The International Journal of Legal Medicine aims to improve the scientific resources used in the elucidation of crime and related forensic applications at a high level of evidential proof. The journal offers review articles tracing development in specific areas, with up-to-date analysis; original articles discussing significant recent research results; case reports describing interesting and exceptional examples; population data; letters to the editors; and technical notes, which appear in a section originally created for rapid publication of data in the dynamic field of DNA analysis.

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  • Heidi Pfeiffer,
  • Thomas Bajanowski
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2.222 (2019)
Impact factor
2.193 (2019)
Five year impact factor
47 days
Submission to first decision
126 days
Submission to acceptance
276,959 (2019)
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