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Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Trends in Cybercrime Research: An Examination

Brian K. Payne; Lora Hadzhidimova

Compared to other topics, cybercrime is a relatively new addition to the criminological literature.  Interest in the topic has grown over the past decade, with a handful of scholars leading efforts to generate empirical understanding about the topic.  Common conclusions reached in these studies are that more research is needed, cybercrime is interdisciplinary in nature, and cybercrime should be addressed as an international problem. In this study, we examine a sample of 593 prior cybercrime scholarly articles to identify the types of research strategies used in them, the patterns guiding those strategies, whether the research is interdisciplinary, and the degree to which scholars engage in international cybercrime studies. Attention is also given to co-authorship as well citation patterns. Implications for future research are provided.

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