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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Cybercrime, also called computer crime, is 'crime that involves a computer and a network. The computer may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target. Debarati Halder and K. Jaishankar define cybercrimes as: "Offences that are committed against individuals or groups of individuals with a criminal motive to intentionally harm the reputation of the victim or cause physical or mental harm, or loss, to the victim directly or indirectly, using modern telecommunication networks such as Internet (Chat rooms, emails, notice boards and groups) and mobile phones (SMS/MMS)."' [Wikipedia] The International Journal of Cyber Criminology (IJCC) is "devoted to the study of cyber crime, cyber criminal behavior, cyber victims, cyber laws and cyber policy." It is a Diamond open access journal, for which authors don't pay article processing or page charges, and is freely available to its readership. The journal focuses on "all aspects of cyber/computer crime, [including]: Forms of Cyber Crime, Impact of cyber crimes in the real world, Policing Cyber space, International Perspectives of Cyber Crime, developing cyber safety policy, Cyber Victims, Cyber Psychopathology, Geographical aspects of Cyber crime, Cyber offender behavior, cyber crime law, Cyber Pornography, Privacy & Anonymity on the Net, Internet Fraud and Identity Theft, Mobile Phone Safety and policy issues, Online Gambling, Copyright and Intellectual property Law. The aim of the journal is "to be a nodal centre to develop and disseminate the knowledge of cyber crimes to the academic and lay world."
The IJCC publishes "theoretical, methodological, and applied papers" and book reviews. Articles to be found here are therefore not highly technical cyber forensics or digital forensics papers or papers of a descriptive / overview nature. The most recent issue (July-December 2016) offers the articles, "The New Computer Hacker’s Quest and Contest with the Experienced Hackers: A Qualitative Study applying Pierre Bourdieu’s Field Theory," "Sexual Extortion of Children in Cyberspace," "Cyber Deviance among Adolescents and the Role of Family, School, and Neighborhood: A Cross-National Study," " Cyber Crime Nation Typologies: K-Means Clustering of Countries Based on Cyber Crime Rates," and "Serious, therefore Organised? A Critique of the Emerging “Cyber-Organised Crime” Rhetoric in the United Kingdom." Material comes from authors around the world, and is heavily referenced and targeted for academic use. The journal is indexed in Criminal Justice Abstracts, SCOPUS, and International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Center, and will be of interest to theoretical researchers in cyber crime and Internet-based criminality.