About the Journal

“Archiwum Kryminologii” (“Archives of Criminology”) is the oldest and the most prestigious Polish criminological journal, published since 1960 by the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The founder and the editor-in-chief was Proffesor Stanisław Batawia. The journal is published biannual and it is bilingual (papers in Polish and English are accepted). During the year, the Editorial Board publishes two issues of the journal: a special - thematic one (prepared in cooperation with outstanding criminologists) and a general one. Submitted articleare sent for review. Accepted articles, after editing, are published in the online first (first view) model. The general issue is published at the end of the year and contains all articles accepted for publication in a given year. The special issue is published on dates specified in the editorial work schedule.

The Editorial Committee of the journal consists of eminent European criminologists and the reviewers are recruited from among experts in the field.

The aim of the journal is to promote the outcomes of well-designed empirical research, as well as methodological and theoretical studies. Papers published in “Archiwum Kryminologii” (“Archives of Criminology”) focus on various topics: criminality and criminalisation, criminal and penal policy, the practices of criminal justice systems, victimisation and victims’ rights, crime prevention, juvenile delinquency, criminological theories etc. The journal constitutes a platform for scientific communication among academics especially (but not exclusively) from Poland and other Central and Eastern European countries.

Throughout its many years of existence, “Archiwum Kryminologii” (“Archives of Criminology”) has gained a prestigious position as a forum offering comparative views on criminology in Europe, bringing the perspective of Central and Eastern European countries in particular. Articles published in the journal refer to current aspects of criminological research, and give a comprehensive overview of crime and criminal justice in European countries. The journal is a very good base for further development of comparative and diverse perspectives for criminology and crime policy in Europe.

The Journal publishes original articles that utilize a broad range of methodologies and perspectives when examining crime, law, and criminal justice processing.

All submitted manuscripts undergo a double blind peer review process before publication via an online-first model in Open Access.


All papers published during the communist era and at the beginning of the democratic change in the 1990s and early 2000s have extensive summaries in English and Russian. It provides a unique opportunity for current researchers to learn about the main findings of empirical research by Polish criminologists who, despite various restrictions during that period of time, were up to date with global criminological developments.