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Journal of Forensic Research

ISSN: 2157-7145

Open Access

Current Issue

Volume 11, Issue 1 (2020)

    Case Report Pages: 1 - 3

    A Mixed DNA Profile Controversy

    Marie Semaan, Abbas Sarah and Issam Mansour*

    The DNA trace has been playing a crucial role in identifying or exonerating potential suspects. While single source DNA traces face interpretational challenges, the evaluation of a forensic DNA mixture trace faces much greater challenges especially with increased allele sharing and homozygosity. The present report describes a challenging case where eight potential suspects could not be excluded in a simulated mixed DNA analysis. Even though relevant frequency datasets and an inbreeding coefficient were considered and expert DNA mixture analysis software was used, statistical analysis falsely supported the inclusion of non-contributors. The present case shed the light on the effect of allele sharing and homozygosity on the evaluation of DNA mixtures especially in consanguineous and endogamous populations. Recommendations as to DNA mixture analysis were issued for local forensic uses and for other similar populations.

    Volume 11, Issue 2 (2020)

      Short Communication Pages: 1 - 2

      Data Assessment and Forensic Medical Examination of “Sexual Integrity Crimes”

      Saptarshi Pal* and Shevchenko KV

      DOI: 10.37421/2157-7145.11.456

      A forensic medical examination when committing depraved acts is carried out only in cases where there are any changes on the body of the victims, according to which it is possible to establish the fact of such actions. An examination may also be carried out in respect of material evidence. At the same time, the jurisdiction of a forensic medical expert includes the detection of traces and changes on the body of victims, as well as the mechanisms of their formation. The fact of depraved actions is established by the court and the investigating authorities.

      Perspective Article Pages: 1 - 3

      Fireworks: Requisite for Forensics Evolution from Conventional to Green Crackers in India – A Perspective

      Sweta Sinha* and Kavita Goyal

      DOI: 10.37421/2157-7145.11.455

      Social life in India is enriched with festivals, traditions and cultural events, often, associated with bursting crackers during celebration. Firework exhibition and bursting crackers are a symbol of jubilation. The hazardous effects of fireworks are often obscured by the cloud of smoke and amusement ultimately breeding root cause to severe accidental injuries. Fire accidents occur due to surpassing supervisory measures while handling fireworks. The illicit production, sale, illegal trade of crackers is another major direct challenge for criminal judiciary system and regulatory authorities. Television, print and social media are crammed with evidences apart from actual incident data where crackers played a major role in crime.

      Editorial Note Pages: 1 - 1

      Editorial Note for Journal of Forensic Research

      Ankita Deoli*

      DOI: 10.37421/jfr.2020.11.454

      Without consistent development and progress, such words as progress, accomplishment, and achievement have no importance. The Journal of Forensic Research (ISSN: 2157-7145) is developing consistently from recent years. It is our pleasure to declare that during year 2019, all issues of volume 10 were published online on schedule and the print issues were additionally brought out and dispatched inside 30 days of publishing the issue on the web.

      Journal of Forensic Research (JFR) during this year also brought out 22nd World Congress on Nursing Education and Patient Safety and 6th International Conference on forensic Research and technology conference proceedings, which consisted of ˜50 abstracts. 

      All published articles of this journal are included in the indexing and abstracting coverage of Index Copernicus, Google Scholar, Global Impact Factor (GIF), CiteFactor, Electronic Journals Library, RefSeek, International committee of medical journals editors (ICMJE), Hamdard University, EBSCO A-Z, Virtual Library of Biology (vifabio). Studies receiving funding from a funding organization that is included on the list of PMC and Research Funder Policies or authors having NIH grant were submitted to PubMed.

      During the calendar year 2019, JFR received a total of 60 papers, out of which 28 articles (58%) were rejected in the preliminary screening due to plagiarism or being out of the format and peer review process. During 2019 around 32 articles were subjected for publication after they are accepted in the peer review process. In the 4 issues of Volume 10 published during the year 2019, articles were published from authors all around the world. A total of 110 research scientists from all over the world reviewed the 32 articles published in volume 10. Average publication lag time of an article was further reduced to 2-3 weeks. 

      Forensic Research also announces its new association with Hilaris group for Archiving, Journal maintenance, financial purpose and support. However the journal will be running its original website https://www.hilarispublisher.com/foren parallel for Editorial and review work process so as to maintain its highest standard of scientific work.

      I take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of Editor-in-Chief: Peter Gill (Norway), Jianye Ge (USA), Jian Tie (Japan), during the final editing of articles published and the support rendered by the editorial assistants: Dr Jawahar Mehta, Hiroshi Ikegaya and Scott Reed in bringing out issues of JFR on time. I would also like to express my gratitude to all the authors, reviewers, the publisher, the advisory and the editorial board of JFR, the office bearers for their support in bringing out yet another volume of JFR and look forward to their unrelenting support to bring out the Volume 11 of JFR on scheduled time.

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