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Forensics professor founds new scholarly journal

Forensic Chemistry cover

Publication is one of the most important aspects of research, sharing the knowledge found by your institution. However, forensic chemistry researchers have had difficulty publishing due to the technical nature of their work. Glen P. Jackson , Ming Hsieh Distinguished Professor of Forensic and Investigative Science at West Virginia University, has changed that.

Jackson, along with José R. Almirall, Florida International University professor, has founded a new journal, “ Forensic Chemistry,” to publish high quality manuscripts focusing on the theory, research and application of any chemical science to forensic analysis. Together, they will serve as Co-Editors-in Chief of the new journal, which will be published by the internationally renowned scientific publisher, Elsevier.

“The forensic chemistry community has gotten larger and more active, and it’s gotten to the point where we just really wanted our articles published more quickly than they currently get published in existing forensic journals,” said Jackson.

The scope of the journal includes fundamental advancements that result in a better understanding of the evidentiary significance derived from the physical and chemical analysis of materials, including techniques and sciences provide insight into the forensic analysis of materials.

“There are other broad discipline forensic journals that cover topics across forensic sciences but the information is diluted by the other topics,” said Jackson. “The new journal brings all of forensic chemistry together and it’s not just analytical chemistry, but all the chemistry that goes with forensic sciences.”

Manuscripts will be accepted on an ongoing basis and appear exclusively online.

Dr. Jackson joined the WVU faculty in the fall of 2012 as the Ming Hsieh Distinguished Professor of Forensic and Investigative Science. He holds a joint appointment in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry and an adjunct position in the Department of Biology. The Ming Hsieh Faculty Development Fund supports critical investments that enhance the ability of faculty to successfully obtain competitive research grant awards.

Dr. Bell, an associate professor in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry and who is heavily involved with the Department of Forensic & Investigative Science, will be serving on the editorial board of the new Journal.