• Salus Journal
    Vol. 11 No. 2 (2023)

    Volume 11, Number 2, Ahead of Print

    Please note, this issue of Salus Journal is open for submissions. Articles will appear here as we publish on a continual basis, with the entire issue being released with its editorial in October 2023. 


  • Salus Journal
    Vol. 11 No. 1 (2023)

    Welcome to Salus Journal issue 11, number 1. This edition of Salus Journal has research which takes a closer look at issues affecting Australian safety and security.

    It features an original research article by Associate Professor Amber McKinley and Samantha Jones, titled “Unsolved serial homicides in Australia, 1965-2022”, which explores the victim and incident characteristics of unsolved serial homicide over a fifty-seven-year period.  This research sheds a new light on the decision-making processes of perpetrators to avoid detection.

    This edition also showcases the first Professional Insight by Sam Miletta, who has examined the use of fire as a weapon during on Australian case studies. In demonstrating the deliberate use of fire in incidences such as ambush, civil unrest, barricade, bushfires, and complex or coordinated acts of violence, Miletta provides recommendations for future practice by first responders.

    There are also two book reviews: Understanding Homicide by Fiona Brookman by Associate Professor Amber McKinley; and Motherhood after Incarceration by Melissa Thompson and Summer Newell was reviewed by Cheryl Botello.

    We would also like to take this opportunity to advise readers and authors of the re-design and re-launch of the Salus Journal website.

    The new website features:

    • An updated, streamlined, and more accessible interface
    • Integration with OJS/PKP software to make your manuscript submissions faster and easier. It also enables better manuscript management for editors and peer reviewers;
    • Portage of historic Salus Journal papers to the new platform, which will allow each paper to have a unique URL which can be used by authors to gain more insight into paper performance;

    Our commitment to Salus Journal’s policies and standards remains the same, and we have sought to further emphasise the double-blind peer review process on the new platform. The new website remains available under the original web address, found here.

    This work was generously funded by the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Studies at Charles Sturt University. We would like to thank the Faculty for their support. We would also like to thank Patrick McKenzie for his design innovation, technical expertise and management, and persistence implementing the Salus Journal re-design.

    And as always, we must thank the peer reviewers and production editor Mark Filmer for making this issue of Salus Journal happen.


    Joint Editors-in-Chief,

    Dr Kristy Campion & Dr Jamie Ferrill

  • Vol. 10 No. 2 (2022)

    Introduction to Salus Journal

    We are delighted to present Salus Journal vol 10, no 2. It has been a challenging year for researchers around the world, especially given the newfound opportunities and vulnerabilities in security, influenced in part by the pandemic context. This issue has important contributions which promote the safety, security, and wellbeing of people around the world, and advances knowledge for the public good. This issue contains studies ranging from retail crime in the COVID-19 pandemic by Donald Meyerhoff, a review of evidence-based policing by Garth den Heyer, an investigation of cyber-policing in Nigeria by Usman Adekunle Ojedokun and Samson Imoleayo Oshilaja, reflections on Freedom of Information by Mehzeb Chowdhury, opioid affects by Weiss et al, and a book review by Samantha Jones.

    While the scope and intent of Salus Journal remains the same, the journal has undergone several changes this year in association with the appointment of the new Joint Editors-in-Chief: Dr Kristy Campion and Dr Jamie Ferrill. Dr Kristy Campion is a terrorism and security studies scholar, with a research focus domestic and transnational threats to Australian security. Dr Jamie Ferrill is political sociologist, with a research focus on national and economic security threats such as money laundering.

    We are embarking on an ambitious renewal project of Salus Journal, with a new journal title page, website, and editorial board. We thank our departing editorial board members for their service over the years, and our continuing editorial members for their continued support of Salus Journal. We also welcome new editorial board members to contribute to our international community of research excellence:

    Professor Christian Leuprecht, Queens University
    Professor Debra Smith, Victoria University
    Associate Professor Kelly Sundberg, Mount Royal University
    Dr Benjamin Lee, University of St Andrews

    We look forward to working with you all in the coming years.

    After ten years of support for Salus Journal, we must advise that Kellie Smyth, the Production Editor, has retired from her position. Kellie played an important role in the creation of the journal and was an influential part of the production process. Her diligence and patience over the years has supported academic excellence, and scholars around the world, in a direct and meaningful way. We thank Kellie for her work and wish her all the best for the future. We welcome Mark Filmer as the new Production Editor of Salus Journal. Mark Filmer is the Research Editor at Charles Sturt University. He has extensive experience in print media and communications. He is an award-winning journalist, author of Three Steel Teeth: Wide Comb Shears and Woolshed Wars, and a professional member of the Institute of Professional Editors.

    Finally, this edition – like all editions – is only made possible through the tireless work of our community of peer reviewers. We thank our peer reviewers for their continued support and commitment to research excellence.

    Joint Editors-in-Chief,
    Dr Kristy Campion & Dr Jamie Ferrill


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