The Asian Journal of Criminology (AJOC), edited by Prof Liu Jianhong from the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau (UM), has been included in the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI). Published by Springer,the AJOC is the first criminology journal in Asia to have been included in the SSCI.
Prof Liu co-founded the AJOC in 2006 with Prof Rod Broadhurst from Australia National University, and has been working as the journal’s editor-in-chief since 2009. The journal aims to promote international research studies on criminology and criminal justice in Asia through publishing high-quality research papers. It advocates empirically based research studies on theories and policies and the use of cutting-edge methodology in evidence-based research studies on criminal justice practice and public policies. It features comprehensive, multidisciplinary, comparative research studies on criminology and criminal justice in Asia. Under the editorship of Prof Liu, the AJOC has grown into Asia’s most authoritative peer-reviewed quarterly journal in the field. In 2017, it was ranked 83rd among 488 major law and criminal justice journals around the world by Scientific Journal Rankings.
Prof Liu is an internationally well-known criminologist and a leader in many international criminology organisations. He is currently the president of the Scientific Commission of International Society for Criminology, the chairman of the General Assembly of the Asian Criminological Society, and a member of Campbell Collaborations Criminal Justice Steering Committee. He is also on the editorial boards of five internationally-known SSCI journals, namely British Journal of Criminology; Journal of Experimental Criminology; Crime, Justice, and Social Change; International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology; and International Journal of Conflict and Violence, as well as more than 20 academic journals and books. He is the editor-in-chief of Springer Book Series on Asian Criminology and Criminal Justice Research. He received the Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology in 2016, and the Gerhard O W Mueller Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Criminal Justice from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences of the United States in 2018.