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AUTHOR INSTRUCTIONS

The European Journal of Forensic Sciences is a peer-reviewed, full open access and free (NO article processing or publication fees) journal. 

Manuscript submission must be performed via an electronic submission system. The European Journal of Forensic Sciences guarantees an objective and relative quick peer-review process free from bias, which -in case of acceptance- will be followed by a period for proof-corrections and 'online first' (ahead to print) publication.

Types of Papers

-Original Articles: full length experimental or clinical research articles providing innovative knowledge to the forensic literature.

-Brief Reports (Short Communications): short reports on new results of special interest which not exceed 4 printed pages (approx. 1500 words).

-Review Articles: "Mini reviews", "Literature reviews" or "Meta analyses" gathering information on a specialized field and written by experienced authors are welcome as both solicited and unsolicited.
-Hypotheses: articles presenting untested original hypotheses backed up solely by a survey of previously published results rather than any new evidence.

-Editorials: invited comments analyzing the outcome and emphasizing the importance of an article in the same issue of the Journal in which they appear.

-Commentary Letters (Letters to the Editor): responses to articles published in previous issues of the European Journal of Forensic Sciences  reflecting a basis of scientific discussion among qualified academicians.

The language of the journal is English (in American style). Authors have to be sure that their submitted article is of native degree of this language.

Ethical Standards

Manuscripts submitted for publication must contain a statement to the effect that all studies have been approved by the appropriate ethics committee and have therefore been performed in accordance with the ethical standards laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki. It should also be stated clearly in the text that all persons gave their informed consent prior to their inclusion in the study. Details that might disclose the identity of the subjects under study should be omitted.
Submission of a manuscript implies that the work has not been published before, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication has been approved by all co-authors as well as by the responsible authorities at the institute where the work has been carried out. For the declaration of these details the publishers 'Author agreement' form have to be downloaded, filled out, originally signed by each author, and then submitted together with the manuscript. The publisher will not be held legally responsible if there should be any claims for compensation. To avoid possible conflicts, all authors' separate e-mail addresses have to be provided during online article submission. These addresses will be validated before starting with the peer-review process.  

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Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to be originated from the authors.

The editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts that do not comply with the above-mentioned requirements. The author will be held responsible for false statements or failure to fulfill the above-mentioned requirements.

Conflicts of Interest; authors must indicate whether or not they have a financial relationship with the organization that sponsored the research. This note should be added in a separate section before the reference list. If no conflict exists, authors should state: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Manuscript Submission and Preparation

Manuscripts have to be submitted online. Electronic submission substantially shortens the time for editorial and reviewing processes.

Title Page: the title page should include a concise and informative name for the article accompanied by a short title to used as running head, full name(s) and affiliations of all author(s) and standard mailing plus e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author(s).

Abstract: following the title page, a summary of the entire article should be outlined in subsections as follows; a statement of the work's purpose in 'objective', followed by a brief description of the study's design in 'methods' and a clear declaration of the 'results', and finally, a concise presentation of the 'conclusions' have to be given.

For review articles, the abstract should be separated into 2 to 4 paragraphs including an introductory viewpoint, information and discussion around the main theme and final considerations, without specifically named subheadings. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references and should not exceed 300 words.

Keywords: Authors should provide a minimum of four keywords that will assist indexers in cross-indexing the article and that may be published with the abstract.  The first keyword must be forensic sciences; the second and subsequent words should assist abstracters in properly categorizing the work so that it will be found in journal article data bases by interested researchers.  Use terms from the medical subject headings (MeSH) list of Index Medicus; if suitable MeSH terms are not yet available for recently introduced terms, present terms may be used.  Frequently, the second keyword represents a subfield of forensic science, e.g. forensic anthropology, forensic pathology, or DNA typing.  The keywords should be placed under the abstract.

Text formatting: manuscripts should be submitted in MS Word format. The authors are suggested to use double spaced 12-point Times New Roman letters with 2.5 cm margins on A4 pages (or 1 inch margins on Letter sheets).

Beginning with the title page, please use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages and do not use field functions. Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar. Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.

Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter. If the article includes an excessive number of abbreviations, the authors should additionally add a list for all abbreviations used.

Generic names of drugs and chemicals are preferred; if trade names are used, the generic name should be given at least at first mention. In so for as possible, authors should use systematic names similar to those used by Chemical Abstract Service or IUPAC.

The text must be sectioned and ordered as 'Introduction', '(Materials and) Methods', 'Results', 'Discussion', 'Acknowledgments' (if any) and 'References'. A gathered 'Results and Discussion' section should be avoided. However, in shorter manuscripts, such as those intended to be Technical Notes or Case Reports, the Results and Discussion sections should be combined.

Each section should begin on a separate page. The discussion should end with one or more concluding paragraphs without a separate heading.

