22nd June 2020

Recently ranked the #1 Law journal in Australia, and the only journal with Scopus Q1 status in the Southern Hemisphere positions QUT's journal as an influential leader in the creation of knowledge.

The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy has been ranked by Scopus as a Q1 (Quartile 1) for journal quality in the subject category, ‘LAW’ in the latest Scimago rankings. It is an outstanding achievement that acknowledges the Journal's quality contribution to knowledge. The Journal is also ranked 10th in the top 100 open access Law journals internationally and is the only Australian Q1 Law journal published and supported by a university and not a commercial publisher.

The Scimago Journal and Country Rank is released each year and includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus database - the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Citation data is drawn from over 34,100 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers and country performance metrics from 239 countries worldwide. The subject categories of the database’s included journals are divided into four quartiles: Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4, with Q1 being occupied by the top 25% of journals in the list.

Supported by the Centre for Justice in the QUT Faculty of Law, the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is an open access, peer reviewed journal publishing critical research about the challenges confronting criminal justice systems around the world and is committed to democratising quality knowledge production and dissemination. The Faculty of Law supports two of QUT’s five open access journals:  The International Journal of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy and Law, Technology and Humans.

Upon receiving the news, QUT Professors  and Chief Editors Kerry Carrington and John Scott, and Editor Dr David Rodríguez Goyes from the University of Oslo, acknowledged the hard work of the reviewers, authors and the support of the International Editorial Board for the ongoing success of the Journal. The Journal is published with the sustained support of QUT Library and the Office for Scholarly Communication advancing leadership in open scholarship.  

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Dan Hunter would like to congratulate all involved with the Journal’s success.

To read more about the journal, visit the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.


Find more QUT Law news on

Media enquiries

For all media enquiries contact the Faculty's Business Development Team

+61 73138 7723

Sign up to the quarterly QUT Law Newsletter