R4J Repository, Sponsorship & House of Lords Inquiry


We are proud to announce a new sponsor of Research4Justice, the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS)! This contribution has helped us begin our journey to raise the £15,000 sponsorship needed to launch our repository and secure 1 year of repository provision from August 2019. The deadline to raise these funds is 1st March 2019 so if you or your company, university, organisation or agency is able to find any funds to sponsor our initiative then please email sponsorship@research4justice.ac.uk to discuss this further.


At the start of November, Research4Justice presented their latest repository developments at the CSFS Annual Conference. There was much interest from the delegates and our poster (pictured below), containing greater detail for academics, researchers and practitioners, can be accessed by clicking this link, requesting access if needed.

A detailed repository timeline is also provided in the poster, although the specific actions for practitioners and academics are summarised below:

  • Practitioners who would like to support repository user testing need to email admin@research4justice.ac.uk as soon as possible so we can identify any issues with viewing or accessing the repository content and work with you to resolve this
  • All academics who want to deposit student research outputs into the repository need to have completed the following by January 2019:
    1. Email admin@research4justice.ac.uk naming their central depositor(s) for their university
    2. Create a free ORCiD account, which will be your personal online identifier and repository login
  • For practitioners to log into and gain the full benefits of the repository you should also register for a free ORCiD account by March 2019.

To get an initial idea of the repository design and workflow, please watch the video below. As the repository is being developed by Jisc as part of a wider research service, the University of Cambridge is just an example and their logo and colours will be replaced with our own in due course.

The demonstration provided here was showcased to us a one of the pilots in October 2018. Further advancements have since been made by Jisc following our initial user testing and feedback. When a more recent demonstration is released we will share this with you.

House of Lords Inquiry

It was really exciting to read that our Research4Justice initiative was mentioned in numerous responses to the recent UK House of Lords Inquiry into Forensic Science. Specifically, ourselves and/or FIT-IN were named in the following written evidence, which can be accessed and read online using the hyperlinks below:

On a final note for this update, our thanks go out for your continued interest and support in this initiative. Please do share this update with your colleagues, students and peers and get in touch with any questions or feedback via our email address, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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EAFS 2018

Last week saw the launch of Research4Justice at the 8th European Academy of Forensic Sciences (EAFS) conference in Lyon, France. The event was attended by over 800 delegates from 57 countries specialising across forensic disciplines with lawyers, police officers and scientists in attendance.

The abstract submitted to EAFS 2018 can be accessed here and our e-poster will be made available through the Staffordshire University Online Repository.

This was our first opportunity to reach such a global audience and some excellent conversations were had; keen interest was shown from both academic researchers and practitioners across Europe who could see the value of our initiative. With the dissemination of our cards, our Twitter followers have now reached over 200, with practitioner followers reaching as far as Abu Dhabi and USA. This shows the great job everyone in the community is doing to help us slowly spread the word across the globe!

In August, the website activity rose again, with visitors from over 11 countries. Three more international universities have shown support for adding students’ research outputs into the database once launched. We are due to meet with Jisc for an update on database developments later in September, so keep watching this space and we will let you know as soon as we have more information! Thank you for your support and patience so far.

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For Data Lovers – Our Website Stats for June!

In June, our #Research4Justice website had 111 individual visitors from 11 different countries & was most frequently accessed through Twitter.

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Thanks to all our @Res4Just followers for your support in expanding our community & whoever it was who posted the Research4Justice link on Facebook!

We now have 164 Twitter followers from across the world and are receiving interest from wider professional organisations who are interested in linking with our forthcoming repository.

Please continue to spread the word about Research4Justice and contact us if you have any ideas, feedback, links to include in the Justice Toolkit or testimonials for us. Our email addresses are now live and we look forward to hearing from you.

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Research4Justice Community & Justice Toolkit Launch

Monday 11th June saw the formal launch of the online Research4Justice community at the first FIT-IN Research Symposium hosted by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences in Birmingham.

“The event was fully booked with a superb mix of delegates. Enthusiastic research discussions could be heard throughout the day between academics, student researchers, forensic and policing practitioners; it is a really exciting time!”

Associate Professor Rachel Bolton-King, one of the Research4Justice founders and project lead, demonstrated the Justice Toolkit, a continuously developing resource for international researchers and practitioners. The founders asked attendees to review the toolkit and provide feedback to ensure relevant and inclusive content for justice-related research across all relevant disciplines. As a growing community, we also asked for users to inform us of any existing, changing or emerging resources for inclusion in the multi-disciplinary toolkit.

Delegates were updated with the development of the Research4Justice research database, which is being developed by Jisc and will be launched online later in 2018. Due to the launch of the Research4Justice online community, future database users can now access a wealth of information about the repository, how to prepare content and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, for example.

An online space for FIT-IN was also demonstrated, with details for how users can contact FIT-IN and provide them with valuable feedback for the network’s future development. Please see the live Twitter feed from the event using #FIT_INetwork to see an overview of the topics presented and the range of police-academia research that is already underway.

“We urge our current community to help us spread the word about Research4Justice through their professional connections, using social media (@Res4Just), websites, blogs and verbal communication.”

Dr Rachel Bolton-King, Staffordshire University

To secure the future of the community from August 2019 Research4Justice are seeking sponsorship from organisations who will benefit from the toolkit, repository and provision of online networking.

We therefore have 12 months to extensively grow our international community, demonstrate impact and prove the value of this resource to ensure the content remains free to all individual users.

The feeling from delegates after the event was really positive. There seemed to be some real motivation and forward-thinking actions resulting from the discussions initiated during this event. We would like to thank all the event organisers, presenters and delegates for making this event so memorable and creating a valuable opportunity for us all to share latest developments in research across academia and industry.

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8th EAFS Conference 2018

The 8th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference 2018 is entitled ‘The Forensic Odyssey’. The conference focuses on the discipline’s endless journey continuing research and development, striving to improve the methods, processes and technologies used in the field as well as to provide education and training of forensic experts.

The conference programme will be detailed in due course and can be found here:


On behalf of the Research4Justice founders, Dr Rachel Bolton-King will be displaying an e-poster regarding Research4Justice and will be available to discuss and demonstrate Research4Justice throughout the conference. She requests practitioners, researchers and students to hear about the project and gain feedback to empower the community to develop the website content, share relevant resources adding to the justice toolkit and encourage all users to network through this new multi-disciplinary, but subject based resource.

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Preparing Uploads for Research4Justice

In March 2018, we released an update for the user community regarding the development of the Research4Justice repository through the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

This update was shared to help supervising academics and higher education instutions to efficiently prepare content (research outputs recently submitted by students) ready for uploading to the repository when it goes live in Autumn 2018.

To read this update please click this link.

As further developments take place we will publish new posts to inform our users, followers and subscribers.

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FIT-IN Research Symposium

Forensic (Science), Investigation and Technology – Information Network (FIT-IN) seeks to foster a knowledge sharing network to improve cross-border collaboration between academia, policing partnerships and related stakeholders. The symposium programme provides an introduction to the concept and showcases work already delivered by some of the steering group members and their partners, aiming to attract interest from all relevant parties both within the UK and internationally.

This symposium also sees the launch of Research4Justice (formally ForSci), an online database for the dissemination and discussion of undergraduate and postgraduate research, hosted by Jisc. These endeavours aim to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of policing, forensic science, technology and associated methods and techniques through collaborative information sharing, broadening access to knowledge and partnership across the criminal justice system.

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