Themis is a professional-quality, peer-reviewed academic journal, publishing SJSU student research in justice studies and forensic science.  The journal features student research papers and book reviews. In addition to the printed publication, Themis is also available electronically and hosted by Digital Commons/SJSU Scholarworks. 

Call For Papers

Themis seeks original submissions from undergraduate and graduate students at SJSU. Students from any major may submit, but papers must be topically related to justice, injustice, human rights, criminal justice, criminology, law, law enforcement, philosophy of law, criminal or forensic psychology, neuroscience, or any of the forensic sciences. Selection for publication is competitive. Students may not submit more than two papers per volume, and paper length is limited to 30 pages, including references. Social science papers must be in APA format. Science papers must be in format used by Journal of Forensic Sciences. 

Email submissions to by Dec 31 for consideration in the annual volume, published in May.

For more information, please see Themis Policies.

Themis Home Page


The purpose of Themis is to:

  1. Inspire academic research and original writing in justice fields;
  2. Instill respect for authorship and the writing and process;
  3. Promote scholarly excellence and professionalism;
  4. Develop editorial and critical evaluation skills;
  5. Provide students a means for publication and recognition of scholarship, and a source of pride in their department;
  6. Provide students the experience of peer review: evaluating and critiquing papers for style, clarity, content and accuracy; and line-editing papers for publication.

Editors Needed

The managing editor and cast of associate editors changes with every volume. Themis runs as a 3-unit upper division elective class every spring, and seeks talented and dedicated students to edit its next volume (published in May). Student editors select papers for publication; communicate with authors; edit accepted papers for content, writing mechanics, and formatting; lay out the journal for printing; edit and approve proofs; and distribute printed journal to authors. 

Benefits: Students are listed as editors in the journal, and gain experience in all steps of editing and publishing a professional-quality, academic journal.

Students registered in Themis must be able to meet biweekly during the spring semester (flexibly and on Canvas). Requirements: FS or JS major (grad or undergrad), and grade of B or better in 100W.

Email for more information and an add code.