Research trends in forensic science : a scientometric approach to analyze the content of the INTERPOL reviews

Ménard, Hervé and Akinpelu, Oyewumi and Fiakpui, Nana A. and He, Rong (Lily) and Huxter, Sarah and Jordan, Caitlin and Judge, Lucy and King, Aoife and Miller, Brianna and Moggs, Sophie E. and Patrascu, Carmen-Teodora and Pearson, Teri and Seneviratne, M. Eranthi J. and Timmerman, Lotte E. and Haddrill, Penny R. and Klu, Joyce K. and Cole, Christian and Nic Daéid, Niamh (2021) Research trends in forensic science : a scientometric approach to analyze the content of the INTERPOL reviews. WIREs Forensic Science. e1447. ISSN 2573-9468 (

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The use of forensic evidence has become indispensable in many countries and jurisdictions around the world, however the dissemination of research advancements does not necessarily directly or easily reach the forensic science community. Reports from the INTERPOL International Forensic Science Managers Symposium outline major areas that are of interest to forensic practitioners across the INTERPOL member countries. The information contained in the INTERPOL reports is extensive but can be challenging to process. The purpose of this research is to provide a comprehensive overview of the evolution of trends within the INTERPOL reports over an 18 year period. References relating to 10 evidence types retrieved from the 14th to 19th INTERPOL IFSMS reports (2004-2019) were processed and compared with data exports from the citation database Scopus covering the same evidence types. The results from this work are summarised by investigating the relationships between the 10 evidence types. To explore the outputs a user-friendly R-Shiny application was developed and is freely available at: