Peer review in computer forensics: pros and cons

by Dr Chris Hargreaves

"Traditional academic publications are peer reviewed, e.g. journal papers and conference proceedings, and there are now many examples of these that specifically cover digital forensics (e.g. Digital Investigation, Journal of Digital Forensic Practice). However, a considerable amount of useful forensic research is available from what are, in traditional academic terms, considered to be less reliable sources of information (including resources such as blogs, non-peer reviewed papers and forum posts). This article highlights the strengths of these media for distributing results of digital forensic research, but also discusses the value that is added when even a brief discussion of the methods used to obtain the results, and an open discussion of the limitations of the research is included when posting results online…"

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