Incarceration is the primary publication for peer-reviewed articles relating to all forms of coercive confinement, including imprisonment, immigration detention and other forms of institutional and non-institutional confinement. It provides a unique forum for articles that focus on the experience, dynamics, modes, cultures, determinants and effects of all forms of incarceration. Incarceration is a continuous publication journal. the
The aim of Incarceration: An international journal of imprisonment, detention and coercive confinement is to publish high quality original scholarship dealing with prisons and prison-like institutions and practices, including police custody, court cells, hostage-taking, kidnapping, rendition, pre-trial/ remand institutions, immigration detention centres, juvenile detention centres, reformatory schools, secure psychiatric hospitals and other places and experiences of coercive confinement. The journal welcomes submissions on virtual confinement, such as electronic monitoring and house arrest, and work that considers coercive practices in the community, where they are linked to pre-release incarceration. In summary, Incarceration focuses on empirically informed and theoretically robust analyses of these institutions as social systems and on understanding the everyday life of working, living in and managing places of coercive confinement.
|Ben Crewe||University of Cambridge, UK|
|Yvonne Jewkes||University of Bath, UK|
|Thomas Ugelvik||University of Oslo, Norway|
|Dorina Damsa||Institute for Social Research, Norway|
|Keramet Reiter||University of California Irvine, USA|
|Mahuya Bandyopadhyay||Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India|
|Jamie Bennett||University of Oxford, UK|
|Mary Bosworth||University of Oxford, UK|
|Diana Johns||University of Melbourne, Australia|
|Ian O'Donnell||University College, Dublin, Ireland|
|Peter Scharff Smith||University of Oslo, Norway|
|David Skarbek||Brown University, USA|
|Maximo Sozzo||National University of Litoral, Argentina|
|Laura S. Abrams||UCLA, USA|
|Kristel Beyens||Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium|
|Christopher Birkbeck||University of Salford, UK|
|Michelle Brown||University of Tennessee, USA|
|Sandra Bucerius||University of Alberta, Canada|
|Victoria Canning||University of Bristol, UK|
|Anastasia Chamberlen||University of Warwick, UK|
|Gilles Chantraine||CLERSE – CNRS, France|
|Leonidas Cheliotis||London School of Economics, UK|
|Deirdre Conlon||University of Leeds, UK|
|Alexandra Cox||University of Essex, UK|
|Sacha Darke||University of Westminster, UK|
|Julie de Dardel||Université de Genève, Switzerland|
|Rod Earle||Open University, UK|
|Tomer Einat||Bar-Ilan University, Israel|
|Catarina Frois||ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal|
|Kate Gooch||University of Bath, UK|
|Kevin Haggerty||University of Alberta, Canada|
|Mark Halsey||Flinders University, Australia|
|Koichi Hamai||Ryukoku University, Japan|
|Nick Hardwick||Royal Holloway University of London, UK|
|Ines Hasselberg||University of Oxford, UK|
|David Hayes||University of Sheffield, UK|
|Ueli Hostettler||University of Bern, Switzerland|
|Andrew M. Jefferson||DIGNITY - Danish Institute Against Torture, Denmark|
|Elena Larrauri||Pompeu Fabra University, Spain|
|Doran Larson||Hamilton College, USA|
|Maggy Lee||University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Cetta Mainwaring||University of Glasgow, UK|
|Liam Martin||Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand|
|Tomas Max Martin||Danish Institute Against Torture, Denmark|
|Fergus McNeill||University of Glasgow, UK|
|Rimple Mehta||Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India|
|Reuben Miller||University of Chicago|
|Claudio Minca||Macquarie University, Australia|
|Dominique Moran||University of Birmingham, UK|
|Renaud Morieux||University of Cambridge, UK|
|Joshua Page||University of Minnesota, USA|
|Francis Pakes||University of Portsmouth, UK|
|David Pyrooz||University of Colorado Boulder, USA|
|Carla Reeves||University of Huddersfield, UK|
|Agnes Ringer||Roskilde University, Denmark|
|Ashley Rubin||University of Hawaii, USA|
|Anna Schliehe||University of Cambridge, UK|
|Torbjørn Skardhamar||University of Oslo, Norway|
|Layla Skinns||University of Sheffield, UK|
|Gavin Slade||Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan|
|Esther Van Ginneken||Leiden University, the Netherlands|
|Michael Walker||University of Minnesota, USA|
|Julienne Weegels||CEDLA – University of Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Joey Whitfield||Cardiff University, UK|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Incarceration: An international journal of imprisonment, detention and coercive confinement
Please read the guidelines below then visit Incarceration’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ICN to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics. Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Incarceration will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in Incarceration and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that Incarceration may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in Incarceration. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to Incarceration's author archiving policy.
If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.
Before submitting your manuscript to Incarceration, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
Articles should include an abstract of no more than 150 words and be no shorter than 7,500 words and no longer than 10,000 words, including all abstracts, footnotes, references and other matter. Tables, figures, photos count for 250 words. Submissions that are over this word count will be returned to authors for editing. The journal welcomes articles that draw on qualitative or quantitative data, and which are shaped by or engage thoroughly with relevant concepts, literature and theories. Manuscripts that are almost entirely descriptive will not be sent out for review. Other submissions can include extended review essays and book review symposia (3,000-5,000 words each), think-pieces, methodological reflections, fieldwork notes on substantive topics, visual essays, interviews, dialogues, commentary pieces, rejoinders to published articles, and reviews of documentary films, plays and exhibitions whose theme is incarceration (4,000 words).
Please upload an abstract together with the manuscript.
We encourage the submission of ‘themed issues’ – the equivalent, for continuous publication journals, of special issues. Proposals for themed issues will be considered at any point during the year. Proposals should be a maximum of four pages, single-spaced, and should include details of the following:
- Proposed central theme and title
- Proposed timescale
- Summary of guest editors’ expertise and qualifications
- Rationale for the themed issue
- Potential contributors, with article titles and abstracts
- We particularly encourage themed issue proposals from or encompassing groups, sub-fields or authors that are under under-represented within studies of incarceration. Proposals for themed issues should be sent directly to any of the journal’s co-editors.
The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.
For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
Incarceration adheres to a rigorous double-anonymize reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within (eg) 4 weeks of submission
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
2.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
- Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
- Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
- Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
Incarceration requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Incarceration encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway
The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.2.6.
Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:
- share your research data in a relevant public data repository
- include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
- cite this data in your research
Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway
Incarceration and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of Incarceration against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway
Incarceration offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
Please upload an abstract together with the manuscript.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files
4.4.1 Reference Style
If it is necessary to cite your own work, please ensure that you are using third person to refer to the work in question, and reference as usual in the reference list
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit Incarceration’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Incarceration is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ICN to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for Incarceration in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
We encourage all authors and co-authors to link their ORCIDs to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. We collect ORCID IDs during the manuscript submission process and your ORCID ID then becomes part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway
Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Incarceration editorial office as follows:
Dorina Damsa email@example.com
Editors have very broad discretion in determining whether an article is an appropriate fit for their journal. Many manuscripts are declined with a very general statement of the rejection decision. These decisions are not eligible for formal appeal unless the author believes the decision to reject the manuscript was based on an error in the review of the article, in which case the author may appeal the decision by providing the Editor with a detailed written description of the error they believe occurred.
If an author believes the decision regarding their manuscript was affected by a publication ethics breach, the author may contact the publisher with a detailed written description of their concern, and information supporting the concern, at firstname.lastname@example.org