With the development and progression of forensic science academic programs as well as the rise of the forensic science educator there is clearly a need for a journal specific to the needs of forensic science education. As a consequence, The Council of Forensic Science Educators launched its official publication, The Journal of Forensic Science Education, in November 2019.

The Journal is open-access and available to anyone for free who registers at The Journal of Forensic Science Education website. We wish this journal to be easily available to everyone in the forensic science education community encompassing instruction from high school through graduate school. In addition, there will be no fee for publication. Readers will also have the option of downloading manuscripts in the form of a pdf. 

We invite you to contribute to the journal. We are all one community and we believe that the development and evolution of the journal will be for the betterment of students, educators, and the vast scope of disciplines that comprise the forensic sciences.

Manuscript categories include:

  1. Articles – Description of a novel educational idea or approach (including modes of delivery), content for the classroom or laboratory, pedagogy, educational research, assessment, and programmatic accreditation.
  2. Activity or Laboratory Experiment– Description of hands-on activities that can be done in the classroom, laboratory, or other informal setting.
  3. Commentary – Scholarly discussion of a topic of interest to the forensic science education community that includes the opinions of the authors.
  4. Communication – Updates or extensions of previously published topics or a short article. May also scholarly describe a website, software application, media item, or other use of technology that enhances teaching and learning.
  5. Book Reviews – Reviews of educational texts of concern to the forensic science educator.
  6. Demonstrations – Description and procedure for an actual or virtual demonstration for teaching scientific concepts.
  7. Letters– Responses to previously published manuscripts in the JFSE which contribute to or elicit discussion on a subject without overstepping the bounds of professional courtesy.

Author guidelines for the presentation of manuscripts are available on the JFSE website.

JFSE is now indexed in the the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Lawrence Quarino, PhD, D-ABC Cedar Crest College
Kelly Elkins, PhD Towson University
Adrienne Brundage, PhD Texas A&M University