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Journal of Sexual Aggression


An international, interdisciplinary forum for research, theory and practice


The Journal of Sexual Aggressionprovides an international and interdisciplinary forum for the dissemination of original research findings, reviews, theory, and practice developments regarding sexual aggression in all its forms. The Journal aims to engage readers from a wide range of research, practice and policy areas, including prevention science, crime science, public health, law and regulation, policing and investigation, prosecution and sentencing, corrections and youth justice, child protection, victim advocacy and support, clinical and risk assessment, and offender treatment and risk management. The Journal recognises that human sexual aggression is a global problem, and therefore wishes to include high quality contributions, written in English, from around the world.

All research articles in this journal, including those in special issues, special sections or supplements, have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial Editor screening and refereeing by at least two independent, expert referees. All peer review is double blind and submissions may be made online via ScholarOne Manuscripts.

The Journal of Sexual Aggression is published three times a year by our publishing partners Routledge (Taylor & Francis) in association with NOTA.


Current issues, all back volumes and latest articles (published online ahead of print) are now accessible online to NOTA members as part of their membership! To access JSA online visit the Online Journal Access- Members Only page and log in using your NOTA username and password. You should be taken to the journal’s List of Issues page and see green Full Access indicators adjacent to all issues. Some members may request to receive the journal issues in print.


The Editor welcomes several types of contribution:

  • Main articles reporting the findings of empirical research, or the development of theory/conceptual models (6,000 words);
  • Literature/policy Review articles or commentaries focusing upon specific issues of relevance (8,000 words);
  • Practice articles presenting clinical practice or programme descriptions (4,000-6,000 words);
  • Debate articles or brief responses to articles which have appeared in previous issues of the Journal (750-1,500 words).


Tables, figures and references are not included in these word counts. All submissions should be written in a clear and accessible style.

Please note that the Journal of Sexual Aggression operates a double blind peer review system. Authors must make sure that no identifying information can be found on their submitted cover letters, response letters, or the main manuscript file. The cover or title page must contain author identifying information but must be submitted as a separate file in order to exclude it from the reviewing process.

All submitted manuscripts should comply with the Instructions for Authors and must be made online through the Journal’s ScholarOne Manuscripts submission site.


The Journal is edited by Professor Stephen Smallbone, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, Australia. The editor is happy to be contacted to discuss possible contributions and to offer advice and assistance. The membership of the Editorial Board is broad, comprising expert international practitioners and academics. The Board advises on editorial policy and ensures the quality of material published. The full Editorial Board can be found listed at the journal’s website.


 Professor Stephen Smallbone - Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, Australia 

 JSA Administration Officer:

Janene Bosa - School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, Australia

 Associate Editors: 

Marcus Erooga - Independent Consultant and Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research, University of Huddersfield, UK    [SS1] 

Dr Miranda Horvath - Forensic Psychological Services, Middlesex University, UK

Dr Afroditi Pina - Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP), School of Psychology, University of Kent

Dr Gwenda Willis - School of Psychology, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dr Jessica Woodhams - University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

 Book Review Editors:

 Amy Grubb - Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, University of Coventry, UK    [SS2] 

Dr Shelley Price - Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, University of Coventry, UK

 Editorial Board:

 Dr Eric Beauregard - Associate Professor, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University
Professor Sarah BrownProfessor of Forensic Psychology, Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, Coventry University, Coventry, UK
Dr James Cantor - Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada
Dr Franca Cortoni - Associate Professor, School of Criminology, Université de Montréal, Canada 

Professor Malcolm Cowburn - Department of Law, Criminology & Community Justice, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Dr Jackie Craissati - Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist, Forensic & Prisons Directorate Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Dr Kevin Epps - Director and Consultant Psychologist, Positive Pathways Ltd; and Honorary Lecturer, University of Birmingham
Dr Bernard Gallagher - Senior Research Fellow, University of Huddersfield, UK
Dr Leigh Harkins - Assistant Professor in Forensic Psychology, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
Dr Karen Harrison - Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Hull, UK
Dr Ian Lambie - Psychology Department, University of Auckland, New Zealand 
Dr Benoit Leclerc - School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, Australia
Dr Michelle Lowe (formerly Davies)Ashworth Research Centre, Mersey Care NHS Trust
Dr Liam Marshall - Rockwood Psychological Services, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Dr Caoilte Ó Ciardha - Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, Centre for Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP), School of Psychology, University of Kent

Dr David Prescott - Clinical Director, Becket Services, Portland, Maine, USA 
Dr Ethel Quayle - Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
Dr Geris SerranPsychologist, Correctional Services Canada, Ontario, Canada
Professor Tony Ward - Clinical Director, School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Dr Robin J. Wilson - Wilson & Associates, Sarasota, Florida, USA



JSA is indexed by the Journal Citation Reports, Social Sciences Edition and the Social Sciences Citation Index®. The official 2014 Impact Factor for the journal is:

Impact Factor 0.522
© 2015 Thomson Reuters, 2015 Journals Citation Reports®


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