Journal of Sexual Aggression

An international, interdisciplinary forum for research, theory and practice


The Journal of Sexual Aggression provides 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! In order to access JSA online please email 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.

  • Editorial board


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

    JSA Administration Officer:

    Dr Eduardo A. VasquezCentre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP), School of Psychology, University of Kent, UK

    Associate Editors:
    Marcus Erooga –
    Independent Consultant and Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research, University of Huddersfield, UK
    Dr Danielle Harris Griffith University, Southport, Australia

    Dr Nadine McKillopLecturer, Criminology and Justice, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia  

    Dr Caoilte Ó CiardhaLecturer in Forensic Psychology, Centre for Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP), School of Psychology, University of Kent, UK
    Dr Jessica WoodhamsUniversity of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

    Editorial Board:  

    Dr Eric BeauregardAssociate Professor, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Canada

    Professor Sarah Brown –  Professor of Forensic Psychology, Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, Coventry University, Coventry, UK

    Dr James CantorCentre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada
    Dr Franca CortoniAssociate Professor, School of Criminology, Université de Montréal, Canada
    Dr Jackie CraissatiConsultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist, Forensic & Prisons Directorate Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, UK
    Dr Kevin EppsDirector and Consultant Psychologist, Positive Pathways Ltd; and Honorary Lecturer, University of Birmingham
    Dr Bernard GallagherSenior Research Fellow, University of Huddersfield, UK
    Dr Leigh HarkinsAssistant Professor in Forensic Psychology, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
    Dr Karen HarrisonSenior Lecturer in Law, University of Hull, UK
    Dr Ian LambiePsychology Department, University of Auckland, New Zealand 
    Dr Benoit LeclercSchool of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, Australia
    Dr Michelle Lowe (formerly Davies) –  Ashworth Research Centre, Mersey Care NHS Trust, UK
    Dr Liam MarshallRockwood Psychological Services, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

    Dr Anne-Marie McAlinden – School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

    Dr David PrescottClinical Director, Becket Services, Portland, Maine, USA 
    Dr Ethel QuayleSenior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, UK
    Dr Geris Serran – Psychologist, Correctional Services Canada, Ontario, Canada
    Professor Tony WardClinical Director, School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Dr Miriam WijkmanAssistant Professor, School of Criminology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

    Dr Gwenda Willis – School of Psychology, The University of Auckland, New Zealand 
    Dr Robin J. WilsonWilson & Associates, Sarasota, Florida, USA