Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine

The Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine provides a forum for the rapid publication of topical articles on all clinical aspects of forensic medicine and closely related specialities. The Journal carries definitive reviews, original communications, hypotheses, learning points of important issues, offering critical analysis and scientific appraisal. All submissions are peer-reviewed by at least two independent reviewers, and the Journal is listed in MEDLINE/Index Medicus.

The recent increase in the volume of articles submitted in 2019/20 means the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine has the second highest submission rate in the Elsevier family of forensic journals after Forensic Science International.  We are proud that submissions are from a breadth of geographical areas, and although both citations and downloads are increasing the Editor has decreased the time taken to make decisions and get work published online.

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All aspects of the medical principles of care and forensic assessment of individuals in contact with the judicial system are examined and the journal has a broad international perspective.

Topics covered in the journal include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following, particularly within the clinical setting:

  • Forensic medicine training, forensic medicine national systems
  • Healthcare in police and prison custody, death in custody and restraint injuries
  • Death investigation and causes of death
  • Suicide, para-suicide and deliberate self-harm
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Interpersonal violence, assault and injury, personal injury, elder abuse, domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Human rights when involving refugee and asylum medicine
  • Traffic and transportation medicine
  • Drug and alcohol misuse, drink and drug driving
  • Medical law and medical negligence

Volume/Issue Projected Mail Dates

69/C06 Jan 2020

70/C14 Feb 2020

71/C31 Mar 2020

72/C15 May 2020


  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Interpersonal violence, assault and injury, personal injury, elder abuse, domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Suicide, parasuicide, and deliberate self-harm
  • Restraint injuries
  • Drug and alcohol misuse, drink and drug driving
  • Traffic medicine, transportation medicine, refugee and asylum medicine
  • Medical law and medical negligence
  • Mass disaster
  • Torture
  • Extra-judicial deaths
  • Human rights





73/C30 Jun 2020

74/C14 Aug 2020

75/C29 Sep 2020

76/C12 Nov 2020

Meet the Editor-in-Chief

Prof Tim Thompson

Professor of Applied Biological Anthropology, Associate Dean (Academic), School of Health & Life Sciences, Teesside University.

Tim Thompson is Professor of Applied Biological Anthropology and Associate Dean (Academic) in the School of  Health & Life Sciences. Tim has published over 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and books and his latest is ‘Human Remains: Another Dimension – the application of imaging to the study of human remains’. Prior to this, he published the book ‘The Archaeology of Cremation: Burned Human Remains in Funerary Studies’, was co-author of ‘Human Identity and Identification’ with Dr Rebecca Gowland (Durham University) and senior editor for the book ‘Forensic Human Identification’.

Tim served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal ‘Science & Justice’ for three years and is now the E-i-C for the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Royal Society of Biology and is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine. In 2014, Tim was awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy for excellence in teaching and support for learning in higher education and is passionate about education, training and development.

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Associate Editors

Dr Wilma Duijst, Maastricht, Netherlands

Dr Maria Nittis, Blacktown, Australia

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Equality & Diversity Policy

The Editor, supported by the FFLM, is committed to pursuing equality and diversity in the Editorial Board membership and authorship.