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

85/C 26 Jan 2022

86/C 14 Mar 2022

87/C 15 Apr 2022

88/C 25 May 2022

 

  • 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

 

 

 

 

89/C 27 Jun 2022

90/C 20 Sep 2022

91/C 07 Nov 2022

92/C12 Nov 2022

Meet the Editor-in-Chief

Professor Wilma Duijst

Professor Wilma Duijst has a PhD in law and is an MD and lawyer, who has working in the field of paediatrics (hospital and youth health care).

Professor Duijst is currently working as a forensic physician and is also a professor in forensic medicine and criminal (and health) law.

Professor Duijst has been a judge working in criminal law for 15 years. She is also a member of the advisory board of closed criminal cases of the supreme court.

Wilma Duijst, can receive your queries via the Elsevier page below or by emailing forensic.medicine@fflm.ac.uk.  

Senior Editor

Dr Maria Nittis, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Australia

Associate Editors

Wendy Birch, University of College London, UK

René Gapert, Human Remains Services Ireland, Republic of Ireland

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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.