Forensic Update

Forensic Update aims to communicate current information on professional and practice matters to practitioners and researchers, and to act as a forum for discussion and debate.

The aims of the Forensic Update are to:

  • communicate current information on professional and practice matters to practitioners and researchers
  • publish current and topical research and reviews in forensic psychology (and related areas) in concise and easily readable form
  • act as a forum for discussion and debate on a broad range of practical, professional and ethical issues within criminal and civil justice systems
  • act as a forum for dissemination of knowledge from other branches of the criminal and civil justice system, executive and legislature
  • act as a forum for discussions with a broad range of other criminal and civil justice professionals and agencies

Scheduled publication frequency:

  • Three issues a year (digital)
  • One issue per year (physical)


  • Martin Fisher
  • Rachel Worthington

Book Reviews Editor: 

  • Cerys Miles

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ISSN: 1356-5028

As the original copyright holder you retain various rights to your work even after you assign copyright to the society.

We welcome contributions in various formats including: reviews, research (completed or in progress) and commentaries on any aspect of forensic psychology or related fields.

It is usually possible to publish contributions more quickly than refereed journals. However, this will be somewhat dependent on the amount of material the Editorial Team receives.

Articles, which should ideally be between 1500 and 2000 words, will be edited by the Editorial Team. Copy should be with the Editors at least three months prior to proposed publication date.

The Editors cannot guarantee that a submission will appear in the following edition after it has been accepted.

Please contact the Editors if you would like to discuss ideas for papers or guidance for submissions.

Please note: you do not have to be a member of the BPS to submit something for submission.

Issues and subscriptions are available free of charge to members of the DFP.

Non-member subscriptions not available.

Single issues are available to download in pdf from the BPS Shop.


To contact Martin Fisher or Rachel Worthington please email [email protected]

To contact Debbie McQueirns please email [email protected]

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