlap and looking at how research and evidence-based practice can create positive systems change.


Have you had the chance to read our March issue? To view the Table of Contents and articles from this issue, please visit:


Highlights from this issue include:

Systemic Discrimination in Policing: Four Key Factors to Address
[Social Innovation Narratives]
Rajnish Saini

Pop culture and social insertion: How can play in adolescence and adulthood be “therapeutic”?
[Original Research]
Anne M. Goodall, Alexis H. Truong

Police De-Escalation Training & Education: Nationally, Provincially, and Municipally
[Reviews: LEPH 2021]
Lisa Deveau


Check out our Top 3 most read articles for the Journal of CSWB based on the number of full text views and downloads recorded on our website from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. Click here to view other articles from our archives.

On the economics of post-traumatic stress disorder among first responders in Canada (6,200 Views)
Stuart Wilson, Harminder Guliani, Georgi Boichev
Vol 1, No 2 (2016)

Treatment of psychopathic offenders: Evidence, issues, and controversies (3,392 Views)
Mark E. Olver
Vol 1, No 3 (2016)

Policing of sex work in South Africa: The positive policing partnership approach [LEPH 2019] (3103 Views)
Donna Maree Evans, Marlise L. Richter, Munyaradazi I. Katumba
Vol 4, No 4 (2019)


LEPH2021 Presenters: Call for Papers to our Special Conference Themed Issue (New Issue Added)

Thank you to all LEPH2021 presenters who submitted their manuscript for consideration in our conference themed issue to be published in June 2021. The response and number of high-quality submissions exceeded our expectations. As such, we will carry over our LEPH2021 theme into our September 2021 issue.

The new submission deadline is June 1st, 2021.

As the official publication of LEPH2021, the Journal invites presenters to submit a full article version of their conference presentation to be considered for publication. The Journal provides an excellent venue and opportunity to increase the visibility of your studies and investigations, as well as to share knowledge that will impact and improve approaches to overall law enforcement and public health.

View the full call for papers here. If you have questions regarding online submissions or our author guidelines, please contact JCSWBCommunity@sgpublishing.ca.

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