Journal of Forensic Sciences Print-on-Demand (POD)

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Source: Michael A. Peat, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences     

In 2018, the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) underwent an e-migration from print to on-line only. This transition was successful, and we have continued to grow the readership of JFS with the help of our Publisher, Wiley. We have also increased the rate of submissions and, I believe, the quality of the articles published in JFS.

As part of this transition, a Print-on-Demand (POD) Subscription was offered for a nominal fee to AAFS Members who wanted to continue to receive a hard copy version of JFS. The POD was implemented as a short-term mechanism to facilitate the transition from hard copy to digital subscription, providing the membership time to become acclimated to the JFS e-platforms (digital subscription, JFS App, inclusive PDF). Although the original goal was to have 2019 be the last year to offer the POD option, it was decided to extend the POD option for two more years – with 2021 being the final year it will be offered. There is a significant administrative cost associated with offering the POD option for both AAFS and Wiley. For these reasons, the option is not being extended into 2022.

A complete PDF for each JFS issue will continue to be made available to AAFS Members (through their AAFS Member Portal) as an added feature to their JFS Digital Subscription.

We appreciate the POD’s users understanding of this decision and their continued support of JFS. For questions, please contact JFS Managing Editor Brenda Peat at