Examination of Methods, Statistics, and Topics in Criminal Justice Scholarship: A Ten-Year Review of Justice Quarterly and Criminology

Barbara Sims, Pennsylvania State University- Harrisburg
David Rine, Pennsylvania State University- Harrisburg
Melissa Gursky, Pennsylvania State University- Harrisburg

ABSTRACT
The purpose of this paper is to examine ten years of publications in Justice Quarterly and Criminology as to types of studies conducted: qualitative vs. quantitative, method of study conducted, and the type of statistical analyses used in the studies, in an effort to capture a broad-based look at the research being conducted and published in the two major journals of the leading professional organizations withing criminal jsutice, namely, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology. The paper will give basic descriptive information about the types of studies published, including major topics covered across the ten-year period, and it will track any changes in the field's approach to research from time one of this periot to time two.

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