The scientific and practical journal “Penitentiary Science” has been published by the Vologda Institute of Law and Economics of the Federal Penal Service of Russia since 2007. Until August 2019 it was published under the title “Institute Bulletin: Crime, Punishment, Correction”.

By the decision of the Presidium of the Higher Attestation Commission at the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation on October 22, 2010, the journal was included in the List of leading peer-reviewed scientific journals and publications in which the main scientific results of dissertations for the degree of Dsc. and PhD. should be published.

In accordance with the order of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia dated July 25, 2014 No. 793 of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation a new list of peer-reviewed scientific publications was compiled, in which the main scientific results of dissertations for the degree of PhD., for the degree of Dsc. should be published (hereinafter – the List ), and which entered into force on December 1, 2015 (letter of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia on the List of peer-reviewed scientific publications dated December 1, 2015 No. 13-6518). The scientific and practical journal “Penal Science” is included in the List of the following scientific specialties: 12.00.01 – Theory and History of Law and State; History of the law and state studies (legal sciences); 12.00.08 – Criminal law and criminology; penal law (legal sciences); 12.00.09 – Criminal proceedings (legal sciences); 12.00.11 – Judicial activities, prosecutorial activities, human rights and law enforcement activities (legal sciences); 12.00.12 – Forensics; forensic activities; operational investigative activities (legal sciences); 12.00.14 – Administrative law; administrative process (legal sciences); 19.00.06 – Legal psychology (psychological sciences).

The activity of the penal system of the Russian Federation is constantly in the focus of attention of state authorities, civil society institutions and the scientific community. Currently such attention is due to the need to create a penal system adequate to the state of crime in the country and in accordance with international standards for the treatment of prisoners, which is impossible without fundamental and applied research. In this regard, the scientific and practical journal “Penal Science” presents an opportunity to acquaint the general public with the results of such studies and give them an impartial assessment in terms of relevance, novelty, scientific, theoretical and practical significance.

The journal serves as an effective tool for the interaction of scientific, educational institutions and law enforcement agencies of Russia and foreign countries on topical issues of criminal responsibility, the enforcement of sentences, crime prevention, the development and activities of the penal system and other law enforcement agencies.

Most of the scientific materials published in the journal are the scientific results of dissertation research for the degree of PhD. and Dsc. The results of both fundamental and applied scientific research, scientific articles of adjuncts, graduate students and doctoral students are published. In each issue of the journal there are publications by leading scientists on pressing issues of criminal, penal law and criminology, criminal procedure, judicial, prosecutorial, human rights, law enforcement, forensic science, operational investigative activities, legal psychology and pedagogy and other issues related to the subject journal.

The journal covers the results of research conducted by the research teams of the institute and other educational and scientific organizations, publishes information on international, Russian and regional scientific events conducted by the institute and other organizations, ongoing international scientific projects and their results. The materials of foreign authors on the experience of law enforcement agencies and prison services in other countries are published.

We hope that our journal will maintain and strengthen its role in the development of scientific thought, improving the quality and level of scientific research, will become the key to building a positive reputation of a scientist, and for the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation – an important tool to improve the quality of scientific research expertise.

We invite you to cooperate, publish scientific materials on the pages of the journal and subscribe to the journal, and also ask for your suggestions and feedback on the materials published on its pages.

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