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International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 127, Issue 3, pp 537–540 | Cite as

Journal development and a thank you to reviewers

  • T. BajanowskiEmail author
  • H. Pfeiffer
  • A. Schmeling
Editorial
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Two years after our previous report [1], we would like to update our authors, reviewers and readership on the current development of the Int J Legal Med. Most importantly, the impact factor has remained nearly constant during the last 2 years (2011, 2012), staying above 2.5, even though the frequency of self-citations has decreased in the same period.

The editors and the members of the editorial office processed a total of 823 manuscripts which were submitted in 2011 and 2012. Due to the excellent work of nearly 260 reviewers working in all fields of legal medicine, a total of 1,671 reviews were carried out. The average time for the first review could be reduced to about 16 days. The average processing time per manuscript remained constant at 33 days.

The increased number of high-quality manuscripts submitted allowed us to increase the number of papers published per volume. Nevertheless, the acceptance rate is less than 30 %. In addition to the impact factor, the number of full text downloads represents an impressive marker of the reputation of the journal. In 2011, there were a total of 154,672 downloads. In 2012, scientists downloaded the full texts 278,430 times.

To improve the journal’s transparency and to structure the different issues of each volume more consistently, we defined the main categories of topics (e.g. DNA research, toxicology, morphology, forensic imaging). Moreover, we introduced a new category of manuscript (population genetic data) and laid out guidelines for preparing such manuscripts [2].

New members of the Editorial and Advisory Boards as well as new reviewers—all of them extraordinary scientists with special knowledge in various fields of legal medicine—will guarantee successful development in the future.

In the name of the publishers and the editors, we would like to thank the reviewers for their outstanding work (Table 1) and the authors for the high quality of their submissions. Without the time consuming work of both groups of scientists, such an impressive development would not have been possible. The members of the editorial and advisory boards, the staff of the editorial office as well as the broad readership of the International Journal of Legal Medicine express their sincere gratitude to you. We greatly welcome your continued support of the journal.
Table 1

Names of reviewers in order of number of reviews completed

Micaela Poetsch

Gisela Skopp

Burkhard Rolf

Stephan Köhnemann

Tony Fracasso

Klaus Püschel

Rüdiger Lessig

Peter Wiegand

Jianye Ge

Jeanett Edelmann

Burkhard Madea

Andreas Schmeling

Marielle Vennemann

A. Busuttil

Bruce Budowle

Andreas Olze

Manfred Kayser

Hiromasa Inoue

Sven Schmidt

Frank Musshoff

Vittorio Fineschi

Toshikazu Kondo

Sue Black

Douglas H. Ubelaker

Peter Forster

Frank Peters

Walther Parson

Jens Amendt

Marcel A. Verhoff

Hitoshi Maeda

Reinhard Dettmeyer

Bertrand Ludes

Katsuji Nishi

Bernd Karger

Takaki Ishikawa

Stefan Pollak

Sabine Lutz-Bonengel

Lutz Roewer

Jennifer Schürenkamp

Patrick Thevissen

Michael Klintschar

Peter Gill

Per Holck

Christian Schyma

Mechthild Prinz

Gita Mall

Thomas Daldrup

Helen Liversidge

Matthias Graw

Richard Zehner

Eva Scheurer

Fabrice Dedouit

Markus Große Perdekamp

Ronald Schulz

Christoph Meißner

Fritz Pragst

Justus Beike

Hugo Cardoso

Jan Dreßler

Friedrich Rösing

Jan Peter Sperhake

Gerhard Kernbach-Wighton

Cristina Cattaneo

Santo Davide Ferrara

Michael Bohnert

Rolf Fimmers

Mike Coble

Roland Hausmann

Markus A. Rothschild

Helga Köhler

Thomas Bajanowski

Andreas Büttner

Rossana Cecchi

Carlo Pietro Campobasso

Stefanie Ritz-Timme

Beat Kneubuehl

John Mark Midgley

Patrice Mangin

Sibylle Banaschak

Kathy Keyvani

Tore T Solheim

Elisabeth Mützel

Christian Jackowski

Uta Kuepper

Eugenia Cunha

Jeffrey D. Wells

Guy Rutty

Daniel Franklin

Antti Sajantila

Hermann Vogel

Stephan Bolliger

Guido Viel

Werner Paulus

Marc Schlamann, M.D.

