Vol. 24 No. 3 (2019)

Dear Forensic Scientists,


We are here with the last issue of the Bulletin of Legal Medicine for 2019.  Publishing 12 articles in each issue continues in our last issue as well.  In this issue various perspective-opening studies are gathered together which include Child Marriages within the Scope of Civil Code, Crime-Driven Children, Mobbing, Post-mortem Heart School, American Physicians Association’s (AMA) Guidelines for the Assessment of Permanent Disability, Nuclear Cyber Safety and Nuclear Security. 


Besides, we belive you will enjoy reading the redrafted article of our dear invited author, Ms. Mehtap Hamzaoğlu who is also the author of the newly published book of ‘Honour- the Ideology behind Violence Against Women’, which focusesses on honour killings. She redrafted an article for our journal under the name of ‘Symbolic and Direct Forms of Violence Against Women in Turkey: Honor Case and Honor Killings’. 


We are also delighted to share with you the   ‘Linguistics Autopsy: Criteria and Methods of Author’ which is the recent research of our invited author Ms. Burcu İlkay Kahraman. We wish that original works of our invited authors from different fields of forensic sciences will bring new perspectives to forensic sciences.


It will be the 25th anniversary of our journal next year. We will continue to share recent studies and innovations in this field from the beginning of 2020. We wish that the year 2020 will bring health, success and happiness to our country and the whole world. As the Editorial Board of the Bulletin of Legal Medicine, we would like to express our gratitude to our authors and reviewers who contributed to the journal with their articles. We are working to guide our journal to even higher levels  while maintaining the distinction of being the scientific platform of the field of Forensic Sciences. We would like to kindly ask you to carefully review the rules of our journal when submitting your work to out journal.


We wish to raise the eligibility of our journal higher by being aware of the fact that being scientific is the only way to build up a future for forensic sciences, and we wish to continue to be a common platform sharing the latest studies in Forensic Medicine and Forensic Science areas... 


Prof. Dr. Halis Dokgöz
Editor

Published: Dec 29, 2019

Vol. 24 No. 2 (2019)

Dear Forensic Scientists,


We are here with the new issue of the Bulletin of Legal Medicine. By being the only forensic science journal in Turkey indexed within the scope of both Tübitak Ulakbim TR Index and DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) and leading the scientific platform of forensic sciences in our country necessitates new targets ahead us.


We are happy to share with you the studies from different disciplines within the scope of forensic sciences. We are proud to share fascinating and current research in this new issue of our journal, including 'Diatom examinations of corpses removed from water', 'The evaluation of professional drivers' behaviors and skills in relation with alcohol, drugs of abuse and medicine consumption', 'E-Bullying and E-Victimization Scale', 'Suicide risk among individuals in Turkish probation system', 'Biogeographic ancestry estimation' as well as 'drug facilitated sexual assaults and perpetrator typology'. We would like to maintain our journal's scientific platform and extend it to a wider area.


Meanwhile, we are proud and happy to share with you the textbook of "Forensic Medicine & Forensic Sciences" (Adli Tıp & Adli Bilimler) which includes 39 chapters with annexes that is published in a period of 2 years with the contributions of 52 scientists in the field of forensic medicine and forensic sciences from our country.


We wish to raise the eligibility of our journal higher by being aware of the fact that being scientific is the only way to build up a future for forensic sciences, and we wish to continue to be a common platform sharing the latest studies in Forensic Medicine and Forensic Science areas...


Prof. Dr. Halis Dokgöz
Editor

Published: Oct 13, 2019

Vol. 24 No. 1 (2019)

Dear Forensic Scientists,


We are here with the first issue of the Bulletin of Forensic Medicine in 2019. May the 100th anniversary of the 14th March since 1919, brings health, happiness and success to all health professionals and all those working in the field of forensic sciences.


We are happy and proud with the fact that, apart from being scanned by international indexes such as DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals); the Bulletin of Legal Medicine is currently the only forensic science journal among other fields in the country indexed within the scope of Tübitak Ulakbim TR Index once after the Council of Universities issued a condition according to the Application Requirements for Associate Professors of having an article published in a nationally reviewed journal indexed by ULAKBIM.


We are happy to share with you the studies from different disciplines within the scope of the forensic science in this new issue of our journal.


We would like to ask you to check carefully the journal writing rules while sending your articles to our journal.


Life continues to show us the importance of merit in the field of forensic sciences and how science is open to new horizons in the fields of literature and art.


We wish to raise the eligibility of our journal higher by being aware of the fact that being scientific is the only way to build up a future for forensic sciences, and we wish to continue to be a common platform sharing the latest studies in Forensic Medicine and Forensic Science areas...


Prof. Dr. Halis Dokgöz
Editor

Published: Mar 29, 2019

Vol. 23 No. 3 (2018)

Dear Forensic Scientists,


We are here with the last issue of the Bulletin of Forensic Medicine in 2018. May 2019 bring health, happiness and success to all colleagues working at the field forensics. We are happy and proud with the fact that, apart from being scanned by international indexes such as DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals); the Bulletin of Legal Medicine is currently the only forensic science journal among other fields in the country indexed within the scope of Tübitak Ulakbim TR Index once after the Council of Universities issued a condition according to the Application Requirements for Associate Professors of having an article published in a nationally reviewed journal indexed by ULAKBIM.


We are happy to share with you the studies from different disciplines within the scope of the forensic science in this new issue of our journal.


We would like to ask you to check carefully the journal writing rules while sending your articles to our journal. Besides the valuable studies on forensic science field, we believe that “Forensic Literature in the World and in Turkey” would influence us all and would fill an obvious gap.


Life continues to show us the importance of merit in the field of forensic sciences and how science is open to new horizons in the fields of literature and art.


We wish to raise the eligibility of our journal higher by being aware of the fact that being scientific is the only way to build up a future for forensic sciences, and we wish to continue to be a common platform sharing the latest studies in Forensic Medicine and Forensic Science areas...


Prof. Dr. Halis Dokgöz


Editor

Published: Dec 23, 2018

Vol. 23 No. 2 (2018)

Dear Forensic Scientists,


We are here with the new issue of the Bulletin of Legal Medicine in 2018. Apart from being scanned by international indexes such as DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals); the Bulletin of Legal Medicine is currently the only forensic science journal among other fields in the country indexed within the scope of Tübitak Ulakbim TR Index once afterthe Council of Universities issued a condition according to the Application Requirements for Associate Professors of having an article published in a nationally reviewed journal indexed by ULAKBIM. As the Editorial Board of the Bulletin of Legal Medicine, we would like to express our gratitude to our valuable authors and reviewers for their contributions.


We are happy to share with you the studies from different disciplines within the scope of the forensic science in this new issue of our journal. We are working to direct our goals to higher levels by maintaining the feature of our journal to be a scientific platform for the forensic sciences field. We would like to ask you to check carefully the journal writing rules while sending your articles to our journal.


We wish to raise the eligibility of our journal higher by being aware of the fact that being scientific is the only way to build up a future for forensic sciences, and we wish to continue to be a common platform sharing the latest studies in Forensic Medicine and Forensic Science areas...


Prof. Dr. Halis Dokgöz
Editor

Published: Aug 16, 2018

Vol. 23 No. 1 (2018)

Dear Forensic Scientists,
As we promised you during the 15 th Forensic Sciences Congress which is a scientific meeting platform of the scientists working in the field of forensic sciences, we are grateful to present you the first volume of the Bulletin of Legal Medicine for 2018. We are presenting you a volume that should be archived including different fields of forensic sciences once again.
Sexual violence of children and women is one of the primary subjects of our country nowadays and it is sustaining to be aware of the fact that this issue was scientifically scrutinized in our journal for years and it was referenced for numerous studies and for the press as well, proving that we were on the correct path for all these years. Unfortunately, there is no sufficient scientific data showing the actual extent of the harassment of children and women in our country, which in return creates a problem to reveal this issue subjectively. As being one of the first countries signing the Convention on the Right of the Children, we should highlight the fact that, any individual who is under 18 years old is both medically and legally a child. Besides this, we should also raise our voices in a scientific way for all these children for any medical, legal and social sanction and implementation. The way of it is to share our knowledge and studies in this field in the Bulletin of Legal Medicine which is an internationally known journal that is scanned by Tubitak Ulakbim TR Index and international DOAJ databases (Directory of Open Access Journals). We would like to invite all scientists to direct their studies in these relevant fields to our journal.
We wish to raise the eligibility of our journal higher by being aware of the fact that being scientific is the only way to build up a future for forensic sciences, and we wish to continue to be a common platform sharing the latest studies in Forensic Medicine and Forensic Science areas...
Prof. Dr. Halis Dokgoz
Editor

Published: Apr 6, 2018

Vol. 22 No. 3 (2017)

Dear Forensic Scientists,


With this number, you hold in your hands now, we have published the final issue of the Bulletin of Legal Medicine for 2017. We are happy to keep our promise about our punctuality and also our promise on publishing minimum twelve articles with this issue as well. We would like to express our gratitude to all scientists working in the field of forensic sciences who contributed our journal to become a focal point where our journal is scanned by Tübitak Ulakbim TR Index and international DOAJ databases (Directory of Open Access Journals).


