Open Call for contributions in a Special Issue that will appear in Molecules (MDPI). Guest Editors: Dr. A. Kabir and Prof. M. Locatelli

The EuChemS Sample Preparation Task Force and Network supports the Special Issue to appear in Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Analytical Chemistry" (MDPI), entitled:

Forensic Practices and Innovations: Instrumental Analyses, Data Correlations, Legislative Comments, and Case Studies

with Guest Editors our Members:

Dr. Abuzar Kabir and Prof. Marcello Locatelli

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021




There are serious concerns about the widespread use of new drugs (NPS—New Psychoactive Substances) and the consumption of illicit substances that, although currently stable, shows high percentages due to the increases recorded in the late 1990s. NPS play an increasingly important role in this area, as they are often difficult to detect with the conventional screening procedures currently available to police. This implies a negative result in screening tests even if the subject has made use of illicit substances. This field also includes routine analyses regarding the presence of alcohol and/or other drugs often found during normal checks and during autopsies, as well as the possibility of correlating the concentrations of the same analyte in matrices other than those of choice for medicolegal purposes.

Today, we are witnessing an incredible increase in interest in the field of Forensic Sciences, the possible applications of new instrumental configurations techniques and sample treatment, statistical/chemometric approaches, legal implications, analysis on unconventional samples, and a possible correlation between analyte concentrations detected in different matrices.

This Special Issue aims to collect the state-of-the-art on the main topics in the Forensic field: hyphenated techniques and instrument configurations, innovative sample treatment procedures, forensic analysis, legislative comments, nonconventional matrix analysis, new psychoactive substances, chemometric approaches, and social situations. The aim is to produce a collection/commentary that can make even non-experts understand the application potential of the innovations obtained in this area and, if necessary, apply and extend them to other fields. In order not to limit the types of publications and to provide a more detailed panorama of the topic, original papers, reviews, short communications, notes, commentaries, case studies and application notes will be accepted. In particular, “case studies” can be a sort of short communication where the authors directly report a practical case where, perhaps, they have applied innovative approaches to solve the problem. “Legislative comments” refer to a series of articles where laboratory experts comment on the problems encountered in reconciling what the law requires with what can be done in the laboratory, as well as suggesting possible meeting points.

This Special Issue is supported by the Sample Preparation Task Force and Network, of the European Chemical Society-Division of Analytical Chemistry (


  • Hyphenated techniques and instrument configurations
  • Innovative sample treatment procedures
  • Forensic analyses
  • Legislative comments
  • Nonconventional matrix analysis
  • New psychoactive substances
  • Chemometric approaches
  • Social situation.


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