Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Arab Journal of Forensic Sciences & Forensic Medicine (AJFSFM) is an open access (CC BY-NC), peer-reviewed and free of charge journal dedicated to the development and application of forensic science and forensic medical knowledge and research for the purpose of law and justice across the globe. The AJFSFM is an official publication (ISSN 1658-6786) of the Arab Society for Forensic Sciences and Forensic Medicine (ASFSFM) and is published biannually by Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS), Riyadh – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Aims:

  • The AJFSFM has the fundamental aim of sharing knowledge, research experience, recent achievements, and new technologies in various disciplines of forensic sciences and forensic medicine among the forensic scientists in Arab countries as well as the rest of the world.
  • The AJFSFM aims to achieve a top position by publishing genuine, outstanding, trustworthy, and original research submitted by ambitious researchers, spreading to all scientists, pathologists, jurists, medicolegal professionals, and learners in the field of forensic sciences and forensic medicine. 

The topics covered in the AJFSFM include, but not limited to, Forensic Pathology, Odontology, Histochemistry, Toxicology (drugs, alcohol, etc.), Forensic Biology (Serology, Human DNA profiling, Entomology, population Genetics), Forensic chemistry (Inks, Paints, Dyes, Explosives, Fire accelerants), Psychiatry and Hypnotics, Forensic Anthropology and Archeology, Fingerprints and Impressions, Firearms and Tool marks, White collar crimes (counterfeit and forgery; questioned documents), Digital forensics; Cyber crimes, Criminal justice, Crime Scene Investigation, and studies of value to the public health.

The AJFSFM publishes original contributions in Arabic or English submitted from any part of the world that fall under any of the following manuscript categories:

1. Original research papers        

2. Case reports

3. Review articles

4. Rapid Communications

5. Brief /Technical notes

6. Letters to the Editor

7. Book Reviews

8. Conferences / Symposia Proceedings

9. Society news

10. Announcements

 Printed, published, and distributed by The Printing & Publication Department, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS), Riyadh – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

Section Policies

Foreword

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Goodwill Messages

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Editorials

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Introductory Articles

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Original Articles

Editors
  • Md Islam
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Case Reports

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Review Articles

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Conference Proceedings

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Conference Report

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Meeting Report

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Articles

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Reviews

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Communications and Notes

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Eratum

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Letter to the Editor

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Commentaries

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Guidelines

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Brief Communication

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Letter to Editor

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Case Series

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ASFSFM2019 Forum Articles

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ASFSFM2019 Forum Workshop

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Peer Review Process

A full double-blind refereeing process is applied in which papers are sent to 3-4 experts for their peer review. The opinions of up to three experts are sought to evaluate the manuscript fully with respect to its significance, relevance, quality, and clarity. On receipt of all reviewer comments, and potentially further consultation with Associate Editors, a decision is made by the Associate Editors and the Editor-in-Chief, who will send the decision to the corresponding author. The whole process may take 2-3 months.

Possible decisions include:

  • Accepted
  • Accepted with Minor Revision
  • Accepted with Major Revision
  • Rejected

For papers which require changes, the same reviewers will be used to ensure that the quality of the revised paper is acceptable.

 

Publication Frequency

AJFSFM is published biannually.

 

Open Access Policy

The AJFSFM is an open access Journal, and the full text of each issue is available online. Subscribers will receive the print edition by mail. 

For future updates regarding the process of subscription, and postal issues, please regularly check the website announcements.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Disclaimer of Warranties and Liability

The Arab Journal of Forensic Sciences & Forensic Medicine (AJFSFM), the Arab Society for Forensic Sciences and Forensic Medicine (ASFSFM) and Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS) does not claim ownership, endorse or take responsibility for any third-party products, information, guidelines, materials or services that may be offered, advertised, provided or displayed on the AJFSFM website or incorporated in the contents, products or services contained on, accessible from or distributed through the Site.

 

Content and Limitations on Use

The Arab Journal of Forensic Sciences & Forensic Medicine (AJFSFM) is an open access journal and follows the open access policy as per Creative Commons Non-Attribution-Non Commercial license (CC BY-NC). Journal retain copyright and users may read, copy and distribute the work in any medium or format for non-commerical purposes, provided the authors and the journal is appropriately credited. The users are allowed to remix, transform or build upon the published material.

 

No Article Processing Fee

The Arab Journal of Forensic Sciences & Forensic Medicine (AJFSFM) charges no submission or processing fee from authors.

 

No Plagiarism

The Arab Journal of Forensic Sciences & Forensic Medicine (AJFSFM) takes a very serious view of plagiarism. We check every manuscript for plagiarism before editorial review.