Forensic specialists, members, and students may contribute to The Forensic Examiner® by submitting articles for consideration. We welcome submissions from all areas of the forensic profession, and are seeking well-written, engaging articles offering original perspectives.

Submission Guidelines

The Examiner will not consider manuscripts submitted to any other publication. All submissions must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Sent as a Microsoft Word document
  • Must be typed and double-spaced, one-sided on 8 x 11-inch paper, and one-inch margins
  • Include a title page with the article title and the author(s) name, degrees, affiliation, and contact information
  • Submissions containing references must include in-text citations and a reference list, and both must strictly adhere to the style of the American Psychological Association (APA style)
  • Include a one-paragraph biography of the author at the end of the paper
  • Include all authors' résumés or curricula vitae

Continuous Online Publication

The Forensic Examiner® is increasingly being accessed from the Internet. Because The Forensic Examiner® has gained popularity and recognition as the world's leading forensic magazine, submission rates as well as demand for access have greatly increased. The Examiner's transition from print to online availability is a response to the changing nature of journalism and scholarly publication, as well as a move to take advantage of the many opportunities offered by advances in technology and social media. This transition to provide an online, continous publication is an exciting time for the American College of Forensic Examiners InstituteSM which will drastically increase our readership, while enabling the ACFEI to rapidly review and publish articles. Therefore, we have taken the steps toward removing the limitations of print production and offering The Forensic Examiner® online.

Continuous publication provides many unique benefits to readers and authors. Most importantly, it will enable the Examiner's editorial team to move manuscripts more quickly through the publication process. As soon as articles are ready, they will be published. ACFEI members will recieve notifications of the publications in a monthly newsletter. By moving to a continuous publication workflow, The Forensic Examiner® can better ensure that published news and research is timely and current. Authors get the benefit of seeing their work published as soon as possible; readers enjoy the benefit of getting the most current, up-to-date research on a variety of topics within the field of forensics.

These new improvements are just the beginning of online publication for The Forensic Examiner®. With every passing day the editorial and IT team will be adding features and making improvements to the site; this is an exciting work in progress. We are confident that with focused energy and planning, The Forensic Examiner® online will become the leading source on the Internet for forensic research around the globe.

Continuing Education Submissions

Empirical research manuscripts submitted as continuing education articles must be more than 4,000 words and include the following additional components:

  • An article abstract of no more than 120 words
  • A list of three to five keywords that express the precise content of the manuscript (used for indexing purposes), positioned immediately following the abstract
  • A list of at least three learning objectives covering the main points of the manuscript, positioned immediately following the key words
  • A minimum of six multiple-choice test questions that adequately cover the material highlighted in the learning objectives (used to offer continuing education credit through journal learning)
  • In-text citations and a reference section that both strictly adhere to the style of the American Psychological Association (APA style)

To submit, email your manuscript to editor@acfei.com, or mail the manuscript on CD (labeled with identifying information) to

Editor, The Forensic Examiner
2750 E. Sunshine
Springfield, MO 65804

If necessary, accompanying materials such as photographs, may be mailed as well.

Check the manuscript for content and style (correct spelling, punctuation and grammar; accuracy and consistency in the citation of figures, tables, and references; stylistic uniformity of entries in the references section; etc.). Ensure that all required sections of the manuscript are completed (abstract, bio, resume, keywords, learning objectives, and multiple-choice questions). Manuscripts containing numerous typos or errors or lacking any of the required components will be returned to the author for revision before they are submitted for peer-review.

The Forensic Examiner® reserves the right to edit manuscripts for grammar, length, and clarity. The Forensic Examiner® also reserves the right to complete creative control over the appearance of the final product, e.g. design considerations and selection of accompanying illustrations and photographs.

Illustration, Photos, and Tables

Number all illustrations and photos (including drawings, diagrams, and charts) in one consecutive series of Arabic numerals. Type the captions for illustrations on a separate page. Photographs should be large, glossy prints, showing high contrasts. Identify figures on the back with author’s name and number of the illustration, if applicable.

If emailing photos, please use .jpg format, leave the picture as large as possible, and use at least 300 dpi. Attachments must be lower than 3 megabytes to go through our email system.

Tables must be numbered and referred to by number in the text and typed on a separate page. Center the title above the table and type explanatory footnotes (preferably indicated by superscript lowercase letters) below the table.

Exclusivity Note

By submitting a manuscript to The Forensic Examiner®, an author certifies that the material has not been and will not be submitted to any other publication prior to its appearance in The Forensic Examiner®.

Peer-Review

All articles are reviewed individually by three members of the Examiner’s editorial advisory board who will recommend one of four courses of action: accept, accept with recommended changes, reject, and reject with the option to rewrite. Based on these recommendations, a final decision will be made regarding the manuscript.

The author’s identity always remains unknown to the reviewers throughout the entire peer-review process, which may take several months. Once completed, we will notify the author of the decision and will send reviews for the appropriate course of action.

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