Present your results in logical sequence in the text, tables and illustrations.  Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables or illustrations; emphasize or summarize only important observations.

Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.

Reference citing and styling: please cite references with Arabic numbers in squared parentheses and list them by the order in which they appear in the text.

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. All authors names (without et al) of the cited work have to listed in references. The use of reference with titles that are not in English language should be avoided.

Examples for typing references in the list:

Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal's name according to the ISSN list of title word abbreviations; see http://www.issn.org/2-22660-LTWA.php.

-Journal article; Santoni G, Morelli MB, Santoni M, Nabissi M. New deals on the transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of TRP channel target genes during the angiogenesis of glioma. J Exp Integr Med 2011;1:221-34.

-Article by DOI (digital object identifier); Yuen HK, Westwater C, DeGarmo J, Bandyopadhyay D. Immediate effect of xylitol chewing gum and mouth rinse on salivary levels of mutans streptococci in adults with systemic sclerosis: a pilot study. J Exp Integr Med 2011; doi:10.5455/jeim.221111.br.009.

-Book; Bocci V. Retinal degenerative disorders. In: Ozone. A new medical drug. 2nd edition, Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands, pp 133–145, 2011.

-Book chapter; Barry M, Meigs JB. The natural history of benign prostatic hyperplasia. In: Lepor H (ed) Prostatic Diseases, Saunders, Philadelphia, pp 106-115, 2000.

-Online document; The inside story: a guide to indoor air quality. In: U.S. EPA/Office of Air and Radiation Available via http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/insidestory.html (Accessed 1 December 2013).
-Dissertation; Karapirli M. The effect of intermediate targets on spread of pellets from shotguns. Dissertation, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2007.

-Organization as author; The Royal Marsden Hospital Bone-Marrow Transplantation Team. Failure of syngeneic bone-marrow graft without preconditioning in post-hepatitis marrow aplasia. Lancet 1977;2:742-4.

-No author given; Coffee drinking and cancer of the pancreas (editorial). BMJ 1981;283:628.

-Volume with supplement; Magni F, Rossoni G, Berti F. BN-52021 protects guinea-pig from heart anaphylaxis. Pharmacol Res Commun 1988;20 Suppl 5:75-8.

-Issue with supplement; Gardos G, Cole JO, Haskell D, Marby D, Paine SS, Moore R. The natural history of tardive dyskinesia. JClin Psychopharmacol 1988;8(4 Suppl):31S-37S.

-Volume with part; Hanly C. Metaphysics and innateness: a psychoanalytic perspective. Int J Psychoanal 1988;69(Pt 3):389-99.

-Issue with no volume; Baumeister AA. Origins and control of stereotyped movements. Monogr Am Assoc Ment Defic 1978;(3):353-84.

-No issue or volume; Danoek K. Skiing in and through the history of medicine. Nord Medicinhist Arsb 1982;86-100. 

-Conference proceedings; Vivian VL, editor. Child abuse and neglect: a medical community response. Proceedings of the First AMA National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect; 1984 Mar 30-31; Chicago. Chicago: American Medical Association, 1985. 

-Newspaper article; Rensberger B, Specter B. CFCs may be destroyed by natural process. The Washington Post 1989 Aug 7; Sect. A:2 (col. 5).

-Audiovisual; AIDS epidemic: the physician's role (videorecording). Cleveland (OH): Academy of Medicine of Cleveland, 1987.

-Computer file; Renal system (computer program). MS-DOS version. Edwardsville (KS): MediSim, 1988.

-Legal material; Toxic Substances Control Act: Hearing on S. 776 Before the Subcomm. on the Environment of the Senate Comm. on Commerce. 94th Cong., 1st Sess. 343 (1975). 

-Map; Scotland [topographic map]. Washington: National Geographic Society (US), 1981.

-Dictionary and similar references; Ectasia. Dorland's illustrated medical dictionary. 27th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders, 1988;527. 

Tables: all tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals and to be placed after references. Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order. For each table, please supply a table caption explaining the components of the table. Any previously published material has to be identified by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption. Use figures as an alternative to tables with many entries; do not duplicate data in figures and tables.

Figures: figures must be submitted, in the form of JPG (JPEG), TIF (TIFF) or PNF files and with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, separately. Please do not embed the figures in the word document. The figures will automatically be incorporated into the final pdf document by the online manuscript tracking system. Legends for the figures have to be placed at the end of the main document after tables. Identify previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference citation at the end of the figure legend. All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals. Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order. Cite your figure files with "Fig" and the figure number (e.g., Fig.1). Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc).


European Journal of Forensic Sciences does not charge any submission, article processing or publication fees.

The entire publication procedure is based on a double-sided (author-reviewer) Open Access policy. 

 

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