ISSN 1991-3877 printed version
ISSN 2413-3108 online version



Basic information

The South African Crime Quarterly (SACQ) previously known as Nedbank ISS Crime Index, is aimed at informing and influencing policy making on violence prevention, crime reduction and criminal justice.

SACQ originated in 1997 when the ISS collaborated with Business Against Crime (BAC) to start an accessible publication on crime in South Africa. BAC facilitated the early negotiations and Nedcor funded the publication that was called the Nedcor ISS Crime Index. Published six times a year, partner organisations eventually included the HSRC (Human Sciences Research Council) and Transparency International. In 2000, the name was changed to the Nedbank ISS Crime Index. In 2001 Nedbank withdrew from the project and in 2002 the ISS launched SACQ which has been published quarterly ever since.

The journal’s main subject is in the Social Sciences category focusing on the areas of crime, criminal justice, policing, prisons and incarceration, crime prevention, and criminal justice policy and legislation; violence and violence prevention.

Since 2020 the journal has been publishing one volume per year and adding articles continuously as they are ready for publication.

The journal includes an editorial, research articles, the occasional case note on recent court judgements and/or an interview on a current topic in criminology and public policy.

The journal’s abbreviated key title is SA crime q..


Index sources

  • EBSCOhost
  • National Library of South Africa
  • ProQuest



Copyright on articles is shared between the authors, the Institute for Security Studies and University of Cape Town

All articles published in SACQ can be re–used under the following CC license: CC BY–SA Creative Commons Attribution–ShareAlike 4.0 International License.




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