Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The Journal of Forensic Document Examination (JFDE) is an annual publication that is a double- blind, peer reviewed journal. The JFDE publishes scientific research, technical papers, pilot studies, case reviews, commentaries and book reviews for scientific researchers and practitioners in the field of forensic document examination. The JFDE is committed to maintaining the highest standards of publication ethics. Our ethics statements are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) best practices for journal editors.

Editorial Policies and Procedures

 The editors will first review submitted papers for their relevance to forensic document examiners and/ or for promoting the science of forensic document examination. Papers must be submitted in English, be the original and unpublished work of the authors, and be in the required format to send to peer reviewers (See Instructions for authors that follow in the “Guidelines for Submission”).

Peer-reviewers are selected by the editors and are scientific researchers, specialists, or practitioners in the field who will access the paper for its accuracy, originality, and contribution to the field. The Editors will make the final decisions whether authors have addressed the peer reviewers’ comments sufficiently to proceed with the paper’s publication. Peer reviewers will be acknowledged in each issue.

The editors reserve the right to edit for clarity, style, and length. Final drafts of papers will be sent to the authors for their approval prior to publication. Papers will be evaluated for their content regardless to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy.

The editors will not disclose information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author (or author designated by the corresponding author), the peer reviewers, potential peer reviewers, or editorial assistants and advisors.

Responsibilities of the Corresponding Author

The corresponding author will be responsible for seeing that sources are appropriately acknowledged, credited and referenced, and that written permission is received from the publisher prior to including graphs, tables, and other illustrations that have been published in another work. Prior to publication, the corresponding author will sign a statement that the paper is the original work of its authors and has not been published or simultaneously submitted to another publication for consideration.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Any financial support for the research needs to be disclosed along with any conflicts of interest that could be construed to influence the results or interpretation of the paper.

Transfer of copyright

Once the paper has been accepted for publication, the authors agree to transfer any copyrights to the Journal of Forensic Document Examination.