Subscription and Open Access Policies

The JDFSL is published as an online Open Access journal. 

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The Review Process: Referees and Editors

All manuscripts submitted are sent for refereeing to at least 2 experts in the specific areas for evaluation according to the JDFSL Submission Evaluation Criteria. These referees can either review the papers themselves or recommend other referee(s).

We strive to ensure a high level of integrity in the refereeing and selection process. We make every effort to:

  • assure that referees are academically qualified or professionally qualified;
  • not assign a referee that was a co-author of any of the paper's authors;
  • not assign a referee who was recently a colleague of any of the paper's authors while at the same institution;
  • not assign a referee who was recently co-author of another referee;
  • not assign a referee who was recently a colleague of another referee while at the same institution; and to
  • avoid any conflicts of interest in the selection of the referees.

Responsibility of the reviewers include:

  • being objective in their judgements,
  • having no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders,
  • pointing out relevant published work which is not yet cited,
  • and treating all articles being reviewed confidentially.

Currently, approximately 75 percent of the submitted papers are rejected. Many of the accepted papers have been revised by the authors based upon the referees' recommendations. Editorial responsibilities include:

  • having complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article,
  • having no conflict of interest with respect to articles they reject/accept,
  • only accepting a paper when reasonably certain,
  • promote publication of correction or retraction when errors are found,
  • preserving the anonymity of reviewers.

Please contact the Editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions about our editorial process and refereeing policy.

JDFSL Submissions and Authors

Manuscripts submitted are expected to be:

  • new and original,
  • well organized and clearly written,
  • of interest to the academic and research communities,
  • not published previously
  • not under consideration for publication in any other journal or book.

All authors are expected:

  • to participate in the peer review process,
  • to have significantly contributed to the research,
  • to warrant that all data in article are real and authentic,
  • to be obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes as they are found.


  • Articles published in or under consideration for other journals should not be submitted.
  • Significantly enhanced versions of manuscripts previously published may be considered. Authors need to seek permission from the publishers of such previous publications.
  • Papers awaiting presentation or already presented at conferences must be significantly enhanced (ideally, taking advantage of feedback received at the conference) in order to receive consideration. If the paper has been presented previously at a conference or other professional meeting, this fact, the date, and the sponsoring organization should be listed in a footnote on the first page.
  • Funding sources should be acknowledged in the Acknowledgements section.
  • All references should be included and cited in the References section.
  • Fraudulent data will not be tolerated.
  • Plagiarism or self-Plagiarism will not be tolerated.


The publisher (ADFSL) warrants that it will:

  • monitor and assure the publishing ethics by the editorial board,
  • maintain a process for retracting articles when necessary,
  • maintain the integrity of the academic record,
  • preclude business needs from compromising the intellectual and ethical standards,
  • be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

For any questions, please contact the Editors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions about our submission evaluation criteria.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) 

Copyright Transfer and Agreement / Ethics and Malpractice

The copyright of all material published in JDFSL is held by the Association of Digital Forensics, Security and Law (ADFSL).

The JDFSL is committed to the academic and practitioner communities in ensuring the ethics and integrity in the publication and quality of articles appearing in the JDFSL. Plagiarism is strictly condemned and papers found to be plagiarized will be removed or not published in the JDFSL. While signing the copyright transfer and agreement the author(s) have to warrant that the article and associated materials are original and does not infringe the copyright of anyone. Also the authors have to warrant that there was a full consensus of all the authors that the paper was neither submitted nor published previously. 

The author must complete and return the copyright transfer and agreement before publication. Click here to download the copyright transfer form.

Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

The Journal of Digital Forensics, Security & Law (JDFSL) is dedicated to protecting personal information and will make every reasonable effort to handle collected information appropriately. All information collected at our website, as well as related requests, will be handled as carefully and efficiently as possible in accordance with JDFSL standards for integrity and objectivity. 

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