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July/September 2020 - Volume 16 - Issue 3

  • Cindy Peternelj-Taylor, MSc, BScN, RN, DF-IAFN
    University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
  • 1556-3693
  • 1939-3938
  • Quarterly
  • 0.750

Call for Authors
Forensic Nursing:  The State of the Specialty
Revised Deadline for Submission May 1, 2020

We  hope this note finds you all well and safe.  It seems every day, we adapt to a new normal, as we attempt to make sense of our ever-changing reality.   

As an Editorial Board, we have decided to extend the call for manuscripts for the special issue on Forensic Nursing:  The State of the Specialty until May 1, 2020.  We recognize that during the coronavirus crisis, writing is likely not high on anyone’s agenda, but for those who are still interested in submitting, we felt a little extra time might be helpful.

We are also very interested in forensic nurses’ responses to COVID-19; how you are coping, challenges your patients and clients are experiencing, and your messages of hope. We want to hear your stories., and look forward to sharing your contributions with our readership.

The World Health Organization has declared the year 2020, as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. We are pleased to announce a call for authors for a special issue devoted to the current state of our specialty, and the evolving role of the forensic nurse globally. A special issue entitled “Forensic Nursing—The State of the Specialty” will be published in 2020.  

We are currently seeking original articles, review papers, and case reports that speak to the role of forensic nursing and forensic nurses in 2020, with particular interest in papers that represent the diversity of the specialty, and the unique contributions forensic nurses make in the care of individuals, families, and communities. Researchers, clinicians, educators, and others whose work articulates the state of the specialty are invited to submit articles. All submissions must explicitly address the role of the forensic nurse in practice, education, research, or policy.
Potential topics could include (but are definitely not limited to):
•    Original research on the impact of forensic nurses in improving outcomes in practice
•    Descriptions of novel practice environments for forensic nurses
•    Policy analyses relevant to forensic nursing practice
•    Reports on the application or testing of theoretical frameworks in the specialty
•    Historical overview of the forensic nursing specialty
•    Evidence based project reports on innovations in professional role development
•    Future roles, responsibilities, and learning needs

We would be happy to discuss your ideas and their suitability for this special issue.
For further information, please contact:
Prof. Cindy Peternelj-Taylor, Editor-in-Chief
Dr. Alison Colbert, Associate Editor
Dr. Carolyn M. Porta, Associate Editor

Authors are requested to indicate in their submission letter that they wish their manuscript to be considered for the special issue on “Forensic Nursing—The State of the Specialty”.

The Journal of Forensic Nursing is a peer-reviewed journal, published quarterly by Lippincott. For detailed information, regarding instructions for authors and submission guidelines please visit:

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Cindy Peternelj-Taylor, RN, MSc, DF-IAFN

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Nursing

Current Issue Highlights

Frailty Syndrome: A Risk Factor Associated With Violence in Older Adults

dos Santos, Renata Clemente; Menezes, Rejane Maria de Paiva; Souto, Rafaella Queiroga; More

Journal of Forensic Nursing. 16(3):130-137, July/September 2020.