In this edition of our journal, we are glad to share with you fascinating and up to date subjects of forensic sciences including Evaluation of Handwritings of Identical Twins by Forensic Handwriting Principles, Turkish Adaptation of Cyberbullying Scale, The Perspective of the Court of Cassation and the Problems Concerning the Expert System in the Light of the Relevant Judgements and also Semantic Analyses in Forensic Text Types.


We wish to raise the eligibility of our journal higher by being aware of the fact that being scientific is the only way to build up a future for forensic sciences, and we wish to continue to be a common platform sharing the latest studies in Forensic Medicine and Forensic Science areas...


Prof. Dr. Halis Dokgöz
Editor

Published: Dec 23, 2017

Vol. 22 No. 2 (2017)

Dear Forensic Scientists,


We are here with the new issue of The Bulletin of Legal Medicine in 2017. We would like to thank you for your extensive interest and contributions to our journal. We are happy to announce that our application to DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) has been accepted and from now on, the Bulletin of Legal Medicine is indexed by DOAJ. We thank our valuable authors and reviewers for their contributions as the Editorial Board of the Bulletin of Legal Medicine.


We are sharing different studies in the forensic science area in the new issue of our journal. The Bulletin of Legal Medicine is an internationally qualified journal where it is punctually published and is scanned by Tübitak Ulakbim TR Index and international DOAJ databases. While sending your studies to our journal which is a scientific platform of the forensic sciences, we would like to ask you to upload your articles to the system in accordance with the journal writing rules and to add the DOI numbers of the references as well at the references section when applicable.


We wish to raise the eligibility of our journal higher by being aware of the fact that being scientific is the only way to build up a future for forensic sciences, and we wish to continue to be a common platform sharing the latest studies in Forensic Medicine and Forensic Science areas...


Prof. Dr. Halis Dokgöz
Editor

Published: Aug 29, 2017

Vol. 22 No. 1 (2017)

Dear Forensic Scientists,


We are here with the first issue of The Bulletin of Legal Medicine in 2017. We thank you very much for your intense interest in our journal. As a result of 22 years of experience and process, we are continuing to pursue research, case presentation and compilation as well as proceeding with certain steps towards becoming a scientific platform for the forensic science field.


In the new issue of our journal, we believe you will read the clinical forensic applications, judicial document reviews and Dr. Fahri Ecevit’s biography in terms of history of forensic medicine with interest. We believe that the article which brings the universal trauma scoring system to the agenda and assessment of injuries in forensic medicine applications debate on the guide currently used is a horizon. It is a well-known fact that the case presentations are educational and published in our journal are also interesting. In the “disability” reporting system, the scoring system has become a necessity for establishing a scientific standard, revealing the trauma of individuals and ensuring justice.


The Bulletin of Legal Medicine has acquired the identity of an international journal published on time and scanned by Tübitak Ulakbim TR Index and many other international databases. In the meantime, we want to emphasize that we are applying to be indexed by DOAJ and SCI-Expanded and that the process is still ongoing. When you send your study to our journal, we ask you to upload your articles to the system in accordance with the journal writing rules.


We wish to raise the eligibility of our journal higher by being aware of the fact that being scientific is the only way to build up a future for forensic sciences...


Prof. Dr. Halis Dokgöz
Editor

Published: Apr 29, 2017

Vol. 21 No. 3 (2016)

Dear Forensic Scientists,


We are here with the last issue of The Bulletin of Legal Medicine in 2016. Though We are facing an extraordinary period of coup attempt, we must emphasize and express our loyalty to social and secular constitutional state and our republic more strongly and are delighted to present new issue of The Bulletin of Legal Medicine


We continue to present our bulletin in printed and electronic media as free. We are pleasant to share more satisfying articles in terms of quality and quantity with you. We particularly ask you to pay attention spelling, sign a copyright transfer agreement and add the doi numbers of references when you send your articles to our journal. We hope you to support, participate and contribute with your research articles as a timely published scientific journal which has been attaining international journal identity, scanned by Tubitak Ulakbim and many international databases and published on time. We thanks to contributing and participation to scientists working in the field of forensic science and we wish that the new year will bring health and happiness to all of us


We hope that we raise scientific quality of our journal higher with conscious about the scientific which is only true in building of forensic sciences of future…


Prof. Dr. Halis Dokgöz
Editor

Published: Dec 29, 2016

Vol. 21 No. 2 (2016)

Dear Forensic Scientists,


We are here with the second issue of The Bulletin of Legal Medicine in 2016. Though We are facing an extraordinary period of coup attempt, we must emphasize and express our loyalty to social, democratic and secular constitutional state and our republic more strongly.


We are very pleased about administration of the plaques to both our former editors, our masters who contributed to our journal as referee and our editorial board of our journal by our association in 13th Forensic Sciences Congress in Bodrum.


We continue to present our bulletin in printed and electronic media as free. We are pleased to share more satisfying articles in terms of quality and quantity with you. We would like to ask you particularly to pay attention to spelling, to sign a copyright transfer agreement and to add the doi numbers of references when you send your articles to our journal. We hope you to support, participate and contribute with your research articles as a timely published scientific journal


We want to highlight that our journal which has a faster and easier access website with double-blind referee system has also started to proceed with important databases including PubMed and SCI-Expanded as well.


We wish to raise the eligibility of our journal higher by being aware of the fact that being scientific is the only way to build up a future for forensic sciences...


Prof. Dr. Halis Dokgöz
Editor

Published: Aug 18, 2016

Vol. 21 No. 1 (2016)

Dear Forensic Scientists,


Firstly, I would like to state that we decry recently increasing incidents of terrorism. We have to act with an approach that includes our relations with nature by both objective and subjective sensitivity of a scientist as working in the stressful branches of forensic science especially trauma and death. The Bulletin of Legal Medicine develops rapidly on the way of becoming not only national, but also an international scientific platform, in which your contributions are extremely valuable.


When we examine the website of our journal via visitors statistics, we are pleased to determine that our visitors from almost every country in the world access to articles as “PDF” format which we share free in thought of independent science. We would like to ask you to add the numbers of “DOI” in order to increase impact factor of our bulletin when representing articles in our bulletin as reference.


We become happy about increasing in the quality and quantity of articles arriving to us and learn that our bulletin is indexed in many national and international databases. As a scientific journal published on time, we need more supports, participations and contributions especially with research articles.


With knowledge that the scientific attitudes are only truth in construction of Forensic Science of future, we wish to increase quality of our bulletin together...


Sincerely,


Prof. Dr. Halis Dokgöz


Editor

Published: Apr 1, 2016

Vol. 20 No. 3 (2015)

Dear Forensic Scientists,
We are very pleased to present 3rd issue of 2015 of The Bulletin of Legal Medicine. As year of 2015, we have published last issue of our bulletin on time.
I want to share our happiness with you about admission of articles for evaluation from not only our country, but also abroad to our journal. Our other pride is determination of English articles, admitted to our journal, by our international advisory board. The Bulletin of Legal Medicine, being monitored by international scientific indexes, has gained an international journal quality, within a short time. The journal also perfected its online accession system by providing DOI (Digital Object Identifier) number, a character string that uniquely identifies a digital object, for each paper. Also, one of the most important problems scientific researches is "plagiarism", as related no longer articles are passed through the CrossCheck plagiarism scanning system before sending to the referees.
The PDF files of all issues of the Bulletin of Legal Medicine since 1996 as beginning of publication are open for free access to our website. We have changed design of cover and pages of our journal since 2015. Clearly, we were worried about this change as a traditional structure. However, positive feedbacks of criticism have further increased work determination.
Dear Forensic Scientists, We wish you to continue contributions to our journal. Not only publication of articles in our journal, but also we would like to remind you that you make contribution to a scientific platform by sharing your comments and submitting as letter to the editor.
We have a long way to go yet and need your support and contribution so much. Hope to meet you in higher quality issues.
Sincerely,
 
Prof. Halis Dokgöz, MD.

