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ULM’s Hanser Appointed to editorial position for international policing journal

Published March 07, 2014

Dr. Robert Hanser, coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, was recently appointed as the Associate Managing Editor of “Police, Practice & Research: An International Journal” (PPR).

The journal is published through the Routledge, Taylor, & Francis Group. PPR is a peer-reviewed journal that presents current and innovative police research, as well as operational and administrative practices from around the world. The journal includes research articles from practitioners, researchers, and those interested in policing developments, analysis of public order, and the state of safety as it affects the quality of life worldwide.


Hanser pinpoints two key themes that he enjoyed when working with the journal. He said, “The first theme has to do with the integration of the practitioner and the researcher. Throughout my work in criminal justice, I have tended to blend both the agency related aspects and the research related aspects of our field.” Hanser added, “The other theme that I enjoy is, of course, the international scope of this journal. Throughout my career here at ULM, I have continued to teach and research criminal justice issues from a global perspective.”

The Associate Managing Editor is a key position in the operation of the journal and has been described as the hub position around which journal operations commence. This editorial position serves as the center of all communications between the Managing Editor, Editor-in-Chief, Book Review Editor, potential authors, PPR Board of Editors, and manuscript reviewers.

PPR seeks to bridge the gap in knowledge that exists regarding who the police are, what they do, and how they maintain order, administer laws, and serve their communities.

In addition to his role on the editorial staff, Hanser was one of five members chosen to judge the PPR Best Paper Competition for 2013. The competition is conducted annually, and submissions are ranked and scored by various criteria. One paper from those published throughout the year is chosen by the judges as the best paper, culminating in an award and a cash prize.

According to Hanser, PPR is a refereed journal with a longstanding history and widespread reputation within the international community of policing and crime fighting. It is an upper tier journal, consisting of research that is held to very close scrutiny. The review and revision process required of authors who are accepted is very rigorous; getting published in this journal is regarded as a noteworthy achievement among academicians.

The journal works in affiliation with the International Police Executive Symposium (IPES), an international non-profit organization that brings police researchers and practitioners together to facilitate cross-cultural, international and interdisciplinary exchanges for the enrichment of the policing profession. IPES encourages discussions and writing on challenging topics of contemporary importance through an array of initiatives including conferences and publications.

This is not Hanser’s first editorial experience with a peer-reviewed research journal. For more than five years, Hanser has served as the Editor-in-Chief of “Crime, Punishment, and the Law: An International Journal.”

“This journal is through Serials Publications, a publishing house that is well known and regarded throughout much of Asia,” Hanser said. “Located in Dehli, India, this journal showcases research from around the world that deals with multinational crime-fighting.”

Hanser received a Master of Arts in Counseling from Sam Houston State University along with a Master of Science in Psychology from ULM.

Hanser also received a Doctorate of Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. Hanser joined the ULM faculty in 2003.