Editor's Note: Reflecting the notoriety the field of forensics has been experiencing of late, the newsletter Science Watch--produced by the Philadelphia-based Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)--devoted its January 1995 lead article to the discipline. Forensics--the science of examining evidence from a crime scene--covers a wide array of scientific disciplines, including molecular biology and toxicology. By choosing a group of nine journals that cover basic and applied research, the publication amassed lists of the subject's highly cited institutions, researchers, and articles. Following is the Science Watch article, printed here with permission of ISI and the newsletter.

In the United States, where headlines and airwaves have been clogged continually with details of the nation's latest high-profile murder case, the science of forensics has been pulled out of the lab and into the public eye as never before. Such previously obscure topics as DNA profiling and chain-of-custody protocol regarding evidence are now being...

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