Wolfgang Weinmann

Stephan Waldmüller

Caroline Wilkinson

Sascha Willuweit

Daniel Wittschieber

Silke Grabherr

Kathrin Yen

Peter M. Schneider

Charles H Brenner, PhD

J. Matschke

Stefanie Iwersen-Bergmann

Leonor Gusmao

Lucina Hackman

Lynn R. LaMotte

Peter Betz

Christoph Gerhard Birngruber

Mechtild M. T. Vennemann

Peter Fritz Schmidt

Angel Carracedo

Joseph Donfack

Hansjürgen Bratzke

Frank Ramsthaler

Christine Picard

Holger Muggenthaler

Jane Taylor

Marian M. de Pancorbo

Monika Lindemann

Steffen Heide

Pedro Manuel Garamendi

Volker Auwärter

Michael Tsokos

Derrick Pounder

Hideo Baba

Gail Anderson

Anette Solveig Debertin

Rui Pereira

Markus A. Parzeller

Robert Paine

Martin Villet

Francesco De Stefano

Claus Grundmann

Richard Guest

Maciej Henneberg

Kelly A. Meiklejohn

Geoffroy Lorin

Sigrid Ingeborg Kvaal

Michael Krawczak

Iva Gomes

Jan Buer

Anja Bräutigam

David Brody

Herman Bernitz

H. Andresen

Y. Suzuki

Stefano Vanin

Chris O'Donnell

Lars Oesterhelweg

Siri Opdal

S. D. J. Pena

O. Peschel

Iain Pretty

Saskia Reibe

Natalie R. Shirley

John Butler

Jefferey K. Tomberlin

Pascal Kintz

Cordula Haas

Roger Byard

Frank Sporkert

Susan Gurney

Christian Hall

Martin Hall

Katja Bender

Sven Benthaus

Arne Stray-Pedersen

Michael Thali

Bruno Morgan

Thomas Parsons

José Luis Prieto

Walter Popp

Peter-Michael Rath

Maria Antonia Roberts

Peter Harald Schmidt

Stephan Seidl

Christopher Semsarian

Barbara Schneider

Torleiv Ole Rognum

Herbert Renz

Steffen Ross

Frank Prieels

Vilma Pinchi

Cristian Palmiere

Michael Strickland

Kirsty L. Spalding

Norbert Telmon

Kurt Trübner

Annette Thierauf

Tim James Upton Thompson

Stefan Toennes

John Simon Buckleton

Ines Morais Caldas

Falko Drijfhout

Seena Fazel

Florian Grabellus

Volker Dittmann

Denis A. Cusack

Chris Lawrence

Götz Lehnerdt

Bernhard Knell

P. J. T. Knudsen

Philippe Lunetta

Wolfgang Mayr

Fraser McDonald

Rainer Mattern

Ana Hernandez Redondo

Elke Hillewig

Rimantas Jankauskas

Eilin Jopp

Gerhard Jorch

Michal Kaliszan

Matthias Kettner

Els De Letter

Jack Ballantyne

N. Ikeda

Hans H. Maurer

Paul Fornes

A. Fieguth

Rolf Beutel

Shera Van Laerhoven

Jean-Louis Senon

Devinder Singh

Coby Schal

Claude Roux

Frank Rühli

David A. Russell

Chris Rynn

Christopher Rynn

Ralf J. Radlanski

Jason Payne-James

Eva Neuen-Jacob

Chris Tyler-Smith

P. A. Underhill

James Wallman

Wolfgang Sperl

Ursula Wittwer-Backofen

Krzysztof Woźniak

Max Baur

Karsten Becker

Hugh Berryman

Kurt W. Alt

Sonja Boy

JoAnn Buscaglia

Stanislav Gorb

Ricardo Dinis

Romina Carabott

Willy Lambert

Neil Langlois

Chris Lennard

John Komlos

Niels Lynnerup

Wolfgang Keil

Axel Heinemann

Willams Guy

Martin Grassberger

References

  1. 1.
    Bajanowski T, Pfeiffer H (2011) Journal performance report. Int J Legal Med 125:323–325PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Poetsch M, Bajanowski T, Pfeiffer H (2012) The publication of population genetic data in the International Journal of Legal Medicine: guidelines. Int J Legal Med 126:489–490CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University Hospital Essen, Institute of Legal MedicineEssenGermany
  2. 2.University Hospital Münster, Institute of Legal MedicineMünsterGermany

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