Published on behalf of the
Romanian Society of Legal Medicine as its official Journal

George Cristian Curca

Emeritus editor
Vladimir Belis

ISSN 1221-8618 (print)
ISSN 1844-8585 (online)

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Romanian Journal of Legal Medicine, RJLM aims to restore a long-standing tradition of scientific publishing activity in legal medicine in Romania.
In 1884 Professor Alexandru Sutzu, a prominent psychiatrist and forensic pathologist, founded his short-lived Journal of Psychiatry and Legal Medicine. The first full professor of legal medicine is prof. George Bogdan at Univ. Gr. T. Popa in Iassi in 1895. Then followed as a full professor, Mina Minovici in Bucharest, in 1897. In 1892 prof. Mina Minovici founded the first city Morgue in Romania in Bucharest which he named in 1897 as Institute of Legal Medicine, an up to date and well-known forensic and legal medicine institution in Europe at that time.

Professor Nicolae Minovici (1868-1941), the brother of Mina Minovici, himself a prominent professor of legal medicine, founded in 1936 the scientific and professional Association of Legal Medicine doctors and its Journal, Journal of Legal Medicine, the very first publication devoted to legal medicine. The Journal became instantly the platform for speciality until 1940, when it came to an abrupt end due to the Second World War (1936-1940).

Between 1961-1981 a new publication of legal medicine emerged named as Documentary Bulletin for Judicial Medicine and Criminalistics, renamed after 1981 as Problems of Legal medicine and Criminalistics which ended abruptly in 1985 with the building of the historical Institute of Legal Medicine from 1892, a blow addressed to the legal medicine system by the communist regime. With huge efforts and large support from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal affairs and of the Public Ministry, a new legal medicine Institution is set up in Bucharest in 1989, the National Institute of Legal Medicine Mina Minovici, the actual building that hosts legal medicine activity in Bucharest.

A new promising era began in 1993 when the Association of Legal Medicine doctors of Nicolae Minovici was reorganized as the Romanian Society of Legal Medicine and its journal, Journal of Legal medicine, rejuvenated as Romanian Journal of Legal Medicine. The first chief editor of the rebirthed Journal was between 1993-2000 the honorary member of Romanian Academy Vladimir Belis, presently emeritus editor of the Journal, followed between 2000-2016 by Prof. Dan Dermengiu.

Year after year, the scientific standards of the Romanian Journal of Legal Medicine rose until 2007 when it become indexed in the ISI Thomson Reuters database. The Journal has been reorganized after 2016. A new editorial board is determined to work hard to keep the Journal on its ascending course, so it can continue to manifest itself prominently in the scientific and publishing world.

It is our intention that the RJLM should reflect all forensic and legal medicine specialties (forensic medicine and pathology, clinical legal medicine, forensic serology and genetics, forensic toxicology, forensic psychiatry, forensic anthropology, medical ethics, etc.) and topics such as autopsy and causes of death, causality, suicide, death in custody, torture, prejudice evaluation, child abuse and interpersonal violence, malpractice issues, bioethics, patient-doctor relationship issues, human rights, etc.

The peer-reviewed Romanian Journal of Legal Medicine is published quarterly by the Romanian Society of Legal Medicine as its official publication. The editing of RJLM is carried out with the assistance of a Board appointed by the Editor-in-chief. We value and honor our Professors, their experience and their legacy which we consider as our responsibility to pass enriched to the younger generations.

The Romanian Journal of Legal Medicine can be looked upon as a scientific symbol of our tradition, hopes and ideals for justice, scientific truth, protection of vulnerable persons and promoting the human rights.

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