Journal of Forensic Sciences Update

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

Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) leadership team, we continue to grow our scientific recognition and improve our performance metrics. Included below are summaries of the key achievements during 2019 and 2020 to-date. Thank you to all who have contributed, especially the JFS Associate Editors and the JFS Managing Editor.

  • JFS App – The JFS App has been very successful, with 85,412 page views and 6,141 app downloads since its launch in 2018 – showing continuing excellent growth. Note: Wiley’s comparative data reflects, on average, a journal app receives approximately 500 downloads per year. For those who have not yet downloaded the JFS App, download instructions are available here.
  • JFS Submissions – A total of 806 original submissions were received in 2019 (1,180 inclusive with revisions), which were record setting for JFS and a 4.7% increase over 2018. Submissions continue to be strong for 2020, with more than 600 original submissions received to-date.
  • Usage and Engagement – JFS continues to see an increase in both non-AAFS subscriptions and content usage, with JFS downloads increasing by 32.7% in 2019. A 41.6% increase in circulation also occurred over the past four years (see table below for data).
  JFS Circulation 2016 2017 2018 2019
  Reach (Number of Institutions with Access to JFS Content) 5,571 6,282 6,945 7,891
  • Online Metrics – The metrics for January 1 – December 31, 2019, are provided below. Note: Page views relate to the number of JFS articles and/or webpages accessed, regardless of the number of pages in any given article. A unique visitor refers to a person who visits a site at least once within the reporting period. Each visitor is only counted once during the reporting period.
    • Page Views: 1.236 Million
    • Unique Visitors: 0.41 Million
    • PDF Downloads: 103.8 Thousand
  • TAT Performance Metrics – Tables providing various turnaround time (TAT) performance metrics are provided below. Efforts to continue to improve TAT are ongoing. This is an important metric, as the ability to promptly have their research available online is a key factor authors consider when deciding where to submit their research.


  Submission to Decision Performance Metrics 2016
  Average Days from Submission to First Decision 83 29 27 25
  Average Reviewer Turnaround Time (days) 21 13 13 12
  Average Days from Original Submission to Final Decision 103 40 42 38

Note: Weekends are included in TAT stats.


  Final Decision to Online Publication Performance Metrics Average
  January 1, 2016 thru December 31, 2016 161 168 41-320
  January 1, 2017 thru December 31, 2017 40 31 10-164
  January 1, 2018 thru December 31, 2018 25 24 9-80
  January 1, 2019 thru December 31, 2019 28 22 12-108

Note: Weekends are included in TAT stats.


  • JFS Noteworthy Articles – The JFS Noteworthy Articles initiative implemented by the JFS leadership and piloted in 2018-19 was a tremendous success, with one of the article downloads exceeding 11,000+. As a result, it has been decided to continue the initiative. The collection of 2019 JFS Noteworthy Articles is available here.
  • Highlights – The JFS submission process has been enhanced with Highlights. Highlights have been proven to broaden an article’s readership and significance, by helping to increase the discoverability of the article via search engines. The guidelines are available here.
  • Inclusive Issue PDF – A complete PDF for each JFS issue continues to be made available to AAFS Members (through their AAFS Member Portal) as an added feature to their JFS Digital Subscription. Download instructions are available here.

The JFS leadership is excited about further improvements and enhancements scheduled for launch in 2020-21, and we look forward to announcing these developments over the next several weeks.

Thank you for your continued support of JFS and its initiatives.