Published: Dec 9, 2015

Vol. 20 No. 2 (2015)

Dear forensic scientists,
We are very pleased to present 2nd issue of 2015 of The Bulletin of Legal Medicine. It is a great honor to achieve timely delivering 2nd issue of The Bulletin of Legal Medicine during XII. Congress of Forensic Sciences organized by The Society of Forensic Medicine Specialists.
As a natural consequence of increasing number of scientific activities and studies in the field of forensic sciences, there is an increase in the number and the quality of papers submitted to our journal. Increasing submissions from abroad besides our country certainly put forward the universal manner or our work. In this issue, we are pleased to share scientific studies from four different countries.
The Bulletin of Legal Medicine, being monitored by international scientific indexes, has gained an international journal quality, within a short time. The journal also perfected its online accession system by providing DOI (Digital Object Identifier) number, a character string that uniquely identifies a digital object, for each paper.
Along with the 2015 issues, The Bulletin of Legal Medicine continues to offer free online access based on the philosophy of free science. We are pleased to present the new layout and cover design.
We wish you to continue contributions to our journal. We also would like to remind you that you are welcomed to share your comments by submitting as letter to the editor. Hope to meet you in higher quality issues.
Sincerely,
Prof. Halis Dokgoz, MD.
Editor

Published: Jul 9, 2015

Vol. 20 No. 1 (2015)

The Bulletin of Legal Medicine has been continuously published with the double-blind referee system since 1996. We are celebrating our 20th year anniversary together with the issue you are holding.


The Bulletin of Legal Medicine, being monitored by international scientific indexes, has gained an international journal quality, within a short time. We hope to give the good news of the new scientific indexes in near future. From the very next issue every paper will have DOI (Digital Object Identifier) number. DOI is a character string that uniquely identify a digital object that facilitate accession to it, and accepted papers that given DOI number will accessed as article in press.


We would like to underline that from the very first issue of 2015 the journal will be published with more original, case reports, and review papers. The journal’s editorial board, national and international advisory board have been updated and activated in a short period. The Bulletin of Legal Medicine experience innovation, starting from 2015 issues, without compromising its scientific way, and without departing from tradition. We are going to change the journal’s cover and page design in the new issue. We present the journal with both its scientific content and design.


We would like to thank distinguished forensic scientists who contribute our journal as authors and reviewers. Hope to meet you in higher quality issues with your increasing criticism and interest...
Sincerely...


Prof. Halis Dokgöz, MD.
Editor

Published: May 19, 2015

Vol. 19 No. 3 (2014)

Dear Forensic Scientists,
Last year, 2014, was quite challenging and highly fruitful for The Bulletin of Legal Medicine. With this issue, we have completed our regularly published since 1996 journal's volumes of 2012 and 2013, and 2014 issues even with increasing numbers of papers.
For The Bulletin of Legal Medicine 2014 was a year of restructuring. Firstly, we have started our “Open Journal System” by establishing journal's website. Based on the philosophy of free science we make PDF version of all articles published since 1996 freely available in through our system. We updated and reactivated journal's national and international advisory board. We successively achieved to initiate a more efficient manuscript evaluation system by double blinded review on "Open Journal System". With these improvements our journal is currently being indexed by many national and international databases.
We will continue to publish actual invited literature reviews by highly qualified invited professionals in the field. Dr.C.A.Bemard, who brought countless innovations to Mekteb-i Tıbbiye-i Adliye-i Şahane, is a highly valuable scholar with his dissection and autopsy studies. We are sure that you will benefit from the paper entitled “An Assessment on the Works of Charles Ambroisse Bernard, the founder of Mekteb-i Tıbbiye-i Adliye-i Şahane (Imperial School of Medicine), and his effects on Ottoman” by Hülya Öztürk and Cezmi Karasu. We thank the authors who willingly share this archival work with our readers. In this issue, we are glad to share an invited article entitled “The Role of Psychology in Investigations” by our colleague Donna Youngs and Emek Yüce Zeyrek-Rios from Huddersfield University International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology (IRCIP).
Valuable forensic scientists. The Bulletin of Legal Medicine will be with you with innovation and surprises in 2015. The phenomenon of tutorials, developer, and exchanger characteristic of case as stated by famous Italian thinker Gramsci, is evident in manuscripts submitted to our journal. We will share more case works in our further issues. At this point, we would like to emphasize that we continue to our scientific journey thanks to valuable contribution by forensic science professionals as authors and reviewers.
To meet in innovation, we wish 2015 to bring health and happiness.
Best regards,
Prof.Dr.Halis Dokgöz

Published: Dec 16, 2014

Vol. 19 No. 2 (2014)

The Bulletin of Legal Medicine, based on feedback from distinguished forensic science professionals, continuous to improve its quality in terms of publication process and published papers, since catching timely and regular publication in 2014.
We are happy to publish actual literature reviews by highly qualified invited professionals in the field. In this issue, we are glad to share a precious article entitled “Medico-Legal Death Investigators: A Profession that could Contribute to Criminal Justice System” by our colleague Volkan Çetin from Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center, New York, USA.
We would like to acknowledge contributing forensic science professionals for their precious supports as authors and reviewers.
Sincerely
Prof. Halis Dokgöz, MD

Published: Oct 29, 2014

Vol. 19 No. 1 (2014)

Dear forensic scientists,
The Bulletin of Legal Medicine, with your intensive contribution and participation, successively continuous to its scientific journey in a rapid and dynamic manner via its "Open Journal System", double blinded review system. PDF version of all articles published in The Bulletin of Legal Medicine since 1996 are available for free in the journals website. The Bulletin of Legal Medicine will be published with more articles starting from 2014 issues.
We are happy to share actual literature reviews by highly qualified invited professionals in the field. In this issue, we are happy to publish and share a precious article entitled “Ancient DNAand Forensics, Mutual Benefits: A Practical Sampling and Laboratory Guide through a Virtual Ancient DNA Study” by our colleagues Jan CEMPER-KJESSLICH, Mark R. Me COY and Fabian KANZ from Salzburg, Paracelsus, and Vienna Universities.
The editorial Office is also happy to announce that the journal is being indexed by increasing number of national and international indexes with its timely and regular publication.
We gladly appreciate your intensive interest and contribution, as authors and reviewers, even in summer time. We are looking forward for your increased contribution and participation.
Sincerely...
Prof.Dr. Halis Dokgöz

Published: Sep 23, 2014

Vol. 18 No. 3 (2013)

Published: Jul 15, 2014

Vol. 18 No. 2 (2013)

Published: Jul 13, 2014

Vol. 18 No. 1 (2013)

Dear forensic scientists,
The Bulletin of Legal Medicine successively achieved to initiate and accelerate the processes of submission, review and publication with "Open Journal System" on its website. We would like to thank “Türkiye Klinikleri/Turkish Clinics” for providing online submission system to our journal, previously.
PDF version of all articles published in The Bulletin of Legal Medicine since 1996 are now available in "Archive" section on journals website. Researchers are able to download any published article by searching on the website for free. In addition, PDF version of books of Medical Law Meetings organized by The Society of Forensic Medicine Specialists, are also available in “Announcements” section of the website.
We would like to thank to forensic science professionals for their precious support regarding improvement of the journal. In a short while, we gladly faced with the intense interest of both distinguished authors and reviewers. We have recent good news to share with you. The Bulletin of Legal Medicine has restarted to be monitored by Turkey Citation Index (Türkiye Atıf Dizini) database. The journal has also started to be indexed by “Google Scholar”, in international area. In this regard, you will be able to access the PDF versions of your articles, citation results of your articles and your citations through “Google Scholar”.
The journal has a far way to go; in this scientific travel we need the support of distinguished forensic science professionals.
Sincerely,
Halis Dokgöz, Prof.Dr.

