Author Guidelines

Forensic Magazine® is a printed publication of resources, products, and services. We accept articles on topics pertaining to designing, building, materials, equipment, and related technologies for all areas of forensics. 

We accept articles on topics pertaining to all aspects of forensic science and crime scene investigation as well as expert testimony, chain of custody, and other issues relating to this market. Topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Discussions on technologies, products, industry trends, and solutions
  • Detailed examinations of trends and technologies in forensic science
  • Practical applications of tools and techniques that enable effective, efficient forensic procedures
  • Facility profiles: an in‐depth tour of a specific forensic facility or crime lab
  • Emerging techniques or methodologies: a look at procedures that make forensic investigations or analysis more effective and/or efficient
  • Case studies: review of proven design and operational practices that have been tested in forensic facilities or crime scenes
  • Legal/regulatory features: government, association, or industry policies that affect facilities, forensic practices, or workers

The Audience
The readers of Forensic Magazine and www.forensicmag.com are forensic lab managers, forensic scientists or technicians, toxicologists, medical examiners or coroners, computer forensics specialists, crime scene investigators, crime scene photographers, latent print examiners, law enforcement, legal professionals and others working in the forensic industry.

Article Queries
The article review process should begin with a query or abstract. Please state your topic and objective, and indicate your perspective as well as your professional relationship to the topic.

Articles must be objective and cannot promote a company or its products/services. Contributions from technical specialists in the vendor community are welcome, but must adhere to editorial guidelines for non-commercial writing. Content must be unbiased—inclusion of brand/product names and/or endorsement of a brand/product cannot be considered.   

Manuscripts or abstracts should not have been published previously and should be submitted to Forensic Magazine on an exclusive basis. Although exclusive submissions are strongly preferred, simultaneous submissions in noncompetitive markets may be considered with the understanding that authors inform the editors upon submission. All manuscripts are subject to review and editing. The editorial staff makes all decisions regarding publication of articles. 

Article abstracts and inquiries should be submitted to: Sean.Allocca@advantagemedia.com.

Feature Articles
Features should provide a broad, industry‐wide look at techniques and technologies.

  • Articles should be written in third person, present tense.
  • Length: 1,200 to 2,000 words
  • 2-3 images/graphics to illustrate the text are recommended.
  • Text file types: Microsoft Word or rich‐text format
  • All submissions should include the author’s name, title, company, a 35‐word author biography, address, phone, email, and website address.
  • Authors are responsible for: all internal clearances for articles prior to submission for publication; all statements made in their work; obtaining written reprint permission for illustrations and data previously published.

Images and Graphics

  • Do not embed images in text documents, PowerPoint files, or emails.
  • Images should be at least four inches wide and 300 dpi.
  • Crediting information and captions must be provided.
  • Images used cannot be of a readily identifiable product in the market.
  • A max of four images, figures, and tables can be used in an article.
  • An author headshot is required.

References

  • Please do NOT use endnotes or in-text citations.
  • Note the placement of the citation with superscript 1 or in parentheses (1).
  • Works cited should be listed together at the end of the text.
  • Articles with more than 5 references will have the references listed on the online version only.

Contact Information
Sean Allocca, Editor
sean.allocca@advantagemedia.com