Forensic science plays a pivotal role in the criminal justice system through the scientific analysis of evidence in order to develop impartial conclusions that aid in investigations and solve crimes. The Forensic Science Research Network on SSRN is an open-access preprint server that provides a venue for authors to showcase their research papers in our digital library, speeding up the dissemination and providing the scholarly community access to groundbreaking working papers, early-stage research, and even peer-reviewed or published journal articles. SSRN provides the opportunity to share different research outputs such as preprints, preliminary or exploratory investigations, book chapters, Ph.D. dissertations, course and teaching materials, presentations, and posters, among others. SSRN also helps forensic science scholars discover the latest research in their own and other fields of interest, while providing a platform for the early sharing of their own work, making it available for subsequent work to be built upon more quickly.
Forensic science continues to evolve as science and technology advance. Research is imperative in increasing value to the criminal justice system by improving practices in areas such as digital forensics, forensic ethics, forensic medicine, forensic physics, and human identification. The Forensic Science Research Network helps to promote new scholarship and foster interdisciplinary discovery by helping scholars discover the latest research in related fields such as anthropology, biology, chemistry, criminal justice, dentistry, law, and psychology. By providing a unique platform for early sharing and access through SSRN, researchers expedite scientific discovery through collaboration and subsequent investigations within and beyond the field of Forensic Science.