Published: Jun 15, 2014

Vol. 17 No. 3 (2012)

Published: Apr 24, 2014

Vol. 17 No. 2 (2012)

Published: Apr 24, 2014

Vol. 17 No. 1 (2012)

Dear forensic scientists,
The Bulletin of Legal Medicine has been continuously published since 1996 with negligible delays from time to time. Editorial board would like to acknowledge previous editors Prof. Serpil Salaçin, Prof. Şebnem Korur and Prof. Nadir Arıcan, publication committee, reviewers and all scientists in the field of forensic sciences for their precious contributions to the journal.
The Bulletin of Legal Medicine, without departing from its scientific legacy and tradition, with its new team embark on a journey to the future with an open philosophy of science in the challenging field of forensic sciences. As required by current scientific era, we started to publish the journal electronically through its webpage as "Open Journal System" and in print as well, in order to provide scientific knowledge to everyone. Our short-term goal is to publish journal on a timely basis, which is monitored by national and international scientific databases. Furthermore, the journal is aimed to be indexed by SCI- Expanded and SCI indexes as our long-term goal.
Rapidly proceeding on the path of innovation and change, The Bulletin of Legal Medicine needs the contribution and support of distinguished scientists in the field of forensic sciences, more than any time.
Sincerely,
Halis Dokgöz, Prof. Dr.

Published: Apr 24, 2014

Vol. 16 No. 3 (2011)

Published: Dec 1, 2011

Vol. 16 No. 2 (2011)

Published: Aug 1, 2011

Vol. 16 No. 1 (2011)

Dear Readers and Distinguished Colleagues, With this issue, we are proud to be left behind fifteen successful years of publication life of The Bulletin of Legal Medicine. The Bulletin of Legal Medicine, as official scientific publication of the Association of Forensic Medicine Specialists, has been continuously published since 1996 with negligible delays from time to time. The journal owes its success to your valuable scientific contributions, besides precious efforts of all editors and associate editors, and publication committee from the moment of first publication to the present day. At this point, I would like to emphasize the importance of contributions of advisory board members in terms of enhancing the quality of publications with their great care during reviewing articles. In this regard, I would like to thank all those who provide contribution. The Bulletin of Legal Medicine adds novel forensic studies to national publishing with the support of advisory board members; however, it experiences delays in publication process due to problems in scientific journal publishing. During this period, in order to reduce interruptions and accelerating the article review process "Online manuscript tracking system" was provided to users. Improving the online manuscript tracking system by our new editorial board will contribute to further speed up in the publication process. I wish success to next editor and editorial board members; with the belief of your strong support to The Bulletin of Legal Medicine, the official scientific publication of our association, as an important means of contributing to the development of the area and sharing innovations in the field of forensic sciences. Sincerely yours, Editor Nadir ARICAN

Published: Apr 1, 2011

Vol. 15 No. 3 (2010)

Published: Dec 1, 2010

Vol. 15 No. 2 (2010)

Published: Aug 1, 2010

Vol. 15 No. 1 (2010)

Published: Apr 1, 2010

Vol. 14 No. 3 (2009)

Published: Dec 1, 2009

Vol. 14 No. 2 (2009)

Published: Aug 1, 2009

Vol. 14 No. 1 (2009)

Published: Apr 1, 2009

Vol. 13 No. 3 (2008)

Published: Dec 1, 2008

Vol. 13 No. 2 (2008)

Published: Aug 1, 2008

Vol. 13 No. 1 (2008)

Published: Apr 1, 2008

Vol. 12 No. 3 (2007)

The Bulletin of Legal Medicine has come to the end of one more year of publication term with this issue. During the 2006-2007 term, the number of articles submitted have significantly increased. In 2007, forty submissions were put into conclusion process and 28 of them have come to an end by the effort of the reviewers and the writers. The rest are still in review process. We have witnessed that the electronic communication via adlitipbulteni@gmail.com have thoroughly influenced the reviewing process and this mode of electronic communication will be in use in the future too. We plan to accomplish the review process beginning from submission to final conclusion via our website if the financial state allows us. We believe that your support will continue increasingly. It is also evident that the term ahead of us will continue to be fruitful for the medical field we are working on. Department of Forensic Medicine of Kocaeli University Medical Faculty will be hosting VIII. Forensic Sciences Congress this year and the preparations have gained acceleration. We are wating for this activity with an excitement because internationally acclaimed attendants will be with us and also preparations for Board examination will be held. Sincerely Yours; Editor Dr. Nadir Arican

Published: Dec 1, 2007

Vol. 12 No. 2 (2007)

VII. Forensic Sciences Symposium of “Current Approaches to Clid Abuse & Neglect” organized by Gaziantep University Forensic Medicine Department in collaboration with Association of Forensic Medicine Specialists was performed between 24-27 May 2007 with an excellent organization. The symposium, together with the participation of internationally acclaimed guests, demonstrated the scientific level reached at our meetings. The scientific levels of such meetings excite the meeting organizers as well as increase our hope for the future despite all negativity in the field. Just after the knowledge-fest in Gaziantep, good news came about the 2008 VIII. Forensic Sciences Congress to be organized in collaboration with Kocaeli University Forensic Medicine Department and from Porto. “IV. Mediterranean Forensic Sciences Congress” will be held in Antalya in 2009, ATUD and MASF as co-organizers, thanks to our colleague’s efforts. We would like to thank in advance to the colleagues who will put their efforts for both organizations. These scientific activities serve as a basis for sharing experiences between colleagues and also contribute to article pool of the periodicals. Thus, we see a significant increase in the number of the articles sent to Journal of Forensic Medicine to be published. Your ever increasing support to our periodical makes our task as a knowledge bridge easier. With your support, we hope to reach our goals soon, Sincerely yours. Nadir ARICAN

Published: Aug 1, 2007

Vol. 12 No. 1 (2007)

Dear Forensic Scientists, As the publication committee of the Bulletin of Legal Medicine, we would like to greet and proudly inform that the Forensic Medicine Bulletin has been published in total 11 volume without any interruption since 1996 to 2006. You have been receiving the first number of 12th volume with a new publication committee. In spite of some difficulties, the Bulletin of Legal Medicine has been published successfully with your support. We would like to thank especially to Professor Serpil Salaçin and Professor Şebnem Korur Fincancı for their support. Moreover, we would like to thank to our colleagues who took part in the publication committee and they will go on their valuable efforts. According to the aim that was pointed out by Professor Serpil Salaçin, the first editor of the Bulletin of Legal Medicine, at the first number, the Bulletin is getting stronger everyday. Although the Bulletin of Legal Medicine has experienced some difficulties, the mission “transferring information in its field and being an important part of scientific developing”, has been delivered under the name of the Society of Forensic Medicine Specialists' official scientific publication. In order to achieve the target that being accepted by international scientific indexes, the first step was taken and Professor Şebnem Korur Fincancı is working on further steps. Although she left her post as an editor to her young colleagues, we believed that she will contribute the Bulletin of Legal Medicine with her international experience. At this point, we would like to thank to her for future assistance. In order to make faster the editorial process of papers, we will receive papers electronically, and our e-mail address is adlitipbulteni@gmail.com. We believe that editorial process will take shorter time with this new way of communication. And a tragic death, we lost Professor Ali Yemişçigil. I first met him in 1992. After that we had seen each other in congress and symposium frequently. We spent a lot of time in board meetings together while he was suffering from his fatal illness. I longed for his determination, he was lecturing as a real academician until the end. My dearest lecturer, I enjoyed from being together, altough it was a short period of time. I am sorry for people who not being given lectured by you and people although around you but missed this opportunity. I would like to send respects to Professor Ali Yemişçigil who stick to his values and tought me a lot about life.

Published: Apr 1, 2007

Vol. 11 No. 3 (2006)

Dear Colleagues, You just hold this issue on the last days of this year, which is the last issue of 2006 volume. I had started as an associate editor, and continued as a chief editor for 10 years, and I have the honor to hand this very reputable position over to my brilliant young colleagues whom i am sure to improve our Bulletin much more than now. I want to express my gratitude to all my colleagues who has had a great share in the success of this Bulletin. We had started to work with only the Society of Forensic Medicine Specialists as a support, and a spirit of layman with a professional perspective. We achieved much beyond our dreams. I am going to be more tight with my schedule since i have been honoured by International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims as an independent expert in ExCom. Nevertheless, my colleagues will elevate the quality of this bulletin, and i wish them a successful period with support of our community. Sincerely, Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Prof. Dr.

