2013 Initiatives for the Journal of Forensic & Legal Medicine

On behalf of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine, the Publisher and the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Jason Payne-James, Elsevier is delighted to inform you about a number of new initiatives that have been introduced to the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Please see below for a list of new and exciting services on offer to authors, reviewers and readers.


Authors now have the option to also create an AudioSlide to accompany their accepted paper and have it published online. AudioSlides are simply a small PowerPoint presentation with audio, which can enhance the summary of an article (introduced March 2013). The first JFLM article to publish an accompanying author AudioSlide can be viewed at https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jflm.2013.03.015

Free Referencing Style

Six main reference styles are used as a base so authors can submit their paper with one of the six styles as long as the references are consistent and correct. Elsevier’s typesetters will convert the references to the relevant journal style (introduced April 2013).

Author Accepted Manuscript

In order to increase the speed of availability of articles, indexing and citations via search engines such as Google, Elsevier will roll out a new service to make JFLM articles available online as soon as possible after acceptance and prior to being copyedited. This is known as an “author accepted manuscript”. When the fully copyedited version is ready for publication, it simply replaces the author accepted manuscript version.

We expect author accepted manuscripts to be online just over one week after acceptance, if the accepted papers move to production and typesetters immediately after acceptance.

This new service, which Elsevier intends to introduce during June 2013, will benefit authors hugely by ensuring that their article is accessible at the very earliest opportunity. In addition, it will help to increase JFLM journal usage, as fast publication is known to drive usage.

Article-Based Publishing (ABP)

JFLM will soon transition to ABP to further reduce the overall publication times. Article-based publishing is publishing an article to an “issue in progress” as soon as it is finalised and not having to wait for the entire issue to appear. Until now, articles had to wait until a journal issue was fully complete to be assigned page numbers. Now, every time an individual article is finished, it receives a page range and is published online inside an Issue in Progress. Volume and issue numbering system will remain – as this is the industry standard, and it also provides context to when the article was published. ABP will be introduced before the end of 2013.

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