CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal of Digital Forensics, Security, and Law

Journal of Digital Forensics, Security, and Law
Special Issue on International & Comparative Digital Forensics, Security and Law
CALL FOR PAPERS – Submission Deadline: 31 January 2007The globalization of business relations, and the occurrence of
international frauds, brought the frequent occurrence of events
that require the investigation of facts that occur across
international borders, and therefore are subject to different
jurisdictions and different cultures. Often, the relevant facts
cannot be found by procedures conducted under the control of a
single jurisdiction.

The diversity of culture and legal systems in force in the
several parts of the world naturally conduces to distinct forensic
practices. For example, in a macroscopic view, the procedures and
criteria for admissibility of evidences in courts in systems of
Common Law are radically different from those followed in the
systems of Roman Law tradition. In a more detailed view, differences
can be found when we compare local law systems based of the same
tradition. Rules of judicial civil or criminal procedures, including
rules of evidence, may be radically different from place to place.

This diversity introduces difficulties in the investigation process
of transnational events, both in the judicial and extrajudicial realms.
For this reason, a certain degree of convergence in methods and
solutions adopted in different jurisdictions, and miscegenation
among systems of law, can already be observed.

International fraud is a rapidly expanding area of modern crime,
which is being facilitated by modern telecommunications and computer
network technologies. Forensic professionals need to be fully
prepared in order to be able to provide effective evidence. Forensic
techniques must keep pace with new technologies, and at the same
time be able to operate within the context of possibly different
justice systems.

The mission of JDFSL is to publish original research and comments
about digital forensics and its relationship to security and law.
Contributions are particularly welcome which analyze the results
of interdisciplinary research. Publications will include the
results of research and case studies that advance the curriculum,
practice and understanding of digital forensics methods and
techniques to support efficient and effective investigations.

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The purpose of this special issue is to contribute to the
discussion and understanding of the current status and
perspectives of digital forensics in different parts of the
world. Particular interest is given to comparative aspects of
digital forensics and related disciplines, as they change
from country to country.

Prospective authors are invited to submit regular technical
papers or position papers. The later should present novel ideas
at an early stage of development or share future vision. All the
submissions should describe original and unpublished work, not
currently under review by any other journal or conference.

Articles which are concerned only with local law or local
forensic practices, in a non-comparative way, but contribute
to the discussion of aspects of digital forensics under less
generally known Law systems, are also welcome. In that case,
authors should consult beforehand with the Special Editor,
since it would be interesting to produce a coordinated set
of papers covering more or less the same issues, but from
different country perspectives.

All submitted papers will be blind reviewed with respect to
their relevance, originality, adequacy, contribution,
correctness, readability and presentation.

Some papers may be published outside this Special Issue, if
deemed appropriate at the discretion of the editorial staff.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Localization of digital forensic techniques
• Distributed and collaborative forensic investigations
• Working with foreign forensic investigators
• The creation of international standards for digital
forensic investigation
• The influence of foreign law, forensic methods and
tools, on the evolution of local forensics and law
• Aspects of cultural diversity that affect the issues
involved in digital forensics
• Admissibility of electronic evidence, privacy concerns,
investigation and presentation.
• Heterogeneous law systems issues
• Case studies involving cross-border events
• Procedures and tools design and evaluation
• Tutorials, market surveys, performance evaluations,
practical applications, and theoretical studies in the field

Authors should follow the manuscript format described at the
journal site

Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their
complete manuscripts through the journal’s manuscript tracking
system at To be considered
for inclusion in this special issue of the journal, manuscripts
should be received no later than midnight (EDT) of Wednesday,
January 31st, 2007.

Manuscripts may also be submitted by email to the special
issue editor at In special
circumstances, manuscripts will be accepted in hard copy, but
this may introduce considerable delay the review of the paper,
and may prevent its publication in this special issue of the
journal. Authors are advised to contact the special issue editor
before submitting hard copy.

Important Dates:
• Paper Submission Deadline: January 31st, 2007
• Notification of Review Evaluation: March 31st, 2007
• Final Revised Manuscripts Due by: April 30th, 2007
• Notification of Acceptance of Revised Manuscripts: May 15th,2007
• Publication Date: June, 2007

For further information, authors may contact the
Special Issue Editor:

Pedro Luís Próspero Sanchez
Associate Professor
Department of Electronic Systems Engineering
University of Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Quick links:

Manuscripts should be submitted for blind review at:
Instructions for authors may be found at:
The editor of this special issue, Dr. Pedro Luís
Próspero Sanchez, may be reached via email at:
The editor-in-chief of the JDFSL, Dr. Glenn S. Dardick,
may be reached via email at:
More information on this and other journal’s calls
for papers is available at:

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