A review of forensic science peer-reviewed primary literature: A guide for students and professionals


  • Catherine Stacey
  • Sateedrah Beckwith
  • Alexandra Kuchinos
  • Aubrey Shanahan
  • Mia Fabbri
  • Caitlyn Kresge
  • Kelsey Patterson
  • Nyla Ngegba
  • Brittany Claassen
  • Morgan Maddock
  • Kelly Reading
  • Lawrence A Quarino Cedar Crest College


forensic science primary literature, access, forensic science education


The paper reviews fifty-three forensic science peer-reviewed journals based on several factors including cost to publish, cost to access, impact factor, indexing, frequency of publication, acceptance rate, affiliation, publisher, content, geography, and years of circulation.  Journals considered to be predatory were not considered.    The findings of this review indicate that costs can be problematic for those seeking access, in addition to a lack of information that may make it uncertain which journals are best to access depending on need. Furthermore, many forensic specialties are underrepresented across forensic science journals. Many of the journals identified for this review originated in North America and Europe, showing a geographical skew in widely available forensic information. Forensic professionals, students, and others associated with the field must consider the interrelationship between these various factors and their relative significance to better understand the lack of access to published research.

Author Biography

Lawrence A Quarino, Cedar Crest College

Director of Forensic Science Program


Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences