I’m a Criminal Justician/Criminologist by degree, but I think it is important for any academic to be aware of developments not only within their own field, but in outside disciplines as well. It is also good to know of novel outlets with which to publish your work.
Here I have listed a few geography oriented journals I believe any Criminologist interested in crime mapping should be cogniscent of. I chose these for mainly two reasons; 1) the frequency with which they publish directly pertient criminological research, 2) my perceived quality of the journals and articles that are contained within (e.g. it is good just to read articles in the journal in general given their quality). I also list some examples of (mostly) recent criminological work within each journal.
- Breetzke, Gregory D. 2012. The effect of altitude and slope on the spatial patterning of burglary. Applied Geography 34: 66-75.
- Ceccato, Vânia and Lars Dolmen. 2011. Crime in rural Sweden. Applied Geography 31(1): 119-135.
- Frank, Richard, Martin A. Andreson and Marcus Felson. 2012. The geodiversity of crime: Evidence from British Columbia. Applied Geography 34: 180-188.
- Grubesic, Tony H. 2010. Sex offender clusters. Applied Geography 30(1): 2-18.
- Ye, Xinyue and Ling Wu. 2011. Analyzing the dynamics of homicide patterns in Chicago: ESDA and spatial panel approaches. Applied Geography 31(2): 800-807.
There was recently a special issue, that was devoted to crime mapping topics. See the below article and the subsequent pertinent articles in that same issue.
- Lebeau, James L. and Michael Leitner. 2011. Introduction: Progress in Research on the geography of crime. The Professional Geographer 63(2): 161-173.
Also for other examples see
- Brimicombe, Allan. 2011. Did GIS start a crime wave? SatNav theft and its implications for geo-information engineering. The Professional Geographer Online First.
- Lu, Yongmei. 2003. Getting away with the stolen vehicle: An investigation of journey-after-crime. The Professional Geographer 55(4): 422-433.
- Mennis, Jeromy and Michael J. Mason. 2011. People, places, and adolescent substance use: Integrating activity space and social network data for analyzing health behavior. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 101(2): 272-291.
- Radil, Steven M., Colin Flint and George E. Tita. 2010. Spatializing social networks: Using social network analysis to investigate geographies of gang rivalry, territoriality, and violence in Los Angeles. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100(2): 307-326.
- Wang, Fahui and William W. Minor. 2002. Where the jobs are: Employment access and crime patterns in Cleveland. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 92(3): 435-450.
Of course this is not an exhaustive list, but you can check out the articles I have posted in my citeulike library for other hints at crime mapping relevent journals to watch out for (you can search for specific journal titles in the library, see this example of searching for Applied Geography in my library). Also check out the crime mapping citeulike library I upload content to regularly (this will have a more specific crime mapping focus than my general library, although they largely overlap).
If you think I’ve done some injustive leaving a journal off the list, let me know in the comments!