CfP Cybercrime: interdisciplinary approaches ...

January 12, 2018

Call for Papers - Cybercrime: interdisciplinary approaches to cutting crime and victimisation in cyber space

‘Cybercrime’ has developed from the old narrower concepts of computer crime and e-crime into a much broader concept covering many different forms of criminal activity in cyber space. Although some law enforcement agencies use ‘cyber-dependent crime’ and ‘cyber-enabled crime’ to classify cybercrime, the boundary between cybercrime and traditional forms of crime has never been clear cut and is becoming increasingly blurred due to the level of hyper-connectivity in today’s highly digitized and networked world. The ubiquitous use of the Internet and smart mobile devices in people’s everyday lives, the wide adoption of cloud based services by industry and government, and, for example, the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), the Internet of Everything (IoE), and the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSs), lead to the widely accepted belief that almost all criminal activities have some cyber elements. As a consequence, digital forensics (or cyber forensics) have become an essential part of almost all crime investigation processes of law enforcement around the world.

In the last two decades or so, a lot of research has been done on cybercrime. However, there is a clear fragmentation problem: researchers in different disciplines (e.g. criminology and computer science) tend to publish their work in their own fields and do not write for a wider audience. This has been changing recently due to the creation of some interdisciplinary outlets such as the Crime Science Journal, but it is still rare to see research papers on cybercrime that target a truly interdisciplinary audience with both researchers and practitioners in mind. Crime science focuses on improving the detection, prevention and understanding of crime and disorder.

This special issue is one of the first attempts to bring together cybercrime researchers from different fields by encouraging them to publish papers on cutting cybercrime that can benefit researchers and practitioners from a wider spectrum including crime science and computer science.


We seek papers reporting original research and also review papers on a wide range of topics related to cutting cybercrime, including but not limited to:

  • Digital and non-digital forensics for cybercrime
  • Victimology on cybercrime
  • Economics of cybercrime
  • New research on specific forms of cybercrime and harm such as online frauds, romance scams, phishing, DDoS attacks, malware, online child sexual abuse and online pornography, cyber bullying and hate speech, fake news
  • The use of new technologies (e.g. cryptocurrencies) in cybercrime and their impacts on crime investigations and prevention
  • The use of financial agents (i.e., money mules) in cybercrime
  • The role of online social networks in cybercrime
  • Cyber elements in traditional material crime e.g. terrorism
  • New challenges and solutions to cybercrime in cyber-physical-social worlds
  • Better understanding of behaviours of victims and criminals in cybercrime
  • Cybercrime prevention mechanisms such as cyber security education, better tools and policies
  • Critical national infrastructure protection against cybercrime


Deadline for submission

This Call for Papers is open from now until 31 May, 2018. Submitted papers will be reviewed in a timely manner and published directly after acceptance (i.e. without waiting for the accomplishment of all other contributions). Thanks to the Crime Science open access policy, the articles published in this thematic series will have a wide, global audience.

Editorial Team

  • Shujun Li, Professor of Cyber Security, School of Computing, University of Kent, UK – Lead Guest Editor
  • Michael Levi, Professor of Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK – Guest Co-Editor
  • David Maimon, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland, USA – Guest Co-Editor
  • Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, Cloud Technology Endowed Associate Professor, Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA – Guest Co-Editor
  • Gianluca Stringhini, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), Department of Computer Science & Department of Security and Crime Science, University College London (UCL), UK – Guest Co-Editor

Submission Instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Crime Science.

Particularly welcome are research articles (< 5000 words), and systematic reviews (< 8000 words). The journal also accepts other types of contributions, such as theoretical articles (< 5000 words).

The complete manuscript should be submitted through the journal submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate thematic series in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on complex needs. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

  • Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
  • No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed.