Forensic science has a number of popular outlets where interested people can learn more about what's going on within the field directly from the scientists at work. These resources include those offered by the FBI, industry magazines, as well as private research aggregators like ScienceDaily.com or journal services like Elsevier.
Finding Forensic Science Articles
Government, news, professional associations, industry magazines, and publishing websites provide access to forensic science articles online; some offer the content for free, while others charge a subscription or pay-per-view fee.
Forensic Magazine is a fully digital magazine covering forensic science topics that range from laboratory methods to legal practice. The magazine often has reports from real forensic scientists on their day to day work. The issues are available online for free, including all of the back issues. Readers can also subscribe to a free daily newsletter from Forensic Magazine covering technological advances, news and trends in forensic science.
Forensic Science Communications
The FBI website keeps issues from 1999-2010 of its peer-reviewed journal Forensic Science Communications online that the public can access for free. The journal was intended as a means of communication between scientists in the forensic science fields. Inclusion in the Forensic Science Communications journal is not representative of endorsement by the FBI, the U.S. Department of Justice or the U.S. Government. The most recent issue available is from 2010, so this resource is not as up-to-date as the others.
ScienceDaily.com provides over 140,000 research articles free of charge and is updated multiple times a day with the latest news and research in many science fields, including forensic sciences. The website offers a Forensic News page, which includes:
- Articles on forensic research
- Forensic techniques
- DNA testing advancement
- Other forensic science topics
Elsevier publishes peer-reviewed health and science journals and provides them for free or via low-cost subscription. The website has several journals that contain forensic science articles, including Forensic Science International, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine and Science and Justice. Depending on the publication, content may be free, sold in bundles or sold on a pay-per-view basis; the Elsevier website provides the table of contents and article abstract free of charge.
Whether via a journal service, industry magazine, research aggregator, or government source, information about everything within forensic science can be found online for free or at a low cost.