Aims and Scope

The DWI Journal is the first and only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the science and law of DWI/DUI (driving while intoxicated/driving under the influence).

Our mission is to publish high-quality, peer-reviewed research and commentary on all aspects of DWI law and science. We welcome submissions from scientists, attorneys, practitioners, and researchers representing diverse perspectives within the field of DWI.

We aim to:

  • Publish groundbreaking research and insightful commentary on DWI science and law.

  • Champion rapid publication, ensuring immediate access to the latest advancements in the field.

  • Promote diverse viewpoints, fostering critical analysis of the science and law of DWI.

  • Bridge the gap between theory and practice, translating scientific findings into real-world understanding.

  • Analyze the policies, ethics, and management of forensic laboratories related to DWI.

At the DWI Journal, you will find:

  • In-depth articles exploring the scientific underpinnings of DWI investigations, testing methods, and forensic evidence.

  • Legal analyses of evolving case law, legislative changes, and emerging legal trends.

  • Expert commentaries from leading scientists, researchers, and practitioners.

  • Practical case studies showcasing real-world analysis of cases involving DWI.

Join us in shaping the future understanding of DWI science and law.

We are committed to fostering a vibrant and diverse platform for scholarly discourse to further the understanding of the science and law of DWI.

Types of articles

  • Case Reports - unique case studies involving real-world scenarios from the lab or courtroom.

  • Commentary - analysis of important issues related to the publications in the journal.

  • Educational - papers presenting old topics in new ways.

  • Editorial - short papers on important topics related to the journal.

  • Industry News - provide important developments in industries related to the scope of the Journal that could be of interest to the readers.

  • Legal Analysis - evolving case law, legislative changes, and emerging legal trends.

  • Letter to the Editor - a concise letter regarding recent publications.

  • Original Research - study with aims, research, methods, and findings.

  • Perspective - fresh insights on DWI-related issues. Provides a short overview of a topic relevant to the field.

  • Reviews and Mini-reviews - systematic or narrative reviews of existing research.

  • Short Communication - Short article featuring new research or developments in the field.

  • Technical Note - Brief scientific, theoretical, or philosophical developments in DWI.

Word Count

No minimum or maximum word count.


Email your submission to

Include two suggested reviewers with your paper. Reviewers must not be friends or colleagues. We will work to find reviewers if you do not have a suggested reviewer.

Do not include your name in the manuscript; we use a double-blind review process.

At a minimum, your submission should include:

  • Title

  • Abstract

  • Article type

  • References

  • Disclosures - conflicts of interest

Formatting - your paper, your way

Submit your article in the format you prefer, Word, Google Docs, and PDF are fine.

Include an abstract of less than 200 words.

If your article gets selected for publication, we will work to convert it to the correct format.


Any citation method is acceptable as long as it is consistent throughout your paper.


If your paper is published, it will receive a digital object identifier (DOI) to be cited in the scholarly literature.


After your paper is published, it will be open to immediate feedback from the scientific and legal community in the online comments section.


At least two reviewers will review each manuscript.

Editorial Staff


Aaron Olson - Forensic toxicology consultant with 17 years of experience in forensic toxicology.

Editorial Advisory Board

Alessandro Ferrero - Professor of electrical and electronic measurement at the Polytechnic University of Milan. Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).

Glenn Hardin - Former toxicology supervisor at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Forensic Toxicology Consultant with 30+ years of forensic toxicology experience. Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology.

Jan Semenoff, BA, EMA - Forensic Criminalist - testified as an expert in breath alcohol testing, SFST, and DRE issues in more than 150 jury trials and has presented at over 90 state, national, and international conferences.

Joshua Ott - 10 years of experience as a sworn police officer. Expert in the fields of Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs).

Kevin A. Schug - Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington.  He has over 215 peer-reviewed articles in the field of analytical chemistry.

Ronald Henson - Forensic toxicology consultant with 40+ years of experience in policing and toxicology.

Thomas Burr - Forensic toxicology consultant with 55+ years experience in forensic toxicology.

Ted Vosk - Attorney and author of Forensic Metrology Scientific Measurement and Inference for Lawyers, Judges, and Criminalists. Ted has also published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences on the Measurand problem in breath alcohol testing.

Veronica Scotti - Professor in the legal implications of engineer-professional liability at Politecnico di Milano. Her research interests are related to the legal implications of measurement uncertainty.

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