Towards more relevance in forensic science research and development

Céline Weyermann (Lead / Corresponding author), Sheila Willis, Pierre Margot, Claude Roux

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Abstract

Many different issues have been identified in forensic science for more than 10 years. While quality management has often been suggested as a path forward, research is generally considered as an essential part of the solution. Through an overview of current forensic science research, this paper aims at evaluating if and how research answer the challenges forensic science is currently facing. While forensic related publications have massively increased over the years, approximately half of the publications were published in non-forensic sources, indicating that forensic science research tends to be led by other disciplines. Over the years, forensic science research has remained largely oriented towards methodological and technological development rather than relevance to the forensic science discipline and practice. Practical implementation of the techniques is rarely discussed from a forensic perspective, and thus research rarely move from the "proof-of-concept" stage to its utilisation in case investigation. The digital transformation also generated a massive increase of data, making it challenging to find the relevant pieces of information in the mass of "forensic" publications available on-line. Thus, we propose to refocus forensic science research on forensic fundamental and practical questions to strengthen the discipline and its impact on crime investigation and security issues. Our propositions represent an incentive to further discuss forensic science research and knowledge transmission through the definition of a common culture within the community, focusing on common fundamental knowledge such as a better understanding of the concept of trace and its case-based information content.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111592
Number of pages9
JournalForensic Science International
Volume348
Early online date3 Feb 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023

Keywords

  • Trace
  • Pertinence
  • Reliability
  • Transfer
  • Persistence
  • Prevalence
  • Purpose
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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