Special Issue "Advance in Forensic Toxicology"

A special issue of Toxics (ISSN 2305-6304). This special issue belongs to the section "Toxicology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2022 | Viewed by 190

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Teresinski
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Guest Editor
Department of Forensic Medicine, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland
Interests: forensic medicine; forensic toxicology; postmortem markers; tanatochemistry; biomechanics
Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Buszewicz
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Co-Guest Editor
Department of Forensic Medicine, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland
Interests: forensic toxicology; HPLC-MS/MS; public health; epidemic; pharmaceutical preparation; diagnosis
Dr. Jacek Baj
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Co-Guest Editor
Department of Correct Anatomy, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland
Interests: forensic toxicology; trace elements; gastric cancer; alcohol; neuropathy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forensic toxicology is a contractual section of applied toxicology that has relevant to medical knowledge and technology for litigious purposes. This field uniquely combines the scientific foundations of a wide range of biological and physical fields as well as the achievements of its methodology to obtain professional evidence in proceedings verifying compliance with specific legal standards.

Forensic toxicology tries to verify the cases in which the causes of toxic or psychoactive substances usage have administrative or medico-legal consequences regarding both living and dead subjects. This interdisciplinary field extracted from clinical chemistry, medicine, and pharmacology involves the medical basis of analytical chemistry undertaken to confirm or exclude the presence of xenobiotics in the biological and non-biological material as well as the interpretation of the results of the analysis for legal purposes.

Fields of forensic toxicology include:

  • diagnosis of fatal intoxications in case of deliberate or accidental cases in criminal investigations;
  • detection of the substances used in criminal activities as well as doping in sport;
  • identifications of medicine or illicit drugs in different biological matrices (also postmortem);
  • the assessment of the influence of drugs and medicaments on the psychomotor performance (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, substance abuse in the workplace);
  • identification and analysis of psychoactive substances in seized materials;
  • development of novel analytical methods and/or improvement of laboratory investigation strategy;
  • analysis and interpretation of toxicologic markers for the application of justice.

Analytical methods used in forensic toxicology must be characterized by the highest quality to provide reliable results of the analyses. Any analytical procedures must be checked in terms of validation standards and referenced methods taking into account the biological matrix which includes the examined substance. Current forensic toxicology, for confirmatory analyses, uses advanced instrumental techniques of chromatographic separation of gas or liquid phase coupled with mass spectrometry. The sensitivity and selectivity of tandem mass spectrometers enable the detection of nanomolar concentrations of analytes in a variety of research materials.

The advancements in analytical techniques enabled a dynamic growth of forensic biochemistry and tanatochemistry. Tanatochemistry research is mostly focused on the biochemical indicators of metabolic disorders that usually occur in very small concentrations. Nanochemical markers reflect the pathologic processes appearing in the perimortem period helping in the identification of the cause of death along with the circumstances of death for the elucidation of events of judicial importance.

We are pleased to invite contributors to this collection of Toxics which will focus on various aspects of forensic toxicology and related topics. We invite all the papers addressing this problem. Studies that use metabolomics and deal with tanatochemistry are also encouraged. This Special Issue aims to highlight and collect research on the established knowledge, as well as on other issues, providing new starting points for future advances. Original research articles and reviews are particularly welcomed. Short communications and meta-analyses would also be accepted that focus on the problems underlying the analytical performance and the challenges of modern forensic toxicology. Studies may include, but are not limited to:

  • postmortem forensic toxicology;
  • synthetic and natural poisons;
  • data acquisition/interpretation, with particular emphasis on post-mortem data;
  • development and application of novel analytical methods;
  • interpretation of forensic toxicological data;
  • screening of medicines, drugs of abuse, and alcohol in clinical and forensic specimens;
  • new psychoactive substances;
  • human performance toxicology;
  • strategies for an appropriate impairment judgment;
  • driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol;
  • doping control (sports performance tests);
  • workplace drug tests;
  • latest advances in biomarker-related research;
  • application of proteomics to forensic toxicology;
  • markers of necrochemical diagnostics

Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Teresinski
Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Buszewicz
Dr. Jacek Baj
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Toxics is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • forensic toxicology
  • forensic analytical chemistry
  • postmortem toxicology
  • drugs of abuse detection
  • biological matrices
  • post-mortem specimens
  • separation analytical techniques
  • gas/liquid chromatography
  • tandem mass spectrometry
  • analytical method validation
  • accuracy, validity, and reliability of diagnostic methods
  • interpretation of analysis results
  • forensic alcohology
  • drug-impaired driving
  • new psychoactive substances
  • forensic biochemistry
  • tanatochemistry biomarkers

Published Papers

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