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


What is iFirst?
iFirst is Taylor & Francis’ proprietary system for publishing journal articles online almost immediately after author proofs have been corrected, so making New Knowledge available to the research community in the shortest possible time.

Articles appear exactly as they would in the journal’s final online and print edition, with the single difference that ‘page spans’ are not included – although we plan to introduce this in the near future!

All subscribers with electronic access to a journal can access iFirst articles.

What are the benefits?
iFirst reduces the time from article submission to publication – sometimes by several weeks. iFirst also eliminates the problem of the backlog: accepted but unpublished papers. These papers can be published online through iFirst as soon as the production process is complete, ensuring submission-to-publication times are foreshortened, and assuaging author concerns about undue delay.

Does iFirst increase citation levels?
Each iFirst article is given a unique number, known as a Digital Object Identifier or DOI ( This can be used by authors to reference iFirst articles, and by CrossRef ( to hyperlink to iFirst articles. DOIs are persistent – they will always direct readers back to the definitive version of an article, at first in iFirst and subsequently in the online journal issue.

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