Fingerprint Analysis in Brazil: A Bibliometric Review 2010-2019


  • Marco Antonio de Souza Polícia Federal, Instituto Nacional de Identificação, Brasília, DF, Brasil
  • José Carneiro da Cunha Oliveira Neto Universidade de Brasília, Departamento de Administração, Brasília, DF, Brasil



Papilloscopy, Ridgeology, Fingermark, Latent fingerprint, Brazil


The last 10 years of Brazilian scientific production on fingerprint analyses are reported at this work. Thus, using the Web of Science platform search tool, the works with at least one author with Brazilian affiliation were brought from their databases. The following keywords were used in the search by topic: papiloscopia, ridgeology, fingermark or latent fingerprint. The articles were separated by areas and the evolution of research related to fingerprint analysis in Brazil were analyzed, as the perspectives for this issue in the country. The evolution of the world's publications was then compared with the Brazilian publications, considering evolution, type, financing and research issues.


Holder Jr. EH, Robinson LO, Haub JH. The fingerprint sourcebook. US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs; 2012.

Bécue A, Eldridge H, Champod C. Interpol review of fingermarks and other body impressions 2016-2019. Forensic Sci Int Synerg. 2020;2:442-80.

Barros HL, Stefani V. A new methodology for the visualization of latent fingermarks on the sticky side of adhesive tapes using novel fluorescent dyes. Forensic Sci Int. 2016;263:83-91.

Sobral GA, Gomes MA, MacEdo ZS, Alencar MARC, Novais SMV. Synthesis and characterization of multicolour fluorescent nanoparticles for latent fingerprint detection. Bull Mater Sci. 2016;39(6):1565-8.

Andrade GRS, Nascimento CC, Santos YH, Costa LP, Almeida LE, Gimenez IF. Easy preparation of gold nanostructures supported on a thiolated silica-gel for catalysis and latent fingerprint detection. Dye Pigment [Internet]. 2018;155:202-11. Available from:

Barros HL, Mileski T, Dillenburg C, Stefani V. Fluorescent benzazole dyes for bloodstain detection and bloody fingermark enhancement. Forensic Chem [Internet]. 2017;5:16-25.

Barros HL, Stefani V. Micro-structured fluorescent powders for detecting latent fingerprints on different types of surfaces. J Photochem Photobiol A Chem 2019;368:137-46.

Nicolodi C, Rosa B, Silva C, Berneira L, Pacheco B, Poletti T, et al. Aplicação De Condimentos Na Revelação De Impressões Digitais Latentes: Um Experimento No Ensino de Química. Quim Nova. 2019;42(8):962-70.

Balsan J, Rosa B, Pereira C, Santos C. Desenvolvimento De Metodologia De Revelação De Impressão Digital Latente Com Chalconas. Quim Nova. 2019;42(8):845-50.

Oliveira ACX, Leão A, Balzuweit K, Siman L, Mesquita ON, Ladeira LO, et al. Fluorescence of a Natural Fluorophore as a Key to Improve Fingerprint Contrast Image. J Forensic Sci. 2019;64(6):1867-72.

Souza MA, de Oliveira K V., Oliveira FCC, Silva LP, Rubim JC. The adsorption of methamphetamine on Ag nanoparticles dispersed in agarose gel - Detection of methamphetamine in fingerprints by SERS. Vib Spectrosc. 2018;98:152-7.

Barros RM, Faria BEF, Kuckelhaus SAS. Morphometry of latent palmprints as a function of time. Sci Justice. 2013;53(4):402-8.

Barros RM, Clemente MCH, Martins GAV, Silva LP. Application of mesocellular siliceous foams (MCF) for surface-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (SALDI-MS) Analysis of fingermarks. Sci Justice 2018; 58(4):264-70.

Girelli CMA, Lobo BJM, Cunha AG, Freitas JCC, Emmerich FG. Comparison of practical techniques to develop latent fingermarks on fired and unfired cartridge cases. Forensic Sci Int. 2015;250:17-26.

Girelli CMA, Vieira MA, Singh K, Cunha AG, Freitas JCC, Emmerich FG. Recovery of latent fingermarks from brass cartridge cases: Evaluation of developers, analysis of surfaces and internal ballistic effects. Forensic Sci Int. 2018;290:258-78.

Girelli CMA, Segatto BR. Identification of a Suspect in a Murder Case through Recovery of Fingermarks from a Fired Cartridge Case. J Forensic Sci. 2019;64(5):1520-2.

Oliveira TP, Nogueira TLS, Valentin ESB, Santos OCL, Carvalho EF, Silva DA. Evaluation of collection and extraction methodologies of latent fingerprints for military application. Forensic Sci Int Genet Suppl Ser. 2015;5:e474-5.

Alem L, Valentin ESB, Cunha MA, Santos OCL, Nogueira TLS, Carvalho EF, et al. Efficiency of DNA recovery from fingerprints enhanced with black and magnetic powders. Forensic Sci Int Genet Suppl Ser. 2017;6:e490-1.

Tobias SHA, Jacques GS, Morgan RM, Meakin GE. The effect of pressure on DNA deposition by touch. Forensic Sci Int Genet Suppl Ser. 2017 ;6:e12-4.



How to Cite

de Souza, M. A., & da Cunha Oliveira Neto, J. C. (2021). Fingerprint Analysis in Brazil: A Bibliometric Review 2010-2019. Brazilian Journal of Forensic Sciences, Medical Law and Bioethics, 10(3), 473–491.