Contemporary Developments in the Retrieval and Evaluation of Witness Testimony: Towards making research more applicable to investigations.


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Research into the retrieval and evaluation of memory for witnessed events offer valuable insight for improving investigative and legal practise. Such research can inform interview protocols used with witnesses, victims and suspects; and also advise legal professionals on the usage and credence placed on evidence gained through these sources. This special issue invites authors to submit research focussing on the retrieval of witness memory and/or the evaluation of memory reports. Moreover, the issue seeks to publish research that addresses current issues relating to the use of crime witnesses (including victims) within investigative and legal domains. Special attention is given to studies that have adopted novel and robust methodologies to produce ecologically valid results that can have a direct impact on investigative practise. The issue is open to research examining: false memories, identification, missing persons appeals, witness testimony in the courtroom, repressed memory, witness interviews, memory recall accuracy.

List of Topic Areas

  • Memory accuracy; 
  • Witness interviews; 
  • Witness testimony in court; 
  • False memories; 
  • Evaluation of witness evidence

Submissions Information

Submissions are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available here.
Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see here.
Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to ““Please select the issue you are submitting to”. 
Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Key Deadlines

Submissions close: 3rd August 2024