Published: Dec 1, 2006

Vol. 11 No. 2 (2006)

Dear Colleagues, We attended VII. Congress of Forensic Sciences in Konya, hosted by Selçuk University Medical Faculty, Department of Forensic Medicine. Both quantity, and quality of participants, researches, and presentations were profound, and sharing this great experience enriched our society. Multidisciplinary character of this congress was supported by several scientific activities, and a mock court with cross examination as well as a forensic anthropology course with international participation have been part of this satisfactory event. We indeed were in great sorrow, and mourning during this congress, because an excellent Professor, and a dear brother to all of us have been dead just before the congress. Every discussion, meeting, presentation beared his respectful memory, since we have learned how to be an academic, and a human being in this relationship. You are going to witness this personality when you read Assoc. Prof. Kriton Dinçmen’s and Prof. Sermet Koç’s letters in third issue. Sincerely, Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Prof. Dr.

Published: Aug 1, 2006

Vol. 11 No. 1 (2006)

This last issue of the year completes 9th volume of our Bulletin. Our everyday practice is going to change drastically with amendment of Turkish Penal Code, as well as other several legislations. Associate Professor Yasemin Balcı had written an article on injury scales, and we have discussed this topic on several occasions. A symposium has been held in December on these amendments, and academics who had worked for the new Turkish Penal Code also participated. We are going to have a workshop in January, and preparations for a new injury scale for liability will be completed by then. Assoc. Prof. Yasemin Balcı is the leader of this teamwork, and the result is very important for evaluation of clinical forensic medicine cases on terms of evidence based medicine. We have to mention one more sad event that occurred at the end of this year. Our respected colleague Prof. Dr. Mehmet Aykaç passed away, and left us with intolerable sorrow. We hope to serve for our dearest colleagues who have left us with a valuable burden of responsibility. Sincerely yours, Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Prof. Dr.

Published: Apr 1, 2006

Vol. 10 No. 3 (2005)

Dear Colleagues, Our Bulletin has fullfilled 10 years of publishing as a quarterly peer-reviewed journal with a profound collaboration of all colleagues. A journal needs to have a pool of peer-reviewed and approved manuscripts for at least one year, but unfortunately our Bulletin could only continue with limited number of approved articles for these last years with a publishing history of behind Schedule. Approval date of manuscripts were ahead volume years. You will receive first issue of 2006 volume together with this one, and we could create a rich pool of articles with valuable support of our colleagues. We shall immediately apply for medical indexes after publishing issues of 2006. However it will take time to be approved, and we all hope fort his approval, since we know the importance for our young colleagues. This Bulletin is a product of collaboration, and we hope to carry this tradition forward. Best regards, Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Prof. Dr.

Published: Dec 1, 2005

Vol. 10 No. 2 (2005)

Dear Colleagues, You will not read an editorial as long as the one in Turkish in which. I have shared an administrative process with our Turkish colleagues, which would not be very useful for our international readers. There have been raised a case against me as an editor and Presidents of the Society which we had acquitted, and this procedure was important for our Society since it was about a colleague of ours unfortunately. We are a little behind of the calender due to limited number of articles, however we noticed a significant increase recently, and we all hope that we can publish 2006 volume in the same year. This is very important for us to be able appeal Citation Index. We always tried hard not to compromise in context of qualification, and peer review procedure though published in delay, and we now hope to be more successful on reaching you on time. Sincerely, Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Prof. Dr.

Published: Aug 1, 2005

Vol. 10 No. 1 (2005)

Dear Colleagues, The Bulletin of Legal Medicine begins 10th year of publishing with this new issue of the volume. All researchers, authors, peer-reviewers, and colleagues who work for the publishing procedure enthusiastically and voluntarily created an established journal together, and performed a good work for determined goals recently. We all worked twice more for the last year, and catched up with the date, and this will be extremely helpful to reach our main goal. We had decided on the principles just in the beginning of publishing this journal together with our first editor-in-chief Prof. Dr. Serpil Salaçin, and never compromised to abandon our principles as a peer-reviewed scientific journal albeit any problems that arised during the whole course. Thus we are determined to renew and multiply our energy in the second decade. Modified injury scale for evaluation of trauma cases according to the new Penal Code had been accomplished, and published in the beginning of this year. The 6th Symposium of Forensic Sciences will be held in Elazığ, and the main topic will be changes in forensic expertise with recent amendment of legislation. The Bulletin of Legal Medicine is a very strong instrument to share most recent knowledge, and to improve our practice. We should use this instrument effectively. Sincerely, Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Prof. Dr.

Published: Apr 1, 2005

Vol. 9 No. 3 (2004)

This last issue of the year completes 9th volume of our Bulletin. Our everyday practice is going to change drastically with amendment of Turkish Penal Code, as well as other several legislations. Associate Professor Yasemin Balcı had written an article on injury scales, and we have discussed this topic on several occasions. A symposium has been held in December on these amendments, and academics who had worked for the new Turkish Penal Code also participated. We are going to have a workshop in January, and preparations for a new injury scale for liability will be completed by then. Assoc. Prof. Yasemin Balcı is the leader of this teamwork, and the result is very important for evaluation of clinical forensic medicine cases on terms of evidence based medicine. We have to mention one more sad event that occurred at the end of this year. Our respected colleague Prof. Dr. Mehmet Aykaç passed away, and left us with intolerable sorrow. We hope to serve for our dearest colleagues who have left us with a valuable burden of responsibility. Sincerely yours, Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Prof. Dr.

Published: Dec 1, 2004

Vol. 9 No. 2 (2004)

Published: Aug 1, 2004

Vol. 9 No. 1 (2004)

This year begins with many amendments that may influence medicolegal practice. These topics will mostly be discussed during the 6th Congress of Forensic Sciences. The Congress will not have the opportunity to be held in neither of the Medical Faculties of Istanbul University. Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty demanded a very high allowance for the congress halls in spite of the strict budget of the Society of Forensic Medicine Specialists. However, Yıldız Technical University will be our congress center, and we are all grateful to the Rectory of this University, particularly Prof. Ayhan Alkış. We hope that the presentations of this congress will be sent for publication in our Bulletin after the review process. Sincerely yours, Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Prof. Dr.

Published: Apr 1, 2004

Vol. 8 No. 3 (2003)

We finished one more year of publication. With an utmost grief, we witness the loss of our colleagues, and distinguished professors every year, recently. Dr. Sebahattin Okumuş, and Prof. Dr. Talia Bali Aykan were our last losses. We all know Prof. Aykan with her struggle to establish autopsy, and its significance in our country. The Bulletin of Legal Medicine had published an article written by Anthony Busuttil with an appendix of Council of Europe on recommendation about aotopsy, and Harmonization of the Performance of the Medico-Legal Autopsy in the first issue, just 8 years ago. We observe that most of the articles have been about autopsy findings in spite of insufficient material. Turkey is in an era of many amendments of law. These amendments will hopefully lead to end the lack of material in the Universities. Sincerely yours, Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Prof. Dr.

Published: Dec 1, 2003

Vol. 8 No. 2 (2003)

The first announcement of 6th Congress of Forensic Sciences has reached all of us. All our colleagues have been working for the congress, of which Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty has taken the main responsibility for organization. 16th General Assembly of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine had been accomplished recently. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Eisenmenger from Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich presented “Identification of the skeletal remains of Martin Bormann by mtDNA Analysis” in the Department of Forensic Medicine, and a discussion about the specialty training and job description of forensic medicine specialists in Germany and European countries had taken place. We presented all of the volumes of the Bulletin of Legal Medicine, and related our good will to see Prof. Eisenmenger as one of the international advisory board members, and he expressed his pleasure. The Society of Forensic Medicine Specialist has been accepted as an observer member of the European Council of Legal Medicine, and as the official journal of the Society, we hope to carry our journal among the international indices as well. Sincerely yours, Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Prof. Dr.

