About the Journal

This journal was established in 2022 by the Academy of Forensic Nursing ©. It is a peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal. The purpose is to provide evidence and trauma informed scholarly information to support forensic nurses and their colleagues who work with persons affected by trauma or violence. 

Open access policy

The Journal of the Academy of Forensic Nursing provides open access to all journal content, and copyright for publications is retained by the author(s). There are no article processing charges (APCs) for publishing with JAFN.


All contributions are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly attributed, not used for commercial purposes, and, if transformed, the resulting work is redistributed under the same or similar license to this one. 

Becoming a Peer Reviewer

We welcome forensic professionals as peer reviewers. The process is outlined in the following document- essentially you create a free account with the journal and then there are options within your profile to indicate a wilingness to review and space to indicate your bio, areas of expertise and credentials. These are reviewed by editorial staff when assigning articles for review, matching either research or content expertise where possible. You are asked to provide prompt review (e.g. 2-3 weeks) so as not to hold up acceptance of the work.  Instructions for peer review are available when you are assigned.  We have a philosophy of positive constructive reviews and provide mentorship for both peer reviewing and authorship as needed.