‘For the Public Good’

Salus Journal — A Journal of Law Enforcement, National Security, and Emergency Management

Salus Journal is an international peer-reviewed open access journal for the publication of research papers on law enforcement, national security, and emergency management issues, as well as discussion papers and critical essays.  Salus Journal seeks to contribute to practice by inspiring discussion through an interdisciplinary approach.

We invite international scholars to submit articles in the range of 3,000 to 5,000 words for double-blind peer review that:

  • focus on issues that have an impact on criminal justice, law enforcement, national security or emergency management;
  • engage with contemporary topical practice issues; or
  • add to the understanding of complex management conundrums.

Submissions can use either qualitative or quantitative approaches, including studies that use of exploratory approaches.  The journal also accepts discussion papers and critical essays as long as a clear position is stated and the argument is grounded in sound practice, or the subject literature.

Journal Indexing

The Advisory Board advises that Salus Journal is an accredited Australian Research Council (ARC) Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) journal.  Salus Journal is indexed in EBSCOhost‘s research database,  RMIT Publishing’s Informit, Google Scholar, and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

  • EBSCOhost is an online research database of academic libraries.
  • RMIT Publishing is an aggregator of research information for students, lecturers, and researchers. Its Informit databases delivers content to scholars around the world through its online search facility.
  • Google Scholar is a free online search engine that allows researchers to find physical as well as digital copies of scholarly papers, articles, books and other research material.
  • DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides international access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.
  • The journal’s ISSN is 2202-5677.

Salus Journal has added a “Cite” function

Researchers and scholars will appreciate the assistance of the “cite” button that appears under each article on the Issues page.  By clicking on the cite button you can either copy-and-paste the citation from the dialogue box, or import the citation directly into EndNote by clicking on the EndNote button.

Book Reviews

Salus Journal also accepts book reviews that do not exceed 750 words.  Reviews should go beyond the descriptive account of the book’s contents to incorporate style and merit.  Reviews should discuss the implications of the book’s message for practice or policy.  Books can be either newly published, or previously released where the book’s thesis can be applied to a current situation or in newly emerging context.

Potential Topic Areas

Articles are encouraged from a range of thought provoking areas, such as:

  • Arms trafficking;
  • Business fraud;
  • Cyber-crime;
  • Computer forensics;
  • Consumer fraud;
  • Counterintelligence;
  • Competitor intelligence;
  • Corporate espionage;
  • Courts and correctional services;
  • Criminal justice;
  • Disaster management;
  • Disaster recovery planning;
  • Drug trafficking;
  • e-Security;
  • Emergency management;
  • Ethical and legal issues relating to operational matters;
  • Evaluating criminal justice processes, procedures, and systems;
  • Fire and arson investigation;
  • Foreign espionage;
  • Forensic investigation;
  • Fraud and financial crime investigation;
  • Industrial security;
  • Insurgency and counterinsurgency;
  • Interviewing and interrogation methods;
  • Law enforcement intelligence;
  • Leadership — command and control;
  • Military intelligence;
  • Money laundering;
  • National security issues;
  • Organised crime;
  • Police administration and management;
  • Police in humanitarian deployments;
  • Political violence;
  • Privacy and intrusions;
  • Private investigation;
  • Private security;
  • Physical security;
  • Public safety;
  • Risk management;
  • Surveillance and intelligence gathering;
  • Terrorism and counterterrorism;
  • Transnational crime;
  • Undercover investigations; as well as
  • Other areas of interest.

Download Back Issues of Salus Journal

Visit the journal’s Issues page to download back issues of the journal.

Ethical Publication Guidelines

Salus Journal is committed to maintaining best practice in publishing ethics at all stages of the publication process. As a peer-reviewed journal the Advisory Board is committed to publishing research that is accurate and trustworthy, and has endorsed the guidelines below.

Salus Journal and the Advisory Board seeks to:

  • Uphold high scholarly standards and free scholarly inquiry;
  • Be objective, transparent and fair in their dealings with authors;
  • Consider all Submissions based on their scholarly merit;
  • Reject any commercial influence or conflict of interest in the peer-review process; and
  • Keep a watching brief on the performance of the journal’s reviewers and remove those whose performance is not in keeping with the sprite of ethical publication.

The Advisory Board expects the members of the journal’s Editorial Board to:

  • Alert the Editor-in-Chief to any real or perceived conflicts of interest they may have with the authors, the area of research, or research funding source of the manuscript under review;
  • Blind review manuscripts so that the quality of the papers under review are of publishable quality;
  • Review manuscripts in the shortest possible time;
  • Recommend to the Editor-in-Chief their reasons and/or conditions for why a manuscript should be accepted or rejected;
  • Draw to the attention of the authors relevant published work if it has not been cited;
  • Be discreet and maintain confidentiality of manuscripts while reviewing;
  • Personal criticism or defamatory comments about authors is inappropriate;
  • Present objective judgments by making clear statements that are supported by an objective argument and references as necessary;
  • Destroy all copies of manuscripts once the reviewer’s report is filed with the Editor-in-Chief; and
  • Draw to the attention of the Editor-in-Chief any content that might be considered plagiarism, or where data might appear to be contrived or inappropriately manipulated.

The Advisory Board expects authors of journal papers to:

  • Certify that their manuscript has not been submitted for consideration in another journal at the same time—i.e. no simultaneous submissions;
  • Certify that permission has been obtained for use of any copyrighted material from other sources, which includes the Web;
  • Certify that if other scholar’s works are used that correct referencing is used to avoid any suggestion of plagiarism;
  • Certify that the work they have submitted for review is their work and that no “ghost-writing” has been involved;
  • Make known to the Editor-in-Chief any real or perceived conflicts of interest that might be inherent in the study, or from the sponsors of the research, or from  political interests;
  • Acknowledge in the text and cite publication sources if portions of author’s manuscript contents have been published before;
  • Understand that the reviewers will remain anonymous;
  • Certify the accuracy of the data and be willing to provide access to these data for verification purposes should a reviewer make a reasonable request; and
  • Advise the Editor-in-Chief if a substantial inaccuracy has been detected once the paper is published and to work with the Editor-in-Chief to rectify such an error through the publication of, for instance, clarification, an erratum, addendum, apology, or a retraction of the paper.

In responding to possible publication misconduct or inappropriate behaviour, the Advisory Board expects all editors to:

  • Deal with all such cases promptly, politely, fairly, but assertively;
  • Be cognizant of the requirements of due possess when dealing with suspected cases;
  • Pursue suspect misconduct in both published and unpublished (submitted) papers;
  • Assist the Editor-in-Chief conduct a balanced inquiry into the issue with the view to resolve the matter; and
  • Where a case of significant inaccuracy, data error/oversight, or publication misconduct/misrepresentation, plagiarism, factual distortion, or similar, is discovered in a published paper, work with the Editor-in-Chief to publish a correction, retraction, apology, or some other form of redress.

Journal Submission Process

Visit the journal’s Submissions page to see a copy of the author guidelines and a summary of the refereeing process.

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