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The AFTE Journal is the official publication of the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners. The AFTE Journal is dedicated to the sharing of information, techniques and procedures. It is the editor’s goal that this sharing of information results in the criminal justice system having the most accurate and complete information available. Opinions and views expressed in the AFTE Journal are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Editor, the Editorial Committee, or the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners.

Members of the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners receive a subscription to the AFTE Journal as part of their dues. Information concerning membership is available from the Association’s Membership Secretary. A subscription to the AFTE Journal is available from the Treasurer. Subscription rates and a subscription application can be found by clicking the appropriate link in the menu to the left.  Prepayment of the subscription rate is required. Claims for non-receipt of the AFTE Journal must be submitted in writing within six months following the date of publication.

All papers published in The AFTE Journal are reviewed for scientific validity, logical reasoning, and sound methodology, where applicable. The editor, assistant editors, and the editorial review panel conduct a detailed review of all papers prior to publication. Papers in which the author engages in experimentation or testing from which conclusions are drawn, or those that present an opinion, technique, or method having scientific significance are all subject to post-publication review by the members of the Association of Firearm & Tool Mark Examiners. The "AFTE Peer Review and Letters to the Editor” section of the Journal provides a forum for post-publication review.

All published submissions keywords and abstracts can be searched via the Searchable Journal Index.  Additionally, all issues from 2013 on are listed with SCOPUS, an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, including scientific journals, books and conference proceedings.

If you have any questions regarding the AFTE Journal please contact the AFTE Journal Editor.

Cole Goater, AFTE Journal Editor
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