Moving the JFS Forward

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

As reported at the 2018 AAFS Board of Directors Meeting, the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) recent process enhancements have resulted in significant improvements—including in the peer review turnaround time from initial submission to online publication. For example, the average turnaround time from original submission to final decision in 2017 was 40 days (vs. 103 days in 2016). From final decision to Early View posting, we averaged 38 days. Efforts to improve these metrics will continue. For those of you who are interested, detailed JFS performance metrics are available here.

In addition, our transition from single- to double-blind peer review and the implementation of a more rigorous peer review of the JFS manuscripts have improved the quality of the manuscripts published.

A JFS Strategic Planning Meeting will be held in September of this year to develop a strategic plan for the JFS. A survey will be distributed in the next few weeks to obtain feedback from a random selection of AAFS members. If you are one of those selected, please respond as this survey will be vital to the strategic plan development. Periodic updates on our progress will be provided; however, I welcome any questions you may have in the interim.

Thank you for your continued support of the JFS. Efforts to strengthen the JFS mission and maximize its future growth and success will be ongoing in 2018. I encourage you to submit your research to the JFS as we become the forensic science journal of choice.