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Police Practice and Research: an International Journal


Special Issue Guest Editors: Rick Sarre, Laurie Y-C Lau and Lennon Chang

The rise in the scale and types of modern digital information telecommunication technologies has profoundly changed our society and shaped modern business practices. But such technologies also give rise to the opportunity for potential perpetrators to commit digital-related crime.

The objective of this special issue (from papers presented to the 2017 International Conference on Cybercrime and Computer Forensics) is to provide a platform for policing and regulatory scholars to present articles on topics such as:

  1. Identity crime
  2. Computer forensic investigation
  3. Terrorism and the Internet
  4. Illicit networks online
  5. Online child exploitation
  6. Investigating personal and corporate activities in the cloud
  7. Law enforcement (public and private) and cyberspace
  8. Biometric and other solutions to data security and security of personal information
  9. Cybercrime and international criminal justice processes
  10. Technology-enabled detection and prevention of cybercrime.


Submissions will broadly address or relate to the above topics. They will be evaluated using rigorous criteria associated with high quality academic research, as listed underneath:

  1. Meeting the Special Issue objectives
  2. Presenting insights and contributions based on empirical evidence
  3. Contributing to the development of best practice policing strategies to prevent and detect cybercrime
  4. Not be research ‘in progress’ papers.

Papers will be between 8,000–9,000 words (excluding references and appendices) and be submitted by the deadline 1 September 2017 to the Special Issue guest editors, where they will go through a double-blind referee process.

Book reviews and any other material prepared by the General Editor will be added to this issue.


First round review notification: 15 November 2017. A second and/or third round of reviews and revisions will be completed by 1 February 2018.

Special Issue Editors

  • Professor Rick Sarre, Law School, University of South Australia, email: Rick.Sarre [@]
  • Dr. Laurie Yiu Chung Lau, Asia Pacific Association of Technology and Society (APATAS), email: LaurieLau [@]
  • Dr Lennon Chang, Monash University, Australia, email: Lennon.Chang [@]


  • Chang, Lennon Y.C., Zhong, Y. L. & Grabosky, P. (forthcoming). Citizen co-production of cyber security: Self-Help, Vigilantes, and Cybercrime. Regulation & Governance. DOI: 10.1111/rego.12125
  • Chang, Lennon Y.C. and Ryan Poon (2016) Online Vigilantism: Attitudes and Experiences of University Students in Hong Kong, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. (DOI: 10.1177/0306624X16639037)
  • Chang, Lennon Y.C. (2013) Formal and informal modalities for policing cybercrime across the Taiwan Strait, Policing and Society, 22(4): 540-555.
  • Smith, R., C-C. Cheung and Laurie Y-C Lau, (eds) (2015) Cybercrime Risks and Responses: Eastern and Western Perspectives, Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Lau, Laurie Y-C, (2015) ‘Cybercrime in cloud: Risks and responses in Hong Kong, Singapore’ In The Cloud Security Ecosystem: Technical, Legal, Business and Management Issues, edited by Ryan Ko, K-K. Raymond Choo, pp.17-34. Waltham, USA: Elsevier Inc.
  • Sarre, Rick; Dave Brooks; Clifton Smith; and Rick Draper, (2014) ‘Current and Emerging Technologies Employed to Abate Crime and to Promote Security’ in The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies, Bruce Arrigo and Heather Bersot, (eds) Routledge, pp 327-349.
  • Sarre, Rick (2014) ‘The use of surveillance technologies by law enforcement agencies: what are the trends, opportunities and threats?’ in Current Problems of the Penal Law and Criminology, Emil Pływaczewski (ed.), Białystok, Poland: Temida Publishing House, pp 755-767

Special issue of Information Systems journal

Authors must register and present their paper at ICCCF 2017. Long abstracts are due to LaurieLau [@] by 31 July 2017.

Long abstract requirements: author(s) must submit a long abstract of no more than six pages, A4 size, 1.5 lines spacing (3000 word limit) in PDF format. Long abstracts should have a strong theoretical base and a brief outline of the conclusion.

Final papers (8,000 word limit, excluding references) are due September 2019 for peer review.

IEEE Xplore

Authors who present in the Practice and Technology stream and would like the opportunity to be considered for publication and indexing within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Xplore system should submit their proposals for publication using an IEEE-approved template available at

Authors must register and present their paper at ICCCF 2017. Full papers (PDF format) are due to LaurieLau [@] by 15 June 2017.