Published: Aug 1, 2003

Volume 8 Issue 1
Vol. 8 No. 1 (2003)

Published: Apr 1, 2003

Vol. 7 No. 3 (2002)

One more year of the Bulletin has ended. This year we enlarged our editorial board and publication committee. A team-work is necessary for publishing a scientific journal, and to share the experience widely is the responsibility of this team. The Bulletin has been published for 7 years, and a strong scientific concept has been established in all these years. The valuable contribution of our former editor, Prof.Dr. Serpil Salaçin should be reminded. We are sure that this scientific nature of our publication policy, which we established through a team work will be preserved in the future. Although new requirements for academic evaluation, particularly the obligation of for having articles published in journals which are accepted in international science citation indexes, has decreased the number of articles sent for being published in national journals, similar trend of our journal has changed recently, and increasing number of articles waiting for publication is a display for acceptance of the scientific nature of our publication policy. Sincerely yours, Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Prof. Dr.

Published: Dec 1, 2002

Vol. 7 No. 2 (2002)

We are very glad to share the new issue of our journal. It is important to be able to publish the Bulletin of Legal Medicine more frequently since there has been a new decree of specialization, and the discussions should be focused on the standard training for four years, together with log books of the trainees. All these discussions can be shared immediately by this journal, nevertheless we shall also need an effective meeting to constitute our specialization board. New requirements for academic evaluation, particularly the obligation for having articles published in journals which are accepted in international science citation indexes, has decreased the number of articles sent for being published in our journal. However, we all should know that The Bulletin of Legal Medicine is periodically published, and fullfills the requirements of Turkish Medical Index through all of the necessary observations, so we can apply for international indexes if we catch up with the immediate year. We have to feed our journal with our new researches, and support its publication not only with our qualified articles, but with our mostly delayed payments for subscription to our Society as well. Sincerely yours, Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Prof. Dr.

Published: Aug 1, 2002

Vol. 7 No. 1 (2002)

A new year begins for our journal. This new year brings a fresh arrangement to our field of specialization. A decree of specialization had been accepted this year, and duration of our training have been four years, bearing a similarity with most countries. It is now urgent to discuss the model of training and form the minimum standards for four years. We had published a prospective decree of the specialization board, and had begun to discuss the minimum standards in the second volume of our journal in 1997. It is time to discuss these topics immediately and decide on a new training schedule. We had published an article in this issue in which a discussion on a training model of two years have been carried out. Although the duration of training had been changed as 4 years, this article as accepted by the advisory board before this alteration, is thought to be appropriate to be published to make the discussions gain speed through this topic. The Bulletin of Legal Medicine goes on publishing, though with a delay. Turkish Medical Index still includes our journal and no information has reached us in the contrary. We hope to receive more articles, and catch the actual publishing year in a short time, and apply for international indexes. Sincerely yours, Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Prof. Dr.

Published: Apr 1, 2002

Vol. 6 No. 3 (2001)

The Bulletin completes a publication period with this issue. We have expressed that we are at a milestone nearing a new century in the first issue. And our scientific field is also at the verge of paramount change, thus it is our responsibility to provide a scientifically rich environment to the young and newly joining colleagues. The time and content of the postgraduate education and defining the professional boundaries are urgent tasks before us. We are aware that different approaches to forensic medicine syllabus in various countries, being seen as a sub specialty and as an assistant to law alienates us to our profession and lays obstacles to freely express ourselves. We have to experience the negative outcomes of these definitions in the daily institutional relationships. In order to establish an independent scientific field, independent research and scientific curiosity are required. A scientific discipline defined as a helper to law is destined to be confined to questions raised by the law. Scientific qualities are to be lost in a restricted scientific environment. The forensic medicine specialists should know that the Bulletin is a medium for establishing an independent research climate. The law, as well as other scientific disciplines, will benefit from independent researches. We might enrich the productivity. Science, thanks to its nature, cannot go forward in the presence of any kind of restrictions. Sharing our works will help in building a scientific milieu and it is in our reach to succeed this. Only if we let our reasoning free and do not describe our field within the limits of referrals... Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Published: Dec 1, 2001

Vol. 6 No. 2 (2001)

We are glad to be able to publish the new journal in the days of economic instability as well as deep concerns about the future of the medicine in Turkey. We are aware that at the point of planning the life, confronting with the emergence of hopelessness worries especially the young colleagues newly joining the scientific field. Naturally, we cannot preserve and nurture any component of the Forensic Sciences just by cutting its ties with life in a protective attitude. It is impossible to establish the structure of Forensic Medicine and Sciences free of the realities of the country, social movements or economic surprises. However, to express our studies at the national and international level, especially through our journal which succeeded to be published uninterrupted, will strengthen us. Within the context of adoption to the EU, the task of strengthening the basis of Forensic Medicine Education, the dreams of many of us for many years, is still carried on. Two years and even one year of postgraduate education have been too short in compare to the international standards. Self criticism gives us the strength to grab the future. Therefore it is our task to define the facts, evaluating the past with respect to current situation and determining the deficiencies and fight against them before assigning the fiels to new colleagues. Undoubtly the minimum postgraduate education period for forensic medicine should be four years. Not only the length of time but also the content of the curriculum should be adequate and qualified. Our young colleagues are smart and hopeful. It is our task to prepare the way for them and let them go on safely. It is our belief that we will create these opportunities together. Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Published: Aug 1, 2001

Volume 6 Issue 1
Vol. 6 No. 1 (2001)

Dear colleagues,
Several questions such as how and in which frequency arise from a publishing process of a scientific journal. We worry whether we can create a certain amount of curiosity among our colleagues by publishing the Bulletin of Legal Medicine.
A scientific journal is an important tool to share scientific knowledge when it is published periodically. The dynamic and cummulative nature of scientific knowledge lead scientists to read these periodics. However, the research articles should have an effect to create curiosity and a willingness for further researches.
We can not expect a scientific media without curiosity. Thus, we hope to publish such researches that may improve our scientific knowledge in consistence with twentyfirst century, and draw your attention.
We know that science does not present an absolute truth. Nevertheless, the scientific knowledge that is cummulated in these journals w ill be the result of shared hypothesis to be discussed and met in a concensus, and all together we hope that they will have an effect for improvement of this field.
Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Published: Apr 1, 2001

Vol. 5 No. 3 (2000)

Dear colleagues, We can claim that we have an influential and worthy past as a medical journal on forensic sciences in our country, and also we declare that we shall have an hopeful future with great expectations. This journal has been published for five years. Although publishing process has been painful from time to time, it is congenial for a periodic publishment in general. Academic milieu of our country developed a consent for the scientific content of this journal, and now we must aim international approval. This is our duty to bring our journal forth to be accepted in citation indexes, and we need the help of our international advisory board members in this context. The Society of Forensic Medicine Specialists together with the Department of Forensic Medicine of Istanbul University Istanbul Medical Faculty succeeded in the organization of the 4th Congress of Forensic Sciences. The team work of forensic scientists together with forensic physicians was the main objective of this congress, and the majority of our forensics community participated in an intense program. We have come to an end of publishing the manuscripts of the poster presentations of the 3rd Congress as a supplement to the Bulletin, and the oral presentations will follow these in the first issue of 6th volume. We have enjoyed a pleasing event in the year of 2000. The Journal of Forensic Medicine has been revived, and a new journal on clinical forensic medicine is on the way. We wish a successful period of publication for these journals. Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Published: Dec 1, 2000

Vol. 5 No. 2 (2000)

This year will be a reproductive year for The Society of Forensic Medicine Specialists for the 4th Congress of Forensic Sciences is going to be held together with the Department of Forensic Medicine of Istanbul University Istanbul Medical Faculty. The team work of forensic scientists together with forensic physicians will be presented during the congress, and we are sure that all of the presentations will emphasize the importance of walking together towards the same destination. We have been publishing the manuscripts of the presentations of the 3rd Congress since the last issue of the 4th volume as a supplement to the Bulletin, and the presentations of the 4th Congress will follow these. Although the articles that have been published in our Bulletin are all peer reviewed by at least two members of the Advisory Board, the presentations that have been and will be published are not peer reviewed, because they are accepted for presentation during the Congress, and the supplement is considered as a separate and independent part of the Bulletin which is dedicated to the Congress. The 4th Congress is going to have a main theme of human rights due to the importance of the year 2000, and round table discussions on different aspects of human rights are planned as plenary sessions. The headlines of round table discussions will vary from the rights of elderly to fetus, and eminent people of these issues will participate and contribute these discussions.

