Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Digital Crime and Forensics (IJDCF)

Special Issue On: Cybercrime Investigation and Digital Forensics

Submission Due Date

Guest Editors
Farkhund Iqbal
College of Technological Innovation
Zayed University, UAE

Patrick C. K. Hung
Faculty of Business and Information Technology
University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada

Benjamin C. M. Fung
School of Information Studies
McGill University, Canada

The unprecedented increase in online crimes including identify theft, phishing and social engineering attacks has increased the need for digital forensics. Digital forensics is aimed to collect, analyze, and present digital evidence to prosecute cybercriminals in the court of law. Digital forensics is becoming more challenging due to tremendous increase in ubiquities computing, emergence of new technologies such as cloud computing and with influx of plethora of smart devices. Finding potential evidence related to a crime is no more an issue due to availability of network logs, chat logs, web forums, emails and social networking posts. The challenge is to precisely analyze large volumes of data in timely manner and collect forensic evidence related to crimes being investigated. Digital forensics is employed for fraud detection, homeland security, financial scams investigation and for revealing discrepancies in business transactions. The increased computing power, storage capability and the development of innovative machine learning and data analytics techniques are playing a vital role in digital forensics. New legislation and revising exiting laws to adequately cover the new online crimes is imperative.

The goal of this special issue is to present both novel and industrial solutions to challenging technical issues as well as to explore the challenges faced by researchers, practitioners, and non-technical professionals in digital and cybercrime investigation. This special issue will share related practical experiences to benefit the reader, and will provide a forum for law enforcement, judiciary and industry to share their problems and challenges with people from academia and industry for possible solution to meet their needs. This will promote collaboration between industry, academia and R&D and will help the collaborating partners to benefit from each other’s resources and expertise in the domain.

Recommended Topics
Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

• Forensic processes and procedures
• Digital forensic: challenges and common practices
• Network and log forensics
• Memory forensics
• Flash and physical memory forensics
• Software and hardware forensic tools
• Small-scale digital devices forensics
• Smart toy and gaming console forensics
• Messaging forensics
• Anti-Forensic and steganography
• Cloud forensics: technical, jurisdiction and legal challenges
• Digital forensics and cybercrime laws
• Role of Big Data in forensic analysis
• Internet of Thing (IoT) forensics
• Drone forensics
• Cybercrime laws and procedures
• Digital forensics: social crimes
• Digital forensics: financial crimes including money laundering
• Digital forensics: cyber stalking and cyber bullying
• Digital forensics: homeland security
• Digital forensics: operating systems platforms and file system
• Digital crimes and international laws
• Socio-linguistics and criminology
• Email forensics
• Digital crime scene investigation
• Digital forensics tools testing and evaluation
• Case studies

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on [insert special issue topic] on or before [insert due date]. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Farkhund Iqbal, Patrick C. K. Hung, Benjamin C. M. Fung
Guest Editors
The International Journal of Digital Crime and Forensics (IJDCF)