CFS: Journal of Forensic Nursing

The Journal of Forensic Nursing (JFN), the official journal of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), is a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication dedicated to advancing the science of forensic nursing by enhancing the knowledge of clinicians, educators, administrators, and researchers. The journal’s objective is to publish scholarly manuscripts and to expand empirical evidence important to the practice of forensic nursing worldwide. Both solicited and unsolicited manuscripts are welcome. A manuscript must be an original work, not previously published, and submitted exclusively to JFN. 


Manuscript Format (Please submit manuscripts in English)

Style: All details of style must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association(APA, 5th Ed., 2001). (This includes references, photographs, and tables.) Text: The manuscript title should be repeated on the first page of the text. The manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced, on one side of 8.5 x 11 inch white paper. Arial 12 point font is preferred; please do not use a smaller font. Times New Roman or Verdana are also acceptable. 



1. Articles – Manuscripts reporting original research should be no more than 20 double-spaced pages.

2. Review articles – Major overviews, meta-analyses, or meta-syntheses of domains of inquiry relevant to forensic nursing science, practice, education, or administration should be no more than 30 double-spaced pages.

3. Page limits include title and abstract pages, tables, figures, and references.


Submitting a Manuscript

Authors should submit their manuscript online at Manuscripts should be uploaded as a separate file for the text (.doc) and for each figure (.doc, .jpg or .gif files only).  Please do not convert your files to .pdf prior to submission. Upon upload, the manuscript and figures will be combined into an .html file and .pdffiles for review purposes. Also, to help ensure that papers are reviewed by the most suitable referees, authors must indicate up to four candidate referees (including names, addresses, fax and e-mail) who are not directly concerned with the research being submitted. The Editors reserve the right to choose different referees from those suggested. E-mail: The Managing Editor, Jennifer Deyton, can be contacted at


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