Published: Aug 1, 2000

Vol. 5 No. 1 (2000)

An editorial change has occured from this issue on. I wish to greet you as the new editor of this journal, although i had worked for it as the associate editor from the beginning. We have been a team, we were inexperienced in some ways. Nevertheless we were hopeful, and we are still hopeful because a new productivity has raised through an unproductive period. Many young colleagues joined us, and they are motivated, and supported by seniors who had suffered for long. Our former editor has been one of the major supporters of the juniors, and she decided that she has accomplished her mission for the journal as an editor, although she will still go on working with us in the advisory board. We are lucky that we have had the chance to work together with her, and we have learned so many since. Our journal has suffered a delay, and tried hard to catch the time. However, the gap seems to be filled in a short time as the productivity of our colleagues has gained speed recently. The hard times appear to come to an end, and our former editor has passed us an easier mission to accomplish. I received a very nice letter from the former editor, and i have been moved by this emotional process. All this march had been a grand experience of fellowship, and a precious earning for us. This fellowship and the development through the process has been for the benefit of The Society of Forensic Medicine Specialists, and this solidarity and collaboration will hopefully be a model for our junior colleagues. I expect to accomplish my mission, and leave this relay race in a confidence for the future. Prof.Dr.Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Published: Apr 1, 2000

Vol. 4 No. 3 (1999)

We witness the delay of some journals which have a history of two centuries, recently. Although they are citated by Index Medicus, Current Contents, and EMBASE, nobody consider this delay as a sign of disappearance. This may be due to the tradition and identity of scientific periodics that both the journals and the associations have acquired in the meanwhile. However, there is a hurry and carelessness for the periodics in the countries without significant scientific tradition, and many periodics do not consider peer review as an important issue. The efforts of developing a scientific tradition can easily be abandoned, and a habit of choosing the easiest way may overcome, thus this danger should never be overlooked. I have tried to mention this issue before. Peer review presents a possibility of discussion before an article is published, and this special future contributes much for scientific develeopment. However, through out the history of science sometimes we meet the story of an important article that has had an influence on scientific development which had not caught the opportunity to be published in a peer reviewed journal. Nevertheless i meant to share my opinion without any subjectivity that the advisory board and the authors are the important components of establishing a scientific tradition for scientific journals. We shall have a supplementary part of our bulletin from now on. Oral and poster presentations of III"-1 Congress of Forensic Sciences which had been held at Kuşadası in 1988 are going to be published in consequence. Altough this effort took some time, and this may be considered as a serious delay for the autors, we hope this supplementary part to be a rememberance just before the IVth Congress

Published: Dec 1, 1999

Vol. 4 No. 2 (1999)

In this issue, you will have the opportunity to read a commentary on a book which describes the scientific research and interpretation methods in our field as well as articles on forensic medicine and forensic sciences. We have decided that it would be adequate to introduce you the book "Forensic Epidemiology" after the editorial article based on the methods of scientific studies which is published in the last issue. Hope you would find it fruitful...

Published: Aug 1, 1999

Vol. 4 No. 1 (1999)

Since the appearance of the bulletin, the editorial board have supposed that this page will be a communication site for the members. It is obvious that it is not functioning sufficiently. On behalf of the members of the Society of Forensic Medicine Specialists I would like to give my appreciation to all who have given efforts in publication of this issue.

Published: Apr 1, 1999

Vol. 3 No. 3 (1998)

We have reached to the end of one more year with much delay, and The Bulletin of Legal Medicine is now at the door step of fourth year. Our Bulletin is always published with delay due to economic, and communicative problems, however the reason of this big gap could now be detected by the date of articles that reach at our Bulletin. Forensic Medicine has two establishments in our coutry. One of these is Forensic Medicine Institutes, and Departments of Forensic Medicine of Medical Schools, while the other is the official expertise establishment of Turkey, the Council of Forensic Medicine. Ministry of Justice. They had been frequently called under same construction, and many of the university members have worked lor the Council also. However in the last year, a separation has been experienced, and against the universal aspect of science, the Council declared possesion of legal cases. This situation loosened the tight bonds, and researchers of both have begun to lose their motivation for new projects and researches. People who work for the Bulletin are unfortunate witnesses of this distressing situation. Next year may be or may not be more efficient, nevertheless this is an underestimating evaluation for the studies of our colleagues who try for survival of this Bulletin. "Our Bulletin will have the chance to apply for Excerpta Medica at the end of this year, as it accomplishes its third year, and we shall be waiting for the year 2000 in order to be in Index Medicus. We invite you all to carry The Bulletin of Legal Medicine to 21st century." has been our declaration in the last issue of our Bulletin. We quote our declaration once more for all of our colleagues from different fields of forensic sciences. Hopefully to gather for an improvement in a united, but with a rich variety of construction. Editor

Published: Dec 1, 1998

Vol. 3 No. 2 (1998)

The Society of Forensic Medicine Specialists had discussed the establishment of the board last year, and this discussions had been published in our Bulletin in order to discuss the subject broadly. However we could not receive a feed back up to this issue. The Board Committee of Specialty Coordination Council published a guideline which includes a prospective code for these boards. Our editorial board decided to publish this guideline so that it can be discussed together with the one which is prepared and published in our Bulletin last year. We hope to receive your feed back' on this subject, and to design our code of the board. The Bulletin of Legal Medicine has been accepted to the Index of Turkish Medical Journals, and it is one of the 45 journals which have been accepted among approximately 300 journals. This is an important success for a young journal, and we hope that our Bulletin will improve more and more every year. Our Bulletin will have the chance to apply for Excerpta Medica at the end of this year, as it accomplishes its third year, and we shall be waiting for the year 2000 in order to be in Index Medicus. We invite you all to carry The Bulletin of Legal Medicine to 21st century. Editor

Published: Aug 1, 1998

Vol. 3 No. 1 (1998)

The Bulletin of Legal Medicine is now three years old. Although we could solve some of the problems of a young journal, we still have many problems. Our Bulletin is always published with delay due to economic, and communicative problems. We believe that authors and members of our Advisory Board will give atmost support for the Bulletin to persist. It is essential to publish a journal for scientific progress. We can exchange our experiences, and discussions on different fields of forensic sciences may bloom only with the help of a periodic journal. We thank all of our colleagues who share the responsibility of our Bulletin. You will read an article written by Joergen LORENTZEN and Per Are LOKKE, “Men’s violence against women : the need to take responsibility” in this issue. The authors claim that the violence which we see in public is largely rooted in the private sphere, and it is violence carried out in the private sphere which is transferred and extended into the public sphere. It is veiy important to create a discussion medium by publishing different opinions on the same topic. Our editorial board invited the authors to share their opinion with us, and we thank them for accepting our invitation. We hope that this article will be a seed for new opinions to be discussed. Editor

Published: Apr 1, 1998

Vol. 2 No. 3 (1997)

Second year of our bulletin has been accomplished, though it is slightly delayed. I want to thank all my colleagues who have worked for publishing and distribution of the bulletin who have really worked hard rather than you could easily imagine. Prof.Dr. Oğuz Polat, who had worked as an assistant editor for 2 years, has wished to resign. I am grateful for his contribution. All colleagues once had the consensus of opinion that the Society of Forensic Medicine Specialists should publish a scientific journal. Nevertheless, the survival of a journal depends on the quality and quantity of articles, and reproductive work of both the advisory board members and the authors rather than technical work of publishing. I hope the number of colleagues who exert big effort will increase. Few number of articles, delayed answers of both the advisory board members and the authors all are the reasons for delayed publishing process. Your support will have the contributory effect on the improvement of professional identity and advancement of our junior colleagues, of which can never be denied. The advancement of this field will be put off for a long time if we do not maintain appropriate support. Our bulletin applies the rules of peer-viewed journals and this will lead to success. We look for your sustenance. Editor

Published: Dec 1, 1997

Volume 2 Issue 2
Vol. 2 No. 2 (1997)

