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Korean Journal of Legal Medicine 2016;40(4):93-98.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.7580/kjlm.2016.40.4.93    Published online November 30, 2016.
A Historical Review of the Korean Journal of Legal Medicine: In Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Founding Korean Society for Legal Medicine.
Joo Young Na, Hyeong Geon Kim, Hyung Seok Kim, Ho Lee
1Forensic Medicine Division, National Forensic Service Gwangju Institute, Jangseong, Korea.
2Department of Forensic Medicine, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea.
3Department of Forensic Medicine, Chonbuk National University Medical School, Jeonju, Korea. foremed@jbnu.ac.kr
The Korean Society for Legal Medicine (KSLM) was founded in 1976 and launched its official journal, the Korean Journal of Legal Medicine (KJLM), in 1977. They have played an important role in Korea's forensic medicine and science, the demand for which has increased in Korean society over the years. A historical review is important and has a significant value in the advancement of forensic medicine and science in Korea. Accordingly, this study reviews and analyzes all papers published in KJLM for 39 years, from Volume 1, Issue No. 1 in 1977 to Volume 39, Issue No. 4 in 2015. There are 891 published papers, which are categorized into 318 review articles, 339 original articles, and 234 case reports. Of the total 891 papers, 377 (42.3%) are related to forensic pathology, whereas 111 (12.5%) concern forensic genetics. The major submitting institutes are forensic medicine departments of universities and the National Forensic Service. KJLM's history can be divided into two phases. The first phase is from the 1970s to the 1990s, and the second, from the 2000s to the present. Many review articles were published in the first phase; approximately 10% of these articles concern clinical forensic medicine and law. Articles on forensic genetics, identification, and entomology also started to be published in the first phase. In the next phase, many case reports from the National Forensic Service were published, and the number of articles on forensic pathology and forensic genetics multiplied. The results of this study provide KSLM and KJLM with direction toward sustainable development. This study is part of the organization's 40th anniversary celebration, and in commemoration of its contribution to advancing human rights and social stability in Korea.
Key Words: Review, Korea, Journal article, Forensic medicine
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