Articles will be considered on any topic that
contributes to knowledge and skills related to
the use of science in the law, particularly:
its use as evidence in the trial process, but
also in forming legislation or in the administrative
agency decision making; evidential evaluation;
and standards of practice. Articles relating
to forensic science education will also be considered,
where best teaching practice can be shared amongst
Articles include peer-reviewed
research articles; reviews (submitted and commissioned);
short technical notes; cases with learning points;
education; letters/topical debate; conference
reports; and book reviews. Jobs/funding opportunities
and notice of conferences/symposia are also welcomed.
any of your questions are not dealt with here,
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to adhere to these guidelines can seriously delay
the handling of your contribution.
Articles are normally original reports
whose conclusions represent a substantial advance
in understanding or exposition of an important
problem. They do not normally exceed 8 pages
and have no more than 50 references, but clarity
will be the main criterion for setting the length
of articles. (One page of undiluted text is about
Articles should address a wide
legal and scientific audience and may include
supplementary material that can assist the non-specialist
to understand the main thrust of the paper.
have a summary, separate from the main text,
of up to 150 words, which does not have references,
and does not contain numbers, abbreviations,
acronyms or measurements unless essential. It
is aimed at readers outside the discipline. This
summary contains a brief account of the background
and rationale of the work, followed by a statement
of the main conclusions introduced by the phrase
'Here we show' or its equivalent.
typically 4,000 words of text, beginning with
up to 500 words of referenced text expanding
on the background to the work (some overlap with
the summary is acceptable), before proceeding
to a concise, focused account of the findings,
ending with one or two short paragraphs of discussion.
text may contain a few short subheadings (not
more than six in total) of no more than 40 characters
each (less than one line of text in length).
typically have 5 or 6 small figures.
The Online Journal of the
Forensic Institute is an international,
open access, on-line journal covering all the
forensic sciences. Contributions should therefore
be written clearly and simply so that they
are accessible to readers in other disciplines
and to readers for whom English is not their
Essential but specialised terms
should be explained concisely but not didactically.
Format of Articles
Contributions should be double-spaced
and written in English (spellings as in the Oxford
Contributions should be organised in
the sequence: title, text, methods, references,
Supplementary Information line (if any), acknowledgements,
interest declaration, corresponding author line,
tables, figure legends.
This should contain a brief (may
not exceed 90 characters, including spaces) ,
but informative, title, the names and addresses
of the authors and a list of keywords (max. of
5). The author for correspondence, with telephone,
fax numbers and e-mail address, should be given.