Science and Technology Council of Turkey included The Bulletin of Legal Medicine in its index. Now, the Bulletin has an opportunity to reach you via network inside the Council pages. At the beginning of the publication, this was the first obstacle of us. Achievement at the half of second year is encouraging. We are delighted to share this honour with you. The Bulletin has a new section called “File”. We are inviting you to share your experience and perspectives in the new section. The midterm report of a training project and National and International Attitudes Towards the Post-graduate Certification of Forensic Medicine, Post-graduate Curriculum of Forensic Medicine, Forensic Medicine Boards have been published in the first two “File”, in this issue. The project, Training of General Practitioner in Forensic Medicine, has been coordinated by Turkish Medical Association and The Society of Forensic Medicine Specialists. Aims of the project were promoting sensitivity and awareness in Human Rights issues. European. Council has supported this national project financially. Human Rights will be the next to be discussed in the new section “File”. We have renewed the publication process, enable to publish the issues of the Bulletin of Legal Medicine in precise time. The times for peer-reviewing and also author’s corrections are limited. The postal delays have taken into consideration in decision of the period. Adli Tıp Bülteni The member in publication committee has changed. We wish to thank to our colloquies’ works in the previous publication committee. New bloods have come to the Publication Committee by our new joint members. We congratulate them and wish successful team work. Please note the new address of the Bulletin. Please use our new address for all communications. New Address: Doç.Dr. Şevki Sözen Medical School of Istanbul 34390 Capa - Istanbul Turkey Serpil Salaçin Editör EDITORIAL Summer 1997 ended leaving a great prospect for me. It was full of professional tastes. Meeting old friends and new colloquies was the best refreshment for me. I would like to share with you some aspects of my visits to UK. It lasted 8 weeks. I appreciated to the British Council for excellent arrangement of program and supporting me by a grand. The British Council International Seminar held in Durham. “The Second International Seminar on Advancing the Scientific Investigation of Crime” (Reference 97021) held in Durham, on 6 to 18 July 1997. I have invaluable experiences during the seminar. It was not only related to the scientific approaches but also cultural, historic and traditional tastes. Twenty five countries were represented by forty five participants. It was a pleasure to meet the persons coming from different part of the world with varies experiences, share the unique problems on the discussing topics. I have tried to give my brief comment on the scientific part of the events. I would like to give my impressions in five main topics. 1. Modern Policing and Forensic Sciences; The importance and the place of the Forensic Scientists in achievement to the basic human needs were discussed deeply. It was not a new perspective but it was impressive to see how many persons share the same idea. 2. Scientific Support Department; The roles and the expecting structures of the scientific support departments for Forensic Sciences were evaluated by most of the lecturers and the participants. This was kind of wish for many countries, even partly for UK. The topic has motivating power for all of us. 3. Scene of Crime; The importance and the necessity of Crime Scene Investigation were noticed and it was defined as a key for the prevention of the violence and the main source for reliable evidences. It is obvious that this fact accepted widely but applied scarcely to the daily life in most country like in Turkey. During our professional life we try to explain this reality to our community and the members of our professions but it is still not accepted bravely. It is unbelievable but sometimes these ideas called as an utopia. 4. Specialist; The importance and the necessity of the varies specialists were strongly mentioned. Training methods and the quality of them discussed. Qualification of the specialists and relation with the quality of the scene investigation discussed. 5. Investigative Aids; It was very important part of the seminar. It was the time to meet computer based investigation, databases for DNA, foot wear, offender profiling etc. Every topic has related computer science lectures and show. It helped most of us to try to reach the dimensions of sciences. 6. Facilities: The most valuable facilities that we have all participants and the lecturers prepared detailed future readings materials reflect immense works. LCD projectors, video shows and hand- outs were excellent. Workshops and visiting computer centers were changed our perspective while we felt our selves familiar on these immense high technology. The next stop was visiting University of Dundee. Ten days stay in Dundee and visit the Department of Forensic Medicine in University of Dundee was great pleasure for me. It was exceptional opportunity to spend such a short period with Professor Pounder and his colloquies. My visit also was excellent incident to review our last collaboration on continuing education. We searched for new areas for future partnership. Agreements on creating proposals for training and research programs were invaluable. The richness of the library in the department is fascinating. I also have a chance to spend some time with his research assistants. Let me introduce you some of the young research assistants in his team. Briefly. Ph.D. Student Xing-Xang-Deng was at the final term in his thesis. It is about the new methods to find out quantity of hair and urine levels of the steroids in evaluation some kind of drug addicts. Ph.D. Student Claire Woodfield, she was working to modify atomic absorption methods in measuring the strontium levels in drowning cases. Ph.D. Student Collin A.S. Senevirante has still continued to add new quantifying methods for Forensic Entomo-toxicology. He has worked on measurement of Paraquat and its metabolites in larvae taken from the putrefied bodies. Law Ph.D. Student Reacheel Izard, she has reviewed excessive amount of references on Human Rights to pay great attention. Her approach to Human Rights’ issues and proposals on training methods for law and medical students promised for the future of human dignity. I have also astonished by professor Pounder and his family’s hospitality. They introduced me to the local culture and history. Dr. Mike Baxter, the head of the Forensic Laboratories in Dundee Police Department, was very kind and experienced scientist. Their available facilities and daily activities and the applied procedures are breath taking. He invited experienced Turkish scientists for short-term visit, minimum three months, for advance training programs and short term studies in Forensic Serology. I would like to write for you my next visiting stops to University of Teessidej, University of Leeds, University of Derby and some Departments of London University. I wish I could give you some idea about my visit. I am open to give every kind of documents to my colloquies if they are interested. Please do not hesitate to write me. Serpil Salaçin Editor My personal communication address: Professor of Forensic Medicine, Head of The Dept, of Forensic Medicine, Medical Faculty, University of Dokuz Eylül, 35340 Izmir, Turkey Tel: 90 232 277 7777 Fax: 90 232 2590541

Published: Oct 1, 1997

Vol. 2 No. 1 (1997)

We begin the second year of our publication. We have begun with “It is a hard task. You do not know what it is to publish a medical journal" kind of warnings. It has been a hard task, though. However, we shall still be in this hard but pleasant process. We should acknowledge you about the process of publication a little bit in this first issue of second year maybe. Editorial board evaluates every manuscript for its uniformity according to manuscript formatting, and whether they are in accordance with bioethical standards when it is submitted. We choose two members of the Advisory Board according to the field of study, and send the manuscripts without the authors’ identities. When the recommendations of the members are received, we direct them to the authors without any identity again. After the revisions in accordance with the recommendations are done, they are send to the members once more. Unfortunately, so many posting cause some delay in accepting a manuscript to be published. We hope that to work together will strengthen this Bulletin as a scientific publication

Published: Apr 1, 1997

Volume 1 Issue 3
Vol. 1 No. 3 (1996)

Published: Oct 1, 1996

Vol. 1 No. 2 (1996)

We have received encouraging messages, both from our country and abroad, after publishing our first Bulletin. I wish to thank all of our colleagues who have sent these encouraging messages, and also I thank our advisory board members who have kindly answered our requests of manuscript peerviews immediately and thoroughly. We realise that a great responsibility have been put on our shoulders. We know that the success of The Society of Forensic Medicine Specialists, depends on periodic publishing of the Bulletin, as one of the most important factors. We hope that we shall fulfill most of the expectations. The Bulletin will try to play a role of a bridge over troubled water of forensic sciences in our country towards new perspectives, Also we try to keep close contact with the colleagues all over the world. It is a hard task, but we are hopeful because of the support you have made us feel on every step of this work.

Published: Jul 1, 1996

Vol. 1 No. 1 (1996)

We introduce you "The Bulletin of Legal Medicine’’ which is the official publication of the "Society of Forensic Medicine Specialists of Turkey”. Three issues as one volume will be published annually. The Society of Forensic Medicine Specialists of Turkey has been founded in December 30th, 1992 as a non-govermental organisation by 12 medical doctors, all of whom are Forensic Medicine specialists and work in the field of Forensic Sciences. In the mean time the society has reached a number of 117 members. The Society has initiated many projects, such as taking part in the harmonization program of [JEMS, formation of the Board and standardization of the postgraduate education. In addition to these projects, postgraduate courses for general practitioners will be held in 1996 throughout the country, in coordination with the Turkish Medical Association, in the future, we hope to expand both professional and multicultural diversity of the society and its journal. The aims of the Bulletin of Legal Medicine are to be a forum for the publication of academic work in the field of Forensic Sciences and to encompass all aspects of the field on a world-wide basis. It is intended that this journal becomes to have an international audience and perspective in near future. Each issue of the journal will contain "original articles", "review articles", “case reports", “literature citation" sections. Other features of the journal include conference reports, book reviews and diaiy of events. The papers are Wellcome, written in Turkish or English, with reverse language summary. We are grateful to our distinguished colleagues from different parts of Turkey and the world who have so kindly agreed to serve on the advisory board.

Published: Feb 1, 1996