About this journal

LCJ is a peer-reviewed international journal published by the Faculty of Law and Criminology at Ghent University. Our mission is to provide a platform for emerging academics and established scholars to showcase their research, adhering to the principles of open science and upholding the highest standards of quality. LCJ welcomes submissions of all types of research within the fields of law and criminology, in both English and Dutch.

While there is no shortage of academic journals covering law and criminology, there remains a strong need for an international open access journal that efficiently and fairly disseminates high-quality research in these fields.

LCJ aims to fill that gap. Aware of the challenges researchers face when seeking to publish their research, LCJ implements the best practices in the field of open science, without compromising on quality.

Why publish with LCJ?

    • Rigorous peer review: all papers undergo (double) blind or open review
    • Scheduled review: speed up your review process by submitting your outline for scheduled review
    • Continuous article publishing: accepted papers are immediately published online, without artificial delays in issues or volumes
    • Diverse publication options: in addition to original research and review articles, we accept registered reports
    • Diamond open access: we don't charge any fees to authors or readers
    • Retain full copyright: authors retain full copyright and publishing rights without restrictions
    • Support for open research: we encourage the publication of preprints and research data to uncover your research process