International Journal of Forensic Research caters to a wide range of readers from across the sections of the academia and the industry alike. We particularly welcome high-quality original research that advances knowledge on that focuses on the broader as well as specific aspects of the Forensic Research. Apart from the rigorously oriented research papers, we also welcome contributions, including short reports, commentaries, editorials, and case reports to make the journal more accessible.
Plagiarism: The journal prioritizes original research. Thus, it expects the authors to make sure that they don’t violate copyrights act by reproducing the content from the others. Research is impossible without references. References made from such sources must be duly acknowledged.
Open access publishing is not without costs. We routinely offer discounts on publication charges for authors from low-income countries. Authors are required to pay a reasonable handling fee for processing their articles.
International Journal of Forensic Research accepts Full-length Research articles, reviews, Mini Review, Case Reports, Editorial, and Letter to the Editor, Commentary, Rapid Communications and Perspectives, Case in Images, Clinical Images, and Conference Proceedings.
Research Articles are written based on the laboratory observations or research in the clinical settings following the standard research methods and techniques such empirical surveys, and collecting data from the representative sample size. Research article critically analyzes the data/observations of such research to make conclusions. Research articles must not exceed the word limit of 8000 and must follow the prescribed format ready for publication. The chosen classification will appear in the published manuscript above the manuscript title.
Review articles are also scientific observations, yet they can be written based on the existing research data published in various forms. For example, an author may review the forensic investigative techniques followed in the developing world by analyzing a series of published documents and draws conclusion. Review articles should be within the 6000-words limit.
Case studies are developed based on the exclusive study of a specific case or situation. A case study on the psychological aspects of a serial killer deals with his/her geographical, social economic or cultural settings that would have precipitated them to do so. Case studies can be from 3000-5000 words.
Short communication is a small discussion of any given topic within 800 words and it generally would not follow any specific research technique. It rather observes any scientific concept that is published in the current or previous issue and expresses the writer’s views on it.
Editorials are expert’s opinions, which generally would not exceed 800 words. The expert, being an authority in the subject writes o the recent trends, developments, challenges etc and observes/warn the readers on a specific issue. For example, a specialist forensic investigator may write an editorial on the advancements made in the chemicals, imaging techniques for the accurate detection of the crime.
Letters to the Editors:
Letters to the editors are the reader’s perspectives, opinions and observations to the editor seeking clarity, questioning the validity, and making observations on the gaps in the research published on the current or previous issue. Letters must not exceed 400 to 500 words.
Perspectives are expert’s opinions on policies, principles, decisions of the government, its consequences on the people or society. Systematics and valid observations both by the experts and amateurs alike can be considered. For example, government’s decision to ban or approve a particular type of clinical examination in forensic research etc. can be submitted, not exceeding 1000 words
Proceedings are collection of abstracts accepted for presentation in the conference. Bibliographic representation of such proceedings adds value to the participant’s profile and academic indexing.
Manuscript Formatting Guidelines
Manuscript Title: The title should be limited to 25 words or less and should not contain abbreviations. The title should reflect the basic theme of the research observations.
Author Information: Complete names and affiliation of all authors, including contact details of corresponding author (Telephone, Fax and E-mail address) should be mentioned beneath the title.
Abstract: The abstract should be informative and completely self-explanatory, briefly present the topic, stating the scope of the experiment/s, indicating the significance of the study and the major findings. The abstract should summarize the manuscript content in 500 words or less. Standard nomenclature should be used, and abbreviations should be avoided. The preferable format should accommodate a description of the study background, methods, results and conclusion. At least 5 to 6 keywords should be mentioned beneath the abstract.
Introduction: The introduction should set the tone of the paper by providing a clear statement of the study and the proposed approach or solution. The introduction should be general enough to attract a reader’s attention by making it simpler, while detailing the significance of the study with suitable references.
Review of Literature: All the research, review and case reports must contain the sufficient review of the existing literature on the study and should draw the reader’s attention on how this study would contribute to the existing field of knowledge.
Materials and Methods: This section should provide a complete overview of the design of the study. Detailed descriptions of the research techniques observed, the sample size, and the way the experiment is conducted should be detailed presenting the data in the form of tables, figures, images etc., to make it more meaningful to the readers.
Discussion: The data presented using formulae, equations etc., should be analyzed thoroughly applying the statistical methods to discuss the major observations from the study.
This is an important aspect of the study that should extract the entire outcome of the study.
Findings: This section draws important findings of the study making comparisons, applying probabilities and by testing the e hypothesis to prove or reject the statement made in the beginning of the study.
Conclusions, Limitations & Recommendations: Authors summarize the entire study by siting the limitations if any such as methods applied, or the sample size or methods employed to conduct this study. Author/s make specific recommendations to advance research in this area in future.
References: International Journal of Forensic Sciences follows APA reference style. The last name of the author/s, followed by the year of publication, title of the research paper. Name of the journal, volume no, issue no, and pages must be cited. If the article is retrieved online, the online link must also be mentioned in the reference.
E.g., Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019). Emotions in storybooks: A comparison of storybooks that represent ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(3), 207–217. https://doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000185.
Parenthetical citation: (Grady et al., 2019)
Narrative citation: Grady et al. (2019
Authored books must be cited as.
- Jackson, L. M. (2019). The psychology of prejudice: From attitudes to social action(2nd ed.). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/0000168-000
- Sapolsky, R. M. (2017). Behave: The biology of humans at our best and worst. Penguin Books.
- Parenthetical citations: (Jackson, 2019; Sapolsky, 2017)
- Narrative citations: Jackson (2019) and Sapolsky (2017)
- Aron, L., Botella, M., & Lubart, T. (2019). Culinary arts: Talent and their development. In R. F. Subotnik, P. Olszewski-Kubilius, & F. C. Worrell (Eds.), The psychology of high performance: Developing human potential into domain-specific talent(pp. 345–359). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/0000120-016
- Dillard, J. P. (2020). Currents in the study of persuasion. In M. B. Oliver, A. A. Raney, & J. Bryant (Eds.), Media effects: Advances in theory and research(4th ed., pp. 115–129). Routledge.
- Parenthetical citations: (Aron et al., 2019; Dillard, 2020)
- Narrative citations: Aron et al. (2019) and Dillard (2020)
Acknowledgement: This section includes acknowledgment of people, grant details, funds, etc.
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Conflict of Interest
Author/s must declare that there involves no conflict of interest while submitting the document.